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Hugging the Cactus: Why Businesses Should Value Negative Customer Feedback

hugging cactus Hugging the Cactus: Why Businesses Should Value Negative Customer Feedback

There are just some people in this world who cannot stand receiving negative comments, feedback and reviews. For instance, there are celebrities who make it to the top and after a few years decline in terms of career success. What’s sad is that they feel like losers in the game and commit suicide. Some are envious of their competitors and start doing bad things to hurt themselves or other innocent individuals. Very similar to the business domain, there are those organizations that do not lend an ear to people who criticize their products and/or services. In this article, we will point out reasons why they should value negative customer feedback and make room for improvement as a reputation management agency would suggest.

Hugging the Cactus: Why Businesses Should Value Negative Customer Feedback

1. Feedbacks are gifts to a business.

When there is customer feedback, whether it be positive or negative, this means that the customer is concerned about the business and how it can maintain its peak or strive to gain power in the industry. For instance, a new milk tea shop has opened and customers find their concoctions too sweet. When the shop owners do not listen or just ignore the negative comment, they might continue creating the drinks with the same level of sweetness and the number of customers will be reduced soon. On the other hand, when they try to lessen the sugar or offer customers the option to choose the amount of sugar to be placed in their drinks, the business will be able to sustain their customers in the long run.

Feedbacks are gifts to a business because these can help them improve their current operations, services and offerings and eliminate the unpleasant. They are pieces of ideas to compel them to make it right. By driving company actions by these testimonials, the company would know how to react to customers next time and not repeat the same mistakes only to receive the same negative comments.

2. Venting out feedbacks makes customers feel special.

Venting out their issues is one way of customer relationship and interaction with them. Businesses should learn that winning against customers in arguments is not the point after receiving negative feedback. Knowing how to respond to these irate complainers is what counts. Examine the critical information it contains and discover the gem of truth in them. Think as if you’re in the customer’s shoes and get every bit of their valuable insights to see how you can meet their demand.

Without giving them anything in return, when customers complain about the product or service from your company, they feel special. It does not matter if they are voicing out positive or negative concerns. What’s important is they know that someone on the other end is engaging with them and hearing what they have to say. Their opinion suddenly becomes important, as company staff will think of ways to solve the problem or look for ways to improve in a timely fashion.

3. Embrace professionalism.

Businesses should in no way think of negative feedback as something personal. They should be reminded that these feedbacks are tests to their professionalism. If a business tries to compete with the high level of voice and gravity of the customer’s frustrations, it will just be losing its charisma and customers would not want to be back anymore. Being professional can dramatically curtail the instances of negativism and turn every customer’s frown to a smile.

Think that negative feedbacks are your golden opportunities to improve. Obviously, they sting, especially when you get to deal with customers who give negative comments at great lengths and even expose these to social media and the vast public domain. Since you know that you are facing their emotions, be careful at how you handle them. Professionalism reflects how committed you are at correcting things and demonstrating good customer service to win your customer’s hearts. Go the extra mile to follow up their concerns as well. You have to let them know that you have acted well upon the criticisms and have the ability to showcase improvement beyond their expectation to satisfy them.

Conclusion

If a business is able to address bad responses from their clients effectively, they can turn them into great progresses in the company. And this can lead to a successful implementation of change that improves their overall reputation in the public. Through time, when customers know that their reviews are appreciated, as much as satisfaction in the offerings of a company will grow, these customers will also stay loyal to a brand knowing that there contribute to its success by giving feedback. Turn the negative to positive and keep them following your brand and become advocates of it. You might even take advantage of critiques to help expand the vision in your business with a different light.

 Hugging the Cactus: Why Businesses Should Value Negative Customer Feedback

Jamaica Sanchez

Jamaica Sanchez is a Website Auditor with solid experience. She has been an advocate of cloud computing for improved work efficiency and performance. She also has a passion in dancing, cooking and playing golf.

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5 thoughts on “Hugging the Cactus: Why Businesses Should Value Negative Customer Feedback

  1. There are many eCommerce companies, those don’t care about feedback and complaints. They do what they are doing like fraud, late delivery, no response on complaints, no resolution of issues. That is why, the customer get frustrated and looks for another option. If the eCommerce companies really take care of customer’s feedback they can increase their customer base.

  2. Negative comments … (otherwise know as feedback) can be great, especially if they are sent to you directly and not posted on the Internet for everyone to see. There are some wonderful tools available that make it very easy for your customers to share their thoughts. Good comments go to the Internet for everyone to see. Negative comments go directly to you so that you can address them privately. Check out services like the Five Star Review System and Survey Monkey. Give yourself an opportunity to hug the cactus. Thanks for the great article Jamaica.

  3. Hello Sanchez,

    Being aware of the negative feedback is a must. It is important to measure the ratio between the favorable and negative comments. If the negatives outweighs the positive than a change must be taken in your activity as the majority could not be wrong (at least in our democratic society).
    There are also some situations when the negative feedback represent no more than 15% or 20%. In this scenario no action should be taken as you have a strong majority which likes your service or product. It is natural not everybody likes you or what you do. You must concentrate on those who do and as long as they are 80% of your business is OK.