In our last post, What is Hero-Class Customer Service? Part 1, we discussed why we like the term Hero-ClassTM Customer Service and the characteristics that customer facing professionals need to become customer service heroes.
The final piece of understanding Hero-ClassTM Customer Service is to discuss what it looks like in an organization as a whole. What is the essence of Hero-ClassTM Customer Service itself? How does the sum of the parts, the actions of individual heroes, add up for the organization and its customers?
… is super-fast but never rushed
… is proactive more than reactive
… is visible in result but invisible in execution
… is experience-focused and not silo-bound
… is self-aware but not self-centered
… is consistent without being inflexible
… is efficient but not effortless
… is relational not transactional
… is always present but never an imposition
… is referral generating more than referral soliciting
… is surprising but never a surprise
… is data-conscious but not data-dominated
… is broad in concept but individual in application
… is grateful in substance not just in form
The list above represents what an organization should strive for, not what it should or can achieve. Sound-byte slogans often fail under the bright lights of real-world customer service and should not be approached literally. However, they are where we begin for inspiration and objective.
Hero-ClassTM Customer Service is a holistic approach to the total customer experience that transcends individual initiatives and programs of the week. It is based in a cultural approach that blends customer-focused systems with well-trained brand emissaries.
Put plainly, it is customer service that is all about customers.
Have you enjoyed Hero-ClassTM Customer Service anywhere lately?
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.