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Customer Service has the potential for many major screw ups – but this takes the cake!! We’ve all heard stories about customer service reps doing their nails on the job, and this is a serious grooming “no – no.” But, even my jaw dropped when I saw this one. Read on for the rest of the story. . .
I was walking into my favorite gym – and I say “favorite” because they seemingly do everything right. They have pictures with a little bio of their trainers on the wall, they have the manager’s name prominently displayed, they recognize me (even when I haven’t washed my hair for 2 days and wear no make-up and dark sunglasses), greet me by name and wave goodbye when I leave. I’m really sensitive to good customer service, and I like this experience.
So, imagine my shock and awe when I swung open the double doors expecting the usual “Hi Verena”, and see my friendly gym rep, hovering over the check-in counter, with an eyebrow tweezers and a mirror in her hand. Okay, I want to give her every benefit of the doubt, so I say to myself, “Self, she must need those tweezers to perform some helpful, technical maneuver on me that requires a teensy, very sharp, needle-nosed implement.” (Yikes!) Or perhaps she’s just giving me a hint that I need to watch the “How to tweeze your eyebrows” video on You Tube.
Nuh uh. There’s no doubt what is going on here. This girl assumed the tweezing posture. And if you don’t know what that is, imagine chin in the air, whilst gazing into a magnifying mirror held approximately three inches from your nose, arm gracefully arched above the head like a ballerina, with tweezers grasped firmly between the thumb and forefinger, poised to pluck the offending – whatever!
And as she continued her grooming ritual – totally ignoring me, (but continuing her conversation with another gym employee!) I punched in my ID number, scanned my fingerprint, and got the “Enjoy your workout!” message. I scurried away, flip flops flapping, and couldn’t wait to tell everyone in my Yoga class what I had just seen.
I expected an “Oh my gosh!” reaction from my gym rat compadres, but they were not at all shocked. It’s sad to think that when it comes to customer service, they expect nothing.
So the moral of the story here is simple – never, ever, think you’ve got this customer service “thing” nailed down. You can check and re-check, observe frequently, but you have to talk to the staff about what is and is not appropriate in your work place. Don’t assume that they know what you expect – or when your back is turned, your front desk can turn into a beauty parlor!
Think about it. The phrase says it all . . . “C-O-L-D Call.” Why would anyone want to make one – or receive one? After all, according to Mirriam Webster.com, the definition of “cold’ is: lack of the warmth of normal human emotion, friendliness, or compassion – detached, indifferent, impersonal
and lastly. . .
giving the appearance of being dead
I don’t think any of us will win friends and influence people (let alone get a new customer) using the ”cold call” approach!
I have a better idea. Why not make a “WARM Call”. For example, after a customer buys a product or receives a service from your organization or company, why not give them a call and see how they’re doing? or if you can help them in any way? That’s impressive! And, then they’ll tell all their friends to buy from you – because you really care about your customers.
Voila! FREE Advertising at it’s best! And no more chilly phone calls!
Hmmm. . . Facebook is definitely a way to attract the younger demographic who are more likely to place an order online using one of the many devices available from desk top computers to smart phones. However, there is a BUT. And, it’s a big but!
What happens when something goes wrong? Do you think you’re going to be able to solve the problem over Facebook? I can guarantee you one thing. If the problem isn’t handled correctly (and beautifully) the problem will surface on Facebook. The demographic that’s so willing to place an order on-line is also more than happy to share their experience – good and bad- via social media.
So, beware – trying to save $$ by going “all in” for social media customer service can be a minefield and easily blow up in your face.
What are your thoughts? Read more customer service tips at http://www.theserviceadvisors.com
It’s not easy being a customer service rep. Wait a minute – I take that back. It’s not easy being a GOOD customer service rep. After all, what’s a rep to do when a customer is really angry, demanding, calling names and throwing things!
Yep, it happens. And, the most common response to the situation is defensiveness – on both sides. The rep points out the customer’s mistakes (“you should have”. . . “our policy is”. . . “you kept changing your order”. . .), the customer bristles with hostility and takes it out on the rep. GAME ON! The power struggle ensues, and I guarantee, it never has a happy ending.
The end result is a customer who never comes back, or one who tells not just their friends and family, but the entire world. The angry customer just advised millions of web users never to go to your place of business, and bloggers delight in chiming in with shared sympathy.
You will not win the battle with an angry customer – not in this day and age. If you still have doubts about the impact of an angry customer, just GOOGLE “angry customer service stories.”
Angry customers are taking their grievances to the web, and feel a sense of justification when they use the w.w.w. to recount their poor customer service experiences. The customer ultimately wins the power struggle and will relish in getting in “the last word.” They name names, enjoy describing their aggressive behavior (how they threw and broke things), delight in sharing their cleverness and originality in name calling, and don’t blink when it comes to typing profanity on the web (one angry guy called a rep a “f – - – ing trollop”). Yikes! Not only is the customer service rep freaked out, but the supervisor has his/her hands full in dealing with the aftermath and the uproar.
Now, is it possible to convert these angry customers into your most loyal fans and get the repeat sale? Yep. No Kidding. I do it all the time. And, you can, too. It’s easy and the ultimate “win.”
Don’t let an unhappy or angry customer get out the door! Use the Service Recovery technique to convert the angry customer into your most loyal fan. All the steps involved in Service Recovery can be found in this blog at www.theserviceadvisors.com/blog.