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Latest "Customer Service Strategies" Posts

This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Dianna Booher, shares ideas for handling tough personalities while offering great customer service. Solving customer problems is expected. The key is to do it in such a way that also restores confidence, even when the customer is difficult. – Shep Hyken Continue reading

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

Jeremy Watkin on How Listening to Your Customer Service Reps Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Do you realize there is a hidden gem in your customer service department?

Shep Hyken speaks with Jeremy Watkin to discuss the strategies you can use to mine that hidden gem, which can give your organization a competitive advantage.

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Water CompanyUse Common Sense

My sister, Kim, lives in Park City, Utah. She moved from one home to another about two years ago. Four months later her water was turned off, and she found a notice on her door that she was in arrears with her payments to the water company. She knew there was a mistake. She was set up to “auto-pay” the water bill with her credit card, the same as she had done for her previous home. Continue reading

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

No Traffic Jam on the Extra MileGo the Extra Mile

Going the extra mile is an old expression. It describes people who provide better customer service, do a little more than expected and try a little harder. This is a great concept for customer service and is further enhanced by Roger Staubach, the Hall-of-Fame football player who played quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, who said:

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.

This is a great metaphor that can be used in a variety of ways and is especially applicable to business, and specifically the concept of the customer experience (CX). Continue reading

Fortune Teller Predicts DeliveryEasy Customer Experience

“Set it, and forget it!” Those are the words of Ron Popeil, one of the greatest pitchmen on the planet, known for inventing and selling the Chop-O-Matic hand food processor, the Veg-O-Matic (that he said can slice a tomato so thin it only has once side), the Ronco Pocket Fisherman and many other inventions. His Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ sold over 8 million units and helped his company to exceed $1 billion in profits. (Wikipedia)

One of the lines he made famous was, “Set it, and forget it,” referring to just putting the chicken in the rotisserie and having it come out perfect every time. And, that is the lead in to this week’s customer service lesson. Continue reading

Policy Manual Out the WIndowAs I travel the world and work with clients from all types of industries, they all recognize the importance of customer service and the role it plays in marketing, sales, growth and revenue. I continue to push my philosophy:

Customer service is not a department. It’s a philosophy to be embraced by every member of an organization, from the CEO to the most recently hired. Continue reading