8344048410_a5ab213e3f_kModern consumers want to help themselves.

According to Forrester research, by the year 2020, the customer will manage 85% of a relationship with an enterprise without interacting with a human—which is nuts, right? In the real estate industry, for instance, how might this affect us? Can you imagine being hands-off with your clients 85% of the time while still providing valuable service? What would that look like? How would you do it?

I learned recently AdAge dubbed Millennials (22- to 34-year olds, predominately) as THE generation of customer service—which sounds strange, given that we just said 85% of customer experiences are forecasted to be automated in only a few short years.

But there’s a twist: AdAge also declared that millennials “… expect to be able to travel their own path while receiving assistance anywhere along their personalized (and preferably customized) customer experience.”

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Now, I would think, for most of us, customer service means something vastly different than how it’s being used here.

We might think of it as a matter of being more hands-on—more of an active participant; more smothering, even. Here, however, it’s really quite the opposite. It appears to be more about laying a path the client can walk on his or her own, so to speak.

Get this: per Synthetix, 75% of consumers believe businesses should make answers to all their common questions available via smartphones. So basically, three out of four consumers believe your business needs a FAQ, which, just to be clear, stands for Frequently Asked Questions. But not just the frequent ones—the infrequent questions too. In fact, you could even think of this as a blog whereby each question represents a new post. For example:

  1. What are the “smartest” smart-home improvements?
  2. How worth it is walkability?
  3. How do I calculate my estimated closing costs?
  4. Understanding real estate agency the the state of ________.
  5. Understanding my contingencies.
  6. What are seller-paid concessions?
  7. Should I stage my Nashville home? If so, what sort of a bill should I expect?
  8. After the purchase agreement is bound, what happens next?
  9. What if the house doesn’t appraise?

Often enough, we wait for our clients to ask us about a matter before bothering to address it, which, in a way, places our clients on a need-to-know basis (whether we mean to or not). Modern consumers want the power to know and the power to do. They want to help themselves.

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Jason Pantana, Realtor, Speaker, NashvilleJason guides real estate professionals through current and emerging trends in consumer behavior, sales and marketing, and entrepreneurship. To invite Jason to speak or to schedule a consultation, visit: www.JasonPantana.com/Contact