Exceptional Customer Satisfaction It was 1987, and I’d just moved into my first house. While doing some weekend repairs, I noticed that a saloon type door was coming off of the wall. I took the bracket and hinge that connected the door to the wall and headed to my local Ace Hardware store. I remember […]
It was 1987, and I’d just moved into my first house. While doing some weekend repairs, I noticed that a saloon type door was coming off of the wall. I took the bracket and hinge that connected the door to the wall and headed to my local Ace Hardware store.
I remember the nice gentleman that helped me, and I showed him what I wanted. As we were walking down the aisle to get the replacement part, he asked what I was using it for. I told him, and he stopped. He stated, “You need a different part. If I sell you this, you will be back in here sometime soon. Maybe a few months, maybe a year, but you will be back to replace it again.” We walked to a different area and he said, “This is what you want.” I would use the existing bracket, but I only needed some inexpensive hardware to mount it. This was not only what I needed, it was even less expensive.
As a result of this experience, I went back. Twenty-five years later, I remember the experience and am still telling the story.
So, think of a time when you received an amazing customer service experience. How did it make you feel? Did you tell others? Did you go back?
Your answers are the same ones you want your customer’s answers to be if asked these same questions. So how do you go about getting those answers? The lessons just mentioned are a good start.
What’s really amazing about this Ace Hardware story is that I had no idea I would end up writing a book featuring them as role models for amazing customer service. But I did. They delivered that level of service 25 years ago and are still doing it today. They helped me. And that’s what they are known for; being helpful. It’s their brand promise. It’s how they amaze every customer every time.
We could stop here, but I want to put in a plug for the just mentioned book, which is titled Amaze Every Customer Every Time. My Ace story and dozens more just like it are examples that support the 52 customer service tools covered in this book. These tools will help you deliver better customer service, create a better employee culture, and increase customer loyalty and exceptional customer satisfaction. Start delivering amazing customer service today!
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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