Posts by Shep Hyken

New Year, New Customer Service Ideas (Part 2)

Last week we talked about 10 ideas you can implement to create a great customer experience in 2020. And now we’re back with part 2, and our second set of 10 customer service practices. These are the best New Year’s resolutions you can make!

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New Year, New Customer Service Ideas (Part 1)

We’re still in the early stages of the new year, so there’s still time to come up with a plan for improving your business in 2020. I’d encourage you to focus on stepping up your customer service this year, and I’ve been working on a list of 20 ideas you can implement to create a…

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To Map Your Future Study Your Past

What’s your resolution for the New Year? Don’t set a goal with no plan to achieve it. Instead, there’s a simple two-step process you can follow that will help you identify a goal for this year, and how you’ll get there. You might be surprised to know that it starts by looking backwards at the…

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Recognize Every Role on Your Team

Is everyone on your team getting the recognition they deserve for the role they play in making your business succeed? Don’t make the mistake of overlooking some jobs and some people just because their role isn’t as high-paying or glamorous. Everyone should be recognized for the function they serve, and for their most important responsibilities…

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Was That Problem Just Bad Timing, or a Bad Decision?

Sometimes a problem pops up, and it has really bad, inconvenient timing. But the timing is outside anyone’s control. Other times, however, a problem happens at an inconvenient time—except that timing was the result of a bad decision. When you’re trying to create a great customer experience, bad timing can happen, but you shouldn’t ever…

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Don’t Forget the Last Impression

You know it’s important to make a good first impression. But what about your last impression? If you’re asking your customers to fill out a survey about their experience, that survey becomes their last impression of your business. So it needs to measure up. Learn about how to create a good survey and leave a…

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Being on Time is a Matter of Respect

What’s the simplest way you can show respect to other people? Showing up on time. Being late isn’t just an inconvenience; it’s a sign of disrespect, that you think your time is more important than the time of the people who are waiting for you. So showing up on time may seem simple, but it…

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What is Your Standard for Yourself?

What standard do you set for yourself when you’re serving a customer? Your standard for yourself should be even higher than the standard the customer has for you. Holding yourself to that standard will help create a better customer experience, and lead you to be more proactive about taking care of things when something goes…

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How Do You Stand Out?

What makes a business stand out from its competitors? What makes YOU stand out from your competitors? So many businesses have little that differentiates them from another alternative for their customer. It might just boil down to who’s closest, or who they saw most recently. But you can do more.  You can find ways to…

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Keep Growing and Stay Relevant

Is your business still relevant? Everyone wants their business to grow and succeed, and getting to a more successful stage is a great achievement. But you should never want to just stop there. Because when you get complacent, that’s when things start to turn and go the other way. So what can you do to…

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