12 Ways to Complain Without Being Rude

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Have you ever received poor service, a faulty product or an experience that completely failed to live up to the advertising? Your time and money was wasted, leaving you feeling angry or taken advantage of. But what can you do about it?

The obvious answer is to launch into a firm complaint, but research shows that 96% of disappointed consumers don’t even get that far. This isn’t surprising when you think about the frustration that so often awaits you in customer service. In fact, research suggests that 89% of people have switched companies due to their annoyance with customer service.

The key to a successful complaint lies in an old cliché: “Don’t get mad, get even.” You’ve got to keep calm and channel your outrage in the right way. That’s why we’ve put together an infographic to help guide you through an effective complaint.

Preparing yourself properly is the first move. It gives you a chance to take a step back, chill out and make sure you are going down the right path. Once you’ve ascertained that the other party truly is to blame, it’s time to make a plan and identify what you want.

From there you need to decide how you’re going to deliver your words of rebuke – and to whom. More than 90% of complainers feel that they are not taken as seriously as they should be. If your complaint is falling on deaf ears, there are a few options to increase the power you’re applying.

Social media tools platforms like Facebook and Twitter are great for putting a bit more pressure on the company, while review sites are trusted as much as personal opinions by 84% of people and can help draw attention to your situation. If you’re still getting nowhere, don’t be afraid to research your legal option.

No matter which way you approach it, staying in control and focused is vital for a successful outcome.

 

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Babs is a content writer at Enova International, Inc. with a Bachelors in Cinema Studies and English from the University of Illinois (ILL-INI!). She loves binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! Find about more about her on Google+.

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