Many companies have already reaped significant benefits from incorporating Social Media as part of their strategy, by being able to effectively and efficiently build new and reinforce ongoing relationships with existing and potential customers. Marketing can use Social Media to drive brand awareness, deliver relevant information and generate new leads; Customer Support can leverage social channels to respond to enquiries and complaints, as well as solicit customer feedback; whereas Sales can utilize Social Media to support customer acquisition strategies.
"Social Media can also be instrumental in managing and protecting corporate reputation," Jabali notes. Unhappy customers can reach out to thousands of online users through Facebook, Tweets and other Social Media channels and the adverse effect to company's reputation through such outbursts can be staggering if the appropriate remediating actions are not taken.
Companies need to have a comprehensive Social Media presence to provide the customers with an 'always on' channel that is able to meet their sales and service needs. "Pioneers in Social Media in North Africa will find that investing in this new channel will create not only brand awareness and social engagement with their targeted segments, but also to generate consistent uplift of revenue year after year," concludes Jabali.
SOURCE Peppers & Rogers Group