Sunday, March 13, 2005

Best PR advice you will ever get

Customer Service IS Corporate Messaging

How many corporations know how its customer service (CS) department and personnel are interacting with the public? As customer service is usually the first human interaction that your customers have - particularly if you are an Internet-based business - shouldn't you know what your people are saying?

If you are in a public relations department, here's a suggestion: work down in customer service for a day. Answer the phones, answer the emails. Do you really know what your customers are saying, or are you too insulated in the PR department? You want to know the real issues for your company, spend a day in the trenches of customer service. Then, work with the head of CS to ensure that messaging is consistent across the board. Should the two departments be connected? Of course not, that's close to impossible. But, they should work together.

In a world of email discussion groups and blogs, good customer service was never more important.

1 comment:

Strategic Guy said...

I agree completely with Alice about the importance for marketing communications and PR professionals to invest time interacting with all of their organization's key audiences. In addition to customer service, joining the sales team on a new customer presentation can be incredibly valuable.

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