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According to Zendesk's new infographic, 62% of customers are looking for more support through social media. Compare that to research by MarketTools at the end of 2011 which shows only 23% of US companies provide customer service via Facebook and 12% provide support via Twitter.

This highlights the continued divide between what customers are expecting and companies are giving.

Brand reputation and promotions still tops the list of how brands are using social media. The good news is once companies begin to engage in this arena, the more they find the importance in engaging in social channels.

The stats compiled by Zendesk aren't surprising on their own. It's only when you compare them to what brands are actually doing, there seems to be a discrepancy. If you are working with a brand that just doesn't get it, this infographic may be a key tool to showing what needs to happen to satisfy its customers.

23% of our time is spent online so it's imperative brands be there.

Heather Taylor

Published 6 February, 2012 by Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor is the Editorial Director for Econsultancy US. You can follow her on Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

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Sheena Rajan

I love that companies are taking to twitter to add another layer of customer support. Just today I actually received excellent support from MyEmma (@emmaemail) about some issues I was having. The funny thing was that I didn't contact them - they are diligently searching for mentions of the brand and react in a timely manner. I guess you could call that Reactive Customer Support.

almost 5 years ago

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Amanda

Love infographics, but what shows is worrying to me. As a small business owner, I am concerned about unwarranted negative comments going viral. When it all boils down to it, we all make mistakes and cannot get every right 100% of the time. The internet and social media can be very unforgiving.

almost 5 years ago

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Paul Danek

Amanda,

You are not alone in your concerns. Especially for small business owners, it is extremely challenging finding the time to manage your brand online, like responding to and managing negative comments and/or unhappy customers.

While that is critical, the bottom line is that focusing on delivering a consistent and delightful customer experience is still paramount--Small businesses that are successful in doing that generally find that their most loyal customers will in fact often advocate for their businesses in social media forums--Or at least, the positive comments and reviews will far outpace any negative ones.

almost 5 years ago

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Greg

Yes, we also noticed the same trend. Social media is becoming ubiquitous, and every online tool'd better integrate it.

almost 5 years ago

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StylishSuds

Having good customer service to begin with is no replacement for social media to cover and back track. I run a business in London and we simply see social media as a extension of our service offering.

almost 5 years ago

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