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9 Customer Engagement Tools Every Website Needs

9 Customer Engagement Tools Every Website Needs

In recent years, digital media has played an important role in branding and customer service. Here are some compelling reasons every brand needs to make online customer engagement a top priority:

  • 55% of consumers would pay more for a better brand experience
  • Highly engaged customers spend 23% more than less engaged customers
  • 70% of customers make buying experiences based on the way they are treated

While online customer engagement is highly important, many brands don’t make it a priority. They have lackluster websites that don’t engage their customers.

Fortunately, there are a number of great customer engagement tools. Here are some of the best website tools for improving customer engagement.

1. Hello Bar

Making things simpler for your users is a great way to improve conversions and customer satisfaction. Hello Bar was designed with this goal in mind.

Hello Bar allows you to create a separate, non-scrolling bar at the top of any webpage on your site. Here are some reasons companies use Hello Bar:

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  • Earn more email subscribers
  • Attract more followers on social media
  • Split test webpage content
  • Receive more social shares

Using Hello Bar is very simple. You simply need to enter your website domain and log in with your Google account.

2. WebEngage

There are hundreds of A/B website testing tools, which can be used to test customer engagement. However, they all share on limitation – they can’t tell you why customers are or are not engaged.

WebEngage is a unique alternative. It provides a series of forms for customers to provide input. You can ask your visitors for input on your landing page, buttons and other parts of your website. You won’t need to conduct hundreds of split tests to identify problems with your customer engagement strategy.

3. Uservoice

Uservoice is another tool that you can use to solicit feedback from customers. Customers can share all of their opinions and complaints in a single platform, which makes things easier for everyone. You can quickly and easily filter their feedback and sort it by importance.

4. OneAll

You may need to authenticate users before allowing them to access certain features on your website. You could require them to login to your website with a username and password. However, this isn’t very convenient.

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OneAll is a much easier way to authenticate users. It allows users to identify themselves by logging into their Facebook or Twitter account.

5. Needle

Providing timely, competent responses to customer questions is very important. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult when customers have many different types of questions. You need multiple experts to assist them.

Needle is a customer service tool that connects users with relevant experts. They will receive more timely advice.

6. Klout

Content marketing is a very important part of customer engagement. The hardest part is determining what content your customers are looking for.

Klout is the perfect tool for content marketing. It constantly monitors your users, identifies content they will be interested in and allows you to share that content with them.

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7. Social Mention

Social Mention is another great social media engagement tool. Here are some of the primary benefits:

  • You can easily share forum posts, comments and other user generated content.
  • You can search content on your website to see what users are saying.
  • You can reply to user feedback in real-time.

Social Mention is a great tool for providing timely replies and identifying customer concerns.

8. Hubspot

Marketing automation is becoming a central part of most marketing strategies.

“Marketers are embracing the idea that they can let the data and the analytical models do more of the [manual] work so that they can focus on higher-level strategic messaging,” states Rebecca Wettemann, cofounder of Nucleus Research.

There are a number of marketing automation tools, but Hubspot is one of the most popular. Here are some benefits of installing Hubspot on your website:

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  • Social Inbox is a hybrid between a social media feed and an email inbox. It allows customers to engage with you through their social media accounts.
  • Hubspot has an engagement tool called 15Five. This tool allows you to conduct surveys to see how engaged your users are.
  • Culture Amp is another great engagement tool. It creates engagement reports, which you can use for UX optimization.
  • Hubspot also has a Monitoring tool that you can use to track things people are saying about your business on Twitter.

9. Sprout Social

Sprout Social lets you share the same message across multiple social media channels. You can also use Sprout Social to monitor user statements, reply to their messages in real-time and provide automated responses.

By using one or more of these tools above, you’ll be able to improve engagement for your website and make visiting your website a better overall experience for your customers.

Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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