Common Barriers to Improvement

When a company comes to the realization that it's strayed from its core values or desired customer experience, it often results in a new push for its employees to reconnect with customers and to provide better service.  This sounds simple enough, but why is it so hard for this approach to succeed?  Common missteps in Keep Reading...

Who Has Time for That?

Customers don't have time to waste. Efficiency is key. News article after news article talks about the diminished amount of time the average American has these days.  It's a pervasive problem that squeezes every single corner of their lives, so the last thing a customer wants to do is invest time they already don't have Keep Reading...

What to do When the Point of Service Fails

Another name for a customer service representative is simply: Fixer.  Our job centers around fixing customer problems.  Sometimes they are problems with the product, or the website, or a return.  But other times, they are problems customers have experienced at the point of sale or service.  It is our duty to handle these situations with Keep Reading...

How Heidi Does Service

In customer service stories, we often hear about exceptional circumstances that compel a representative to provide service far out of the norm.  But, like we've frequently discussed, quality service has to be consistently pursued day in and day out.  Heidi, who works for the grocer Trader Joe's, shared her approach to ensuring a constant delivery Keep Reading...

Scripted Service Can Backfire

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3 Phrases to Avoid

[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"] Artwork by Rick & Brenda Beerhorst As a society, our language norms are becoming more and more relaxed.  The same hold true in the business environment.  But should it?  While Keep Reading...

Maintain a Positive Outlook Like This

Customer service can grind us down as we go through case after case.  However, we do not have the luxury of allowing ourselves to be any less fresh or positive for one customer than another.  But what can we actively do to ensure that we can brush off the tough cases and maintain our positive 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...

Prepare for the Holidays in 5 Simple Ways

[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 NYPhotographic A chill may be in the air, but sales are about to heat up as the holiday season explodes at the start of November.  Everyone in customer Keep Reading...