This post is part of the B2B Retention Handbook series. To explore more challenges and solutions, check out the series here.
In any relationship communication is key, but that’s especially the case for speaking with your customers. Whether to field customer questions or accept feedback, it’s important to have a clear outlet for users.
You can also uncover incredibly beneficial insights and proactively support conversations by using data from customer engagements. Have they stopped engaging with product updates you know they’ll care about? Have users dropped off their product engagement? Having a place to go to know what’s going on can only help your team stay aligned to best support your customers.
Consider the following solutions to the biggest issues in communication that lead to contract churn.
Two of the top reasons customers churn are:
- Poor customer service
- Poor two-way communication
- If customers can't reach out and immediately get answers or deliver feedback, they get frustrated and move on to other tasks. If this frustration continues, it may lead to abandonment and churn.
- The bottom line is that customers require quick and easy access to information, which doesn’t mean filling out a form or a support ticket or sending an email and waiting hours, or even days, for a response.
- Equally frustrating is being sent to a Contact Us page with phone numbers and a form—again, no easy, direct way to get an answer or solve a problem.
- Even chatbots can be frustrating when they aren’t live, and you’re guided through a series of automated responses that don’t answer your question or provide helpful tips.
- On the feedback side, your Customer Success team may send customers monthly or quarterly surveys, but they ask only specific questions with number ratings or yes/no answers. There may be no other simple way for customers to provide direct feedback or request features and updates.
- This lack of two-way communication and the ability to get quick action on issues and questions can result in a poor customer experience that compounds over time and leads to churn.
- Develop a comprehensive plan for customer service, support, and feedback. This will take time, technology, and expertise to develop a frictionless, helpful customer experience. Most of all, it requires a company-wide commitment to solve for customers throughout their journey and to provide a consistently excellent customer experience - Build Your Dream Customer Service Team | Salesforce
- Research, procure, and implement a quick response system that’s easily found on your website, social profiles, emails, and content. Possibilities include chat features, click-to-call, social media, and online communities. - How To Interact With Customers on Live Chat | Zendesk
- Build an online customer community led by your Customer Success team to encourage user discussion, feedback, Q & A, and customer-focused events for new products, how-tos, and customer stories. - How to Build an Online B2B Community | Online Communities Blog by Chris Detzel
- Encourage customer feedback through live events featuring Q & A or AMA (Ask Me Anything) with your experts, surveys circulated by your Customer Success team and/or account managers. Circulate invitations and rewards for posting reviews on review sites, and in-app feedback tools. - 10 Tips to Get Customers to Review Your Products and Generate Social Proof | Neil Patel
- Capture all customer communications in customer service/support apps, feedback apps, customer interviews, customer surveys, community, social sites, third-party reviews, emails, and forms. Integrate and analyze data from across all customer channels. Identify and follow up with customer accounts facing imminent renewal dates and accounts ready for expansion. - Pairing quantity to quality goals | Klearly
Bonus: Understand Where Your Customers Are in Their Journey - And Retain More of Them
When good customers churn, it can be an unpleasant surprise, to say the least.
The most consistent, growing companies stay in touch, get feedback, and ask their Customer Success teams to help customers succeed. But, how do you know when things are changing in a potentially negative way?
One important way to monitor customer happiness is with customer engagement data. Klearly aggregates customer data from all of your sources and transforms it into a unified way to look at what's happening across teams and touchpoints. From there, signals are connected to individuals and their accounts so patterns of engagement can be identified and prescriptive insights can be generated about customer activity, progress towards goals, adoption, interest, and satisfaction. Ultimately, revenue teams are empowered to take the next, best step toward retaining customers and growing your collaboration with them.
If engagement with marketing or sales communications starts to fall off or stop altogether, you can receive notices with Klearly and take action to re-engage.
If product utilization drops off or support ticket volume increases, you can automatically send a notice to the appropriate team and follow your process to reactivate customers, provide training and support, and prevent churn.
With a system to help you keep customers engaged, you can engage proactively outside renewals or quarterly reviews. Klearly helps you harness customer data to keep your relationships moving forward, grow customer satisfaction, and build brand loyalty.