Asos may have continued to push the boundaries in terms of innovation and expansion but a friend’s recent shopping experience exposed the business’s flaws in customer service and how difficult it is for customers to contact Asos when having difficulties on the site.
Going to the Help page on Asos brings up a list of popular questions and a ‘contact us’ box offering the customer the opportunity to email Asos or contact the team through Facebook or Twitter. However, when clicking through on the email link, rather than sending a direct email to Asos the site prompts the customer to pick from a list of question options which can immediately prove frustrating to a customer that has a specific question.
In answer to ‘What is your question about’ I chose “Shopping” and was given the following options to describe what my question was about – ‘Are you getting more stock? / I have a question about an item / Price Promise’. Choosing the option ‘I have a question about an item’ doesn’t actually let you ask a question, rather Asos returns with the message ‘We provide all the info we have on each product page. We have a no quibble returns policy meaning if it’s not quite what you imagined – just send it back – no problem!’ Not ideal.
Having no option to email a query over to Asos (or a telephone number to call them on) customers may then turn to social media (a channel that Asos has shown expertise in for many years). However, when sending a tweet to @ASOS_HeretoHelp the response is a tweet asking them to send the etailer a Direct Message (DM). The issue customers then face is that they cannot send a DM to Asos unless Asos is in fact following them on Twitter.
For a business that has long been seen as the front-runner in etailing, this lack of personalised customer service is disappointing. Having had my own Asos query a few years ago I had an immediate response via Twitter and the issue was fixed swiftly, however, it seems cracks are starting to appear, at least in this instance – and looking on Twitter, there is definitely a mixed response. While there is still some praise for the service provided, a number of Tweets are not so complimentary with comments including Jess Hopcraft (@jessicabcd ) on March 5 – “it’s a shame that @ASOS really seem to be struggling with their Customer Service via Twitter. Even the basics are being missed! #awkward” and Laura Noble (@lauraMnoble)on the same day “Shocking customer service from @ASOS they’ll be getting a nice complaint heading their way.”
The site is currently trialling a live chat personal styling option but they make clear this is not a way to get a response to customer care enquiries. Asos’s priorities seem to be concentrated in the areas of expansion, trialling new technologies and innovative marketing campaigns. However, if they are not able to keep up an expected and satisfactory level of customer service, the business could soon see more of their time spent on bringing in new customers to replace those that have had a bad experience on the site and decided in future to shop elsewhere.