6 Things We Can Learn About the Chat Customer Experience from Amazon.com

Yesterday I had to reach out to Amazon.com for customer support for my daughter’s Kindle Fire. I chose Chat for my help, and I’m so glad I did because I received refreshingly excellent service that made me say, “Now that’s Beyond WOW!”

Amazon.com Chat

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6 things  impressed me and made me say “WOW!” 

1. It was a holiday (Memorial Day), and the Chat representatives were working. 

This was super convenient for me as a consumer on my day off.

2. The Representative, Adrian, said, “Before we get started, how are you today Myra?”   

What a beautiful and warm touch! Right off the bat, I knew I was dealing with a thinking and empowered person and not a person only following a script. Asking me how I was doing allowed Adrian to establish rapport with me and it set the tone for a positive interaction. Not only did Adrian ask how I was doing, but when I replied that I was doing well, he said, “I’m really glad to hear you’re doing really well.” That’s Beyond WOW!

3. The transaction moved quickly because Adrian was knowledgeable. 

Adrian quickly identified my problem, he asked relevant questions, and there was minimal delay between my answers and his next question or statement. So often customers are frustrated with Chat customer service because Representatives take a very long time to reply.

4. He wrote in a casual, conversational tone. 

When Adrian determined the root problem, he said, “Well Myra, it looks like the device needs to be replaced.” His casual and friendly tone helped him continue the rapport he established in the first few seconds, and it helped him to build trust with me. The entire chat interaction featured a warm, casual and friendly tone.

5. Adrian gave me options and time to consider my options. 

My daughter’s Kindle Fire is no longer under warranty, but Adrian quickly gave me options, and he even sent those options to me via email. There was no rush to make a decision, he assured me.

6. I got up from my computer feeling enriched. 

Yes, enriched. One of my goals for every keynote I deliver and every training session I host is to improve the lives of my audience members. I want to add value to people’s lives. I want to inspire them, give them concrete tools they can use. I want my audience to be better and their organizations to be better because of their time with me. Adrian gave me the feeling I want my clients to feel. I felt blessed to have experienced such excellent and refreshing service from him. I felt inspired to work harder at creating rapport with my clients. I also felt inspired to share my reaction to Adrian with my blog readers. I literally got up from my computer feeling enriched.

I hope my experience with Amazon.com chat inspires you. Take a close look at transcripts from your chat customer service interactions. Do they sound robotic or rote? Would anyone walk away from a chat with your employees and say, “Now that’s Beyond WOW”? If your current chat customer experience isn’t as fast, friendly and convenient as it possibly can be, you have an opportunity to make it better. Commit to taking one step within the next 21 days to make your chat customer experience the best it possibly can be.

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