Casio understands that customer experience influences purchase intent at every touchpoint, from digital to out-of-home. In fact, Defaqto Research found that 55% of consumers would pay more for a better customer experience. And McKinsey amplified this sentiment with findings that revealed 70% of buying experiences are based on how the customer feels they are being treated.

To meet the evolving demands of shoppers, Casio knew it had to center its business strategy on customer care. In 2016, Casio adopted Sprout Social to streamline consumer communication, improve quality assurance and implement a more efficient, cross-functional internal workflow.

The results?

  • 22% MoM increase in response rate across Facebook and Twitter coupled
  • 60% MoM decrease in response time on weekdays.

These are KPIs that prove the global electronics brand is exceeding customer expectations from prospecting through retention.

Pruning the Branches of the Digital Phone Tree

Keyboards. Calculators. Cameras. Watches. Casio’s support team is responsible for a diverse portfolio of products. Tasked with addressing the needs of consumers across a multitude of demographics and use cases, Casio support is a make or break stop for prospective buyers and brand loyalists. This is why the electronics brand made an intentional decision to move social customer care in-house.

For many, social is their first touchpoint with a brand. A 2017 Sprout survey found that over 50% of Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers follow a brand on social before purchasing a product. And Casio knows that first impressions matter. When customer care was being handled by an agency, Casio couldn’t control the customer experience or ensure that it met brand standards.

“Social is an extension of our brand and we have to replicate our in-store experience across all of our digital touchpoints,” said Richard Sharpe, Operational Services Divisional Manager.

Richard Sharpe, Casio Electronics

Customers agree. Recent research from Salesforce revealed that 75% consumers expect a consistent experience wherever they engage (e.g., website, social media, mobile, in person).

“Our customer care team deals with the most important people for Casio–our customers. When you pass this off to an agency, you give up direct control. You jeopardize quality,” said Sharpe.

When an agency was handling Casio support, sterile messaging coupled by cumbersome approval processes compromised the brand’s image. Customers would reach out to Casio on Twitter or Facebook only to be given a generic response that prompted them to different channel such as phone or email, where they were than asked to repeat their issue.

“By bringing social in-house, we’re able to meet our customer’s needs,” said Sharpe, “We have the resources and expertise to immediately answer questions and find the proper resolutions without frustrating customers.”

Casio broke down the barriers of the digital phone tree and provided customers with the level of care they were demanding.

“Exceptional customer care is what builds trust in a brand. It’s what sets Casio apart,” said Sharpe.

Sharpe is right.

Seventy-one-percent of 2017 Sprout survey respondents said they were more likely to buy from a brand that provided a positive interaction. Further proof that streamlined customer service directly correlates to a brand’s bottom line.

sprout social q1 2017 index graph

Taking Control: Ensuring Negatives Are Turned Into Positives

Taking ownership of social customer care enables Casio to control its brand narrative across touchpoints. This gives the electronics brand an opportunity to turn negative situations into positive, memorable interactions.

“Customer support is the differentiator between buying Product A or Product B,” said Sharpe.

“It influences brand loyalty. People want to know that someone is there to provide information on how a product works or to help when something goes wrong.”

When customer care was handled by an agency, Casio was less likely to be aware of the negative and positive brand experiences that customers were sharing. This was a huge blind spot, as negative customer experiences exponentially impact brands. According to Parature, it takes 12 positive customer experiences to make up for one negative experience.

Casio Electronics Watch

Simply put, “An agency doesn’t have the same investment in the company,” said Sharpe.

Having customer care in-house has not only empowered Casio to resolve problems. It’s simultaneously allowed the brand to amplify the positives and easily pass along success stories to Casio’s marketing department.

Increased Efficiency Across the Organization Driven by Ease of Use

One of the biggest benefits for Casio since switching to Sprout is the ability to scale the software to meet the needs of the brand’s entire organization.

“The way Sprout is configured is really simple. You’ve got one place where you go to get all of the information you need. You’re not moving across different tabs. It has really streamlined our communication,” said Sharpe.

Instead of relying on email or internal instant messages, the customer care and marketing divisions are able to communicate with each other directly in the Sprout platform.

“Tasks are fantastics. I see all of Casio’s social messages–across networks, in one feed. Then, depending on the context, I can send messages to a customer service agent, sales or marketing representative. It speeds up the whole process. And, on social, speed is key,” said Sharpe.

Casio Electronics Social Customer Care

Sprout’s efficiency coupled by ease of use doesn’t just apply to functionality and communication. It also applies to reporting. Casio was able to standardize its reporting metrics with Twitter Feedback and NPS scoring, a metric that is used to benchmark success across the organization’s email and phone efforts.

“The benefit of having NPS reporting is massive. It’s consistent with other reporting we do. So it just slips seamlessly into what we already have established. It’s not having people try and understand anything different, it’s very simple, very straightforward,” said Sharpe.

A Scalable Social Customer Care Structure

Moving customer care in-house and investing in Sprout across the organization has enabled Casio increase its response rate by 22% MoM and decrease reply time by 60% MoM on weekdays. But it’s also allowed the electronics brand to communicate its brand mission and improve the customer experience at scale.

“Casio’s value system for support is really to engage with our end users. We want to make them feel as if they’re part of the Casio brand,” said Sharpe.

Sprout has empowered Casio to foster consistent connections with its customers by simplifying how customer support collaborates with other teams across the organization.