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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Know What's Important to Customers

A recent study by Execs in the Know and Digital Roots asked customers, Which characteristic of an interaction with a brand’s customer service department is most important to you? The answers: Effective Issue Resolution–40.3% Immediacy/Fast Response–20.9% Ease and Convenience–20.4% Friendly/Personalized Approach–18.4% My take? Common sense suggests that none of the other things matter if the issue isn’t resolved. Beyond that, I’ll …

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What Are Your Customers' Priorities?

In a recent survey conducted by IntelliResponse, customers chose efficiency over personalization. Of the 1,000 US online consumers who were surveyed, 59% said they want a transactional relationship in which they receive efficient service (versus 24% who want a friendship, in which they get personalized service). As the customer service ecosystem continues to evolve, survey results such as these cause …

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Customer Surveys Are Going Mobile

“Consumers have already decided for us: If you want to connect with them, mobile is the way.” That’s how Forrester analyst Roxana Strohmenger puts it, and I agree. As mobile soars, mobile-based surveys are taking flight, optimized for preferred channels, smartphone (small) screens, and succinct question sets. Mobile is also opening up opportunities for feedback that goes beyond text and …

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