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Investment in People

Guest post by Cathenry. A third lesson shared from a recent Forbes article (Nine Impactful Customer Service Lessons That Can Change Your Business Approach) states “It’s Worth Investing in Software that Gives You Support.” The idea references giving your employees the tools they need to support their efforts.  But this should include mental and emotional […]

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When will companies learn that ‘fake news’ backfires?

Companies continue to think they can BS and bluster their way through our human instincts and convince us of their customer service excellence—no matter what’s really happening. A recent article by ZDnet contributor Chris Matyszczyk illustrates the point poignantly when addressing one of the most important stakeholders deserving solid customer service—employees themselves. This interesting story […]

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Making the Emotional Connection

Guest post by Cathenry. A lesson shared from a recent Forbes article (Nine Impactful Customer Service Lessons That Can Change Your Business Approach) states customers are often loyal because of an emotional connection.  This connection can then possibly extend itself to that sweet spot of word-of-mouth advertising on top of the traditional marketing venues.   […]

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‘Survival of the Nicest: Customer Service as a Business Growth (and Survival) Engine’

Micah Solomon’s headline above and column on Forbes.com really hits the nail on the head about customer service being everything to a company’s wellbeing. In the article, he notes, “Customer service is the essential growth engine for any company finding its footing in the entrepreneurial world. You don’t have the luxury today of building a […]

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Customer Rules

Guest post by Cathenry. Forbes magazine recently provided nine impacting lessons on customer service learned by Forbes’ Young Entrepreneurs Council on their road to business success. Most savvy businesspeople will resonate with the suggestions. To unwrap further by including relevant examples, a brief series of posts on each lesson follows. “The Customer is Not Always […]

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Trust, like, respect: reverberating in my brain

The more I think about it, the more these three simple but enduring concepts are capturing my thoughts about customer service, marketing, and just about everything else. These three words endure as key criteria of why we choose to do business with someone: regardless of their status as a solopreneur or Fortune 500 company. And […]

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Time-tested customer service practices will help counter complaint regulations

Customer service complaint regulation may be coming to a business near you. According to an article in Forbes.com, “Stricter regulations will force businesses to focus on complaints management…With the new Australian regulation RG 271 having gone into effect on October 5, 2021, we predict that similar regulations will continue to expand around the globe — […]

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Let’s start with Happy New Year wishes and a wish list

OK folks, it’s a clean slate. New Year. New ideas. New opportunities. Or perhaps it’s actually a return to old values, insights and practices that will do the most good. In customer service, bedrock practices based on historical wisdom always seem to work best. So, with the New Year, let’s look at some of those—and […]

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Ending the year with a random ‘ballooning’

Decided to take my own customer service advice to end the year. I purchased a bunch of smiley balloons from Dollar Tree for $1 apiece and performed a random “ballooning.” Figuring that everyone could use a smile right before Christmas (as well as the rest of the year), I handed out balloons in my building […]

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Santa spreads spirit of customer service

Santa Claus is all about customer satisfaction. So, I was right in my element last week, playing the jolly fellow for a group of young enthusiasts. True to Santa form, everyone wound up smiling and satisfied. When handled appropriately, the Santa experience encompasses fundamentals of great customer service—kindness (empathy), giving of one’s time freely to […]