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. Customer Experience Is the Brand Differentiator by Jim Tierney […]
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.
(Loyalty 360) Customer experience is such a massively important focus now for brands because they know it can be the most crucial differentiating factor in their collective goal of brand loyalty.
My Comment: Customer service can be your brand differentiator, and it seems that a large percentage of retailers (but true in just about any industry) agree with that statement. What’s important to remember is that regardless of how hard you promote that brand, it will be your customer’s decision as to whether or not you deliver on the brand promise.
(Forbes) The reason for success, explains Ace CEO John Venhuizen, a charismatic 44-year-old who speaks with the fervor of a preacher, is store owners like the Melnicks: entrepreneurs with a deep knowledge of their local market, inventory fine-tuned to a neighborhood’s demographic and the sort of exacting customer service a typical big-box store with low pay and high employee turnover just can’t match.
My Comment: Outstanding article on Ace Hardware, who is one of my favorite customer service role models. Their business model is focused on delivering value to their customers, primarily in the “helpful” customer service that they provide. That’s been their not-so-secret weapon. They have some of the most knowledgeable, friendly and helpful people on the planet working at their stores.
(LiveChat) We are all customers. And we all get angry with similar things, mostly with bad customer service. However, for some reason, we rarely draw any conclusion from it.
My Comment: This article points out more frustrations and mistakes that companies make in their customer service delivery. While we may have read or heard much of this before, my favorite part of the article is the third paragraph, which states: “Whenever you feel displeasure, disappointment or even anger using another company’s service ask yourself: could my customer feel the same while using my service?” Great question!
(Forbes) In today’s highly competitive SaaS business environment, showing customers you care is vital. If you don’t do it, someone else will – and they’ll take your business with them. In the worst cases, you’ll have a customer who is upset enough to not only leave, but draw thousands of others away from you as well by airing their grievance on social media.
My Comment: Common sense would make you think that many of the mistakes mentioned in this article shouldn’t happen. But they do. Great reminders of the customer service mistakes to avoid.
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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