Small voices, BIG impact


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In today’s technology space you don’t need to be Barack Obama or the Queen to get heard. Gone are the days when you needed a grandstand and a press following to spark conversation amongst the masses. With a Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus account one status update could end up circulating the globe.

This new landscape creates a more level playing field for small businesses without the marketing and PR budgets of their Fortune 500 counterparts. For once, the benefits and pitfalls of a customer experience going viral are one and the same; meaning customer engagement needs to be positive 100% of the time.

Today, the Simply Zesty, the original Facebook post that sparked this tribute page has over 55,000 comments and has been shared 18,000 times. That’s a massive amount of public approval for Chris’s response to three-year-old Lily’s letter asking why Tiger bread isn’t called giraffe bread.

The fact that Sainsbury’s is getting a mention in this and multiple other articles even six months later is testament to the benefits of good customer service going viral. Conversely, you can find viral videos on YouTube where disgruntled customers have turned their complaints into songs and skits to get community support when customer support has refused to listen. Simply search for #Fail in Twitter and see how many businesses get mentioned for poor customer service.

To capitalize on positive exposure, or to prevent a complaint going viral, it is essential to include social media listening as part of the customer service remit. For this reason, my company includes social media integration in our software, as fantastic support should occur across all channels.

If you’re in the UK, visit a Sainsbury’s to see how they took this publicity one step further and renamed Tiger Bread, Giraffe Bread.

Denise Parker
Denise Parker is marketing guru of Casengo. This social customer support software in the cloud helps companies to respond to their customers with greater ease and a human touch. Casengo, developed in Amsterdam, will be released to the public this Fall. You can register as a beta tester by leaving your email address on


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