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Skip the Process

06/08/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

A friend of mine shared extreme frustration after a trip to the mall this weekend. She needed to purchase a new bottle of make-up brush cleaner. Being a life long customer and make-up aficionado, she knew exactly what she wanted. A quick trip to the counter would have been sufficient, instead it turned into a marathon waste of time which resulted in no purchase. So how does a life long customer leave without their product of choice? Great question. My friend was whisked into something I like to call “The Process”. Salespeople have a process they are supposed to follow during...

Interview with Jay Baer

05/20/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

George Klein, founder and CEO, of Peoplocity had an opportunity to interview with Jay Baer for his newest book on customer service, “Hug Your Haters”. Jay Baer is a New York Times Best Selling author and inspirational marketing speaker. His book Youtility is a New York Times Bestseller about “How can we help?” instead of just selling to your customers. He shows businesses how to genuinely help someone and create a customer for life. Now, Jay Baer is taking on customer service. He approached George Klein about his expertise on customer service. Klein was able to talk about customer service...

The Survey Says…”We hate your survey!”

05/13/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

According to Gartner, 89 percent of marketers expect to compete primarily on the basis of customer experience by 2016. To be successful, they must have the right tools, processes, and strategies in place. You can’t fix what you don’t know! In order to compete on customer experience, it is imperative to collect and analyze data about your customers. What do your customer want? What’s working for them? What isn’t? How can you get that information? The seemingly easiest method to collect data is the ubiquitous survey. Unfortunately, we are overwhelmed with surveys. Every time we use our credit card, or...

Are You a Kid Friendly Business?

04/28/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

For working parents, Saturday mornings are often the time to run errands. Many times, they run those errands accompanied by their young children. Taking kids in and out of car seats to make quick stops at the dry cleaners, bank, or pharmacy can be exhausting. Kids get tired and bored and parents lose their patience creating unpleasant scenes in businesses. As a business owner, you can do a few simple things to make your  business more kid friendly. Is your business “kid friendly”? Busy working parents trying to get a slew of errands crammed into a short weekend, with kids in tow,...

Problem? Call 1-800-WEHATEU

04/19/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

I am the CEO of Peoplocity. We help businesses hear directly from their customers, privately. Consumers use a mobile app to share feedback and resolve issues in real time. We like to say that we use technology to connect consumers with businesses to improve the customer experience. At Peoplocity, if a business is not yet a partner and they receive a message, we get the message to them and work to resolve issues. So, I was shocked by how badly a large national restaurant chain, and its local management mishandled a recent customer complaint. The customer is a well-respected community leader. His message was “It...

Landlord M.I.A.

04/13/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

My niece and her roommates ran into a serious case of landlord M.I.A this winter. Half the rooms of their house were not getting any heat.  Despite multiple email requests to the management company it was more than one month before the owner finally came to inspect the home and resolve the issue. Upon arrival, the landlord was shocked by the temperature.  He was also  extremely embarrassed of the entire situation. By failing to respond promptly, he let his customers reside in an unsafe environment. Putting his ethics and company into question and possibly left himself open to legal issues. His...

Singing Praises of a Server Who Thought Ahead

03/25/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

Sometimes a restaurant just gets how to create a great customer experience and you want to dance through the entire building with glee. Capri Lounge, a local Indianapolis Italian restaurant recently provoked this feeling for me and released my inner Frank Sinatra. I went to the restaurant with a few friends for some good Italian food and an evening of catching up. The comfortable atmosphere made us feel immediately at home, but the service stole the show. Our waitress did more than just take our order and deliver it to the table. She found little ways to make our experience even...

Not Our Cup of Coffee

03/10/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

How long are you willing to wait for a cup of coffee? I would bet no longer than five minutes. More than that and your foot is tapping impatiently as you wait for your first sip of caffeine. I was recently the impatient foot-tapping customer at a local coffee shop. I’d gone to the shop a few times with very positive experiences, so I wanted to share it with my friends. We walked in the door to an untamed and poorly organized day at the coffee shop. Two of my friends received their orders, while the rest of us sat...

When Customer Service Goes Social

02/17/15 Comments Leave your thoughts

Getting and responding to feedback should be a big part of your customer service routine. Let people know how to get in touch with you, and make it easy for them to use those channels. Respond quickly and efficiently.