What are your tips on providing great customer service and satisfaction? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)
Like it or not, all of us both give and receive customer service. What is it that differentiates fantastic customer service from mediocre customer service? What mistakes have you seen or made? How can we better communicate with customers (and customer service providers)? Share your tips as part of this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration challenge.
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The best examples of customer service are those where you are treated as though you're the only customer in the world. We all like to feel appreciated and special. I really hate 'one size fits all' approoaches to customer care. Think outside the box!
The best customer service is that which suprises you, when someone has clearly surpassed what is expected, and delivered above and beyond. When it is clear that this is company policy as opposed to a "rogue" individual, then an organisation will be recognised as providing great customer service.
There are formal measures of customer service, such as the net promoter score, which is based on on the simple question "would you recommend company X to a friend". For me, the best examples of customer service are those which are passed on via word of mouth, such was the level of delivery to the customer.
My best example was a train journey, where I was delivered a fantastic level of customer service. I arrived early for my train, but had to queue for the ticket machine, and when I arrived at the front of the queue I could not understand which ticket to buy, there were so many prices and options. After eventually purchasing a ticket I found the train, but therer were no seats left so I had to stand. The train left 10 minutes late due to a signalling problem, and the air conditioning on my coach was broken and their were no opening windows, so it was boiling hot. I went to the catering car to get a drink, and found that the train company policy had changed and they no longer took credit cards. Sensing my growing frustration, the operator in the catering car gave me a free drink and wished me a pleasant journey.
So from this nightmare journey, what do I think of the company and its customer service? I dont tell people about all the problems, just that the company was forward thinking enough to give their staff the power to deliver great customer service. Clearly the employee would not have to explain to the manager why drinks were being given away, or the manager had actually issued instructions to make sure that harrassed passengers were being looked after. Now anyone I meet will hear this story, and my positive views on the company, whenever the organisation in question is mentioned. I am a "net promoter".
Maybe that is the answer to great customer service, its not always delivering the best service, or the cheapest product, but how you deal with the problems that arise, and the culture embedded in an organisation that only comes to light under pressure - that tipping point where a tiny decision one way or the other can be the difference between a great customer service experience and a terrible one.
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I have previously wrote a couple of hubs on the subjects:
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http://spartucusjones.hubpages.com/hub/ … er-Service
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Given below is the link to my Hub on 'Improving the Customer Service using Social Media Sites'
http://anamikas.hubpages.com/hub/improv … -Companies
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Sorry for posting this originally on the forum post, I hadn't properly read the instructions. I hope this is enjoyed whilst provided as an educational source.
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I have worked in customer services for over half of my life at this point and I have visited my fair share of establishments with excellent and poor customer service. The difference between fantastic customer service and mediocre customer service is personality and wherewithal. The abilitiy to be a people person is something you have or you don't. Know do not get me wrong it can be tought but nothing is like a gifted orginial. The excellent customer service is provided by someone that knows what you want before you want it.
Better communication can be found in listening. That is the reason we have one mouth and two ears. As the person serving the customer we sould listen twice as much as we talk because people often have suttle and not so suttle ways of telling you what they want. Listening and responding leads to great customer service.
The most important aspects in customer service is active listening, empathy and follow-up. Active listening, which differs from listening or hearing, helps you to target their exact concerns, understand how those concerns affect them and let's them know their concerns will be addressed. Empathy makes them feel you truly understand because you may have had the same experiences in your life time. Follow-up let's the customer know you are actively taking measures to address the problem. Even if you can't solve the problem immediately, letting them know the status will give them some relief. Whenever I encounter great customer service, I always follow-up with some type of acknowledgement in email or letter form. I don't believe feedback should only be given when something goes wrong. People want to know they are doing a good job and it feels good to let others know their efforts are recognized.
Body language is a huge factor....a warm smile means alot. Also checking back with your customers to make sure their needs are met and offer a helping hand where you might
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