Leading vs Listening – What the Customer Wants

When are people in charge of their lives and experiences?  Chances are, not very often.  So they seek to feel in control of their experiences and certainty in their knowledge of things in small areas, like their transactions with companies.  For as many times as those in customer service have heard "the customer is always Keep Reading...

Service Simplicity Doesn’t Beat Accuracy

When we asked about easily avoidable customer service frustrations, responses ran the gamut of experiences.  But one theme stood out overall: it is more valuable to be 100% accurate than it is to be 100% accommodating to our customers.  Consider Greatta's story for an illustration as to why. Gretta had ordered a large rug online.  Keep Reading...

Setting the Standard: A Lowe’s Employee Sits Down

A woman in Wilkesboro, North Carolina is the proud owner of Baxter, a special needs rescue dog.  Baxter requires the assistance of a doggy wheelchair and, when his owner, Amy Jo Martin, decided to upgrade his chair with an anti-tip wheel, she headed to Lowe's for ideas as well as parts. Ms. Martin asked at Keep Reading...

When Working For a Company Means Working For the Customer

There are very few positions in business that are as counter intuitively aligned as customer service.  We may be employed by the company, but our primary focus must be on taking care of the customer.  We are akin to serving as ombudsmen and our duty is to protect the interests of our customers so that Keep Reading...

How to Surprise Your Customers

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"] Photo by Daderot Where do you expect to find great customer service?  A high end hotel?  Definitely.  A fancy restaurant?  Of course.  A big department store?  Absolutely.  What about the Keep Reading...

If the Customer is Always Right, Do This

The age old adage of "the customer is always right" is thrown around a lot in conversations about how to provide great service, but what does it mean in reality?  What are concrete ways to show a customer that she's always right? Tiffany recently switched telecommunications providers.  She made the move from a big, national Keep Reading...

How to Fix a Customer Mistake

There are certainly a good number of cases that come through customer service because customers' errors have created problems for them or another company has dropped the ball, leaving them in a bind. They then reach out to us, hoping that something can be done in order to fix the situation. While not every case Keep Reading...

Case Study: A $12 Mistake

Suzanne has been a customer of a certain company for six years. She's loyally purchased from them time and again and has encouraged friends to buy from them as well (and they have, she has the referral rewards to prove it!). So when Suzanne recently made yet another purchase from them, she had no reservations. Keep Reading...

Service without a Fuss

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"] Photo by Fribbleblib "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others." -Dalai Lama When customers reach out to us with their problems, we know that we should apologize Keep Reading...

Setting the Standard: When a Product Malfunctions

A lot of discussion on customer service centers around the warm, fuzzy subjects of how we can make our customers feel connected to us, feel our devotion to them, how we can establish relationships with them that convey, "Hey, when things go south, don't worry, we'll be here for you".  But what about when things Keep Reading...