Steve DiGioia

Address the Argument the Right Way

Steve DiGioia

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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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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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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Customer Service Fact #1 – Tip #17

Steve DiGioia

There are many “facts” in business and countless quotes and statistics are tallied-up each year. Two staple examples are “The customer is always right” and “It’s more expensive to acquire a new customer than to keep an existing one”. These are certainly true.

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How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

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.

The Humble Manager – Tip #15

Steve DiGioia

I’ve always told my staff that I’m not perfect, I don’t know it all, and that I make mistakes. I too have a lot to learn. Is this a mindset of a weak manager? I don’t think so. Instead, the humble manager is realistic and open to suggestions.

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What Do They Think of Me? – Tip #16

Steve DiGioia

Our actions, mannerisms, speech, style of dress, and a host of other characteristics are being judged by those around you – all the time. And, regardless of what message we think we give, its others who make assumptions which we’re judged against.

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You NEED To – Tip #13

Steve DiGioia

Respect, decency, and courtesy are foundational measures of society. A heavy-handed approach without caring for the feelings of another is a sure way to lose a friend. And it’s even worse when done to a customer.

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According to Steve #4 – I Can Do Without

Steve DiGioia

People tell us that we should “love” this or that. Well, that’s their opinion. I like to make my own assessment based on my impression of a situation. Example: You’re trying on a suit and the salesperson says, “That suit looks great on you, it’s just your style”.

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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.

According to Steve #3 – Remember When

Steve DiGioia

Remember when you’d fall asleep on the living room couch and wake up after midnight to a TV that was all static because the stations when off the air ? Remember when the 5-second rule applied for almost any food that fell on the floor?

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.

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? In today’s post, I expand on one of those reasons: “low price shoppers”. Here’s my story….

Resilience – Tip #12

Steve DiGioia

For decades, stress was viewed as bad and damaging. Then we began to see the power of resilience as an accelerator in our lives. Whether you are coping with adversity, bouncing back from setbacks, or leading through uncertainty, these experiences can make you stronger.

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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. And they hang on year after year. They never seem to get fired and amass a laundry list of disciplinary actions with little substantive repercussions. Why is that?

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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. Sure, each business is different and with specific challenges to be addressed, so the important thing is that you start finding tactics that can make a difference in your business and put them to use right away. Today’s post will give you 23 service improvement tactics that work. But first, let’s reevaluate your policies and procedures.

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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Raccoon Memories of Days Gone By

Steve DiGioia

As far and wide as your eye can see. Thanks to the wind, in some places, it’s as high as your hip. Small patches of dry brown grass peek out from the high ridges and icicles hang from places I’ve never noticed. Then I see it. Meat. I had a conversation with someone the other day about the “ most memorable situations ” we’ve had during our career and quickly, one stood out. And it’s a little different from what you may think would pop into my head so fast. This one is about a raccoon.

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Busy Season? Keep Customers Satisfied with Great Support

A great customer experience drives customer loyalty. Learn how to keep your customers happy this holiday season by helping them through their channel of choice with seasonal support experts.

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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Promotions – Tip #7

Steve DiGioia

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. How dedicated are you to promoting your business to the throngs of potential customers not yet aware of your product or service? It’s a never-ending process. Promoting your business, and the print, internet and radio advertising used, will build a foundation for your future success.

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Are Your Pet Peeves Putting Your Job in Danger? – Tip #9

Steve DiGioia

First off, what’s a “pet peeve”? Well, according to Merriam-Websters dictionary, it’s “something that annoys or bothers a person very much” Are your pet peeves putting your job in danger? I hope not. You know, let’s be honest… Each of us knows someone that drives us nuts.

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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.

The 5 E's of Community: Support Forums and Beyond

Speaker: Angelica Coleman, Community Lead, Snowflake

In order to establish a robust community, you need to have strong community objectives in place that are supported with the proper types of programs; programs that will help your community succeed. But narrowing down on your community objectives can be difficult, let alone knowing how to structure your community programs and offerings in a way that supports them. Join Vanilla Forums on Friday, October 8th at 12 PM ET for a webinar led by Angelica Coleman, the Community Lead at Snowflake, as she walks us through the 5 E's that are essential to establishing your key community objectives: Education, Enable, Expand, Engage and Evangelize.

Management’s Ideas Are Always Better – Tip #10

Steve DiGioia

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. The employees who do the job each day usually have a better understanding of what works and how to perform the task than the boss who sits in the office thinking up policies and procedures.

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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. But is this realistic? When things don’t go as planned, our customers become upset and we have failed in their eyes. Period!

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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 want to come across as too assertive or even aggressive; what’s the difference anyway? The service you provide has always lacked because of your fear of “taking charge” and not wanting to offend your customers.

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. I know I need to have patience, but it’s been almost a minute and he hasn’t bothered to even look up from his “most important thing” You know what? I’ve had enough, I’m leaving.

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!

What’s More Important? – Tip #6

Steve DiGioia

Are your company’s numbers, budgets, and marketing efforts taking the lead over all other aspects of your business? But what about the customer? What’s more important?

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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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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?

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.

Customer Care Versus Gossip – Tip #8

Steve DiGioia

The other day I heard some people complaining about poor customer service. Each shared their complaints about a past shopping trip that irked them enough to commit the story to memory (those are the worst kinds). One person complained that the store’s workers spent too much time talking to each other and seemed to not care that she was waiting in line. This upset her so much that she walked out of the store. Talk about “customer care”, huh?