Shep Hyken\'s Customer Service Blog

Below are blog posts, articles and tips focused on customer service and experience. To view just the articles (typically longer than a blog post), click here.

You Are Not Trying To WIn An ArgumentCustomer Service Training

There is an old customer service saying that has to do with whenever someone disagrees with a customer:

You’re not trying to win an argument. You’re trying to win a customer.

You really can’t win an argument with a customer. It’s not that the customer is always right. They aren’t.  If you’ve followed my work, you know that I believe the customer is not always right. So, how can you let them always win an argument? First, don’t get in the argument to begin with. Sure, you can win the argument, but you lose the customer. But, what you can always do is be respectful. You can let the customer keep their dignity. You can agree to disagree. You can work toward a mutually agreed upon solution. In short, you win the customer, not the argument. Continue reading

Annette Franz Reveals the 7 Deadly Sins
of Customer Service

Shep Hyken speaks with customer experience expert, Vice President of Client Experience at Compellon and author of the popular blog CX Journey™, Annette Franz. In this high-content packed interview, they discuss seven deadly “sins” of the customer experience. Annette shares tips that can help you prevent some of these deadly sins. Annette is also an expert in customer journey mapping and gives us some ideas that we can implement immediately. So, if you want to avoid some common, yet potentially devastating, customer experience and service mistakes, you can’t afford to miss this episode of Amazing Business Radio!

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Chicago Hot DogBusiness Strategy

Not all hotdogs are the same.

I love a good hotdog. Since I was a little boy, I can remember my parents taking me to the ball game and having a delicious hot dog.

I also remember some family barbecues where we had those fancy big thick kosher hot dogs. It took a while, but I eventually developed a taste for the fancier hot dogs. Continue reading

Jeannie Walters ABRJeannie Walters Shares How to Improve the Customer Experience

Shep Hyken speaks with the CEO of 360Connext, keynote speaker, and Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) Jeannie Walters, on improving customer experience. They discuss customer experience mission statements, customer expectations, and how to improve everyday interactions. Jeannie shares her expertise, as a leading authority on microinteractions, and how by improving these seemingly minor details you can greatly impact the customer experience. The customer experience is integral for every business, so you can’t afford to miss out on this expert advice.

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Don't Lie to a CustomerCustomer Experience

We had a reservation Friday night at a restaurant for 7:30. We arrived on time, if not a few minutes early. There were two tables that were available, right in the middle of the restaurant. However, the hostess was looking in other parts of the restaurant. I pointed at one of the open tables and asked if we could sit there. She said, “No. That table is for six people.” Maybe I can’t count, but from what I could tell, the table was set for four in the middle of restaurant that was jammed with tables. There was no way they could put six chairs around it. So, I asked her how she could put six chairs around that table. She thought for a moment and decided to change her story. She said, “Actually that table is being held on request for a party coming in with an 8:00 reservation.” Continue reading

Tricia MorrisTricia Morris On What’s Changing In Customer Service

Shep Hyken speaks with customer service thought leader, author, Sr. Product Manager at Microsoft, and one of the top customer service influencers of 2016, Tricia Morris, about global customer service. Tricia shares stats and facts from Microsoft’s State of Global Customer Service Report and how customer service is changing globally. They talk about how customer expectations are changing, and just as important, what customer support centers are doing about those changes. This is must-have information to help you navigate the ever changing world of customer service.

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This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Mike Schoultz shares a few customer experience stories that demonstrate how companies have handled customer experiences, some well and some not so well. It is so important for employees to feel that they can make good customer focused decisions in every situation. – Shep Hyken
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Build a Better MoustrapCompetitive Strategy

What is one of the most valuable commodities in the world? Time!

There is an old saying that goes something like this: “If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.” This is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and the concept of a better mousetrap is a great metaphor for a reason to continuously innovate.

In a competitive business world, price, selection, customer service and innovation are major reasons customers might choose one company over another. We can now add another concept to the mix, and that is convenience. (And, by the way, the reason I included innovation to my mix of competitive reasons is that it takes innovation to create convenience.) Continue reading

Dan Gingiss on How to Leverage Social Media to Create a Better Customer Experience

Shep Hyken discusses social customer care with Dan Gingiss, head of digital marketing for a Fortune 100 healthcare company, expert on social media & social customer care, and co-host of the “Focus on Customer Service” podcast. Dan shares his thoughts on the impact that social media is having on customer service and provides tips on how to deliver a better customer experience by using social media. There is a convergence of social media, marketing and customer service, and you can’t avoid integrating the three. So, don’t miss out on some expert advice from a social media and marketing guru!

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This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Brooke Cade writes about how important communicating with your employees and listening to their insight is for improving company culture. One of my favorite ideas in the article is when employers enable employees to take ownership of their jobs and any issues that may present themselves.
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Jeff Lessor Talks about Improving Customer Service with Twitter

Shep Hyken speaks with Twitter’s Senior Marketing Manager, Jeff Lesser, about  how to use Twitter for customer service. More and more customers are posting comments and questions for companies on Twitter. It is becoming a viable customer service channel as an alternative to email and the phone. Jeff shares several best practices and new tools that Twitter has created especially for customer service. They discuss how social media has greatly impacted customer service interactions between the customer and businesses, and how you can use this to your advantage. Don’t miss out on Jeff’s expert advice on how to improve customer service using Twitter!

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Improv for the CustomerCustomer Experience

I recently was invited by Pegasystems to attend Pegaworld 2016, their annual users’ conference. The conference was everything about CRM (customer relationship management). While there were some amazing demonstrations and stories that came out during the general and educational sessions, one lesson jumped out at me. It had to do with improvisational acting.

So, what does improv have to do with CRM and business? According to Don Schuerman, Pega’s Chief Technology Officer and VP of product marketing, quite a lot. He shared an interesting lesson that he learned from studying and performing the art of improvisational acting. Continue reading

John Ruhlin On Using Gifts To Cut Through Noise, Increase Revenue, And Retain Your Customers

Shep Hyken speaks with John Ruhlin, the number one Cutco Knife salesman in the world and author of his new book “Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention.” John shares gift giving strategies and ideas for you to use in both your personal and business life. John has taken the act of gift giving and turned it into an art. Don’t make a logo mistake or giving something that won’t be remembered – or even appreciated. And, why giving food or candy is a bad idea. Everyone can use these great tips from the guru of gift giving, so don’t miss this episode of Amazing Business Radio!

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