"This new widget architecture empowers companies and business users in the company to embed community anywhere they want to online, on any page of a site, any product listing, or marketing campaign or product review," Wendy Lea, CEO of Get Satisfaction said in an interview. The company is one of the leading providers of software to power online communities where customers can ask questions, register complaints, make suggestions, and provide other feedback. Its software is delivered from the cloud, as software-as-a-service.
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Get Satisfaction previously provided widgets that would display a form for entering a question or complaint, but interacting with that widget on a business website would take the user to an area on getsatisfaction.com devoted to feedback on the products and services offered by that business. Now, users will be able to post a question, suggestion, or complaint without leaving the website they started on.
That's good for websites that want to maintain their engagement with the user, but it's also good for the user, Lea said. "We've all become very sensitive to being pulled in and out of experiences."
A widget displayed on a product page also can be configured to expose some of the community conversation about that product. That's often the best way to sell, Lea said. "The customer voice is so much more credible than marketing copy," she said.
On the other hand, merchants who are concerned about displaying too much of the wrong feedback can configure the widgets to display only that feedback categorized as praise as opposed to complaints and questions. Get Satisfaction is still committed to "transparency," and the full conversation will still be available on getsatisfaction.com, but it also wants to give its clients control over how they use the tool, Lea said.
Get Satisfaction Engage is available in limited release now, with a dozen clients already actively using it, and will be generally available by the end of May, Lea said.
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