Collecting structured and unstructured customer feedback

Your feedback process should act as a funnel, catching data from all the various sources and bringing it into a centralized location. This could be a database that’s part of your customer relationship management (CRM) system, a dedicated customer feedback system, a business intelligence tool, or perhaps something homegrown. I’ve seen many different approaches work. As you select the best …

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Alternatives – and cautions – when measuring quality

Why is it that professional sports teams put so much focus on tracking statistics? They want to get better. They want to see trends and identify areas where they can make improvements. The same thing goes for quality standards. You will want to measure how things are going so that you can identify areas where your employees and your team …

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Avoiding pitfalls when managing customer feedback

There are vast differences in how organizations are collecting and using customer feedback, and some are far more effective than others. Your approach to managing customer feedback must be action-oriented. You must do something with it. Too often, organizations miss out on the full value of feedback. Why is that? I see six pitfalls that are easy to avoid if …

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7 Ways to See Your Business from Your Customers’ Perspective

The most successful leaders don’t rely solely on data to tell them what’s happening. They take steps to put themselves in their customers’ shoes. They want to deeply understand the business—its products, employees, and competitors—and experience it as their customers do. I agree. Get out there and see what’s happening firsthand. Make it a habit. Learn as much as you …

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Establishing Your Customer Feedback Goals

Managing customer feedback effectively requires that you establish goals. You can then identify the steps and resources necessary to achieve them. This video discusses six goals that can help you get the most out of your customer feedback efforts. The video is from my LinkedIn Learning course “Customer Service: Managing Customer Feedback.” Establishing your goals from Customer Service: Managing Customer …

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Managing Customer Feedback – as It Happens

An important aspect of building customer relationships is managing customer feedback. This includes both short- and long-term objectives: it involves responding to feedback as it happens and collecting and analyzing feedback from many customers to look for recurring problems and opportunities. In a past issue of The Edge of Service® Newsletter, I look at what it takes to manage customer …

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Establishing a Key Performance Indicator

Many successful leaders establish an overall measure of customer satisfaction to gauge progress. I concur that’s a wise move, but it’s important to do so with some cautions in mind. A recent Lynda.com course that I recorded addresses this topic and others associated with Customer Service Leadership. You might enjoy learning more about the best measure of overall customer satisfaction …

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Providing a Poor Customer Experience Is Costly

When customers go through what they consider to be major customer service failures, the company providing the poor experience pays a heavy price. According to a recent study by SDL: 64% of customers stop recommending the company, start looking for alternative brands, or actively disparage the company via word of mouth, social or other means. Only 10% spend more with …

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Consumer vs. Corporate Perception – A Clear Disconnect

Clearly, there’s still work to be done in how organizations assess their ability to meet customer expectations. Consumer Perception (2014 Consumer): Do you feel that the customer service departments of today’s companies generally meet your needs and expectations? Yes: 22% No: 78% Corporate Perception (2014 Corporate): Do you feel that your customer care organization generally meets the needs and expectations …

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How Many Customer Service Interactions Go Wrong?

According to a Nuance commissioned survey of 1,000 American consumers, a quarter (26 percent) of customer service interactions are a negative experience. Among Generation X consumers—those born between 1965 to 1980—this number rises to more than one-third (36 percent). And over half of those polled have cancelled a service because of a bad customer experience. The top complaints are the …

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