Customer Service in the Face of the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Apr 10, 2020 1:48:14 PM Rennilyn Flores

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    Tough times demand tough measures.

    This is the reality for businesses that want to stay relevant and survive the current coronavirus outbreak. Consumers holed up inside their houses now demand more from businesses of all kinds to make their stay at home comfortable or to help with work from home.

    Right now is a great time to turn customer service up a notch to build the foundation for brand loyalty and excellent brand reputation that will last long into the future. But before we go right down into how to prepare customer service to excel in this precarious situation, let’s take a moment to evaluate how this may affect your business, customers, and service.

    Impact of Coronavirus on Customer Service


    Countries across the world are grappling with a global pandemic that has dealt huge blows on the global economies and threatening to cripple many small and large businesses.

    This is definitely a tough time for businesses. Supply chains are being disrupted left and right. Staff members face possible risks of infection as well as a lot of other things that could deteriorate customer service quality. 

    Staying Resilient in the Face of Crisis

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    While we’ll highlight a few things that could help bolster your customer service during this highly challenging period, the first advice we’ll however give is to ensure proper adherence to standard safety and health practices. That should come first at a time like this.

    Data from the UK revealed that up to a fifth of employees may call in sick at the peak of this coronavirus epidemic. Even when workers are not sick, there may be a need to reduce or completely prevent exposure to customers for health and safety reasons.

    Proactive Customer Communications

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    In all, ensuring proper customer communications will still be the main factor that makes a difference. It’s important to ensure that customers are fed the right information at the appropriate time. Having a reliable and easily accessible information source for customers will go a long way.

    There should be enough focus on the accuracy of this information and its timeliness as both of these will impact brand perception among customers.

    Leveraging Support for a Better Experience

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    We are at that stage where we are trying to reduce human interaction (physical) to stem the spread of the covid-19 virus. Rather than contributing more to the customer’s problem with reduced service quality and slow turn around times, businesses can leverage support to better customer experience.

    Thankfully, support can always be rendered with physical interaction on different platforms.

    These can include via phone calls, live chat, text messages, social media platforms, and more. In addition to this, customers should also be made aware of available self-service channels, if available, to reduce the burden on your customer service team.


    The coronavirus outbreak is threatening to bring the world to a halt. While businesses across different sectors may have been shut off or restricted somehow, those who are still operating should take the opportunity to rise up to the increased customer expectations brought on by this pandemic.

    By adopting honesty and transparency, as well as being proactive and customer-centric, businesses may still be able to turn the tide in their favor, to an extent, as the whole world continues to try and beat this menacing virus. 

    One Contact Center


    Keeping an in-house support team may not be a smart business decision right now. Why not contact One Contact Center to outsource your support services? This expert customer support agency offer support services via live chat, email, phone calls, text messages, and more.

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    We can significantly  improve your customer service experience and, at the same time, cut your operating cost by up to 60%. We ranked #1 in Customer Service  support in a  prestigious 3rd party benchmark study for two years in a row. We offer customer service, social media, email and chat support. Contact us today!

    Rennilyn Flores

    Written by Rennilyn Flores

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