One of my clients just posted the following on Facebook:
“Omg ! I kid you not while standing at the gas pump pumping my gas I was approached by a group led by a child who handed me money $50. To help pay for my gas. Random act of kindness they told me. I am flabbergasted! What amazing people! What an amazing experience. Just wow!!”
The question I have is…in what ways can we create Random Acts of Customer Service Kindness? Feel free to share.
Yours in Success,
Have you read Mark Sanborn’s Fred Factor book yet? How about the new FRED 2.0?
If you want to know more about how to be extraordinary in your work, I highly recommend Mark’s books.
In the interim, don’t forget to check out Mark’s interview on our Conversations With PASSION Radio Show this Tuesday, May 14th (2013) at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationswithpassion or http://www.conversationswithpassion.com
Until then, here’s to your greater success,
I know it has been far too long since I have blogged on here and I`m hoping to remedy that going forward.
In the interim, here is a story for you – I often talk about how small actions can go very far in the world of customer service and often ones with no cost have more impact than ones a company could simply throw money at.
The example here is an organic food store I`ve been to multiple times. I mentioned to the owner in passing that I wish he had Spinach, and the first time (a few days ago in fact) he had Spinach in the store when I arrived, he rushed over and grabbed it and said, “here you go friend“
I should mention that we spoke about the fact that I wish he were carrying Spinach once, over 12 months before this store visit. Do you think I was impressed? You bet. Will I be back again and again? You Bet.
Cost to him? Absolutely nothing. In fact, on top of impressing me, he has also increased his sales to me and my potential for word of mouth for his business. Simply by demonstrating that he was listening when I said I wish he had Spinach.
The question becomes – in what way are you giving your customers their Spinach?
Love this quote from our interview with Social Media / Customer Service proponent, Dave Carroll (of United Break’s Guitars fame):
“…customer service should be all the way through a company, and not just handled by the customer service department.” Dave Carroll
We recently interviewed Jack Mitchell, Author of the Hug Your Customers book, for the latest episode of our Conversations With PASSION Radio Show, and Jack shared some great ways his (Upper scale men’s clothing) organization has hugged their customers over the years.
You can hear our interview with Jack (from our Conversations With PASSION Radio Show) at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationswithpassion
Now I ask, can you share some ways you have hugged (figuratively) your customers in recent years?
Yours in Success,
Lowest price really the correct answer? This video may just have the answer:
I had been looking for a specific gift for a family member over the weekend, and had some great customer experiences and poor ones during my travels.
Near the end of my travels, I arrived at the Canadian Tire in St. Albert, Alberta. The first guy I ran into wasn’t terribly rude, but was a little less than helpful.
I asked him if he knew where I might find the certain item in the store – he replied that he didn’t know where the section for those items were even though this store certainly carries those items, and so after an ackward pause, I asked, “do you know perhaps who in the store may know?” – his reply, “not really”.
I said, more in a ‘surprised with his dis-interest’ voice, “I guess I’ll just walk around until I find another employee with a company shirt on and ask them?”
He noted, “probably the best approach to take, because I don’t know where those items are”
WOW, is all I have to say.
And so, I was considering leaving the store all together, disheartenend once again by a poor customer experience, but for some reason decided to try and find the department. The person in Customer Service directed me to the department with a smile on their face, and my day was finally looking up!
I arrived at the department and was greeted by Brook’s smiling face. The item I was looking for wasn’t there, and so I inquired with her.
To make a long story short, to help me in my hunt, she looked up the inventory at all the other stores in the city, called the store manager, looked through the inventory in her department, and when she finally discovered they were out of said item, suggested places nearby that may have some, and even gave me directions to the other stores.
I thanked her and immediately made my way to customer service to fill out a comment card in her favor. Did I mention the fact that they didn’t have the item, and I actually filled out a comment card, or that Brook (and sorry if my age guessing skills are far off) was in her teens in my estimation (I’d say 19 at most but maybe 18 or 17)?
I mean many people complain that teens don’t get it when my experience far too often say’s otherwise. Yes, there are some bad apples and the reliance on social media, texting, and technology may be hindering a generations ability to serve with interest, but there are still many good apples out there as well.
So, in a nutshell, thanks so much Brook for Serving With Excellence yesterday, you are making a difference!
Until next time, yours in Success,
When I was in B.C. this past week (photo above is from my trip to the Armstrong Fair), I ordered shoe-string fries from one of the vendors – I pointed to the painting on the side of the truck of the fries and said can I get those fries?
His reply, “You can’t get those fries, the ones on the side of the truck, they haven’t been available for quite some time, BUT I can provide you ones similar to those ones, and they they’ll taste even less woody!”
I was smiling from ear to ear by the end of our conversation, and thus a great customer experience was created.
Why? Because his joking wasn’t harmful, hurtful, offensive, potically incorrect, and so on.
So, is joking around wrong in customer service. The quick answer is that it depends. The quicker answer is it can be very acceptable and a great tool in creating a great (no cost mind you) experience for your customers, as long as it’s done in the right way.
Until next time, here’s to your greater success, CPOIRIER