Twitter users who use the microblogging platform to lodge complaints about bad customer experiences say they expect companies to read and respond to their complaints, according to a poll from Maritz Research. Most companies, however, don't appear to be listening.
Among frequent Twitter users* age 18 and older who have issued a complaint to a company via Twitter, roughly one-half say they expect their tweets to be read.
Expectations are even higher among older users: 57.02% of those age 45-54 and 64.89% of those age 55+ expect their tweeted complaints to be read:
Below, additional findings from a study by Maritz Research and its social intelligence arm, evolve24.
But few companies appear to be listening. Among Twitter users who have issued a complaint to a company via Twitter, only (33%) say they have received some type of follow-up to their complaint.
Among those who have received responses to their complaints:
- 83% say they liked or loved hearing from the company they had complained about; only 3% didn't like or hated hearing from the company.
- 75% were very or somewhat satisfied with the company's response; only 15% were very or somewhat dissatisfied with the response.
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Older age groups are more likely to want responses from companies, whereas younger age groups are more likely to be indifferent:
- 91.5% of those age 45-54 and 92.6% of those age 55+ say they would like it or love it if the company contacted them regarding a tweeted complaint, compared with 79.8% of those age 18-24.
- 17.7% of those age 18-24 and 12.3% of those age 25-34 say it doesn't matter if a company responds to their complaints, compared with 7.3% of those age 45-54 and 5.9% of those age 55+ who say the same.