Lithys 2014: TELUS - Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

Lithys 2014: TELUS - Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

Company: TELUS Telus logo.png

Entry submitted by: Scotty Jackson (deturbulence) Sr Strategy Manager

Community: TELUS Neighbourhood (

Lithy category: Excellence in Customer Satisfaction 


At TELUS, we put customers first – This is underlined by our Customer Declaration.


We're not perfect, but our employees are deeply motivated to consistently delight our customers. We know that getting better means making sure we're listening to you.


That’s why we’re embracing new ideas that will make your TELUS experience better, everyday. We’re on a journey to build on your trust by being clear, helpful and dependable.


In other words, at TELUS, we put you first.


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Within TELUS, our social media team plays an important role in bringing our Customer Declaration to life.


In 2010, we started listening and responding to customer mentions of “telus” on Twitter. This was done using our enterprise platform (Radian6) with a very small team of contact centre agents, looking at only our Mobility line of business.

As we gained experience and the channel became more active, we found we could not only serve customers, but also exceed their expectations by listening to discussions and engaging.


In 2012, we added additional agents to support Home Services and created more robust processes to enable communication and hand-offs between operations, public relations/corporate communications, and marketing. These processes have evolved into meaningful partnerships, with the business aligning behind common goals of putting our customers first, and having teams that historically did not inter-operate collaborate on a daily basis.


Having established a uniquely agile and cross functional team, we have been able to consistently exceed our client’s expectations. By building relationships through Twitter, Facebook, and our online community, we have increased customer loyalty which is reflected in our 77% Top 2 Box Likelihood to Recommend and 88% Top 2 Box customer satisfaction client survey results.


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As we, from a social service standpoint, were getting more and more involved in delivering customer experience and support through engagement, we found that we needed tools and technologies focused on engagement to suit the needs of this growing channel.


To that end, in the back half of 2012, we undertook an evaluation of a multitude of social tools to not only underpin our engagement and customer experience needs, but also to grow our social capabilities. We selected Lithium Social Web as the best tool for our needs based on routing, case management, tagging, and reporting. These capabilities not only empowered the operational teams to really own social engagement, but also gave them credibility internally.


In early 2013, LSW was implemented, enabling our operational team with clear lines of accountability and responsibility on a case by case basis, also giving us insight to volumes, times, and topics of conversation. Supported by this capability, we opened our historically closed Facebook wall to customer posts, allowing customers another communication channel with TELUS, and in to a sustainable workflow process.


To further our strategy of putting customers first and our goals of delivering strong social experiences, we began work on the TELUS Neighbourhood, a Lithium community, in March of 2013. Launching in June, our community serves as an opportunity to ensure support content does not expire/evaporate as it does on Twitter (due to Twitter’s velocity), as well as to enable the growth of superusers and brand advocates. Further, we can leverage it as a draw to bring social experiences on-domain, closer to self serve capabilities and to shopping.


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Our efforts in the social space have taught us the need to develop people and skillsets directly related to social service. To that end, we are developing a formalized team (outside of the typical contact centre agent pool) with a distinct mandate, learning and development track, and set of success metrics to properly grow and sustain our social service efforts. This team will own all operational activity, and will continue the active collaboration with PR and marketing teams.


As we move in to 2014, we are finding new ways to leverage social insights internally. We are partnered with web teams, as our community activities demonstrate content customers are most hungry for, based on authorship and views, which inform web development and content authoring/promotion. Operational enablement teams are also receiving our feedback and insights to better tune our processes.


Additionally, we are able to springboard off of our community design and internal partnerships to launch TELUS Ideas, providing us yet another stream of insights in to the customer experience, directly from customers. This, coupled with our work to introduce a gamification strategy, continues to unite the organization internally to better hear and serve our customers.


In 2013:

  • Twitter
    • 56k+ engagements
    • Ended year by reaching an average total response time of 25 minutes in Q4
    • Quality survey results say:
      • If a colleague, friend or family member were looking for services such as home phone, Internet, TV or Wireless, what is the likelihood that you would recommend TELUS to them? 77% Top 2 Box
      • How would you rate the performance of the TELUS social media support agent for the level of service you received? 88% Top 2 Box
      • After your experience with TELUS’ social media support team, how likely are you to share your experience with others? 86% Top 2 Box
  • Facebook
    • 6.3k+ engagements
    • Ended year by reaching an average total response time of 118 minutes in Q4
  • TELUS Neighbourhood (Lithium Community)
    • June launch
    • 5.6k+ forum posts
    • 1.3k+ Accepted Solutions
    • Estimated 28.7k+ live contacts displaced
    • 11k+ completed registrations, 254k+ logins


Lithium Alumni (Retired)
Status changed to: 2014 Lithy Submission

Great job representing TELUS, Scotty!  We are proud to stand behind you and a company that focuses on making Customers First and the customer experience better...  one customer at a time!

Lithium Alumni (Retired)
Status changed to: 2014 Lithy Winner