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How to Deliver Moments of Magnificence to Your Customers! - Rick Conlow. Few people talk about receiving outstanding service.

How to Deliver Moments of Magnificence to Your Customers! - Rick Conlow

Few companies deliver what I call Moments of Magnificence to customers. It shouldn’t be that way. It doesn’t have to be that way. The State of Customer Service in the Marketplace The drive to improve customer loyalty has received an unprecedented amount of attention by companies worldwide. Poor hiring practicesdownsized companies and serviceacquisitions and mergerslimited labor poolslack of training, lack of supportlack of management commitment Harry Beckwith, who wrote Selling the Invisible, agrees with the bad news.

But I believe these reasons are just excuses, as it relates to customer interactions. How The Connected Customer Will Impact Your Business. When It Comes to Trust, It’s the Little Things. Early in my career I helped manage part of the main selling floor at Bloomingdale’s Manhattan flagship department store.

When It Comes to Trust, It’s the Little Things

One day a shopper ripped the sleeve of her leather jacket on the loose edge of a display fixture. She came to me for redress. I happily made the case for replacing the jacket with my boss, arguing that it was our job to keep our fixtures repaired. I added that she’d very likely relay the experience — good or bad — to her friends and because we stocked the same jacket, we could replace it at wholesale cost. I saw taking care of this shopper as both the right and the smart thing to do.

When consumers trust your brand, overwhelming numbers of them will use your products and services frequently and recommend them to others, research shows. Kick-Ass Customer Service. Think about the last time you flew.

Kick-Ass Customer Service

When you checked in, did you use a self-service option—like the airline’s website, app, or airport kiosk—to check your bags, choose your seat, and print out your boarding pass? Or did you instead wait in line at the airport to speak with a human being? If you’re like most people, you used the self-service option. Indeed, our data show an overwhelming preference for self-service: Across industries, fully 81% of all customers attempt to take care of matters themselves before reaching out to a live representative. Self-service offers companies a tantalizing opportunity to reduce spending, often drastically. Become a 'Follow Up Guru' and Watch Your Business Boom. Start Your Customer Surveys by Asking What Went Right.

Kenneth Andersson Most organizations use customer surveys to measure satisfaction, pinpoint areas for improvement, or simply allow disgruntled patrons to vent.

Start Your Customer Surveys by Asking What Went Right

The approach is framed by a pessimistic mindset—one focused on problems. “Customers have been conditioned to always look for what’s wrong,” says Sterling Bone, an associate marketing professor at Utah State’s Huntsman School of Business. Indeed, the vast majority of research on customer service deals with “service recovery”—how to react when a customer complains. During a Bible study course nearly a decade ago, Bone found himself reflecting on the power of gratitude, and he began wondering what would happen if that emotion was incorporated into customer surveys.

Since then Bone and colleagues have conducted research to explore the idea. The researchers offer several possible explanations for these results. Is such manipulation ethical? DeTienne also warns that pushing too hard for positive feedback might be seen as over-the-top. Customer Loyalty Isn’t What It Used to Be. It’s getting harder to build and maintain customer loyalty.

Customer Loyalty Isn’t What It Used to Be

Over the years, loyalty and points programs have become little more than complicated incentive schemes to increase customer spending and retention. “Today every company has a loyalty program — points are air,” Thom Kozik, vice president of loyalty at Marriott International, recalled at a recent industry conference. Indeed, studies across a number of industries indicate that today’s points and perks programs do little to differentiate one company from another, and appear to influence loyalty and future purchasing behavior far less than they used to.

A 2013 study of brand loyalty to airlines, for example, found that 72 percent of high-frequency business travelers participated in two or more airline loyalty programs and one-third participated in four or more. More telling, even after achieving the highest status in an airline’s loyalty program, two-thirds of respondents were open to switching to a competing airline. 1. 2. 3. 4. When It Comes to Trust, It’s the Little Things. Early in my career I helped manage part of the main selling floor at Bloomingdale’s Manhattan flagship department store.

When It Comes to Trust, It’s the Little Things

One day a shopper ripped the sleeve of her leather jacket on the loose edge of a display fixture. She came to me for redress. How Not To Engage Employees: Telecoms Lead The Way Again. Businessinsider. It’s been said that there are 87,000 ways to order a drink at Starbucks.

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You’ve got your non-fat milk, full-fat milk, soy milk, and coconut milk; espresso shots; all the different flavored syrups, some of which are sugar-free; whipped cream; iced, hot, or “extra hot” if you’ve got a Kevlar tongue; different sizes; different roasts of coffee; and on and on and on. Surely some of those combinations are gross—Venti green tea latte with peppermint and whipped cream, anyone? —but you can have them if you want them. And as Sophie Egan, a program director at the Culinary Institute of America, writes in her new book Devoured, that speaks to “a most American element of the American food psyche”: customization. Along with Starbucks, Burger King is probably the most obvious example of this phenomenon, with its famous “Have It Your Way” slogan.

In many other countries, this practice of tweaking your order, known as “cheffing,” would not stand. How-to-lose-a-customer-in-one-day. Conventional: Do more with less On the Contrary: Don't ask people to pay more for less If you've taken an airport shuttle in the last five years, you know firsthand what's wrong with reclassifying low-wage workers as franchisees or contracts: The quality of the service goes to hell.

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Not so long ago, taking an airport shuttle was a good experience. Yes, you had to sit with strangers, but the vehicle was clean, well-maintained and punctuality mattered. 5 Things You Absolutely Need to Include When Following Up on a Customer Complaint. In last week’s blog post, I talked about what to do when you encounter an upset customer.

5 Things You Absolutely Need to Include When Following Up on a Customer Complaint

The L.A.F.T. system works wonders in recovering guests after an unpleasant experience. But in some cases you’ll want to take that recovery a step further. After speaking with an upset customer, you may want to follow up with an email or direct message, etc. We actually recommend that you do, if possible – it shows that you not only listened, but you took the time out of your day to sit down and try to make it right. I understand that writing these notes isn’t always fun or easy. 4 Steps to Recovering an Upset Customer. Busy-is-no-excuse-for-poor-customer-service. Most business owners and other entrepreneurs know that customer service is important, but they may not realize just how important.

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Building your business's reputation starts with customer service and ends with an amazing product or service. But, you have to get through step one before you can show your customer how great your product or service really is. Take a few lessons from one of the worst customer service experiences of my life (so far) to avoid angry customers and acquire repeat customers. Shortly after I moved into my house a few years ago I hired a painter. Everything he told me upfront sounded great, but as the job progressed, I realized that this painter was awful--rude, inconsiderate, unreliable, and terrible at managing his company. By the end of the project, things were so bad that while we wanted his crew to finish the job, we asked him not to come back. How Your Leadership Focus Drives The Customer Experience. 3 Rules for Customer Feedback. Gathering useful timely feedback from customers can be a long process.

4 Steps From Customer Anger To Customer Loyalty. The Cost of Customer Service Wait Times (Infographic) Keeping your customers on hold for long periods of time doesn't just lead to negative user reviews. It also hurts your business' bottom line. A recent study from workforce management firm ClickSoftware reveals that companies lose roughly $900 per employee every year due to lost productivity from customer service wait times.

That adds up to $130 billion in annual expenses for U.S. businesses. Paris Considers Friendlier Service The New Battleground For Tourism Dollars. Recognize Your Customers If You Want Their Trust. The Customer Service Habit: Why Your Company Culture Needs To Catch It. Every Mistake is An Opportunity to Surprise and Delight.