A Brand’s Message Board Is Also A Consumer Generated Ad (for better or worse)

Pete Blackshaw, author of Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3,000, wrote a piece for Ad Age about the customer contact form and how stiff it is—an odd thing in a world where conversations with customers are so highly valued.

I dare you to find a feedback form that winks even a quasi-friendly smile. And if you find one that allows consumers to truly communicate in their native voices — complete with links, photos, audio clips or videos — I’ll eat my just-published book.
“The marketing department doesn’t see this as part of their remit — it involves operations, the legal department and a host of bureaucratic policies that they can’t begin to tackle. It’s bigger than they are,” explained Carat CEO Sarah Fay.

Where are you with this problem? Do you recommend conversational solutions to your clients?

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Brand builder at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Believer in Gossage, Bernbach and Clow. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • http://www.toadstoolblog.com Alan Wolk (The Toad Stool)

    It’s sort of a Catch-22 David.
    Because marketing departments don’t view this as part of their domain, they don’t ever engage their agencies on it.
    Though, as you point out, they well should, and their agencies are remiss in not bringing it up to them.

  • http://adpulp.com David Burn

    I believe if you’re tasked with building a site or sites for the brand, it is totally within your realm to suggest and implement and maybe even manage dialogue paths.

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