Customer service is the new cornerstone of competition among brands which can also help a company differentiate itself from its competitors.
Consumers have also become accustomed to great customer service and don’t compromise with it, a huge proportion – 87% of consumers also want companies to go the extra mile and set new standards of customer service with their innovation.
One strategy a brand can adopt to enhance customer service is to be proactive. Consumers also like it when they’re contacted by a company proactively regarding customer service.
When the Helplama team surveyed a large number of consumers throughout the US, they found that 83% of consumers said they want a company to self-diagnose issues related to the product or service and contact them proactively before they have to make the effort to call or message the company.
In this survey, you will find out why companies need to be proactive in customer service and how consumers feel when they are proactively approached by a company, and when a company needs to be proactive.
- 64% of consumers said they have experience of proactive customer service.
- 73% of consumers said they want a company to contact them proactively regarding fraudulent activity on their account.
Of those consumers who did not have the experience of proactive customer service:
- 83% of consumers said they want companies to contact them proactively to provide customer service.
Of those consumers who had the experience of proactive customer service:
- 89% of consumers found proactive customer service to be a pleasant surprise or a positive experience.
- 92% of consumers reported that the experience of being contacted proactively by the company changed their perception of the company in a positive way.
- 87% of consumers said that a positive experience of proactive service propelled them to take positive action.
Finding 1 – 64% of consumers had the experience of proactive customer service.
In our survey, when we asked consumers, “In the past, whenever you experienced an issue with a company’s product or service, has it ever happened that the company detected the issue on their own and a support representative from the company reached out to you proactively before you had to make the effort of calling the company’s customer service or emailing them?”, 64% of consumers said “yes.”
This means, companies already know the importance of proactive customer service and are striving to provide a superior customer service experience, making it more crucial for your company to provide proactive customer service to your customers. But if you’re a small-medium company, then it might be difficult for you to set up an in-house outbound call center. In such a scenario, you can delegate your customer service to another specialized company for a few hundred dollars.
While a good proportion of companies provide proactive customer service to their customers, a large proportion of consumers also want to be contacted proactively by the companies.
Finding 2 – 83% of consumers want companies to contact them proactively to provide customer service.
When we asked the consumers who did not have the experience of proactive customer service that “Do you feel you would want companies to detect issues related to their product or service on their own and reach out to you proactively before you have to make the effort of calling them or messaging them?” 83% of consumers replied with a ‘yes’.
Seems like consumers expect brands to self-diagnose the issue with the product or service before they detect or face the issue. In simple terms, they expect brands to care about them.
While a huge proportion of consumers expect the brand to be proactive in customer service, a larger proportion of consumers also like it when they’re provided with proactive customer service.
Finding 3 – 89% of consumers found proactive customer service to be a pleasant surprise or a positive experience.
Our survey recorded high consumer satisfaction levels when they experienced proactive customer service.
Of those consumers who had the experience of proactive service, almost 9 out of 10 consumers found it to be a pleasant surprise or a positive experience.
So, consumers like it and feel delighted when a company detects the issue on their own and takes charge to resolve it before the consumer faces the issue. This also means that it can be a great strategy for brands to build lasting and stronger business relationships with their customers.
Furthermore, we also discovered that proactive customer engagement can also change consumer’s perception of the brand in a positive way.
Finding 4 – 92% of consumers reported that the experience of being contacted proactively by the company changed their perception of the company in a positive way.
Another reason why a brand needs to be proactive is that it can influence consumer’s perception of the brand. In other words, proactive customer service can positively impact a brand’s image.
The Helplama team found that 9 out of 10 consumers’ perception of a brand changed positively after they’re contacted proactively by the brand.
So, it can be a great approach for a company to enhance its brand image or influence consumer’s perception of the company.
Not only consumer’s perception but adopting a proactive approach can also make consumers take positive action.
Finding 5 – 87% of consumers said that a positive experience of proactive service propelled them to take positive action.
If you care about me, I’ll take care of you.
In the survey, we discovered that consumers not only feel satisfied but also take positive action.
After having a positive experience or pleasant surprise on being contacted proactively, a huge and significant proportion – 87% of consumers said they would like to leave a positive review or make another purchase.
In simple words, when consumers feel that a company cares about them and their customer experience, they also like to share their positive experience with others and feel more loyal to the company.
But you might be wondering when is it right for a company to be proactive?
When Consumers Want Companies To Approach Them Proactively?
To know consumers’ preference for proactive customer service and when it’s appropriate for a company to proactively approach its customers, we asked them the question below.
#1 Our survey indicated that consumers are most concerned about the security of their accounts with a company. The largest majority – 73% of consumers said they would want companies to contact them proactively if there’s any fraudulent activity on their account.
#2 Another good majority – 6 out of 10 consumers consider it appropriate to be contacted by a company if the company has questions about an order they placed. And it can also be important for the company to better serve consumers, and avoid future misunderstandings and other issues.
#3 58% of consumers want companies to be proactive to provide warranty & service-related information. For instance, they want companies to contact and notify them of warranty termination and to let them know if they can renew it.
#4 A similar proportion – 57% of consumers want companies to contact them proactively for setting appointments and reminders.
#5 Another significant proportion – 35% of consumers would like to be contacted by a company to be notified about sales.
#6 30% of consumers consider it reasonable for a company to be proactive to inform them about special occasion offers.
The above findings make one thing clear that customer service is not just about answering customer calls or providing inbound support, but it can be outbound as well.
Instead of waiting for customers to encounter issues, a company can and should take the initiative to self-diagnose issues and take charge before customers face those issues.
Proactive customer service seems to be a great way through which brands can show their care for the customers and make them feel important to the company. It can not only build stronger business relationships with consumers but can also influence consumer trust and loyalty.
As a large proportion – 64% of consumers are accustomed to proactive customer service, a company should definitely provide a proactive customer service experience to its customers to win their trust, loyalty, and stand out from the competition.
The Helplama team surveyed a large number of consumers of various age groups throughout the US to know how consumers feel when a company proactively approaches them to provide customer service.
The survey consisted of a fair equal proportion of men (53.2%) and women (46.8%).
- 16 – 17 (0.8%)
- 18 – 24 (9.4%)
- 25 – 34 (20.6%)
- 35 – 44 (42.6%)
- 45 – 54 (13.2%)
- 54+ (13.4%)