Hospitality Customer Service with Christoff J. Weihman | pic of Christoff

Exploring Hospitality Customer Service (Video)

Hospitality Customer Service with Christoff J. Weihman | pic of Christoff

In my conversation with hospitality service expert Christoff Weihman, we covered a number of topics surrounding hospitality customer service, including how it is evolving and how it differs from other service models.

How to Give 5-Star Hospitality Customer Service

Christoff believes that 5-Star service is about feeling – how customers feel during their experience with the organization and how they feel after they leave.

Christoff and I also discuss how hospitality organizations are using technology to improve experiences, and how they need to make sure staff is trained to communicate with customers around certain technological changes.

Make sure to check out Christoff’s insights in the video below. Read more

What Is an Internal Customer? | Office worker handing file

What Is an Internal Customer?

What Is an Internal Customer? | Office worker handing file

One of the more popular concepts in modern customer experience thinking is the idea of the internal customer. But who exactly are internal customers, and why do they matter?

An internal customer is anyone in the organization who needs assistance or interaction from another to fulfill their job responsibilities. This manifestation can happen in virtually any direction organizationally and is only limited to the the fact that one party in the relationship depends on another. Read more

Save Your Customer Service Team from Vampire Customers

Save Your Customer Service Team from Vampire Customers

Save Your Customer Service Team from Vampire Customers

Vampire customers exist in every organization.

You know the ones — the ones that are excessively needy, that are overly demanding, and that can often be downright unpleasant.

In short, the ones that suck the life out of your team.

If your organization is like most, then I’m willing to bet that a small handful of “problem” customers are responsible for the majority of your service challenges. It’s the principle of the 80/20 rule, but in customer service, it’s usually closer to the 95/5 rule or the 98/2 rule.

A very small number of customers create a great majority of the serious issues. Read more

3 Themes for National Customer Service Week 2016 | Team

3 Themes for National Customer Service Week 2016

3 Themes for National Customer Service Week 2016 | Team

National Customer Service Week 2016 is just around the corner!

Starting on Oct 3, National Customer Service Week is an opportunity for you and your team to shine a spotlight on the importance of customer service to your organization.

A good starting point for celebrating national customer service week is to adopt a theme for the event. Having a theme makes the event more manageable by enabling you to center the activities around a specific customer service concept.

The official theme for this year’s National Customer Service Week is “ONE GOAL, ONE TEAM, NO LIMITS.” Make sure to check our the International Customer Service Association’s website for more on the official theme and to request your NCSW celebration guide.

Below are three additional themes you can use in your organization for this year’s customer service week to either complement the official theme or to serve as a focal point based on the current needs of your team. Read more

How to Treat Customers: With Respect | Karate kids

How to Treat Customers: With Respect

How to Treat Customers: With Respect | Karate kids

You don’t have to be a customer service expert to know that respect is an immensely important part of customer service. In fact, we consider respect a cornerstone of any customer service philosophy, and we include “being disrespected” as one of our 7 Service Triggers, the seven customer service hot buttons that are guaranteed to ruin a customer experience. Read more

21 Ways to Not Make a Good First Impression with Customers | Employee smoking

21 Ways to Not Make a Good First Impression with Customers

21 Ways to Not Make a Good First Impression with Customers | Employee smoking

Research on first impressions confirms two very fundamental facts: first impressions happen rapidly and subconsciously.

The old adage is true: you never get a chance to make a first impression. Because once that impression is made, our tendency towards confirmation bias means we are looking for evidence to support that impression and ignoring evidence that contradicts it. In other words, first impressions are hard to overcome.

If the first impression is a positive one, that can work for us and our organizations. If the first impression is a negative one, then we start the relationship with a negative balance in our brand deposits account, so to speak.

In thinking about first impressions, I pondered the many ways organizations had made poor first impressions on me, and as a thought experiment, I set a timer for five minutes and tried to list as many ways as I could remember.  Read more

What Is Net Promoter Score | Recommending to friend

What Is Net Promoter Score (Video)

What Is Net Promoter Score | Recommending to friend

Known most commonly as NPS®, Net Promoter Score® is probably the most popular metric in customer experience and customer service. The Net Promoter Score measures the answer to a single customer survey question:

How likely is it that you would recommend [brand/product/service] to a friend or colleague? 

The concept of  NPS was first proposed in 2003 by Fred Reicheld in his in his Harvard Business Review article, The One Number You Need to Grow. In that article, Reicheld argued argued that NPS could directly reflect loyalty and thus organizational growth. Read more

The Greatest Customer Service Statistic Ever | Office workers pointing at graph

The Greatest Customer Service Statistic in the World

The Greatest Customer Service Statistic Ever | Office workers pointing at graph

Back in 2005, Bain and Company released a report entitled: Closing the Delivery Gap: How to Achieve True Customer-Led Growth. It was a fine report with plenty of good lessons for customer experience, but it was the statistic upon which it was based that has lived on far past the shelf life of the report itself.

Bain surveyed 362 firms and found the following:

80% of organizations believed they delivered a “superior experience” to their customers; however, only 8% of customers felt the same way.

Bain described this differential as the “delivery gap.” Read more

The Future of the Social Purpose Corporation with Stan Phelps of Red Goldfish

The Future of the Social Purpose Corporation (Video)

The Future of the Social Purpose Corporation with Stan Phelps of Red Goldfish

I was able to catch up with my buddy Stan Phelps at Influence 2016, the annual conference of the National Speakers Association. Stan, who is the author of five different books on customer experience, gave me a quick glimpse at why his next book, Red Goldfish, focuses on social purpose in corporations. Read more

Exceeding Customer Expectations Is Nice but Not Necessary | Cherry on Cake

Exceeding Customer Expectations Is Nice but Not Necessary

Exceeding Customer Expectations Is Nice but Not Necessary | Cherry on Cake

Let me say it here once and for all:

You do not have to exceed customer expectations to deliver great service.

Do surprise and delight matter? Sure.

Do WOW moments make an impact? Of course.

Do we all love stories about incredible customer service? Heck yeah!

But they are the cherry on top; they are not the cake. Read more