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The significance of efficient social media support cannot be overstated.

As brands in sectors like CPG, retail, and banking increasingly face the deluge of customer interactions on social media, adopting innovative and efficient support mechanisms becomes imperative.

Below, we’ll cover 50 practical ideas to revolutionize your social media support, tailored to meet the dynamic needs of today’s digitally-savvy customers.

The Story of Today’s Social Media Landscape

Imagine a world where every tweet, comment, or message is an opportunity to build stronger customer relationships.

This is not a distant dream; it’s today’s reality for brands that understand the power of efficient social media support. The journey begins with recognizing each interaction as a chance to make a lasting impression.

Here are 50 ways you can do just that.

1. Automated Response Systems

Investing in automated response systems can significantly streamline social media inquiries.

These systems, powered by AI, can provide instant replies to common queries, ensuring customers feel heard immediately.

However, you should use automation with caution. Sometimes bots ruin businesses.

2. Humanizing Brand Interactions

Even on digital channels, a personal touch matters.

Train your team to respond with empathy and personalization, turning automated responses into customized interactions. If you need scripts to get moving in the right direction, check out our 25 scripts for using empathy.

Remember, you must create human experiences on digital channels.

3. Using Chatbots for Quick Resolution

Chatbots are not just trendy; they are efficient. And this post is all about efficient social media support! So, while we encourage you to use them with caution, chatbots used correctly can offer social media support 24/7.

Implementing AI-driven chatbots can handle a large volume of queries, providing quick and accurate responses.

And, they never complain, need a break, or ask for a raise. 😉

4. Regular Monitoring of Social Media Channels

Constant vigilance on social media platforms ensures that no customer query goes unnoticed.

It’s about being proactive in your support strategy. Focus on ROC (return on conversation) before you push ROI.

B Squared Media Marketing Magic

5. Implementing Customer Feedback Loops

Feedback is gold. Use social media not just to respond but to listen.

Implement systems to gather, analyze, and act on customer feedback. And, to uncover voice of customer data.

Collecting Voice of Customer (VoC) Data

Collecting Voice of Customer (VoC) data on social media is crucial for brands to understand their customers’ needs, preferences, and pain points. Here are three tactical ways your brand can effectively gather this valuable data:

  1. Social Media Listening and Monitoring:

    • How-To: This involves using specialized tools and software to monitor social media platforms for mentions of your brand, products, competitors, and industry-related keywords. We use and love Sprout Social here at B Squared Media.
    • Benefits: It provides real-time insights into what customers are saying about your brand and your competitors. It’s a proactive approach to gather unsolicited feedback and sentiment analysis.
    • Implementation: Invest in social media listening tools like Agorapulse, Digimind, or Mention. These tools can track mentions across various platforms, alerting you to what’s being said about your brand and industry. Analyze this data for trends, sentiment, and specific feedback.
  2. Engagement with Direct Polls and Surveys:

    • How-To: Create polls and surveys directly on social media platforms to engage with your audience and gather their opinions.
    • Benefits: This approach provides direct and specific feedback from your customers. It’s interactive, can have high engagement rates, and offers immediate insights into customer preferences and satisfaction.
    • Implementation: Utilize the polling features on platforms like Instagram Stories, Twitter, or Facebook. Create short, engaging polls or surveys with specific questions about your products, services, or overall brand experience. Ensure that these polls are easy to complete to encourage maximum participation.
  3. Encouraging User-Generated Content (UGC):

    • How-To: Invite customers to create content related to your brand, such as reviews, testimonials, photos, or videos. This can be done through contests, hashtags, or direct requests.
    • Benefits: UGC provides authentic insights into how customers are using and perceiving your products or services. It also increases engagement and can serve as powerful, trust-building marketing material.
    • Implementation: Launch a campaign encouraging customers to share their experiences with your brand on social media, using a specific hashtag. Offer incentives for sharing their stories, such as contests or features on your brand’s social media page. Monitor the submissions to gather valuable VoC data and recognize common themes or sentiments.

6. Integrating Social Media with CRM

Integrate your social media platforms with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools to provide seamless, personalized support to each customer.

If your CRM doesn’t “play nicely” with social media integrations, try Zapier to make tools “talk” to each other.

7. Prioritizing Urgent Queries

Develop a system to identify and prioritize urgent or high-impact customer queries, ensuring they are addressed swiftly.

We developed a “triage” system that’s as easy as knowing a stoplight: Red, Yellow, Green. Then, map out how queries that are tagged as Red, Yellow, Green will get handled within each department or team.

social media triage

8. Creating a Knowledge Base

Build an accessible knowledge base with FAQs and common solutions, allowing customers to find answers quickly.

We recommend building documentation around:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — for both sales and support
  2. Rules of Engagement
  3. A Troll Policy
  4. Escalation & Triage Mapping
  5. Social Media Strategy & KPIs/goals
  6. Approved scripts (including legal, if needed)

9. Training in Crisis Management

Equip your team with skills to handle social media crises effectively, maintaining poise and professionalism.

We cover how to set up your in-house team for success (or outsource to a company like B Squared Media) in our Mastering Social Media CX Course.

mastering social media cx course B Squared Media

10. Engaging in Real-Time

Offer real-time engagement during peak hours or special events to provide immediate support when it’s most needed.

Remember, social media moderation and efficient social media support are NOT the same thing!

11. Utilizing Social Media Listening Tools

Employ social listening tools to monitor brand mentions across platforms, staying ahead of potential issues.

As I mentioned in the VoC section under #5, social media listening helps you move from a reactive social media state to proactive and efficient social media support.

Grab our free workbook, co-branded with Sprout Social, if you need help getting started.

social listening step by step workbook sprout social b squared media

[FREE for you!]

12. Establishing a Unified Brand Voice

Ensure your team conveys a unified brand voice that aligns with your company’s values and messaging.

If you don’t have a style guide, consider creating one.

13. Regularly Updating Social Media Policies

As mentioned in #8, you should already have a Social Media Policy. Keep it updated to reflect the latest best practices and legal requirements for your company.

14. Hosting Q&A Sessions

Conduct regular Q&A sessions on your platforms to directly address customer concerns and build engagement.

Also known as ‘AMAs’ (ask me anything), these are a fun way to engage your audience and collect critical VoC data.

15. Creating How-To Guides and Tutorials

Develop easy-to-follow guides and tutorials for your products or services, and share them on your social channels.

Similarly, don’t forget to keep sharing these digital assets. Oftentimes, we see brands share just after something is published but they don’t continue to share in a rotation.

As long as your asset is still relevant, you should be sharing it!

16. Utilizing User-Generated Content

Showcase positive experiences and resolutions using user-generated content to build trust and authenticity.

Makeup brand Blume does an excellent job of this!

blume

17. Implementing Multilingual Support

Offer support in multiple languages to cater to a diverse customer base, if needed.

One tool you can use to assist with this is generative AI, like ChatGPT. However, tread carefully, as LLMs like ChatGPT have many issues with grammar and terminology, such as slang words and misspellings.

18. Offering Proactive Support

Anticipate common customer issues and address them proactively on your social channels. Not sure what your common issues are?

Check out our guide to AI prompting with 15 how-tos for prompting generative AI for CX (customer service) data.

ebook 15 ai prompts b squared media

[FREE for you!]

19. Personalizing Customer Interactions

Personalize interactions by using customer names and referencing past interactions when appropriate. This will be super helpful if you followed the advice in #6!

20. Streamlining Response Processes

Optimize your response processes to reduce wait times and increase efficiency.

In 2022, 77% of consumers reported expecting a response from brands within 24 hours—with 13% expecting a response in mere minutes, according to The Sprout Social Index™.

1 1 Index 2023 Customer Care Chart 1

[Source: Sprout Social]

21. Collaborating with Influencers

Partner with influencers to amplify your support messages and reach a broader audience.

In our State of Social Care report, 2023, we saw how influencers are even playing a role with efficient social media support. Check out pages 35 – 37 for how influencers and ambassadors are shaping social media customer care.

b squared media state of social care report 2023 golide chan

[State of Social Care Report, 2023 — FREE!]

22. Regular Social Media Audits

Conduct regular audits of your social media support channels to identify areas for improvement.

Our biggest tip? Tag or label every incoming message, tag, or mention of your brand with “acquisition” for sales inquiries and “retention” for support inquiries. This will give you a better idea of how much sales/support is happening by channel.

Here’s a real look at four product lines for our consumer tech client:

b squared media customer care tagging acquisition rentention pie graph results

[Read the full case study here!]

23. Emphasizing Visual Content

Use images, videos, and infographics to make your support content more engaging and understandable.

We use and love Descript to help seamlessly edit video content!

24. Offering Exclusive Social Media Support Deals

Provide special offers or resolutions exclusively through social media to encourage engagement.

This is especially important for your social media customer care team when they find those “acquisition” conversations! Do everything in your power to close the deal on your customer’s channel of choice.

25. Celebrating Customer Support Wins

Publicly recognize and celebrate your team’s customer support successes to boost morale and demonstrate commitment.

Need ideas on that? Here are 40 ways to celebrate your CX teams.

26. Encouraging Peer-to-Peer Support

Foster a community where customers can offer advice and support to each other. This is hard for a lot of brands we talk with so we’ve listed some ways to do this below!

How To Encourage Peer-to-Peer Support

Encouraging peer support among customers is a strategic approach that can foster a strong community around a brand, leading to enhanced customer satisfaction and loyalty. Here are some ways your brand can encourage peer-to-peer support:

  1. Create Online Communities:

    • Method: Establish dedicated online platforms such as forums, social media groups, or community pages where customers can interact, share experiences, and offer help to each other.
    • Benefits: These communities provide a space for customers to connect, share tips, and solve problems collaboratively. It also allows the brand to observe customer interactions and gain insights into their experiences and preferences.
  2. Implement Gamification Strategies:

    • Method: Introduce gamification elements like badges, points, or leaderboards to reward customers who actively participate in helping others.
    • Benefits: Gamification can make the process of peer support more engaging and fun. It also recognizes and appreciates the most active members, encouraging continued participation.
  3. Host Q&A Sessions:

    • Method: Organize regular Q&A sessions or webinars where customers can share their knowledge and experiences with others. These can be led by both brand representatives and knowledgeable customers.
    • Benefits: This fosters a learning environment and encourages customers to turn to each other for advice and support, strengthening the community bond.
  4. Highlight Success Stories:

    • Method: Share stories and testimonials of customers helping each other. Recognize and appreciate these community members publicly.
    • Benefits: This not only celebrates community members who contribute but also sets a positive example for others, encouraging them to participate in peer support.
  5. Offer Collaborative Tools and Resources:

    • Method: Provide tools and resources that facilitate customer interaction and problem-solving. This could include shared knowledge bases, how-to videos, and FAQs.
    • Benefits: By providing the necessary resources, brands can empower customers to support each other more effectively and efficiently.
  6. Customer Support Integration:

    • Method: Integrate peer support with formal customer support channels. For instance, direct customers to community forums for additional help or advice.
    • Benefits: This approach not only lightens the load on traditional customer support channels but also enriches the support

27. Showcasing Product Updates

Use social media to inform customers about updates, improvements, or changes to your products or services.

Remember, the goal is to build a customer base, not a follower base! Only customers or would-be customers will care about your product updates.

28. Conducting Customer Surveys

Regularly conduct surveys through social media to gather customer feedback and insights.

29. Utilizing Video Responses

Respond to customer queries with personalized video messages for a more human touch. Again, try Descript!

30. Hosting Live Support Sessions

Organize live sessions on platforms like Facebook or Instagram to address customer issues in real-time.

Adobe does this so well by using their brand ambassadors (as seen in our State of Social Care 2023 report).

31. Regular Team Meetings

Hold frequent team meetings to discuss challenges, share best practices, and stay aligned.

Ensure meetings include cross-functional teams like marketing, sales, product development, and customer service.

32. Highlighting Customer Testimonials

Share positive customer testimonials on your social channels to build credibility and trust.

CPG brand Glossier did this by cleverly taking a customer asking for a deodorant and then using her content to show that they were finally releasing deodorant.

calls to action example UGC

[Source: Glossier]

33. Implementing Feedback Mechanisms

Create channels for customers to provide feedback on their support experience, using this information to continuously improve.

34. Celebrating National and Global Customer Service Weeks

Participate in and celebrate these events to highlight the importance of customer service in your organization.

Customer Service Week (CS Week) is an international event that happens annually during the first full week in October. During CS Week, customer-oriented organizations around the world celebrate the importance of customer service excellence within their organizations.

35. Offering Mobile-Friendly Support

Ensure that your social media support is easily accessible and efficient on mobile devices.

As of 2023, a cell phone is used several times during working hours by 66% of American employees.

36. Training for Empathy and Patience

Regularly train your team on empathy and patience to enhance the quality of customer interactions.

37. Encouraging Self-Service Options

Develop self-service options like chatbots or automated FAQs to empower customers to find solutions quickly.

38. Creating a Community Forum

Establish a forum where customers can ask questions, share experiences, and offer support to each other. See tactical ideas of this on number 27.

39. Regularly Refreshing Social Media Strategies

Keep your social media support strategies fresh and up-to-date with the latest trends and customer preferences.

Keep a close eye on the social media channels that your prospects and customers use most to connect with you to start to understand your customers’ channel(s) of choice.

40. Implementing Follow-Up Procedures

Set up a system to follow up with customers after a support interaction to ensure their issue has been resolved.

You must close the feedback loop!

41. Offering Cross-Channel Support

Provide a seamless support experience across all your digital channels, not just social media.

If you’re not sure where to start, try mapping your customers’ digital customer journey.

DCJ

42. Celebrating Customer Loyalty

Recognize and reward loyal customers through your social media channels to foster a sense of community.

43. Providing Transparent Communication

Be transparent about issues or delays in service, using social media to keep customers informed.

For example, when our banking client has scheduled “down times” in their digital servicing, they send out an email and notify their members through social media posts.

44. Encouraging Feedback on Support Experience

Actively encourage customers to share their support experiences, using this feedback to enhance service quality.

Similarly, B2B brands can also do this. For example, below is a snippet of a service survey we send out to our clients.

b-squared-media-survey-best-customers

45. Hosting Customer Appreciation Events

Organize online events or promotions to show appreciation for your customers, strengthening relationships.

46. Cultivating a Supportive Community

Encourage your followers to support each other. A community that helps one another can be an invaluable asset.

47. Celebrating Customer Stories

Share success stories of customers who had positive experiences with your support team. This not only boosts morale but also showcases your commitment to customer satisfaction.

48. Consistent Tone and Messaging

Ensure your brand voice is consistent across all platforms. This consistency builds trust and recognition.

Strive for social media content that connects, rather than sells.

If you’re unsure how to go about creating content that spurs connection, check out our free course.

Creating Conversational Content That Connects A 7 Lesson Mini Course for Social Media Professionals

[FREE mini-course!]

49. Continuous Training and Development

Invest in regular training for your social media support team. Keeping them updated with the latest trends and technologies is key.

50. Strategic Use of Analytics

Leverage analytics to understand customer behavior and preferences. This data-driven approach can refine your social media support — and social selling — strategies.

As I covered in #22, getting to conversion on social media requires certain analytics. Here’s an example of a sales support question or a potential conversation that could lead to acquisition for one of our clients who sells kitty litter:

kitty litter sales support question social media

 

Our customer experience management metrics has more information on which metrics to measure.

Revolutionizing Customer Support on Social

In conclusion, efficient social media support is not just about responding; it’s about engaging, understanding, and evolving with your customer’s needs.

For brands in CPG, retail, banking, and beyond, these 50 ideas offer a roadmap to excellence in digital customer service.

Companies like us (B Squared Media!) specialize in assisting midsize and large brands in optimizing their social media support and customer care, ensuring that every customer interaction becomes a stepping stone towards enduring loyalty.

Remember, on social media, your response is your reputation.

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Brooke B. Sellas is an award-winning Customer Marketing Strategist and the CEO & Founder of B Squared Media. Her book, Conversations That Connect has been recognized nationally and is required reading for a Customer Experience class at NSU. Brooke's influence in digital marketing is not just about her accomplishments but also about her unwavering commitment to elevating the industry standard of digital customer experience and customer marketing.
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