customer service

The Journey to a Great Customer Service Experience

I originally wrote today's post originally for injixo. It appeared on their blog on March 23, 2017.

Working in a call center, whether you're on the phone or on the floor managing operations, means that you're front and center with customers at all times. It also means that you know the importance of delivering a great service experience for your customers. If that's not an area of focus for you, it certainly ought to be!

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Over-engineering the customers experience

In Customer Experience Management there is a lot to take into account. Everything a company does as well as a lot that’s happening outside the company impacts  the Customer’s evaluation of the company’s service and offering. In my experience it can be rather overwhelming for people within a company to talk to the Customer Experience experts – inside and outside the company – and as a result they could be turning their backs on us “unrealistic bunch of dreamers“. I’ve come to believe this has a lot to do with a practice of ‘over-engineering the Customer’s Experience‘.

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Service DNA – creating customer service excellence

If I were to ask you to name a company that consistently excels at customer service, what company would come to mind? In you are part of a military family, you might say USAA. If you live in the Southeast, you might tell me about Publix Supermarkets. If you are a golf aficionado, you might share your Masters experience with me. And, if you are passionate about shoes, you might mention either Nordstrom or Zappos. No doubt, others among you would name companies such as Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Chik-fil-A, Apple Stores, Disney, and Mayo Clinic.

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Customer Service Ain’t What It Used To Be

In preparing for a talk to a group of customer contact center managers, I’ve come to the conclusion that customer service ain’t what it used to be. There is a brand of new customer service in play today.

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Book Review: The Endangered Customer by Richard. R. Shapiro

I enjoyed reading Richard Shapiro’s first book: The Welcomer’s Edge. In this book Richard, set out a 3 step model (the greet, the assist, the leave-behind) for making a human connection with customers through every customer interaction.

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Brand Book Bites from Hug Your Haters

The book: Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers, a vital resource for leveraging customer service as marketing

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Best Practices for Delivering Excellent Customer Service Across Channels

Guest post by Veronica French 

In today’s real-time economy, customers have high customer service expectations. Excellent customer service starts with offering a speedy and seamless experience across your support channels. How will your company keep up with demand and deliver great omni-channel support?

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63 Ways To Improve the Customer Experience

Looking for some suggestions on how to improve your customer service and the overall customer experience?

We know that delivering a great customer experience is critical to the success of a business. Without customers, what's the point?

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Evangelizing Omni-Channel (Why It Is Not the Answer)

One of the topics that we set out to discover during out surveys past two years (note: take our survey this year, please? was whether organizations and practitioners were already on board with the concept of omni-channel. What we found out was pretty much in line with what we expected: it is too early for them to focus on it.

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What Really Annoys Customers About 'Customer Service Pain Points'?

You will need to click on the image to read. Whilst this research was carried out in the US but I would think applies equally to the UK.

You would think that if these things are so b****y obvious that companies would be doing all they can to sort the problems.

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