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“It’s Showtime!” Those are typically the words you hear right before hitting the stage or when the cameras start to roll in the studio. However, for John Lewis, a high-end retail department store in the UK, the retail floor is the stage and the employees are the actors. Continue reading

The Seven Deadly Sins of Customer Experience

Shep Hyken Interviews Jeff Nicholson, Customer Engagement Thought Leader

Jeff Nicholson enlightens listeners to what he refers to as The Seven Deadly Sins of the Customer Experience Journey. He shares the importance of understanding what customers need, meeting those needs, and the best methods of delivering it to them.

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Be a Cut Above the Rest

Shep Hyken Interviews Steve Hockett, President of Great Clips

Wouldn’t you like to learn a few tips from a company that sees over 35 million customers a year?

Shep and Steve Hockett, President of Great Clips, discuss the importance of knowing your customers and delivering a consistently amazing customer service experience.

 

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Judy Hoberman Shares Tips for a Better Customer Experience

Are you looking to deliver a better customer experience? Then you are in the right place!

Shep Hyken interviews Judy Hoberman, President of Selling in a Skirt – international speaker, trainer, coach, mentor, and author, who has a passion for customer experience.

 

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This week we feature an article by Andy Ko who writes about not making your customers wait to have their questions answered. Self-service support is becoming more and more widely accepted. Not just accepted, in some cases it is preferred. – Shep Hyken Continue reading

A friend of mine went to the airport rental car agency and had a chance to upgrade to a Tesla. He had never driven a Tesla so he was happy to pay the upcharge to have the experience. If you’ve ever rented a car at the airport, you typically are stopped at a gated exit where the car rental employee looks over the paperwork, checks your driver’s license and sends you on your way. One of the questions they will typically ask is, “Would you like the fuel option?” That allows you the convenience of paying for a tank of gas so you don’t have to worry about filling before returning the car. Continue reading

There is an old joke in the dental world that a patient asked his dentist, “Which teeth should I floss?” The dentist answered, “Only the ones you want to keep.” Customer Service is the same.

All customers are good customers. Okay, maybe not all. Every business has customers – or should I call them former customers – that companies choose not to do business with. But, for the purpose of this article, let’s assume you’re willing to do business with everyone who wants to do business with you. Continue reading

Carol Lee Andersen on How to Gain and Use Employee and Customer Feedback

Are your employees fulfilled, appreciated, and understood?

Shep interviews Carol Lee Andersen, the President of Questback North America, about the importance of listening to not just your customers, but also to your employees. And, she shares the advantages and occasional difficulties of doing so.

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This week we feature an article by Josh Brown who writes about why you should focus on relational customers, how you should go about doing it, and the data you can use to enhance your initiatives and be sure your efforts are paying off. It’s important to know the value of a customer. Here is a simple guideline: Manage the interactions you have with your customers with the lifetime value in mind, with each and every interaction. – Shep Hyken Continue reading

We must always be honest with our customers. Even if it is something the customer doesn’t want to hear.

Many of you will be able to relate to this. My wife holds up two pairs of shoes and asks me, “Which pair of  shoes do you like better?” I know I’m in trouble. Is she really interested in my opinion? Or is it a trick question? In her mind she already knows the answer. She just wants me to confirm the answer. I have a 50/50 chance of giving her the correct response. And, even if I choose the correct pair of shoes, she is going to wonder why I didn’t choose the other. Only one other question she asks could get me in more trouble: “Does this dress look good on me?” But at least she didn’t ask, “Does this dress make my butt look big?” Although she just might as well have. Continue reading

Adam Dorrell on How to Monetize the Net Promoter Score

How do you use the Net Promoter Score® to retain your customers? How can you make money by understanding the numbers behind this survey? How can you sell the C-Suite on the benefits of investing in Customer Retention?

Shep Hyken interviews Adam Dorrell, the CEO and co-founder of CustomerGauge.

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One of our faithful Shepard Letter subscribers, Warren Danziger, emailed a great story worth sharing with everyone. The short version of the story is as follows:

It was time to call the HVAC company that Warren had used for years to come out for the semi-annual inspection of his air conditioner and furnace. As usual, he received excellent service. Shortly after the service call he received an email requesting he complete a survey, which he was happy to do. Upon completion of the survey he was sent a $15 coupon to print out for the next service call, which he must provide at the time of the next service. Continue reading