Embarq announced the launch of an Embarq YouTube channel, which will feature instructional videos for Embarq services. Embarq says the strategy will “bring customer service to the customer.” As of this posting, the Embarq channel had 17 instructional videos for things like Embarq email, the eGo phone, and several promotional videos about RescueIT, their residential tech support service. “The YouTube Channel is another way for us to show our customers that we are here for them,” said Dan Alcazar, Embarq Consumer Marketing Officer. “From this site, we can use videos to provide them with step-by-step instructions while actively listening and responding to their questions and concerns.” Embarq is promoting the new channel through a user generated content contest, inviting customers to upload a “48 second” video demonstrating their unique talent. Kind of reminds me of David Letterman’s “stupid human tricks.”
With this new YouTube channel, Embarq joins most major service providers, including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, to name a few, who have YouTube channels. They’re all trying to figure out how to tap YouTube’s mass appeal for their own gain. Embarq’s twist on it is interesting. I didn’t do an exhaustive search, but I didn’t see other service provider examples of a customer service angle. Most are using it strictly for promotional purposes. Of course Embarq is too, but using the customer service hook seems to be unique, for now.