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In the World of Big Data, Old School Customer Service Never Goes Out of Date

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Today we use sophisticated technologies to learn a great deal about our customers. We track what they like, what they spend, what they search for, where they go, and how often they return. Yet despite all this new “big data” and the insights it can deliver, customers all over the world still appreciate “Old School Customer Service”.

These four “Old School Customer Service” techniques are time-tested, and they work as well today as they have for generations.

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How Effective are Your Service Communications? Take Another Look!

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Organizations driving change face a common problem. Internal communications lose momentum over time. While initial launch communications are strong and creative, ongoing communications may get less and less attention. This can derail your progress for […]

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It’s Your Turn to Speak Up Today (and be Rewarded)

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What is your point of view about our point of view that service is the reason we are here? Do you agree (or disagree) with our definition that service is taking action to create value […]

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5 Ways to Fail Your Customers with Social Media

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It is little news that social media interactions drive brand perception, buying decisions, and customer loyalty. What’s big news is how many companies manage their social digital media interactions very poorly. Here are five of the most significant drivers of social media failure. Do any of these apply to you?

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Is Your Company Naughty or Nice? Get Customer Service Tips for this Holiday Season – Part Two

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To Get Stuck on the Naughty List:

Specialize in the run-around. Doing business with a company should be a choice, not a chore. But unfortunately, many companies make receiving service very difficult for their customers.

Companies on the naughty list aren’t streamlined. Customers have to give the same information to one person after another as they’re passed from department to department seeking help. Departments are so siloed that customers can feel like they aren’t even talking to people who work at the same company.

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The Power of Please & Thank You: Seven Ways to Be a Better Customer—and Get Better Service in Return

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You start your morning running late and sprint into your local coffee shop for your morning cup of joe. As you breathlessly place your order, you notice the barista doesn’t smile at you. She utters a flat, “Here you go” as she hands you the steaming cup—Why didn’t she put the cardboard sleeve around it? you wonder irritably—and moves on robotically to the next customer. As you bolt for the door, hands burning, you think Well, she was unfriendly…when did customer service get so terrible?

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Seven Ways to Take Advantage of the Social Power of Your Satisfied (and Not-So-Satisfied) Customers

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Today, we tweet about the latest books we’ve read. We let our friends know where we’re eating lunch via Facebook. We Instagram pictures of our latest purchases. We post reviews of the businesses we frequent on Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Angie’s List.

As consumers, many of us have gone social. We love telling people about our latest experiences, and we love hearing about what others have experienced so we know what to do this weekend and what to avoid. Unfortunately, this social reality is something that few companies have fully embraced. Until they do, they’ll be missing out on the social power of their satisfied customers.

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