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How to Deliver Quality Customer Service on Amazon 

The following tips will show you what customer service mistakes commonly made selling on Amazon, what you can do to course correct, how you can maximize your brand reputation, and how you can offer ongoing customer support for years to come. There are already a number of software and services on Amazon designed to help you optimize and grown your brands on the Amazon marketplace. 

9 Bad Amazon Customer Service Practices You Might be Doing (and What to Do Instead) 

#1 – Slow Seller Response Time 

The first common mistake we see sellers make is not responding to customers within the first 24 hours, positively or otherwise. Fast responses actually create trust because they let your customers know you are there for them and that you care, whereas waiting 7 days to respond has quite the opposite effect. Immediate responses often also lead to more positive reviews/feedback.  

Recommendation: Check customer feedback twice per day and be sure to offer 24-hour support, including over the weekend. 

#2 – Not Setting Accurate Expectations 

The next big mistake is not setting the right expectations. This includes sparse or inaccurate product descriptions, misrepresentation of sizes or colors, poor return policies, and even unrealistic shipping dates, to name a few. Shoppers who think they are buying one thing and receive another are understandable upset, so it’s critical to set.  

Recommendation: Be clear, provide lifestyle imagery to convey size, include specs in infographics, and if you have them, use videos. Videos help showcase your product in action. It’s also a great way to establish peace of mind with your buyers because it gives visual instructions. 

#3 – Using Generic or Impersonal Language 

Mistake number three: being impersonal. When a customer is upset, don’t compound the issue by using obviously templatized or detached language. A customer came to you with an issue. Customer service is your opportunity to save the relationship. Do it right, and you may win a repeat customer. 

Recommendation: Know your customer’s name and be respectful in your email communications. Be aware that Amazon templates are not a one-size fits all. Be sure to check spelling, double check the name, and that you’re using the correct call to action. 

#4 – Directing Shoppers to Off-Amazon Pages 

Avoid directing people off Amazon, as this violates Amazon’s buyer-seller communication policies. If you direct shoppers off Amazon, you may lose communication privileges within Amazon.  

Recommendation: If you do need to redirect customers to other content, you can invite them to reach out directly. Only do this if it’s necessary for a positive customer experience. 

#5 – Not Managing Amazon Seller Reviews 

Many sellers pay attention to product reviews, but too many don’t give the same attention to seller reviews. Actively monitoring and responding to seller reviews is just as important as managing product reviews because your seller rating directly impacts how likely you are to win the buy box. 

Recommendation: Check seller feedback at least once per week and respond to any review that requires it. Sellers can petition Amazon to remove a seller review if it contains obscene language, personally identifiable information, is actually a product review, or is related to the delivery or customer service experience for an order that was fulfilled by Amazon. 

#6 – Not Acting upon Customer Feedback 

Reviews are free data. Use them! Customer feedback gives valuable insight into what products get right, and perhaps more importantly, what they get wrong. Actioning this information should be a key ingredient in your product iteration and sales strategy. When you act upon customer feedback, it also makes your customers feel heard. 

Recommendation: Meticulously read product reviews, seller reviews, the Questions & Answers section, buyer-seller messaging, and the Voice of the Customer dashboard to get product improvement suggestions. 

#7 – Not Using Amazon Tools for Customer Engagement 

Amazon offers a wide variety of tools to help you succeed, and they’re free! Not using them is a huge mistake, yet many sellers are unaware of these programs or underutilize them.  

Recommendation: Take full advantage of the Manage Your Customer Engagement tool, Buyer-Seller Messaging, the Request a Review program, and the Contact Customer tool for critical reviews (1-3 stars).  

#8 – Not Having a Standardized Plan for Refunds 

Product returns are inevitable. When shoppers return a product, they’ll want a refund. This is another area where we often see room for improvement. Some sellers handle refunds on a case-by-case basis rather than having a standardized and codified process. This can result in delays, confusion, and inconsistent customer experiences. 

There may be times when a mistake is made and a product is lost, damaged, or late. It’s the seller’s responsibility to make the customer whole, but you don’t need to shoulder that burden alone. 

Recommendations: Match Amazon’s generosity. If you make it hard for them to return your item, they are less likely to buy it again and may leave negative feedback. Set a price threshold where you will not require returns in order to process a refund. When setting this price, consider how much margin would remain after paying restocking fees, and whether it’s worth a blow to your seller rating (% of returns is a factor for seller rating). If you do require a return before issuing a refund, prepaid returns offer the best customer experience. 

Regarding reimbursements, we recommend communicating with your partners (3PLs, FedEx, USPS, UPS, etc.) and creating a process to file or submit claims when a customer case meets certain criteria. For example, asking for pictures of damage or defects. You should also organize your claims and update their statuses to show success rate and money won back. 

#9 – Ignoring Customer Experience from Outside Channels 

Even if you only sell on Amazon, you need to assume that your products will end up elsewhere, such as eBay. Have a plan to handle customers from every ecommerce marketplace, even if you’re not selling there. 

Recommendation: Prepare your website and customer service team to handle both Amazon and non-Amazon inquiries. In general, we recommend directing customers to contact the seller from whom they purchased to resolve any issues.  

Always Remember the Golden Rule 

So, there you have it. Nine quick tips for how to provide quality customer service on Amazon. Using these tips will help you create a better, more lasting relationship with your customer, build trust, engage conversations, and so much more. That all said, here’s one final bonus tip… treat people how you would want to be treated, with care and respect, and we’re sure their experience will be just as good as yours.  

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