Steve DiGioia

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.

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?

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Your Customers Are Always Watching – Tip #5

Steve DiGioia

What do you do when you think no one is watching? Are you chewing gum, twirling your hair, or resting your foot on the wall behind you? Do you tell off-color jokes because you think no one can hear you? Is your posture one of confidence or submission?

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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.

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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!

3 Reasons Why We Let Businesses Take Us For Granted

Steve DiGioia

I saw him, I did. He’s in that little hut with his face buried in his cell phone. He saw me drive up; I know he did – he looked right at me. I’m now waiting at the gas pump – it’s only 3 feet away from him.

Give it Away, Give it Away, Give it Away, Now

Steve DiGioia

Give it away, give it away, give it away, now! No, I’m not talking about the song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers – even though that song is cool. I’m talking about how the butchers and bakers used to run their businesses years ago. I remember as a kid going to the store with my Mom.

Keep Moving Forward Through These Difficult Times

Steve DiGioia

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

Steve DiGioia

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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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.

8 Contact Center Trends to Watch in 2020

In this eBook, we’ll arm you with the research you need to inform areas of investment, and 8 quick tips you can use to improve your contact center’s performance now!

Do You Need to be Assertive to Provide Great Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

…here’s 7 ways to get you started This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. You still haven’t learned how to speak up, huh? Maybe you’re just afraid of confrontation? I know, you don’t want to offend anyone, right?

Don’t Make Assumptions – Tip #3

Steve DiGioia

How many times did something “fall through the cracks” because you thought another co-worker was going to handle it? I’ve always told my team, don’t make assumptions.

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Where is the Line Between Forgetfulness and Great Service?

Steve DiGioia

Great service is comprised of many parts and each must be present to create the experience every customer desires. Let’s briefly discuss each one of my top 8 until we get to “memory”. I know you’ll agree with me that it should be near the top of your list. Training.

Every Great Leader Has an Experience Book. Do You?

Steve DiGioia

The actions of leaders should focus on common-sense decisions. A good “business-sense”, extensive life experience, having a good judge of character, and the ability to see-through-the-fog towards the intended goal will help most people make the “right” call as needed – when needed.

The Pros and Cons of Incentivized Reviews

With so many online reviews out there, we’ve decided to take a look at how incentivized consumer reviews fare against regular reviews from consumers that were not incentivized. Is one better than the other? More positive? Are they similar in topics covered and level of detail? Download this report to get answers to those questions and more!

Customer Service is a 2 Way Street – Tip #2

Steve DiGioia

Customer service is a 2 way street. It takes both sides of the interaction doing their part to provide a great customer experience. The “give and take of life” doesn’t stop at the service counter – it continues, always.

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But Does She Have Customer Service Skills?

Steve DiGioia

a fancy resume is just not enough. This is it. This is the one. We’ve finally found someone with a good resume, hot damn. Look at it! Let’s call her up for an interview. Then someone says, Wait, does she have customer service skills? What do you mean? Just look at her resume.

You’ll Never Improve if You’re Married to Your Ideas

Steve DiGioia

…why some plans fail and 4 methods for continuous improvement. You’ll Never Improve if You’re Married to Your Ideas. Throughout my hospitality career, I’ve heard countless managers say, “ That’ll be ok, it will work ” or “ Let’s do it this way, try it. What do you have to lose? ”.

3 Ways to Serve a Customer Even When We’re Not at Our Best

Steve DiGioia

As I lay in bed, coughing and sneezing from a cold, dreading even going to the kitchen for a glass of water because of aches and pains from my unseen tormentor, I’m comforted knowing, “boy, I’m sure glad I didn’t have to go to work today”. But what if I did?

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

What Value Do You Bring? – Tip #1

Steve DiGioia

The “ Customer Value Proposition ” is providing convincing reasons why a customer should buy a product, and also differentiate your product from competitors. The same works for our “internal customers”, our employees.

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You Must Be Padding Your Resume ‘Cause You Can’t Be That Good

Steve DiGioia

I saw this written on a resume the other day. One of her past job duties was “ Joyfully greeted guests “ My first reaction was, “What kind of B.S. is that to write? You must be padding your resume ‘cause you can’t be that good.

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According to Steve #2 – I Never Understood

Steve DiGioia

I never understood how some people keep a pot-bellied pig in their house as a pet. What’s wrong with a cat or dog? Or maybe some pretty fish, a hamster, or even a darn ferret. But a pig? Don’t get it.

3 Ways Some Customers Are Like the Dreaded New Driver

Steve DiGioia

Your eyes were bugged-eyed open, and they darted back and forth hoping to see everything (but they never did). Sweat started, a little at first, then it seemed to flow from every pore and made your clothes stick to places you didn’t even know you had.

AI & Community: Don't Hammer the Flowers

Speaker: Venessa Paech, Australia's Leading Community Specialist

Join Vanilla Forums on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8:30 AM ET for this on-demand workshop led by Venessa Paech, Co-Founder of Australian Community Managers and Leading APAC Community Specialist.

New Feature – Tips on Thursday

Steve DiGioia

As you may know, each Thursday morning I send out brief, easy-to-understand (and implement) tips to an exclusive group , my newsletter subscribers.

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How to Be a Better Retail Customer During the Holidays

Steve DiGioia

The “holidays” are everyone’s favorite time of year. Time to share a meal with great company, whether family, friends, or coworkers. It’s a happy, festive time for all. But, is it? Those working in the retail industry may have a different take on the holidays.

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A Story of Availability, Convenience, and Consistency

Steve DiGioia

and donuts! I pulled into the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru and asked the man on the intercom if he had any glazed donuts. He said, “Sorry, we don’t have any more donuts”. WHAT? I know this was at 11 pm on a Saturday night but how can you not have any donuts? Isn’t that what you do?

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This is How You Can Tell You’re a Customer Service Professional

Steve DiGioia

In celebration of Customer Service Week (October 7-11, 2019), this post focuses on the customer service professionals who make it all possible. Many hold the title but never seem to accomplish the task. Some tout the certification letters after their name but can’t put their knowledge to use.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin will discuss learnings from their recent study, and share her insights on the state of Customer Education. They'll dig into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

You Need These 9.5 Skills to be Friendly Enough for the Customer Service Industry

Steve DiGioia

I watched her smile at everyone who passed her. Her gaze fell naturally on each person and she took the time to acknowledge the children. Waves, “high-fives” and plenty of thank-yous always seem to be around her. No wonder why the customers love her. How does she do it? Good question?

The Best Companies Do This Even When They Don’t Have To

Steve DiGioia

it's one of the reasons why consumers maintain loyalty Buffer, one of the industry-leading apps used to schedule and share content on social media, recently had a “bug” that affected 0.00599% of Buffer users (467 out of 7,800,000). A pretty small number if you asked me. So, what did they do?

17 Ways to Tell if Customer Service is Your Purpose in Life

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Our “purpose” is the thing, item, or person we keep coming back to even after we’ve lost our way. Through good times and bad, we find ourselves surrounded by thoughts of what makes us feel good, feel important, and feel fulfilled.

Where Does the Next Customer Service Superstar Come From?

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Here are two questions for you. 1) Where does an employee receive the necessary skill set to become a customer service superstar? 2) How can we identify the needed traits of a potentially great service provider?

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

I’m Sorry, We’re a Little Short-Handed Today

Steve DiGioia

never ever say that to a customer I went to my local Petco store last week to buy a few more guppies for my fish tank. I got this tank for my kids a few years ago but they never bothered to look at the tank and I don’t think they’ve ever even fed the poor fish. But that’s another story.

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Can You Feel It?

Steve DiGioia

It’s there, just like a shadow. You can’t touch it, but you know it’s there. It’s a feeling. A feeling that all your efforts are finally paying off. Can you feel it? A feeling that you’ve turned the corner. Now your team has started to believe in you.

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The 5 Things You Need to Know About Great Service

Steve DiGioia

While celebrating my daughter’s 20th birthday at a local steak restaurant – yes, the chicken finger & fries meals are a thing of the past, I was reminded that great service and experience doesn’t happen by accident.

How to Send the Message That You Care to be Your Best Every Day

Steve DiGioia

can a crooked sign ruin your business? This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. You have a great product, so that’s done. Next comes finding the perfect location to set up shop and after almost a year you’re finished. Now, you’re finally open and business is flowing.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.