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This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Stephan Delbos, writes about the importance of doing more than satisfying customers, you must delight them. I agree! There is a big difference between satisfied customers and loyal customers. Satisfactory is a rating. Loyalty is an emotion. – Shep Hyken
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Holiday Card versus discountIt’s always nice to show customers a little appreciation. You can call the customer, send an email or text or go with the old fashioned handwritten thank you note. You can also send a greeting card, which leads to the topic of this article. And, this is especially appropriate as the holidays are rapidly sneaking up on us.

Just about two weeks ago one of our subscribers emailed me a question asking how I felt about sending a holiday card around Christmas with a gift in the form of a discount coupon for ten percent off the customer’s next purchase. Continue reading

customers-are-best-marketersWhat is marketing? A quick Google search on the word marketing reveals this from the American Marketing Association (And, they should know!):

Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. Continue reading

How you promote your company, your products and services is a very important part of the customer experience. How much clutter do you create for your customer’s email inbox? How many times does the customer miss an important message when it gets mixed into the clutter? And, it’s not just email. It’s any method of communication, which includes text messages and social channels like Facebook, Twitter and others. Do you have a low readership or open rate on your communications? Perhaps it’s because the communications are more promotional than valuable. Continue reading

This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague from Down Under, Warwick Merry, writes about an experience he had that demonstrates why a business must have the systems and processes in place to take care of new and existing customers. If you cannot take care of the customer, it doesn’t pay to advertise! Shep Hyken 
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This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Mark Smith, writes about how crucial personalization can be to the customer experience. When you customize or personalize the experience, even during the sales process, you are delivering a better level of service. – Shep Hyken Continue reading

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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Steve Miller on Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Shep Hyken interviews marketer, speaker, author, and “The Idea Man”, Steve Miller about Marketing. Steve shares common marketing mistakes, and offers non-traditional ways to improve your marketing and avoid mistakes. So, don’t make a mistake and miss this episode of Amazing Business Radio!

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Bribe Me With Customer SerivceSocial Review Sites

My automobile dealer wants my experience with them to be perfect. Really, they do! It turns out that the dealership is given a financial incentive by the automobile manufacturer to deliver excellent service. They are worried that if the dealership fails, then the next time I buy a car I may switch, not just to a different dealership, but to a different brand all together. Even though it’s not the manufacturer’s fault that the dealer gives me a bad customer service experience, the dealer’s problems reflect poorly on the brand. Continue reading

sarah pettyDecember 10, 2015: Sarah Petty on Being Worth Every Penny.

Shep Hyken talks with Sarah Petty, owner of Sarah Petty Photography Studios, author of “Worth Every Penny: Build A Business That Thrills Your Customers And Still Charge What You’re Worth.” Sarah shares marketing techniques like the “dog whistle”, “slug bug”, and how building your business like a boutique can give you a competitive advantage. How to make your customers know you are worth every penny. Continue reading

This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post, my colleague Josh Stern writes about how important it is to properly use the data collected from customer experiences. He explores the value in video mystery shopping as a source of valuable data.Shep Hyken Continue reading

Gym MembershipCustomer Experience

One of my favorite strategies in customer service is the membership experience. And, you don’t have to be an exclusive or private club to create that membership experience for your customers. In my book The Amazement Revolution, I used American Express as a role model for this powerful concept. They are hardly a private club, but they create an amazing customer – or should I say member – experience. As they say, “Membership has its privileges.” Continue reading