Social media has quickened the speed of communication to a breakneck pace, and altered citizens' expectations in terms of speed of response. For example, if I wrote an organization a letter, I would factor in a few days for it to get there, and several more days to be answered. However, if I posted a comment on Facebook, I would expect to receive feedback in a few hours, given how quickly everything moves. For this reason, many people are bypassing the telephone or fax machine in favor of Twitter and Facebook because they are already on those sites.
Social media presents challenges for government agencies' customer service strategies, namely the volume of inquiries, necessity for timeliness, and strict policies. However, social media also allows government agencies and the public to have an informal, two- way dialogue, an essential part of becoming more transparent and collaborative in the mobile era. So how do you deal with these changes to put your best foot forward and transform service? Salesforce has a great whitepaper, "Meet Customers Where They Are: Incorporating Social Media into Your Customer Service Strategy," that gets at this very subject. I've listed below the top five steps to transform service at your agency:
We know social media is changing organizations' customer service strategies and we know important steps to take to improve your customer service. But perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle is the infrastructure you have in place to get it done without overhauling your entire organization. In a 2012 LinkedIn survey, in which nearly 900 customer service professionals participated, 33% of respondents said "outdated and clunky systems" were the biggest challenge facing their company’s customer service teams. Implementing the right technology can streamline your processes, enhance agent productivity, and deliver improved customer service. For this reason, many organizations are turning to CRM tools such as Salesforce's Service Cloud for Government.
Service Cloud in many ways is a win-win for government: constituents are better informed and satisfied with their service, and customer service agents jobs are made easier. I encourage you to check out more information on Service Cloud for Government here. You can download case studies and watch a demo of other examples of government agencies using CRM to transform how they deliver service to citizens in the mobile world.
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