Luckily, the military’s experience with fighting terrorism provides a useful guide to corporations learning how to manage customer “rebellion” on 3 levels:
Level 1: Listen and Respond Many brands get into trouble by failing to notice the warning signs before its too late. Fortunately, all one needs are some good tools for monitoring social media, a crack team of social analysts and customer advocates, and a genuine commitment to act on what they see and hear.
Level 2: Engage and Dissipate To neutralize customer insurgency before it spreads, companies must build their communities and engage their brand advocates. Since potential insurgents are far more likely to trust a fellow customer, the mission becomes: creating a volunteer army and reducing the space for would-be insurgents to gain footing.
Level 3: Involve and Transform Listening and engaging are useful to catch insurgency before it spreads. But the best strategy is to prevent it from happening in the first place. This requires involving customers and transforming strategy, relationships, and processes, both inside and outside the organization.
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