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5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of February 29, 2016

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. Lexus – a beacon of customer centricity by Christopher Brown (MarketCulture) Traditionally auto dealers have […]

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.

Lexus – a beacon of customer centricity by Christopher Brown

(MarketCulture) Traditionally auto dealers have focused on each transaction – just getting a sale – and not on nurturing the long term relationships with their customers that will make them lifetime brand loyalists.

My Comment: Lexus is a great role model as a company that focuses on the customer and not the money from a sale. When you focus on the customer, the money follows. This article shows how Lexus is focused on the long-term relationship – the customer’s process – more than anything else. And, it pays off.

Customer loyalty 101: How small businesses can retain more loyal customers by Lauren Licata

(GoDaddy) There’s nothing quite like the rush of seeing new customers walk through your door. But without a strategy to retain these fresh faces, up to 50 percent of new customers will never return to your business. Considering that it costs five to seven times more to acquire a new customer than to retain an existing one, one-time customers, like one-hit wonders (Blue (Da Ba Dee), anyone?) are not very lucrative.

My Comment: The first stat in the first two sentences sums up the importance of this article: “There’s nothing quite like the rush of seeing new customers walk through your door. But without a strategy to retain these fresh faces, up to 50 percent of new customers will never return to your business.” The satisfied customer is not a loyal customer. This article has some stats, facts and ideas that every company (small or big) to pay attention to.

Four ways to treat your internal customers as well as your external ones by Sidharth Suri

(CustomerThink) It’s easy to streamline your process and cultivate company culture – by offering the same easy to use systems that you’d extend your front facing customers. Check out these four ways to treat your internal customers as well as your external ones.

My Comment: Too many times people (and companies) forget about their internal customers. Some people don’t always realize that other people depend on you to do their job, which may be to take care of a customer – or another internal customer. Either way, don’t forget that your internal customers are just as important as external customers. Maybe more so!

How To Become The Head Of Customer Experience by Jeanne Bliss

(Customer Bliss)There has been much talk in recent years about a C-Suite role for head of customer experience, or CCO — Chief Customer Officer. Even B2B brands, which traditionally focuses on sales rather than organic customer growth, are starting to adopt this head of customer experience role in droves. But how does someone become a head of customer experience? What makes them ideally qualified for the role?

My Comment: Jeanne Bliss is a customer experience rock star. She understands customer experience better than most. This short article showcases the top five traits of a good customer service expert.

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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