Steve DiGioia

Top 10 Customer Service Acronyms to Use Every Day

Steve DiGioia

Great customer service. That’s what our customers want and that’s what we wish to provide. But it’s difficult remembering all the different steps to take to provide it. Thankfully, many have developed useful acronyms to help.

What Can the Mandalorian Teach You About Your Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

The Mandalorian. The blockbuster hit on the Disney Channel. A keen and faithful observer can see many takeaways that relate to the way we offer service. I’ve already written about Bigfoot Customer Service and Landscaper Customer Service.

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Did You Ever Get a Voicemail From Marble Mouth? – Tip #33

Steve DiGioia

The other day I got a voicemail message from someone who sounded like they had a mouth full of marbles. I couldn’t understand most of what she said, and she spoke so quickly that each word just bled into the next. I even played the message back hoping to catch what I missed the first time.

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Learn to Apologize to Customers Like You Mean It

Steve DiGioia

The best intentions only get you so far and sometimes, your “best” is not good enough for your customer. They are upset, they are disappointed, and they deserve an apology. And here is where your “best” gets even worse.

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The History of the Word "Hacker"

According to one of the best English etymological dictionaries available, the word "hacker", with the sense of evil/good and brilliant computer programmer, was born in the halls of MIT. This fact alone reminds us that culture and words begin in actual places. At that time, to hack code, or hack out code, had a negative connotation. Where did this come from? Read this eBook to learn how the word "hacker" has evolved.

What Does an Allergy Have To Do With Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

Those of us in the customer service industry focus much on procedures, ease of use, product availability, and the steps of service, to name a few, all in the hopes of providing our customers the best overall experience.

At Least Grumpy Old Guys Know What Great Customer Service Is

Steve DiGioia

As I’ve gotten older, I better understand why many “old folks” (speaking from the viewpoint of me as a kid) got so grumpy. They’re tired of dealing with years of B.S. from so many people and have had enough of it.

32 Ways To See If You Can…

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Good Leaders Never Want To Be On the Email Chain – Tip #32

Steve DiGioia

I once worked for a boss who led through intimidation. Whenever there was an issue to be resolved or a problem that’s taking longer than expected to figure out, he would say “Send (name) an email and “CC” me”.

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Address the Argument the Right Way

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Always address the point of the argument, NOT, the emotions attached to it. Example: John is upset that his suggestions for improvements to an upcoming project weren’t adopted, so he vents his frustrations about being overlooked or undervalued.

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6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

How Businesses Can Put Their Customers at Ease During Covid-19

Steve DiGioia

Great customer service is comprised of many things. Besides policies and procedures which lead to a satisfied customer, your smile, positive words, and open body language are just as important – and many say even more important. Here are a few ways businesses can put their customers at ease.

McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case and the Customer Experience

Steve DiGioia

We all know that the coffee McDonald’s sells is too hot to drink when served. If you put it to your lips, you’ll most likely receive a burn that will be far worse than anything most people have ever encountered. So why do they make their coffee so hot?

Let Them Figure It Out – Tip #31

Steve DiGioia

Many managers love to micromanage. They just can’t help it. They believe that telling an employee exactly how to do something and when to do it will fix all their ills. This makes the employee’s job easier. They don’t have to think. Simply “tell them what to do” for every situation and they’ll do it.

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18 Ways to Stop Chasing Low Price Shoppers

Steve DiGioia

In my recent post, “ 3 Reasons Why We Let Businesses Take Us For Granted ”, I asked these questions, “Do we not value ourselves enough as a customer to expect the best or at least average service? But what about indifferent service? Why is it acceptable?

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

How to Stop Giving Customer Service Like a Useless Scarecrow

Steve DiGioia

The lowly cornfield scarecrow hangs idly in the field while a flock of birds, having long since gotten over their fear of the fake man, eat their share of the surrounding crops. He has failed in his mission. The scarecrow now serves no purpose and has outlived its usefulness.

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What’s Valuable To Your Customer? – Tip #14

Steve DiGioia

Remember that Seinfeld episode when George was charged a fee for not calling to cancel his doctor’s appointment? The reason: the doctor’s time is important and has “value”. If you can’t make your appointment it’s a loss of revenue for the doctor. Ok, that makes sense.

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23 Service Improvement Tactics That Work (Number 4 Is My Favorite)

Steve DiGioia

Reevaluation. It’s a tried and true method to improve your customer service. But how many use this often enough to benefit from its findings? Good question.

Did You Give Your Customers a Valentine? – Tip #28

Steve DiGioia

We get so bogged down in life’s everyday chores. As songwriter Harry Chapin famously said, “There’s planes to catch and bills to pay” – thank goodness there’s Valentine’s Day to remind us to stop and show how much we care about the special people in our lives.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

What Do You Do With Deadwood Employees? – Tip #11

Steve DiGioia

Great employees are the heart and soul of any business, especially a successful one. Their efforts cannot be understated enough. But there are always one or two poor performers or “deadwood employees” – those who contribute little to the company’s success and at times undermine it.

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What Was Your Main Focus When You Opened Your Business? – Tip #30

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During the initial business startup phase, providing great customer service may not have been your first thought. Instead, you focused on getting the best location, trendy furnishings, celebrity appearances, and over-the-top promotions that you “knew” would jump-start your business.

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Who Writes YOUR Words? – Tip #29

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Too many businesses continue to offer a workplace that leaves little room for the employee’s personality to shine through. They micromanage the heck out of each service step and expect their minions to follow the path without exceptions. Who Writes YOUR Words?

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Do This Instead of Worrying About a Good NPS Score

Steve DiGioia

does your Net Promoter Score tell you enough to make a difference? This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Net Promoter Score®, or NPS, measures customer experience and predicts business growth. This proven metric transformed the business world and now provides the core measurement for customer experience management programs around the world. But we should do this instead of worrying about a good NPS score. What should we do? I’ll get to that in a moment but first, some background.

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Leadership Panel: Lessons Learnt from a Global Support Community

Speaker: Panel hosted by Adrian Speyer, Head of Community, Vanilla Forums

Are you struggling to support your global community? Or, are you not even sure where you should start. Establishing a global support community comes with many many questions. How do you encourage your customers to help others? What are the key metrics to measure? What are the biggest challenges? Our super panel consists of community leaders from around the world, each of whom, have experienced and overcome the challenges of a global support community. They are ready to share the trials and triumphs, and everything in between, on the road to a successful community.

How Dunkin Donuts Made the Super Bowl Better – Tip #27

Steve DiGioia

Earlier today I got into a silly conversation with a friend about one of the biggest issues that we face today – Which donuts are better, those from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme?

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What Does Management Want From You?

Steve DiGioia

Safety, security, and peace of mind. Nice calming words they are. They come with little worries and little stress. Every employee wants this. But what does management want from you?

Here’s 2 Sure-Fire Tactics That Have Never Let Me Down – Tip #25

Steve DiGioia

Most people have a few go-to strategies that they follow during times of need. They’re comforted knowing they have a tried-and-true method that works for them and have tactics that have never let them down. I’m no different. Experience has shown us the way and we are better off because of it.

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There’s an Upset Customer. Now What? – Tip #4

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Regardless of your business, and no matter how hard you try to do the best for them, there will be situations where you have an upset customer who is dissatisfied with your product or service. Day in and day out, we must strive to provide the optimal experience for each customer interaction.

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Customer Engagement Is a Two-Way Street

Two-way engagement means creating opportunities for conversation. Go beyond the obvious step of responding to complaints and comments; your customers want and deserve more than that. Implement these four tips to boost your two-way engagement.

Bigfoot Customer Service. What Is It and Why Are You Still Giving It?

Steve DiGioia

Bigfoot. The elusive missing link between humans and apes. But what does he have to do with customer service? Well, plenty. There are many similarities between the creature and the service many of us dish-out to our customers. That’s why I call it, Bigfoot customer service. Let’s get into it. Rumors.

Keep Moving Forward Through These Difficult Times

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…my thoughts on the Coronavirus and what comes next. Because of the Coronavirus, I think I should stop writing, at least for a while until the world gets back to normal. It seems like the logical thing to do.

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Management’s Ideas Are Always Better – Tip #10

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Many times, we managers think we have all the answers, that we know it all, and our way is the one correct way to do things. After all, we’re management, and our ideas are always better. But that’s not the case.

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Promotions – Tip #7

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Not the kind that gets you the corner office, a big expense account, or stock options; I’m talking about the kind you use to advertise and spread the word about your business.

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The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

This Is Why You Can’t Fill That Position

Steve DiGioia

You have a “hard to fill” open position at your job. Even after interviewing candidate after candidate, the spot has been vacant for over 6 months and you wonder if they’ll ever find someone.

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