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1 month, 2 weeks ago on The hidden cost of overwork
@jessicamalnik I totally agree with your sentiments, but I think it's a tough battle to argue that the Customer Service Department should run things. Although some companies are starting to really see the value of customer service, many still see it as a very low-level position, and the idea of letting them run anything would be laughable.
I think this sucks, but I think that's the way it is. Not to mention, many customer service departments live under other departments (product, dev, etc).
I think a Community Department that owns customer service as well as customer feedback, sentiment tracking, support, and community-building practices is a little easier for companies to swallow...and it allows the department to more easily step into things that wouldn't traditionally be labeled "customer service".
So basically we're saying the same thing, but disagree on the labels. :)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Finally, a marketer realizes social media is not marketing
@Andy Lang Although I admit it's not scientific, I'm pretty sure our limited example is pretty demonstrative of our experience (note I said our). I had already anecdotally heard that this wasn't as effective as expected from our team and many others, but many people continued to use it because "it was there". In fact, when we interviewed dozens of Zendesk users when creating UserVoice Helpdesk, we found that most folks who used "Pending" to represent tickets that needed follow-up didn't actually ever follow-up. :\ That's a waste of the system and damaging to metrics that are based on status.
As mentioned a lot on this page, I don't think Pending is wrong for everyone. But what I'm trying to get at is that most folks who have some sneaking suspicion that Pending is useless are probably right. If you feel it's a fantastic part of your process, then you're also probably right...you're just not the group I'm talking about. :)
3 months, 4 weeks ago on “Pending” status for support tickets might be useless
@jszotten Sounds like a good use of Pending! We don't have many situations like this, thankfully...so we tend to either get back to the customer right away or know "oh, that's the ticket where I'm waiting to hear from the devs". A single agent should only ever have one or two open tickets in their queue.
As mentioned, support organizations are as varied as pizza styles. I've heard a lot of folks say they use Pending as a way to check in with customers to make sure they're taken care of, and I feel I've debunked that. More power to you if Pending works for your org! :)
@jakeisonline Appreciate the response. Two responses for you:
#1: I don't know of anyone that uses Pending that way. I'm not saying those people don't exist, but the general perception is that Pending is a way to make sure we follow up with customers who we want to hear from. If that's not the intention, you might work on the perception of this feature.
#2: Regardless, your response is predicated on Zendesk's self-help features. I'm extremely opposed to the self-help features in Zendesk because I feel that 90% of people don't want to have to manage their own support; they just want an answer. Most don't want or need to know they're IN a support tool. Again, the answer is the important thing.
That's why UserVoice chose to go with open/closed, and why I think it's an ideal system. I'll be the first to admit that there are exceptions (which I did above), but at least for us this doesn't seem to be a valuable tool and causes a lot of frustration for my team.
@JasonSooter Thanks Jason!
4 months, 1 week ago on Goals
@TonySheng I think that's an excellent question. I just finished reading The Power of Habit, which was amazing. One story is about how Michael Phelps basically has a videotape in his head of the process of winning a race. This includes problems cropping up. In fact, his coach made him do laps in a totally darkened swimming pool to prep for the possibility that he might get water in his goggles someday. And, sure enough, he got water in his goggles at the Olympics and managed to still win the race blind.
I thought the story was amazing exactly because of what you mentioned - if my routine gets messed up my whole day can often be ruined. I haven't figured it out yet, but I need to do the Phelps thing and build backup routines in case things go wrong.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Waking Up at the Same Time Every Day and the Power of Routines
Good tips! Not positive I agree with the example in #5 though. I feel like when I give people that easy step they respond, but then ignore my next email with more details. The fewer steps, the better, in my experience.
...though maybe I'm just not doing a good enough job following up! :)
5 months, 1 week ago on The Art of Following Up
Love it. I also had my mind blown by The Power of Habit...and coincidentally also posted my goals yesterday! www.evanhamilton.com/goals
I think you've done this better than me by focusing on smaller, more individual habits. I may have to take another crack at mine...
5 months, 1 week ago on Waking Up at the Same Time Every Day and the Power of Routines
@badaja_ Thanks so much! See you there for sure!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Moving On
@KiraThompson Thanks so much Kira! You've been an amazing community member and it's been awesome getting to know you as a peer. Looking forward to chatting at UserConf!
@jennalanger Thanks Jenna! You should definitely buy a trip and let me know how it goes! :) Talk soon!
@bettinasays I like the system! You definitely have to be careful not to irritate people but I think some irritation is better than you being totally unproductive and furious about it!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Why I wear headphones at work
@meghankrane Thanks Meghan! I have about 50 things I want to do right away, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Very excited about a new challenge!
@aaron_wheeler Thanks Aaron! To be honest, sometimes I don't tell them...but I agree, telling them is probably generally the best policy. :)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Don’t punish your overachievers; reassign them!
@hoonpark Fantastic example! Win-win. :)
Love the post, as I said on Twitter.
The more I mull on this, the more I think there's an important message that you sort of hit on in "dazzling" but deserves to be highlighted.
Stop making crap.
Ok, ok, that sounds really mean. What I'm getting at is: a lot of press releases are terrible, and a lot of stories that are told aren't worth telling. The clients are probably as much to blame for this as the PR companies, to be honest. But it has to stop. If we're going to build communities we have to do so by only sharing things of value. If what you're writing or trying to get others to write about isn't interesting, they're increasingly not going to share it. There's plenty of news out there and there's plenty of things that ARE interesting to read.
Make good...no, great stuff and you'll be able to build and leverage communities. Make crap and they'll stop listening to you quicker than you can say "community management".
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Community Management is the New PR
@martinwaxman @katskrieger I think part of the problem is also that lots of companies hire "community managers" to post junk to Twitter and Facebook. These are actually social media managers or marketers...very different from building community. But once someone associates a 19-year-old posting kitten photos with community management, it's hard to get them to take the real craft of community-building seriously!
Very useful post. Though it should be noted that community managers were in play long before social media. @frandallfarmer has been at it for 30 years!
1 year ago on Finding Sweet Spots with Engagement Rates
@JoeManna Absolutely! When using statuses on our own feedback forum (feedback.uservoice.com/forums/1-general-feedback) we try to only update something to "started" if it's actually being built at that moment, and never mark anything as "planned". It's all "planned". ;)
I agree with your "no" point as well. People would rather KNOW than continue hoping forever.
1 year, 1 month ago on How to Just Say No