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Veteran’s Day – Innovative Service and the Rules of Combat

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This week we celebrate Veterans Day. We deeply thank all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country! We also thank those who served for their service. We both had the distinct honor and privilege to serve our country. Chip is a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran.

Are You Delivering Great Customer Experiences?

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Amex reports that US consumers say they’re willing to spend 17 percent more to do business with companies that deliver excellent service. Connect with one of your favorite service providers and you immediately feel the difference in the experience that makes this establishment one of your chosen few.

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How Can You Turn an Incensed Customer Into an Instructive Customer?

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PwC reports 32% of all customers would stop doing business with a brand they loved after one bad experience. After experiencing value-enhancing customer service interactions, there is an 82% probability that the customer would stay even when presented an opportunity to switch.

Are You Meeting or Exceeding Your Customers’ Thresholds for Service Delivery?

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We are seeing a lot of threshold alarms these days. Highway freeways tell us “minimum speed 40 mph.” It is a way of keeping horse-drawn buggies off the road. Minimum orders signal that only volume purchases are allowed.

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!

What Chair is Reserved for Your Customer?

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This week we celebrate Veterans Day. We deeply thank all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country! We also thank those who served for their service. We both had the distinct honor and privilege to serve our country. Chip is a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran.

Is Your ATTITUDE Attracting Customers?

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You are in complete control of your attitude. Victor Frankl in his classic book, Man’s Search For Meaning , described how prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II determined their longevity by the way they imagined their future. The book has sold over 10 million copies.

How Would a 100% Satisfied Customer Service Guarantee Change Your Business?

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Lifetime warranties are a common feature of the product world. They essentially say “we guarantee that the object you bought will work as long as you own it. If the product ever fails, we promise to replace it or repair it to your satisfaction.”

Do You Have a Strong Service Breakdown Plan?

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Customers have changed! Nearly 80% of American consumers point to speed, convenience, knowledgeable help, and friendly service as the most important elements of a positive customer experience. Made smarter by the internet, they are empowered and emboldened to accept nothing short of value.

Does Your Customer Journey Have Too Many Hoops?

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I once had a wonderful colleague whom I worked with as a co-facilitator of workshops with senior leaders. He was a very bright and confident presenter who could lead a spirited discussion with the most challenging participant. He also loved to tell stories. .

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!

Beware of Assumptions About Your Customers

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We were working in Philadelphia and stayed at a chain hotel that did not have the practice of sliding the receipt under your hotel room door the morning you checked out.

Be an Undercover Provider

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We were working with a large quick-service restaurant company who was doubting the power and profitability of their offering a great customer experience. They were convinced that product, price, PR (as in advertising), and the proper restaurant location would always win the day. “As

How to Un-Timid Your Customers

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The idea honestly came from renowned songwriter Diane Warren. She was the award-winning composer who wrote “Un-break My Heart” for singer Toni Braxton.

Are You Keeping Up with Customer Expectations?

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Customers are different today! Their ever-changing expectations continue to increase! 54% of customers have higher expectations for customer service today compared to one year ago ! They have raised the bar on how they view customer experience.

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.

What ATTITUDE are your Customers Experiencing?

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You are in complete control of your attitude. Victor Frankl in his classic book, Man’s Search For Meaning , described how prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II determined their longevity by the way they imagined their future. The book has sold over 10 million copies.

Do Your Teams Deliver Great Customer Experiences?

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Customers today are picky, fickle, vocal, and vain. They are Vain–expecting treatment that telegraphs they are special and unique, not just one of the masses.

Does Your Organization Partner Internally to Deliver Great Service?

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Customers are so different today! Their expectations have increased exponentially in the last 12 months even without considering the impact of the pandemic! They have raised the bar to a very high level on how they view customer experience.

Can Your Front Line Team Provide a Great Service Exit?

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The opening keynote was preceded by the safety briefing for the large banquet hall attendees. It was the usual “in case of fire” cautions and instructions.

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!

Maintaining Customer Relationships During a Pandemic

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CX (customer experience) has been hot for a few years. But, IT wizardry and the push to cut costs by un-humanizing the service experience has too often removed the “relationship” from “customer experience” The by-product was aptly characterized by a friend of ours describing her bank knowledge of her account status but corresponding lack of desire to know her personally.

When Do You Give Your Customer Service Experience a Thorough Exam?

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You take your car in for regular maintenance and your body in for a physical exam. Women get a mammogram; men get a PSA check. The optometrist checks your eye sight; the audiologist your hearing and your dentist checks for cavities. What about the service experience you provide to your customers? Does it get a regularly scheduled check-up that touches the entire customer journey through your organization?

What is Required for Great Customer Experiences!

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Walk into one of your favorite service providers and you immediately feel the difference in the experience that makes this establishment one of your chosen few. What is the difference? There is no doubt that the product or outcome they deliver is one you value and trust but most likely they make a strong emotional connection with you that you find meaningful. As Bruce Temkin states, “Hopefully you recognize that emotion is a critical component of customer experience.”.

What are your Customers’ expectations of “Fast?”

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The fact that time is a completely made-up component in nature was one of the hardest concepts to get your head around in high school physics class. All of nature knows night from day, but your dog is clueless about what 9:30 means. When we tell someone, “Why don’t we meet in an hour,” we are not only operating on a “made up” agreement regarding the precise moment of rendezvous, we are relying on a made up understanding of what “an hour” means.

Customer Communities Elevate the Customer Experience

Speaker: Rachel Happe

An online community is an increasingly vital part of many leading companies’ support strategies. Creating a branded place where your customers can ask and answer questions, interact with each other, and search for the information they need is a great way to decrease the burden on your staff and allow them to focus on the customers that really need their help. Join us at 9:00 am EST on Nov 18th for this talk by Rachel Happe, founder of industry-leading strategists, The Community Roundtable. You will learn the effectiveness of the community in empowering your customers and generating value for your business.

As You Re-open Are Your Employees Making Special Experiences?

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the state allows retail stores or restaurants and businesses to reopen after coronavirus restrictions. man with face mask turning a sign on a door shop. economy starts running after being on lockdown. As businesses reopen their physical locations and customers adapt to the new normal of all kinds of virtual experiences it has become more important than ever before to deliver consistently great experiences.

Keeping Up the Connections Required for Great Experiences!

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We are in the midst of a terrible pandemic with far ranging impacts. People are dying from this horrible virus, businesses are closing all around us and families are losing everything. It is a tough time and from everything we hear this will continue for a while. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of the brave first responders and the medical community who are working so hard to save lives in a dangerous environment.

Does Your Service Menu Meet Your Customers’ Expectations?

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Menus can tell you a lot about a restaurant. Some menus have limited choices; some have way too many. Many have rules like “no substitutions,” “salad bar extra,” or “breakfast only served until 10:30 am.” Some show you pictures of their featured meals; some have crazy entre names like “Whoopee burger” or “Don’s Big Mess.” There are restaurants that communicate what they think of young guests by the size of their “children’s menu.”

Creating Strong Emotional Connections for Great Customer Experience

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76% of wired and dangerous customers today say they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. Walk into one of your favorite service providers and you immediately feel the difference in the experience that makes this establishment one of your chosen few. What is the difference? There is no doubt that the product or outcome they deliver is one you value and trust but most likely they make a strong emotional connection with you that you find meaningful.

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.

How Has The Pandemic Changed Your Customers’ Journey?

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A man lived right by the railroad track. For years, the train roared by his bedroom window at two-o’clock every morning. He grew so accustomed to it that it never disturbed his sleep. One night no train came through. The usual train was taken out of circulation for maintenance and a substitute was unavailable. At precisely 2:00 AM, the man lunged from a deep sleep and exclaimed, “What was that?!”. Customer service can be a lot like the man in the house beside the track.

Keeping the Relationship in the Customer’s Experience

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CX (customer experience) has been hot for a few years. But, IT wizardry and the push to cut costs by un-humanizing the service experience has too often removed the “relationship” aspect from “customer experience” The by-product was aptly characterized by a friend of ours describing her bank. They installed this new customer experience management system so all my correspondence from them is now tailored––they even knew my son was heading off to college this year.

Are You Prepared to Handle a Customer Service Emergency?

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The dinner party was super important because of the particular guests invited. It was one-fifth entertainment, one-fifth showcase, and at least five-fifths big-deal sales opportunity! The caterer had delivered over-the-top hors d’oeuvres, the contracted chef had prepared a perfect meal, and the bottles of wine were perfectly chilled. Then, disaster struck! The host opened the first bottle of wine only to discover it tasted like vinegar.

How can you retain an upset customer?

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New Voice Media recently reported that poor customer service loses American companies over $62 billion annually. 33% of Americans say it only takes a single instance of poor customer service for them to consider switching companies reports American Express! Made smarter by the internet, customers are empowered and emboldened to accept nothing short of value. It has made them Fickle —quicker to leave if unhappy.

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.

Are You Rewarding Behaviors for Great Service?

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We believe there are three ingredients that create a superb service greatness recipe for today’s Wired & Dangerous customer. Those ingredients are: the dream, the drive, and the discipline. Today’s customers are changing providers faster than ever before when they don’t consistently receive great service. Making sure you have these three ingredients driving your customer journey is critical for service success.