I was in Las Vegas on the sixth day of a nine-day, multi-city run of speaking engagements and meetings. That evening was a black-tie event. Rather than take my tuxedo to several cities, unpacking and re-packing the tux, I had it shipped to the hotel. According to our information, the tux should have been at […]
I was in Las Vegas on the sixth day of a nine-day, multi-city run of speaking engagements and meetings. That evening was a black-tie event. Rather than take my tuxedo to several cities, unpacking and re-packing the tux, I had it shipped to the hotel. According to our information, the tux should have been at the hotel. But it wasn’t. Apparently, it was accidentally left on the truck.
It was 4:00 on Sunday afternoon, and I Googled to find the nearest tuxedo store, which happened to be Tuxedo Junction, located about six miles away from my hotel. A very nice salesperson answered the phone. Her name was Mikka Moon. I say she was nice, but that is probably an understatement. More than nice, she was helpful.
She explained that their store closed in an hour and they were jammed because of homecoming season. She asked where I was staying and said that if I knew my clothing measurements, she could have a tux delivered to me by 5:30. My dinner started at 6:00. I said, “Let’s go!”
I gave her the measurements and my credit card. It was now 4:05. Just 35 minutes later Julio showed up at the hotel. I met him at the bell stand and thanked him profusely.
What happened was a perfect example of excellent customer service. Actually, it was more of an over-the-top WOW example of customer service. Mikka had a chance to be a hero and she came through.
Let’s walk through this.
Normally, when the customer has a complaint or a problem that is our fault, we jump to fix it, or at least we should. What makes this an even better story is that the problem wasn’t the store’s fault, but Mikka saw it as her opportunity to solve the problem. The moral of the story:
The customer’s problem may not be our fault, but it is still our problem to solve. (Isn’t that what the best companies do?)
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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