How can customer complaints about a product or service harm a company? How can they help the company ?

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It is easy to imagine how customer complaints about a product or service could harm a company.  This is particularly true in this age of the internet.  When customers are unhappy, they can easily get on social media or on sites dedicated to reviews and let the world know about...

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It is easy to imagine how customer complaints about a product or service could harm a company.  This is particularly true in this age of the internet.  When customers are unhappy, they can easily get on social media or on sites dedicated to reviews and let the world know about the problems they had.  This can give a company a bad reputation and make people unlikely to want to buy from them.  This is, quite clearly, harmful to the company.

However, customer complaints can also be good for a company.  One way they can be good is if the company handles them well.  If a customer complains and the company satisfies the customer, the customer may have positive feelings about the company.  The customer’s loyalty to the company may actually grow and he or she may praise the company on social media or review sites.  Secondly, a company can use customer complaints as a teaching and learning tool.  It is hard to improve unless we are criticized, and this fact is true for companies too.  If they look at the complaints and try hard to fix the problems revealed by those complaints, they can make their company stronger.

In these ways, customer complaints can hurt a firm, but can also do it much good.

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