Can You Get a Little Satisfaction? You Don't Have to Be Mick Jagger -- Yola.com Did! Case Study #4 Customer Service Social Me

Natalie L. Petouhoff, Ph.D. By Dr. Natalie Petouhoff

Remember that great song... "Can't get no... Satisfaction..." Some how I think that is the national anthem of most customers. Why is it so freaking hard to get satisfaction?


I found out it's not really that hard if you have getsatisfaction.com In an interview with the company's CEO, Wendy Lea and her team, I learned a lot about how they are helping companies hear and respond to the voice of the customer...


GetSatisfaction is the brainchild of Thor Muller, Amy Muller and Lane Becker. They wanted to make a difference. They wanted to use software to enable a better world. There in the heart of South Park - they came up with a way to do that.


Thor AmyLaneWendy


 Thor.........................Amy.....................Lane..........and............Wendy



How can companies use GetSatisfaction? Depending on the customer/user's goal /topic here's how it can work:



Get satisfaction list of uses


Today they have collectively pretty impressive stats: 24,500 Communities, 15,888 Companies, 17,248 employees working together to improve 24,283 products and services. Companies like Zappos.com, P&G, Twitter, Six Apart, Mint, Microsoft and Mozilla are finding value -- and satisfaction by using getsatisfaction.com


Here's the site's home page. Most customers type in the name of a company and the site that corresponds to the company comes up.Get satisfaction website




Yola.com is one of the many companies that is using getsatisfaction as their solution to interact and serve their customers. It is a company to watch... at least according to Business Week... and they otta know... they track the best of the up and comers...


Yola.com is a on-line website builder that makes it easy to create, publish and host a website. They simplified the process so that the "customer experience" of having a website was much more enjoyable! But as all companies know... customer service is the new sales... so grrrrreat customer service is a must for positive word-of-mouth, continued sales and rapid growth.


So how could a company provide amazing service and not break the bank? Its customer base was rapidly growing-- its target market -- individuals and small businesses could conceivably need alot of help! Yola.com established a customer community at getsatisfaction.com. The result? 2 million customers are supported by only six people! And the community users like it-- 5-to-1 over email support!


CEO Vinny Lingham requests that all employees at Yola.com participate in the community. That makes the community lively-- with support from customer champions- Super Users and customers-- especially when Vinny answers questions himself! As of June 2009 Yola estimates that they have had a 60-70% reduction in customer service tickets since the end of 2008. Vinny was just on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine -- as being a brilliant business man and lot's of accolades for his ability to raise funding!


Cover of entr vinny



Yola's NPS (Net Promoter Score) is also an important metric to its management, its board of directors and its investors. Yola carefully tracks the movement in NPS and provides weekly reports. What's interesting is that right after a crisis- when you would normally think the NPS might go down... Yola has seen the opposite... instead of a dip, they see a marked increase in NPS.


The feedback they get is that customers appreciate getting an instant reply when they report a problem. Customer feel that Yola cares enough to be in communication with their customers and getting regular feedback and information as the company works to solve the issue-- is important to sustaining that relationship. And to top it off-- they love getting an email when the issue is solved. The principle of NOW and continuous communication is testament to the power of social media and to the customer experience and customer loyalty.


Click here to link to the Forrester Case Study on-line!


See.... getting a little satisfaction isn't that hard... you just have to know where to find it! Right Mick? (If you have not seen this rare footage of Mick singing Get Satisfaction on youtube... its worth a click!)


Learn. Share. Grow.


Follow me on Twitter at drnatalie or write to me at npetouhoff@forrester.com


p.s. Here's how customers are using getsatisfaction: They can ask a question, share an idea, report a problem, get praise... and much, much more... log onto www.getsatisfaction.com to experience it!


Yola simple top 


Customers can see other customer's ideas....


Yola ideas 


Customers can see common issues...


Yola common problem 


Customers can see FAQs...



Yola FAQs 


Customers can see other customer's praise...



Yola praise 


Customers can see who is in the community...



Yola community members 


 




 


























































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re: Can You Get a Little Satisfaction? You Don't Have to Be Mic

Great information Natalie, educational and informative as always. Does GetSatisfaction go beyond the Social Support Community level or is it purely focused on support. It is clearly a great solution either way, just trying to better understand the "box" that it best fits in.I will have to check these folks out when I have some time as they are clearly doing some things very well.Thanks,John

re: Can You Get a Little Satisfaction? You Don't Have to Be Mic

Really Nice Post. More and more businesses are indulge with online presence, it is costly if you find a wrong company to do your job

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