One of the daily challenges for marketing is building trust among consumers. It’s never been easy, but it’s gotten harder over the last two years. Luckily, multi-channel marketers have a clear path to reaching out to the public through web, social media, PR, and trusted local agents or managers. Building trust in difficult economic times is all about repetition, transparency, and multi-channel communications.
Consider the three tables included in this blog post, all from Edelman’s 11th Annual Trust Barometer study, released earlier this year.
- 59% of respondents used social media to ‘vent’ about a customer service experience.
- 72% of respondents researched at least sometimes companies’ customer service policies online prior to purchasing products and services.
- 84% of respondents considered the quality of customer service at least sometimes in their decision to do business with a company.
- 74% chose companies/brands based on others’ customer service experiences shared online.
- 84% of respondents considered at least sometimes the quality of customer service in their decision to do business with a company.
- 81% believed that blogs, online rating systems and discussion forums can give consumers a greater voice in customer service, but less than 33% believed that businesses take customers’ opinions seriously.
How often do you repeat your messages? How many channels do you use to get the message out?