The Problem with Fine

When a customer tells you that their experience was “fine,” what does that mean? Oftentimes, “fine” doesn’t really mean fine! When you hear someone say things are fine, it’s time to dig deeper to understand how the customer really feels. Because in customer service, fine often means okay at best—average, unimpressive. You might not be […]

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The Best Customer Service Line

What’s the best customer service line you’ve ever heard? Is it empathy for a customer’s problem? An explanation of the problem? A timeline for a solution? In conversation with the leader of social media customer service for a major cable television provider, I heard an unexpected answer—but a brilliant one. Learn why the best response […]

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Manage Customer Expectations

If you promise something to your customers, you better deliver! When you over promise and under deliver, it’s a big letdown for your customer. Don’t sell a half truth. If you get caught, it isn’t a half truth—it’s a lie. And that’s obviously a big problem. Now many business owners don’t intentionally mislead customers, but […]

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Lessons from Amazon Acquiring Whole Foods

Were you surprised at the big business news last week that Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods? Do you wonder what this means for business? Are you thinking about what this says about how we should be thinking about our businesses today? In this brief live commentary we’ll look at why this move is driven by […]

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Turn Limitations into Customer Service Excellence

There are some situations where your hands are tied. Some industries are heavily regulated, and there are strict compliance rules and laws that you have no way around. These laws are often unfriendly to customers. But look for ways you can make life easier for your customers. Are there things that you can do that […]

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You Must Maintain the Customer’s Confidence

Have you ever had an interaction with a company that was so frustrating you lost confidence in their ability to do what you needed them to do? If you lose confidence in a company, would you still do business with them? Well, I recently had an experience that damaged my confidence in a company, and […]

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Create a Frictionless Customer Experience

If you’re trying to create a great customer experience, look at places where you’re putting the responsibility on the customer rather than on yourself. What does that mean? Well, have you ever had an experience as a customer where a company acted like (and genuinely believed) they were doing you a favor, but were really […]

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Improve Your Social Media Customer Service

You’ve likely heard that customer service is the new marketing. And social media customer service is an updated version. It’s something you cannot ignore! Social media channels are no longer alternative customer service channels; they’re primary channels that you must pay attention to. Make sure that you’re providing great customer service on social media channels. […]

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