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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Kudos

One extraordinary customer experience cements loyalty

Through all of the advice and philosophizing out there, sometimes great customer service boils down to what Jack Palance told Billy Crystal in the movie City Slickers. Excerpted, Palance asks, “Do you know what the secret of life is?…One thing. Just one thing…[Crystal asks] But, what is the ‘one thing?’…[Palance replies] That’s what you have […]

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Building Bridges Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

Costco continues capturing hearts and dollars, bucking trends along the way

Gotta hand it to Costco once again. Their growth continues healthily through the pandemic, largely because of their unwavering dedication to customer service (and their strong employee support doesn’t hurt either). And, this is despite ranking lower than some competitors in the convenience category, cited by a recent ZDNet.com report as a chief consumer buying […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Empowerment Techniques Opinion

Customers demand convenience, understanding and support for all stakeholders

“Nuts and bolts” of a company’s strengths and credibility once focused on length of time in business, track record and proven abilities—in other words, historical measures. Now, companies increasingly are judged based on their customer service-related performance in the present and moving forward. Historical reputation, while still a factor in buyer decision-making, is taking a […]

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‘Conscious Capitalism’ propels customer service

Conscious Capitalism provides a sustainable roadmap for the capitalist system and a clear, consistent path to customer service excellence with all stakeholders—from customers and employees to partners and investors. Its importance and influence are summed up on the website ccsandiego.org: “Conscious Capitalism is a global movement co-founded by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market […]

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38 and Counting Business Development Cultivating Positive Relationships Empowerment Techniques

The Little Engine That Could: ‘I think I can, I think I can…’

Many businesses ultimately have succeeded or failed as a result of this tale, which tells of a train stranded on a mountain by an engine failure. Larger engines refuse for numerous reasons to help; a small engine agrees to try and succeeds in accomplishing this tough task while repeating the words, “I think I can, […]

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38 and Counting Cultivating Positive Relationships Empowerment Techniques

It’s okay to ask for help

Having lived largely by the seat of my pants for 38 years, I have discovered a variety of survival instincts. One of the most important is the ability to ask for help in business when needed. As guys, we’re generally taught machismo and the importance of always showing strength. In business, this often means talking […]

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37 and Counting Building Bridges Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Empowerment Techniques General Marketing Opinion

Help your customer service team act like caring moms and pops

Heather Wilde, CTO at Roceteer, wrote an article in Inc. Magazine entitled, “What Working at a Call Center Taught Me About Customer Service…The customer may not always be right, but you can certainly treat them better.” The essence of her advice to customer service departments and reps is to act more like caring, concerned moms […]

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Customer trust drives loyalty, bottom line

Mom and pop customer service traits—most notably doing business with companies you like, respect and trust—are surfacing everywhere as drivers of loyalty and the bottom line. To make it work, companies must invest time, resources and, yes, money.

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37 and Counting Building Bridges Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service General Marketing Kudos Opinion

3 Top Companies earning ‘Mom and Pop’ Kudos

While Costco was listed first on my top mom and pop kudos list, there are many companies out there with similar attitudes and aptitudes. These companies, smaller in scope than Costco, come up just as large when it comes to taking care of customers/clients. I’ve already recognized these three in previous posts. I’m bringing them […]

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37 and Counting Building Bridges Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Empowerment Techniques Good Content Kudos Opinion

Costco mom and pop caring complements big-time operation

As companies grow bigger and more global, customer service in many quarters is feeling more like dealing with a caring mom and pop enterprise than a mega-company. That’s clearly the attitude of such companies as Costco, which has been making me feel right at home since 1999. (Full disclosure: I’m an unabashed, biased Costcophile with […]