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General Marketing Opinion

And the beatdown goes on…

Two unrelated social media posts show how deep and wide intrusive, over-communicating customer service platforms can get. One states, “I recently bought Royals tickets for a team outing and I’ve literally had to unsubscribe from 8 different Royals email lists already.” Another points out, “Once you donate…you can expect to be bombarded with robocalling pleas […]

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Business Development Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

T-Mobile goes overboard in ‘customer service’ communications

One end of the pendulum to the other: From not communicating enough with customers to deluging them with confirmations, reminders, requests, survey questions, and directives via automated platforms and conversations. Clear, consistent communication is one thing. This is getting very noisy and annoying. While most customers can control the level of information provided to some […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service General Marketing Opinion

Bait-and-switch prospecting taints customer service expectations

When a company courting you starts out with a bait-and-switch pitch to get your business, chances are excellent that their customer service leaves much to be desired as well. It’s the epitome of inaccurate and incomplete information. I recently came upon a new and somewhat compelling nutritional program article. Interested, I filled out a profile […]

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Customer Service Empowerment Techniques Leverage Opinion

When you’re stuck with a company providing bad customer service

When a retailer or restaurant provides bad customer service, there generally are other choices. You can simply leave one and try another. But, what do you do when the company providing bad customer service is the only game in town (e.g., telecom provider)? Or, you have a lender (e.g., mortgage loan) that you can’t just […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

Inaccurate, incomplete customer service answers bewilder consumers

In an increasingly complex world deluged with communication overload, it’s more important than ever for customer service reps to provide accurate and complete information. Unfortunately, it’s ever-more-challenging to do this, especially when the issues involved are emergent and/or complex in their own right. Pandemic-triggered efforts to relieve both personal and business suffering have provided huge […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

Customer caring success grounded in traditional tactics

Call it what you want, customer care, customer service, customer experience—the basics are still grounded in traditional tactics that worked hundreds of years ago. Today’s discussions, offerings and latest shiny tech toys are all variations on the same themes we’ve always cited as keys to success. According to astutesolutions.com: “78% of consumers said their customer service […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

Consistency, self-sufficiency, fast answers drive customer care success

Hit-and-miss customer care ultimately won’t cut it. Neither will experiences that don’t provide adequate self-service options. Companies with perceived “slow poke” responses also will drive consumers elsewhere. Customers expect a consistently positive experience, the opportunity to decide how to interact, and fast answers. They’re not patient when these expectations aren’t met. An astutesolutions.com article addresses […]

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Business Development Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

Take exceptional care of your customers to avoid eventual extinction

Regardless of how you define “customer experience,” “customer experiences,” and “customer service,” you need it all. An article in astutesolutions.com goes back and forth between talking about customer experience (CX) and customer service. It’s all interrelated. The article notes: “We live in the age of the customer. They now have the means and technology at […]

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Business Development Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

Customer care requires ‘all in’ approach, dedication, consistency

Is taking care of customers a strategy or a tactic? Is it transactional or a relationship? Does it encompass problem-solving or the totality of the experience with the customer? The answer to all of this is…all of this. In some circles, the process of problem-solving with customers is a series of tactical transactions. In other […]

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Customer Service Healthcare Kudos Opinion

Before Hep C Connection, Ann Jesse founded New Orleans food bank

Long before Hep C Connection, Ann Jesse (formerly Harlan) was the founding Executive Director of a New Orleans food bank called the Community Food Distribution Center (CFDC), described as one of the first programs of its kind in the US. In addition to a large central storage area, 17 distribution centers served those needing help […]