TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE AND BUSINESS ARTICLES Each week I read a number of customer service articles from various online resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comment about each article and would like to hear what you think too. 7 Things Stew Leonard’s Can Teach You About Your […]
Each week I read a number of customer service articles from various online resources. Here are my top five picks from last week. I have added my comment about each article and would like to hear what you think too.
(CMSWire) Forget data driven decision-making and advanced analytics for a moment. Maybe the best way to measure customer experience is the simplest — and is crystalized in a single cup of lemonade.
My Comment: Stew Leonard’s is a customer service icon. There is much to learn from the way they do business. Here are some of the classic reasons they are so successful. Any business can adopt these ideas.
(Sentiment) We’ve also decided to collate our notes, back them up with a wealth of recent statistics and create a really useful infographic (below) which highlights the seven key challenges you’re likely to experience with integrating social into the contact center.
My Comment: While this article and infographic have a theme of how social media is impacting contact centers, I think it is important for any type of business and every department to understand the impact social media is having on a company’s brand and perception. Great stats and facts for all businesses to take note.
(Business News Daily) Wishing customers “happy birthday” is an easy way to earn their repeat business, new research shows.
My Comment: This is so simple. Why don’t more companies do it? Saying “Happy Birthday” by sending a card is a fantastic touchpoint. All customers like to feel appreciated – and remembered! What better way to do it than to say, “Happy Birthday.”
(WinTheCustomer!) It’s always wiser to learn from others’ customer service mistakes and not your own. If you don’t watch for the little customer service traps, you’re bound to fall like the rest.
My Comment: I love a good list of ideas, strategies or tactics that make me think about how to improve, especially when it comes to the customer experience, and this list does exactly that. Many companies fall into the trap of making not just one, but potentially all of these mistakes. And as the fifth “mistake” points out, none of these can be fixed quickly. They will take time to fix, but the effort will be worth it.
Shep Hyken is a customer service/CX expert, award-winning keynote speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. Learn more about Shep’s customer service and customer experience keynote speeches and his customer service training workshops at www.Hyken.com. Connect with Shep on LinkedIn.
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