In the movie, License to Wed, there’s a funny scene that offers a useful customer service lesson. A reluctant groom stops in a jewelry store to pickup the rings for his wedding. As he looks at his ring he notices something wrong with the inscription. It was supposed to say: “Never to Part” Instead it said something else. The person doing the inscription thought the “P” was an “F”. (I’ll let you figure out what the ring said.) The groom brings this to the store clerk’s attention. Rather than apologizing and working on a solution, the clerk avoids eye contact [...]
Communication is the surest path to delivering Amazing service to our customers. But it’s often harder than we realize to be on the same page with our customers. Here’s a funny (and true) example of how something can seem so clear to an employee but not their customers. Thanks to the good people at NotAlwaysRight.com for this. Me: “Hi, [pizza place].” Customer: “Hi, it says you have a nine inch small pizza. How big is that?” Me: “Nine inches, six slices.” Customer: “But how big is it?” Me: “The diameter of the pizza is approximately nine inches. There are six [...]
If you’ve been paying attention, you know things have changed in the world of business. As customers, we are smarter than ever. We know we have more options. We know we deserve to do business with companies that help us accomplish our goals. And we understand it’s okay to expect companies that will work WITH us as partners rather than adversaries. Companies that ignore this will end up just like “Mr. Advertising” in this video: alone and wondering what happened.
Here is your Daily Dose of Amazing Service: Don’t go overboard for your customers. And here are some additional thoughts on this topic… This might sound contrary to what we’re all about here in the land of Amazing Service. But it’s not. Because if you go too far in trying to serve your customers, you can actually drive them away. This video puts a funny spin on how customers might respond to someone who goes overboard. It’s not the response you want if you’re looking for more loyal customers. Going overboard means doing too much. It means you’re not sure of [...]
Okay, it’s Friday morning, a few days before Labor Day. If you’re in the USA and you’re working today, you are probably in the minority. So here’s a little bonus for being in the office today. I admit it has little to do with customer service improvement but it’s darn funny. And it involves a customer (sort of). Enjoy! (From: NotAlwaysRight.com) (A teen approaches my cash register very slowly.)
When a Japanese manufacturer was asked by his North American counterpart, “What is the best language in which to do business?” the man responded: “My customer’s language”. -Leonard I. Sweet
A powerful way to increase customer loyalty is to give your customers a positive and memorable experience. Some days it’s easy. Just be nice, attentive, listen well and be helpful. But other times you might break out of your comfort zone and give your customers something they’ve never seen before. This Ford dealer clearly went beyond the usual and expected when they decided to treat their customers to the “A-B-C’s of the Ford Focus”. It’s not something every business would do. And it might even annoy some customers. But you have to give them credit for trying.
Here is your Daily Dose of Amazing Service: Make it easy for customers to leave And here are some additional thoughts on this topic… Too many companies make it easy to become a customer and hard to leave. Maybe they think people will change their minds if it’s hard to quit. The classic example is this call to AOL that made national news: