Priceless, The First Customer Service Experience

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Once again I realized how truly priceless the first customer service experience really is. The frontline person who opened the account and scheduled the service call was incredibly friendly and competent. So a $75 service call turned into an over $2,000 sale.

Customer Service By the Bucketful

The Sales Heretic

Sales customer money service snacksJames Saucedo isn’t a salesperson. But most salespeople could learn a thing or two from him. James drives a shuttle van for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Austin, Texas. I had the pleasure of riding in his van when I flew into Austin not long ago.

Always Remember Customer Service Is SALES!

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How many times do those in B2B or even B2C industries fail to understand customer service is sales. A new report just released by Astound Commerce through secret shoppers recognized seven retailers who excel in customer service through: Must have website.

Bad Customer Service Should Not Be a Sales Objection

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Bad customer service should not be one of them. Yet when that sales objection is something beyond their control such as customer service, delivery by another vendor to invoicing, earning the sale becomes even more difficult. Real Time Bad Customer Service. Recent events on social media have shown the impact of real time customer experience. A colleague, Carole Mahoney said “ The customer experience is just a viral tweet away.”

Two Tales of Customer Service

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Great customer service makes or breaks any business from the smallest mom and pop shop to the national franchise. These past weeks while on vacation I have experienced the best of customer service and the worst of it. Restaurant #1:Bad Customer Service.

Customer Service Makes Sales Amazing

Pipeliner

Exceptional salespeople recognize that they have dependencies and that their success depends on the performance of others in the delivery chain, particularly customer service. But in my experience engaging the frontline service team as a regular source of customer and market information doesn’t occur often enough and is not seen as a particularly high sales priority. Customer communications. Are customer’s tweets paid attention to?

Excellent Customer Service Will Be THE Differentiator

Jonathan Farrington

Their common theme is meeting the customer’s requirements and ensuring that all aspects of the business contribute to customer satisfaction. Inconsistent Customer Care. Inconsistent customer care performance can have a negative effect on customer perceptions.

Listen, Excellent Customer Service is Going to Become THE Differentiator

Jonathan Farrington

Customer care is set to become one of the most important issues facing businesses in every market – fact! Customer care programs come under a number of titles – customer services; customer satisfaction; customer focus; customer orientated etc. Their common theme is meeting the customer’s requirements and ensuring that all aspects of the business contribute to customer satisfaction. Inconsistent Customer Care.

The 7 Cs of Customer Service

Tom Hopkins

Customer service is often thought of as an after-thought to be delivered when it's needed. The post The 7 Cs of Customer Service appeared first on How to Selling Skills. I think it should be incorporated into every client contact.

Customer Service is a Product of Your Company’s Culture

The Sales Hunter

It’s easy for people believe they offer customer service. Challenge is customer service is a moving target. The hospitality industry is built around customer service, and yet even within this industry, there are wide ranges […]. Blog Customer Service Professional Selling Skills customer customer service parisIt’s another thing to do it. What it means to one person may not mean anything to another person.

The Plastic Customer Service Phenomenon

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Walk into most financial institutions to departments stores to telecommunications businesses and you will have that now all too common “plastic customer service” experience. Do you feel special and of value when you hear these lame attempts to demonstrate caring customer service? How many of your customers actually took action by making that critical sales referral to your business?

How Sugar Addresses your Biggest Customer Service Challenges

SugarCRM

Companies like Amazon and Zappos are lauded for providing outstanding customer service. That has raised the bar for what customers expect from every brand they interact with. So, it’s critical that customers service reps have the tools, data and autonomy needed to satisfy customers. Empower your service teams to better understand and predict customer health through visibility into previous interactions and past sales history.

Listen, Excellent Customer Service is going to become THE Differentiator

Jonathan Farrington

Customer care is set to become one of the most important issues facing businesses in every market – fact! Customer care programs come under a number of titles – customer services; customer satisfaction; customer focus; customer orientated etc.

Exceptional Customer Service Is Effective Business Communication

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Today when facilitating a talent management debrief specific to emotional intelligence, I made the following statement: All exceptional customer service is effective business communication. Since emotional intelligence has the potential to improve business communication as well as better manage conflict in the workplace, then it stands to reason effective business communication makes customer service exceptional. Exceptional customer service just does not happen.

Are You a Salesperson or a Customer Service Person?

The Sales Hunter

If that’s the case, then why are you acting like a customer service person? I’m not bashing customer service people. They play a key role in the sale process, but I believe strongly salespeople and customer service people are to be doing two different tasks.

Customer Service at Retailers and the Lessons for B2B

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It was a tale of two retail stores and the customer service they represent. I dropped by a Staples store to pick up a few items this week. No one greeted me on my way in, even though it is just a few minutes after 9AM with only a few shoppers in the store. Not to worry, I am used to this in retailers – so I get my items and head toward the registers to check-out. sales strategy Hiring

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The Disconnect in Healthcare Customer Service

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” How many of us have experienced similar healthcare customer service? Later that same day I had a conversation with a colleague who was sharing her frustration with some healthcare customer service from a local provider. This is not great healthcare customer service. A little professional healthcare customer service not to mention compassion would have been nice. Why is there this disconnect in healthcare customer service?

The True Value of Exceptional Customer Service & “Moments of Truth”

Jonathan Farrington

But today I want to discuss one of my most favorit topics – customer retention – because believe me, it is set to become the differentiator between success and failure for most commercial organizations. So what is the value of good customer service?

Sales Myth: If I Provide Great Customer Service, I Will Never Have to Prospect

The Sales Hunter

Providing great customer service is what every company and salesperson feels they need to be doing. The sales myth is the more focus that is placed on taking care of existing customers and providing them with great service, the less need there will be to prospect. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting customer service prospect prospecting sales prospectingSure, that sounds great.

School of Rock the Musical Demonstrates Selling to Existing Customers and Customer Service

Understanding the Sales Force

Prospects have expectations - for the meetings, salespeople, products, services, prices and terms that a company will offer up during your sales cycle. But in this case, there is an even better comparison to strategic account management and customer service.

6 Ways to Provide Superior Customer Service After the Sale

The Center for Sales Strategy

An interesting statistic about customer service jumped out at me. According to MediaPost , only 17% of consumers think manufacturers and retailers are extremely good at caring for their customers after a sale. It’s tough to earn a repeat customer if you don’t follow through and offer superior customer service. customer focus SalesRecently, I was preparing for a presentation about the retail industry.

United Airlines Uses Customer Service This Way to Impact Sales

Understanding the Sales Force

Yes, they sold me, for a second straight time, that flying United is not a good experience, their people don''t care, putting their own needs first, ahead of their customers. United is not the only company guilty of deplorable customer service.

The “What” and the “How” Of Stand-Out Customer Service – Average Doesn’t Do It Anymore!

Jonathan Farrington

Harmonious relationships with customers and colleagues are essential to service success, because providing outstanding customer service is primarily a team effort. For excellent customer service to exist, it has to be practiced on an internal basis.

Spittoons and Customer Service – There is a Link!

Jonathan Farrington

When so much time and money is spent on training people about the need for constructive relations with customers, why is it often so bad? Which gets us back to relations with customers. We need to look at the whole company wide approach to Customer Relations.

Think Like a Sales Rep. Act Like a Marketer. React Like Customer Service.

Sales Hacker

They do their own research via Google, blog posts, and customer reviews. The new breed of salesperson will think like a rep, act like a marketer, and react like customer service. Where marketers have their act down in comparison to lagging sales teams is with the human side of turning a prospect into a customer. React Like Customer Service. Customer service has one goal — customer satisfaction. React Like Customer Service.

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Customer Service in Sepia; Salesmanship in Full Technicolor. Thank You Stephen Mulder!

Jonathan Farrington

When we think “sepia,” we think “old fashioned” or we think of “the way things used to be” My memories of genuine quality customer service are vague – rather like those long hot summers we always had when we were growing up?

Customer Service Killed Your Sale

SalesGrail

It’s the disconnect between sales and customer service. Customer service representatives are seen as the folks who are there to deal with the headaches and trivial administrative stuff (wrongfully so). Customer Service There is a gaping hole is most sales departments. Sales people are seen as the super stars, the money makers (rightfully so).

Customer Service Is Overrated!

Partners in Excellence

I was reading an interesting discussion on customer loyalty at Focus.com. The responses focused on great customer service. It’s what most customers cite when questions about how they make buying decisions. Sometimes, I wonder if all of us, customers included are missing the point. Don’t get me wrong, customer service is critical, but I wonder if there is something that’s really more important.

How To Boost Client Retention – Without Customer Service or Account Reps

Sales and Marketing

Author: Ajay Gupta It’s well-known that keeping customers is much more cost-effective and profitable than securing new clients. Harvard Business Review estimated that customer acquisition is 5 to 25 times as expensive as customer retention. What’s more, a Bain & Company study found that increasing customer retention rates by a mere 5% boosts profits by 25% to 95%. Put your whole team in a customer-facing role. How to hire the best customer-facing employees.

Jonathan Farrington's Blog ? Superior Customer Service ? Why.

Jonathan Farrington

Superior Customer Service – Why Bother? Apart from whether the problem itself has made the customer angry, having to pump oneself up enough emotionally to have this ‘confrontation’ makes people short tempered. Technical Support Is ‘Customer Service’ Too.

The Five E’s of Great Customer Service

The Sales Heretic

Sales is service and service is sales. So if you want more sales, you need to be providing more than just good service. You need to provide exceptional service. In this 8-minute segment, I share five elements of extraordinary service. [.].

Customer Service and Inside Sales Team are NOT the Same Thing!

The Sales Leader

Today I’ll look at the issues that differentiate the customer service team from the sales team. Today I’ll look at the issues that differentiate the customer service team from the sales team. Podcast Series: The Sales Leader Customer Service

A Missed Customer Service Opportunity

Partners in Excellence

Today’s delay is different, and a tremendous missed customer service opportunity on the part of United Airlines. I went to the customer service desk. It’s not the customer service rep’s fault, I just want her to help me. “If So now they have generated an upset customer (with a great blog following). Customer Experience Customer Satisfaction Humor Uncategorized

Who Cares About “Outstanding Customer Service Experience?”

Partners in Excellence

Sometimes, I think we get customer service wrong. We sell the value of our outstanding customer service. Frankly, to me, the very best customer service experience is to have no customer service experience at all! Not having the need to engage customer service, in the first place, makes me more satisfied with the product or service I’ve bought than the most sophisticated customer service process in the world.

Sales Tip: Selling Your Customer Services for Success

The Sales Leader

It’s all about selling your services in this video sales tip. Although it may seem like a bitter medicine at first, selling your services correctly will pay big dividends moving forward.

4 Customer Service Trends to Boost your Business

Sales and Marketing

Author: Jeff Mowatt When organizations invite me to speak at their conferences or train their team members, we start with trends that are impacting their customer relationships. Here are four customer service trends along with some tips for capitalizing on them to boost your business. Good service is wallpaper. That means your team may work all day long delivering consistent service and your reward will be zero. Customers don't believe it.

What I Learned from Oprah about Customer Service ? Score More.

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What I Learned From Oprah About Customer Service. Need to hone your customer service skills and build more brand loyalty? All told, it was a most fantastic weekend where it was reinforced to me: Don’t forget who your customers are.

3 Essential Tips For Providing Great Customer Service

MTD Sales Training

Providing unparalleled customer service, and after the-sale service, in today’s marketplace, is essential in maintaining customer loyalty. Check it Out Following are three mission critical points for providing good customer service. Today’s modern and educated buyer demands more for less, and is always aware of alternative options, including alternative vendors and competitive offers.

Great Customer Service Doesn’t Equal Great Customer Experience

Partners in Excellence

I’ve been, at the encouragement of the service provider, changing our mobile plans to save money. The funny thing is the customer service people I talk to on the phone are fantastic! From a customer service point of view, I can’t give them any higher compliments. I’d been receiving emails from the vendor saying, “You can save a lot of money on your wireless/mobile services.” I called customer service.

Customer Service And “Your” Sales Reputation

SalesGrail

Customer ServiceSo I bought my son a digital video recorder for Christmas. He was ecstatic – loved it! However, upon playback of the video, there was no sound. He was upset- really upset! We dug through the manuals. Tried all sorts of reset procedures. I checked online, read forums – nothing. Time to call India. It’s [.].