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7 Social Media Marketing Guidelines

7 Social Media Marketing GuidelinesBeing present on social networks has become part of the promotional strategy of most brands, but it’s not enough to just have an account on Twitter, Facebook or any other SN. It’s important for them to follow some Social Media Marketing guidelines taking into account Customer Service to achieve a better followers engagement, so this will help them increase sales, which is the ultimate goal of every business.

For proper presence in Social Media a brand should follow these guidelines:

1.-Choose which social networks are suited to its target audience:

It’s not the same for a brand in the industrial sector or when they deal with a young or a much older audience or when they have products easier to sell by using pictures, videos or text. For more details you can check the following post.

2.-Use good content:

Publish posts that have to do with your business and products but at the same time are of interest to your potential customers. Don’t forget to use attractive images and comment everything in a synthetic and effective way. Convey emotion and humanise your brand.

3.-Be interactive:

It’s not enough to schedule your posts with publications tools but you must also strive to reply your fans properly in due time and form. Generate discussion through questions like “What’s your opinion about?” or “What do you think?” Intervene when necessary, always in a polite way and caring for your brand image.

4.-Be thankful and humble:

Thank your followers for their comments even if they are unfavorable. Recognise your mistakes and apologise when you have committed a mistake as a brand. Try to find a solution to any situation that may have irritated your clients and know how to deal with those most”difficult“. All this will help you to achieve “flipping” any complicated situation into favorable for your brand.

5.- “Seduce” your allies:

Locate your most loyal and influential supporters, give them your full attention so that in a social media crisis you may count on them to support you.

6.-Segmentate and personalise:

You definitely need to use a good CRM and useful tools like Google Plus Circles or Facebook segmentation options so they can help you to address your message to your target audience. It is also fundamental to communicate with your customers in their language for those products oriented to different markets. Make a good diversity management.

7.-Be always active:

If you have a page where you post once a month, you’d better close it. Therefore if you really want to keep that channel alive, it has to be managed day by day by a proactive Community Manager with a very clear orientation towards excellence both in promotional and relational marketing to make your fanpages grow in quality and followers with the ultimate goal of achieving your customers engagement.

What Does a Community Manager in the Tourism Industry Need to Know?

What Does a Community Manager in the Tourism Industry Need to Know?

The tourism industry is particularly sensitive to clients’ opinions, that’s why we need to care for so much the service we give, including of course Social Customer Service offered by customer-oriented Community Managers with experience in that sector.

A Community Manager in the tourism industry needs to:

1.-Master several languages:

It’s fundamental to handle clients of different nationalities who value assistance in their mother tongue. This is particularly true for countries where English is not widely spoken, such as Italy, France or Spain. Ortography has to be correct in each of the languages they use to communicate.

2.-Make an appropriate Diversity Management and Segmentation:

Do not publish any post or make any comment that could be perceived as discriminatory by any customer because of his/her nationality, race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, political preference or any other reason. Furthermore, you should always be inclusive and take advantage of the business opportunities that these diverse characteristics offer to your brand by making a right segmentation.

3.-Know how to handle difficult customers:

Be always grateful for the valuable information you receive with their complaints. Be empathetic, seek the best solution, keep your promises, offer Social Customer Service excellence in due time and form. You need to make a special effort to change any bad perception of the brand you manage and turn it favorable.

4.-Provide attractive content:

Nothing better than a blog to help us selling the destinations we want to draw our target audience attention and enthusiasm. From the blogs posts link the product you want to sell. Create communities of fans in large or specialised social networks and enliven them with daily publications with interesting content and attractive pictures.

5.-Customise to obtain engagement:

If you have a good CRM or you can create it, much better. In any case, call customers by name, identify their needs in order to give them a customised product, handle them personally from start to finish, create enthusiasm. At the same time run promotions and contests through social networks. This will surprise your followers and help you to obtain their engagement.

6.-Know and use the social networks best suited to your product:

The tourism sector has the great advantage that the visual factor is particularly powerful to attract sales. Social networks like Pinterest, You Tube, Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and Vimeo are particularly suitable for touristic promotions. Regarding Social Customer Service, we recommend the use of Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. Short response service times are particularly important for any brand in this sector.

7.-The geolocation and specialised social networks:

For hotels, restaurants and similar establishments it’s essential to have a presence on Foursquare, Google Maps, Google Places and Facebook Places. Manage the comments made through them and keep the information updated. Also control and be particularly interactive for those received through tourism specific social networks like Trip Advisor.

6 Useful Customer Service Tips on Google Plus

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Google Plus is a social network that is gaining more and more followers and companies are rapidly including it in their SMM strategy. It has about 540 million active followers, compared to 1230 million Facebook followers, yet growing fast enough especially in the younger age groups and new technologies lovers. There’s less interactivity on its brand pages because its use is still unknown for many of its followers. Yet it is highly recommended for brands to be present on it for many reasons such as SEO positioning and an excellent virality. I’ve made a study of Google Plus presence for several American and European companies in different sectors and I’ve found that many of them need to enhance their Social Customer Service on it. I don’t mention their names for professional discretion.

These are the tips on customer service on Google Plus brands need to follow:

1.-Do not open a brand page on G+ and leave it abandoned:

With few exceptions, customers interaction is not replied by brands as quickly as it should. If a brand is really interested to be present on G+, then it has to manage that account in the same way that it does with its accounts on Facebook or Twitter. We know that there are also cases of mismanagement on these other social networks but these are even more usual on Google Plus.

2.-When dealing with different countries, assist your customers in their language:

Of course your communication with your customers has to be in their own language. Consequently you need multilingual Community Managers.

3.-Make your feedback using the same channel (Google Plus):

If a customer wishes to contact a brand via G+, the response should be through the same channel. I’ve found the case of an airline passenger who complained because they offered to help him on Facebook since they considered their G+ account as promotional only and he had no account on that social network.

4.-Promote your Google Plus account:

It shows that it is alive, that you expect people to interact on it. Publish posts, ask questions, announce events, organise hangouts, open a community. Make it known online and offline that your brand has a page on that social network and promote it also on other Social Media channels.

5.-Use the Circles:

This is an awesome G+ advantage. You can create various circles and segment your messages to each target audience.

6.-Of course, use your experience on other Social Networks:

You can follow the same recommendations about Social Customer Service that I explained on my post 8 Steps for Effective Customer Service on Facebook.

6 Useful Customer Service Tips on Google Plus

Why is it Important to be Thankful on Social Networks?

Why is it Important to be Thankful on Social Networks?Welcome again to my blog, Premium Social Customer’s friends!

Being thankful is essential in human relationships and it is also key on Social Networks. I thing it’s important to thank someone who shares my blog on his/her paper.li, or RT one of my tweets, or follows me on the blog, or shares one of my posts on any social network. Sometimes, when I share articles by other authors on any of my accounts, I inform them about that. It’s a way of thanking them for their content and also of letting them know that they will get more visitors to their respective blogs. Well, I’ve found that in some occasions I don’t receive any feedback from them in the form of a comment, not even a “Like” on Facebook,“+1” on Google Plus or “favorite” on Twitter. Luckily, I have fans that make my pages interactive and of course I also participate on other people pages. I think that in such a highly competitive world only through these kind of gestures and cooperation we can make it more human. When we help each other we have real Attitude 3.0

And What Happens If We Talk About Brands?

With brands it’s just the same. More and more consumers are nowadays aware of many viral negative news about companies and they know that as buyers and users of social networks they have the power of helping to change those behaviors that they perceive as inadequate. Enterprises 3.0 work with the ‘Three P’: Planet, People and Profit. This means that production processes need to have at least some respect for environmental values and working conditions that society establishes as basic, otherwise consumers will stop buying their products and following them on Social Media. There is even an active minority of combative and committed people who can damage their image so much, that it would be very difficult to repair that harm, at least for a long time. Consequently, Community Managers have to “pave the way” for any contingency and must cultivate relationships with users on pages at various social networks and constantly thank, using phrases and words in that sense. It’s a way to help creating a “safety net” with a group of loyal fans that will always be useful in case of possible Social Media crisis. In conclusion I recommend you to always be grateful, it costs no money and instead it can help you to win it.

How to Handle Difficult Customers on Social Networks? 10 Keys

How to Handle Difficult Customers on Social Networks 10 KeysBe very welcome, Premium Social Customer’s friends!

The role of a Community Manager has a promotional and technical side oriented to online marketing : the Social Media Marketing plan, content creation and curation, the measurement of your results and the analysis of your competitors. Another basic aspect is the need to be continuously updated on the different Social Networks, the various management tools and everything related to technology. Finally, it requires a great time availability, empathy, self-control and bargaining power: the Social Customer Service, the speciality of this blog. Today we will give some advice on how to handle difficult customers on Social Networks with these 10 keys:

1.- Appreciate their feedback :

Firstly you need to create receptivity. Consider that if an user has protested by no longer buying the goods or services offered by your brand or simply by not following your SM accounts, you are losing customers without knowing why. So let’s start thanking his/her involvement and showing interest in his/her complaints.

2.- Obtain and analyse all the information :

If the client has not given us enough information to assess the reason for the claim, you need to obtain it courteously by asking questions immediately afterwards in order to exactly know what happens. Do not act defensively in any case. These are basic customer service and ettiquette standards, valid both for online and offline assistance.

3.- Be empathetic :

Put yourselves in your customer’s shoes. How would we react if we had been treated the same way? Phrases like “I understand” or “I know what you mean” can open up many doors.

4.- Note that in Social Networks other people also read the dialogue :

Normally other readers tend to side with the unhappy customer and not with the brand, so you have to take good care of your language to avoid further exacerbate that bad perception. Instead of that, you should offer an acceptable solution to that claim in order to turn something that at first was a problem into an opportunity to enhance your image.

5.- Show yourselves always courteous and don’t take anything personally :

Good manners can always help to solve a complicated situation. Moreover, in response to any aggressive customer comment do not forget that you act as brand representatives and that they don’t really know you or have anything against you.

6.- If necessary, continue by other channels :

Tactfully and always thinking about the rest of the community watching your interaction, try to continue the conversation if it turns difficult to a more private channel such as a DM on Twitter, a Facebook message, a phone call or e-mail.

7.- Fast but with caution :

“Habillez-moi lentement, je suis pressé” or in English: “Dress me slowly, I’m in a hurry” it’s said that Napoleon ordered his assistant when he had to get ready to fight a battle. What I want to emphasise is that while it’s true that in Social Networks replies have to be made in a very short period of time, they must also be cautiously reasoned. That’s in fact an advantage in relation to traditional offline customer care, either by phone or face to face, where in extreme situations there is rarely a time margin for an agent to think about the answer given and only Customer Service experts are normally able to react appropriately.

8.- Prepare standard replies in advance :

A crisis protocol allows you to have different possible solutions to difficult situations, yet the variety of complaints that you will have may tend to infinity and there will always be something new, so you must also be able to improvise and have good negotiation skills.

9.- Good relationships with other staff :

It will allow you an easier access to technical data and tools better mastered by your colleagues in other departments. To obtain this you should always treat them as your internal customers, so they will be willing to help you when needed.

10.- Meet your commitments and make a good follow-up :

When you promise something to a customer, you must keep it. Likewise, you should contact afterwards to verify his/her satisfaction. This will surprise your client and make him engage to your brand and talk other people positively about it.

The Multilingual Social Customer Service

The Multilingual Social Customer ServiceIt’s a great pleasure to welcome you once again to Premium Social Customer!

There is an ever increasing number of Multicultural and Multilingual Social Customer Service Centres. In the same way that the existence of free flat telephone rates regardless of the point of the planet from where you call from has led to the creation of macro call centers, there is also an online version for Social Networks. The advantage for large companies is to unify in one place previously dispersed desks, allowing multilingual staff flexibility in addressing various countries and ability to meet different peak demands in each market more effectively. On the other hand, offices use to be established where costs of human and physical capital are lower. For medium and small companies in addition to the above, they allow an easier internationalisation because they no longer need to have a physical office in every country where they want to sell their goods or services.

We need to consider the following factors in an international Social Customer Service Centre, which are also valid for any Community Manager dealing with other markets in different languages:

The Multilingual Social Customer Service

1.-Multilingual personnel available:

It is better to have personnel with a high level of several languages than people fluent in only one of them. This will allow greater flexibility to adapt to the moments when there is a higher demand for communication in a country and lower in another. Imagine for example a holiday in France that is a working day in Italy, in which case we will need that some of the people that serve the French market help in the Italian market and therefore they should also have a good Italian level.

2.-Good ortography:

It is basic for any Community Manager since it is an important factor for the brand image in Social Networks. This is also valid of course for all the languages that you need to use to communicate.

3.-Make a good Diversity Management:

Communicate respecting the different customs of each country. It is not the same to target Mediterranean consumers than Nordic or Muslims or Asians. The role of the company in this sense is to instruct and educate staff to be respectful and sensitive to cultures and needs of different kinds of people.

4.-Do not post about controversial issues:

It is important when working only within a domestic market and even more when dealing with other countries. Avoid sports rivalries or political, religious, social or moral issues. If it is the customer who starts writing on your brand account about any of these points, quickly and politely deflect the conversation to commercial aspects that are in your interest or at least to another neutral and non-confrontational dialogue.

5.-Consider the time differences:

Take into account the different time zones and customs in areas such as working hours and meal times when you post.

6.-Segmentation by language:

Languages should rather not be mixed in the same account in a social network because it may confuse and/or irritate some users and create an image of “Social Babel” not positive for the brand. In that case you have 2 options, either you create separate accounts for each language ( e.g. on Twitter ) or segmentate on those social networks that allow it, such as Facebook or Google Plus.

7.-Consider local holidays for promotions:

For example in France on July 14 or in Italy on “Befana” day. These are great opportunities to reach the target audience in each country, improving the image of the company and making it seem more local.

8.-Know and comply with the laws of each country:

Regarding tax matters, consumer rights and copyrights as well as other legal issues.

Without pretending to be exhaustive, all the factors mentioned above must be taken into account for Community Management when you need to interact with other markets, which is increasingly usual in this global world.

Social Networks According to Type of Target Customer

Social Networks According to Type of Target Customer

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The wide variety of SN give brands the opportunity to choose which are best suited to address to their target audience. Consequently, we can classify as follows without being exhaustive the best known Social Networks according to type of target customer:

  • FACEBOOK: the main social network, with nearly one thousand million followers on a global level. For that reason all brands whatever their niche market must be present on it.
  • GOOGLE PLUS: with nearly 250 million followers worldwide and becoming increasingly popular, especially for those already on Facebook and looking for something new and different. It grows like wildfire and it’s an interesting choice to address “techies”. The majority of their users are men and also with an economic and cultural level higher than Facebook’s average, so it’s especially interesting for these targets. Furthermore, the fact of belonging to the world’s largest search engine is definitely its strongest point, particularly regarding SEO, so little by little it’s being increasingly used by brands.
  • TWITTER: the most interactive social network, caracterised by the speed of shared short messages called tweets. Brands must be concious that its users expect much more rapidity in replies on it than on the other networks, so it’s necessary for companies that their Twitter profile have a very clear and visible information with their business hours and they do not exceed in any case more than 4 or 5 hours to answer customer tweets. The fastest the response, the better for the brand image. It is especially indicated for the service sector, for example in banking, airlines or telephone companies.
  • PINTEREST, FLICKR, INSTAGRAM: for companies where it’s particularly interesting the use of images to sell the product such as fashion, automotive or travel. The most used is Pinterest, with over 11 million users worldwide of which 80% are women, that’s why brands with female oriented products should always include it in their strategies, although it’s being increasingly followed also by males. Flickr is the least popular of them. As for Instagram, it is only available on iPhone and Android, but do not forget that the future is SoLoMo and the trend is to increasingly access the Internet through smartphones, consequently the most advanced users in that sense use to be very loyal to it.
  • YOU TUBE, VIMEO: Social Networks used to promote brands through videos, with all that it means in terms of virality and SEO positioning. Vimeo has a much higher quality than YouTube but has far fewer followers. Consequently at the present time, most brands use You Tube in order to reach more users. Vimeo is indicated to target an audience more demanding with image quality.
  • LINKED IN: initially oriented to people of high professional level, this is changing rapidly and it’s becoming increasingly popular. For brands it is often used to strengthen the company’s corporate image.
  • FOURSQUARE: Geotagging and geolocation Social Network. Used by businesses of all sizes to be located and allow opinions of their customers. Perfect for shops, bars and restaurants. Its competition are Google Places and Facebook Places.
  • TRIP ADVISOR: excellent travel guide used to promote destinations, hotels, restaurants, museums and sightseeings in general. Its users comment and give their score of those places they have visited. Interesting for tourism and gastronomy. Its audience are travel enthusiasts that are classified at different levels by Trip Advisor depending on the amount of comments received.

As we have seen, there is a wide range of Social Networks and we haven’t mentioned all of them. Many are generalists and others for very specific niche markets. There will be even more in the coming years according to estimates. Those brands that will not be present on those more suited to their marketing strategy, image and target customers will fall behind so they have to do it as soon as possible since there is no other choice. However, it is not enough to have accounts on them but they must do it right and not only in the sense of promotional marketing but they must also offer an excellent Social Customer Service in order to obtain the engagement of their community and this can only be achieved with properly trained customer oriented Community Managers.