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 Time to call out Musk, Zuckerberg as robber barons

Based on the premise that all stakeholders are essentially “customers,” both Twitter and Meta are doing a poor job of customer service. Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are displaying some of the egregious behaviors of 19th-century robber barons, who ruled ruthlessly—often squashing customers and employees beneath their feet. A Britannica.com citation addresses the offenses: “robber […]

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 When all digital files failed, hard copy saved the day

This is a follow-up to my People who need people post. As the previous post addressed the need for real, live people in the customer service mix versus all-digital, this one discusses the digital versus hard-copy issue. For those firmly committed to all-digital, all the time, good luck. You’re gonna need it. My recent technology […]

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 ‘People who need people’ once were ‘the luckiest people in the world’

In the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl, star Barbra Streisand introduced the song “People.” In part, the lyrics went, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” From live phone customer service support to grocery checkout, increasingly the default is to push everything to technology: email, chatbots, text, grocery scanners. When it […]

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 Bob Burger Recreation Center scores customer service victory

Lafayette, Colorado’s Bob L. Burger Recreation Center is the best community fitness facility I’ve visited in 45 years. And I’ve had some type of fitness membership—from private clubs to community rec centers and everything in between—during that entire time. The delightful customer service experience was even more impactful given the current trend toward stupid, inattentive, […]

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Customer service, employee empowerment, and pro-planet movements coalesce around B Corp 

As Mark Lusky Communications celebrates 40 years in business and the fourth anniversary of the happycurmudgeon.com Customer Service blog, we pause to honor the evolution of the international B Corp movement, and one of B Lab’s Global Stewards, thought leader Jared Meyers. He founded Legacy Vacation Resorts (B Corp); is a Co-Founder of Florida for […]

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Grocery stores step up to the customer service plate

I’m so accustomed to citing Costco’s legendary customer service that it’s hard to fathom that other retailers are making their own contributions. Two grocery store experiences over the last couple weeks deserve high praise for service above and beyond. While vacationing in Florida, I went to Publix (largest employee-owned US company according to Forbes) in […]

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Are you your business’s own worst enemy or its best advocate?

Guest post by Cathenry. The ninth and final lesson in the Forbes article Nine Impactful Customer Service Lessons That Can Change Your Business Approach is “Customer Service is Actually about You.” I often see myself as the director of first impressions for my business. I try to avoid coming across with a fake personality or […]

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Are You Listening?

Guest post by Cathenry. The eighth lesson in the Forbes article Nine Impactful Customer Service Lessons That Can Change Your Business Approach is “If you always think you’re right, you’ll never learn anything new” and it reminds us how important it is to listen. Recently, I needed some unresolved printer help.  I bit the bullet […]

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Encountering a Variety of Expectations

Guest post by Cathenry. The seventh lesson, “You’ll Encounter a Variety of Expectations” in the Forbes article Nine Impactful Customer Service Lessons That Can Change Your Business Approach reminds us how different expectations can be from one client to the next. As a result of the current pandemic, clientele expectations are changing. Business practices pre-pandemic […]

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Pushing Back Respectfully

Guest post by Cathenry. “Customers Will Respect You if You Push Back with Good Reason” is another lesson cited in the Forbes article (Nine Impactful Customer Service Lessons That Can Change Your Business Approach) worthy of consideration. It is difficult to be all things to all people while keeping the quality and best interest of […]