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Service Matters

Keeping the lines of communication open

This story appears in the March 1999 issue of

Seeking a competitive edge for your Web site? Then read and respond quickly to e-mail requests and inquiries from customers and prospects.

Obvious, right? Well, listen up: A November 1998 report by Jupiter Communications found 42 percent of Web sites do a lousy job of responding to customer inquiries--125 top-ranked Web sites either took longer than five days to reply to customer e-mails, never replied at all or were completely inaccessible by e-mail. According to the study, Web sites "are ignoring the opportunity to communicate with existing and potential customers, discouraging brand loyalty, and opting out of a user-initiated, one-to-one relationship."

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