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Let’s face it every one of our customers has been burned before. Somewhere, somehow, sometime, an organization gave them a terrible customer experience — one where they felt abused, disrespected, and even taken advantage of.
The challenge for us as customer facing professionals is that these experiences do not disappear from the customer’s mind when the experience is over; they leave a lasting scar that eventually becomes a defense mechanism.
“Won’t get fooled again.”
“Once bitten, twice shy.”
“Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.”
As the above phrases demonstrate, no one likes to feel like a fool, and people erect significant defenses to prevent it from happening.
Human beings are wired more simply than you might think: we seek to find pleasure and avoid pain. When we have a bad experience, our defenses rise to try to avoid having the same experience again.
Ironically, these defenses result in customers tending to expect bad treatment and unintentionally receiving more of it as a result.
As customer facing professionals, this lands squarely on our doorstep.
Back in January 2012, I wrote a blog post entitled Why Your Awful Customer Service Sucks for Me. In that post, I addressed a fictional business owner that had provided poor customer service:
I should thank you for setting the bar so low that I barely have to raise my foot to step over it. … You’ve made looking good all too easy. So, maybe I should thank you. Then again, maybe not.
You see, while you would think that we would be able to shine by virtue of comparison to your [terrible] customer experience, looking for better is not the dominant mindset that your customers walk away with. When your customers come to me, they are usually not thinking anything is better than that last place, when they come to me they are thinking how is this place going to try to screw me. …
You’ve sent me a customer who is jaded, tired, defensive and ready to find conspiracies and malicious intent at the first sign of something going wrong.
Actually, you haven’t sent me a customer; you’ve sent me a victim of Post-Traumatic Shopping Disorder. It will take me months, maybe years, to gain this person’s trust and to turn them into a profitable customer that does not need hand holding and reassurance at every step of the customer experience.
Customers do not come to us as a blank canvas. Most have been burned before, and most have setup varying ways to avoid being burned again.
I call these Service Triggers, and I have identified seven of them that you must understand to be able to work successfully with the modern consumer.
The 7 Service Triggers that are likely to create an automatic reaction in customers are as follows:
Over the many years I’ve studied customer interactions, I’ve found the service triggers above to be the most common. While each customer will have individual triggers, you will find that most customers possess a combination of the various triggers.
You will also find that some customers that have none of the triggers and others that have all of them. Those extremes would represent your easiest and most difficult customers.
The majority of customers, however, have some of these triggers in varying degrees of intensity.
On Thursday January 9 at 1:00pm EDT, we are offering a free webinar that will explore each of the 7 service triggers and give you real world techniques you can use to address them. You will be able to take these techniques back to your team or, better yet, have your team sign up for the webinar.
One of the reasons we decided to focus our first webinar on the 7 service triggers is that the information contained in the service triggers is foundational.
Hero-Class® Customer Service begins with a basic understanding of the customer mindset. Here are some of the takeaways you will receive in Mastering the 7 Service Triggers.
Mastering the 7 Service Triggers will provide you a better understanding of your customers as well as better skills for communicating with them.
Click here to sign up for the webinar.
By Adam Toporek. Adam Toporek is an internationally recognized customer service expert, keynote speaker, and workshop leader. He is the author of Be Your Customer's Hero: Real-World Tips & Techniques for the Service Front Lines (2015), as well as the founder of the popular Customers That Stick® blog and co-host of the Crack the Customer Code podcast.