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Pandemic inspires 2021 customer service trends

Truly, 2020 was the personification of philosopher Plato’s declaration, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Dictionary.com explains the statement: “A need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem. This saying appears in the dialogue Republic, by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.” Wow. What a year it was. And, by […]

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For customer service, 2021 promises to be a very good year

While 2020 has been a challenging year, customer service changes bolstered by pandemic consequences actually have strengthened positive outcomes. Remote work environments, increased empathy and initiatives implemented to weather the storm have contributed to making and keeping customers happy more consistently. As success stories have spread through social media, mainstream media, word-of-mouth and reviews, companies […]

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Technology, marketing fuel customer entitlement

Customer entitlement didn’t happen in a vacuum. Technology and marketing both have fueled it into a white hot blaze. An article by Claudia Conlon in MKTGinsight (voice of the Direct Marketing Club of New York) looks at today’s landscape. Conlon writes: “We’ve entered into a ‘give an inch, expect [a] mile’ era of marketing, where nearly […]

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How best to address entitled customer expectations, demands

Last week, we cited a customer entitlement article written by Jade Wu, PhD on quickanddirtytips.com. She notes, “Entitled people expect special treatment and lots of admiration. They don’t like to play fair, even though all of this makes their relationships with others worse.” She then details five ways to best address the entitlement mentality, tips […]

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Who comes to mind repeatedly in this ‘entitled customer’ description?

Customer entitlement didn’t spring fully formed out of nowhere. While it’s always been an issue, the politics of the last four years have spotlighted it in unwavering, infuriating detail. Entitled customers make it much harder for customer service reps to do their job—because the bottom line in most cases is bowing to customer wishes, even […]

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Customer service in a COVID-cranky world

As COVID continues to dominate our lives, customer crankiness is growing substantially. That makes the job of customer service specialists even more challenging. Consumers are not in a forgiving mood, as a recent article in MartechSeries.com (via PRNewswire) notes: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more than 80% of consumers in the US expect customer support […]

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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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Digital transformation sets the stage for 2020 customer experiences…and beyond

Customer experience futurist Blake Morgan addressed her thoughts on customer experience and digital transformation in a year-ending Forbes.com article. She emphasizes, “Digital transformation and customer experience go hand in hand. These 100 statistics show the growth and importance of digital transformation, its impact on customer experience and digital challenges and opportunities for the future.” According […]

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Competition, employee expectations define 2020s ‘customer service’

Given my firm belief that customer service encompasses every element of company performance—including employee acknowledgment and respect—the coming decade will focus squarely on competition for the best treatment both of customers and employees. Companies dedicated to both will continue to grow. Companies ignoring either will find themselves looking up at their competitors. A November Forbes.com […]

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Downloading a whitepaper leads to email bombardment

I’ve talked about a version of this before. A purveyor gets you to connect based on reaching out for information, then won’t leave you alone. That can be bad “customer service” long before you become a customer. This past couple weeks, I’ve encountered an even more insidious form of this disease—daily emails. I simply downloaded […]