Tag: customer satisfaction

  • Mixed Messages and Mixed Research: Mystery Shops, Customer Surveys and Social Media

    May 31, 2012

    On the spot restaurant reviews, customer service remarks, and feedback on wait times. Whatever customers talk about online, managers immediately learn about customer feelings when they monitor social media. While these instantaneous comments are an important part of understanding customer opinions, the feedback is very different from customer experience services such as mystery shops and customer satisfaction surveys.

    Casual online comments travel fast, and make a substantial impact on potential customer buying decisions as well as employee morale. Onsite and telephone mystery shopping results help companies reward employees for positive sales behaviors and fine tune training efforts. Customer opinions through web or mobile surveys provide honest input about employees and services. With these differences in mind, and the added complexity of random online comments, many companies wonder how all three types of research fit together.

  • What Happens When Employee Dress Does Not Mirror Your Brand?

    August 30, 2011

    No manager wants to be in this situation: An employee arrives at work wearing something that does not fit with the company dress code.  When this happens, usually the manager talks to the employee about what not to wear to work.  Whether the inappropriate clothes are flip flops or short shorts, the conversation is necessary because most managers acknowledge that employee appearances go hand in hand with a positive brand.

    Employees are your brand, regardless of whether front line associates interact with loan customers, restaurant diners or car owners.   Employee appearances matter because they impact customer experience.  Within the retail environment, uniforms and consistent dress codes allow customers to easily identify the employees who can assist them.  Formal business attire can inspire confidence within banking, financial service and automotive sales environments.

  • 25 Resolutions for Customer-focused Organizations

    January 13, 2011
    1. Speak customer, not industry jargon. Make things easy: don’t make your customer have to understand your business. Industry jargon and double talk don’t get or keep customers. While some disclaimers may be legal requirements, ensure your staff does not go too far. There’s a nice, achievable balance between industry jargon and talking down to a customer.
  • Prepared Employees: Ready to Explain Bank Fees

    January 13, 2011

    Banks are thinking about imposing annual fees of $25 or $30 on debit cards, according to people familiar with bank strategies.  Other banks will increase fees on checking accounts. For example, during 2011, Bank of America will offer four basic checking accounts in some states, instead of three.  Three of the four will offer ways for customers to avoid fees, while the fourth, the Essentials account, has an unavoidable monthly fee between $6 and $9.  Chase Bank will charge a $6 monthly fee on one of their checking accounts, however, customers can avoid the fee with a $500 or more monthly deposit to the account, or when they use their debit cards five times during the month.

  • How Do You Say, “I’m Sorry” to Customers?

    December 22, 2010

    Good service can break down more easily during the busy holiday season, making it even more important to know how to say “I'm sorry” to customers. Inc. Magazine’s article, “How do you say I’m sorry?” highlights the importance of handling customer issues smoothly in the worst possible scenario.  Diners at the upscale restaurant, Jean Georges in New York, encountered a roach on their table. The restaurant manager quickly relocated them to another table and their meal was on the house.   What does your company do when faced with tough customer situations?  Do you train staff on how to appease customers when they are dissatisfied?