- New research by Amex finds social savvy consumers have higher service
TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Social media is a burgeoning channel for
customer service with one in five Canadians (18%) having used social
media to get a customer service response at least once in the past
year. The American Express Global Customer Service Barometer found that Canadian consumers who have used social media for service
can have an impact on a company's bottom line. They tell significantly
more people about their good service experiences, and 14 per cent are
more likely to have not made an intended purchase in the past year due
to a poor service experience.
"It's important that today's consumers are able to engage with companies
across multiple channels," says Marc Hollenberg, Vice President of
Customer Experience at American Express Canada. "And social media is a
great way for consumers to have a two-way conversation, but it is
important to have a process in place to address customer inquiries in a
The annual survey is conducted in 11 countries and explores consumer
attitudes and preferences about customer service. This year's survey
revealed seven in ten consumers said they are willing to spend more
with a company they believe provides excellent customer service.
Canadians who use social media for a service response say they'd spend
17 per cent more with companies who deliver great service - compared to
12% on average.
Good or bad, consumers are spreading the word on service
When it comes to poor experiences, consumers are significantly more
likely to talk about it. Three in five (63%) tell others about a poor service experience all the time, while just over half (54%) will tell
others about good experiences as frequently.
Compared to last year, consumers tell more people about their customer
service experiences, both good and bad. On average, they tell 13 people
about their good experiences (up from 9 in 2011), and 21 people about
their bad experiences (up from 16 in 2011).
Canadian companies fail to stack up to service expectations
This year's survey revealed a sallow state for service. Nearly a third
(32%) of Canadian consumers believe that businesses pay less attention
to providing good customer service, a significant increase from 2011
(24%). What's more, in the past year, three in five consumers (61%)
intended to conduct a business transaction or make a purchase, but
decided not to based on a poor service experience.
"Creating an exceptional service experience is just good business," says
Hollenberg. "Canadians have more choices than ever before on where they
spend their dollars, and are looking to create an emotional connection
with the brands they choose."
Canadians are losing their cool with poor service experiences
With 32 per cent of consumers reporting that companies usually miss
their expectations for customer service, Canadians are beginning to
lose their cool. More than a third of consumers lost their temper with
a customer service professional in the past year (34%). Of those who
lost their temper, Canadians have expressed their frustration in a
variety of ways:
Insisted on speaking with a supervisor (66%)
Threatened to switch to a competitor (43%)
Hung up the phone (39%)
Demanded to know the customer service professional's name (27%)
Stormed out of the store (21%)
Talked about their experience via social media (20%)
Used profanity (12%)
"Anytime a customer is speaking with a customer service professional,
it's a chance to not only answer their inquiry to their satisfaction,
but to an opportunity to deepen the emotional connection, which can
ultimately drive customer loyalty," says Hollenberg.
About the American Express Global Customer Service Barometer
The American Express Global Customer Service Barometer research was completed online among a random sample of 1,003 Canadian
consumers aged 18+. Interviews were conducted by Echo Research between
February 24 and March 1, 2012. Overall, the results have a margin of
error of +/-3.1% at a 95 per cent level of confidence. The same survey
methodology was also used in France, Germany, Italy, the U.K., the
Netherlands, Australia, Japan, India, Mexico and the U.S.
About American Express Canada
American Express in Canada operates as Amex Bank of Canada and Amex
Canada Inc. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of the New York based
American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest
operating unit of the American Express Company. Amex Bank of Canada is
the issuer of American Express charge and credit cards, with outstanding products like the American Express® Gold Rewards Card, and the American Express® AeroplanPlus® Gold Card. Amex Canada Inc. operates the Corporate Travel and
Travellers Cheques divisions in Canada. American Express opened its
first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853 and now employs 3,700
Canadians coast-to-coast. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/AmericanExpressCanada.
SOURCE: American Express
For further information:
Megan Moulton, on behalf of American Express
Amanda Betti, on behalf of American Express