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...

3 Happy Customer Themes

In tales of happy customer service experiences, there are common themes.  Let's take a look at a sample of stories shared to Reddit by customers about noteworthy experiences they've had. Michael-Bell shared a story about an experience with tech support.  Rather than proving to be a frustrating, drawn out experience, he was delighted by the Keep Reading...

Why Customers Expect Communication

"I just made a big purchase: a car.  The caveat was that they had to find one with my selected options, so it was a drawn out experience.  And while I was very excited about the final product, the process was really stressful because I never knew what was going on or when things should Keep Reading...

Proactive Service Saves the Day

During the highest volume sales period of the year, there are bound to be hiccups.  Having stock to fulfill orders, filling them correctly, shipping on time, and providing appropriate support are all things our customers expect. But as volume goes up for us as well as all of the other vendors we rely on both Keep Reading...

Through the Eyes of Our Customers: Mapping Customer Experiences

If our goal is to provide our customers with an excellent experience from the moment they come into contact with our company until the time they complete their transaction, we have to invest time and energy into seeing things from our customers' perspectives. Have you ever visited a new town and looked for a destination Keep Reading...

When It’s Too Much Help

Have you ever contacted Customer Service and been connected with a representative that is too eager to help?  If so, you'll know that having someone who is overzealous in their approach to help can backfire just as much as someone who is unmotivated to help. Lisa had a problem with a piece of electronics, so Keep Reading...

How to Up Your Game

The environment that we are currently doing business in is unprecedented: we deal with customers far beyond our communities, our branding and relationships often take place online, our first direct interaction with a customer might very well come when that customer has a problem, and the standards to which we are being held are constantly Keep Reading...