Do you treat your customers as guilty until proven innocent?

Over the past 6 weeks, I’ve had the great misfortune to be put on trail – I’ve been questioned numerous times, told to submit electronic  and paper documents, I’ve been held up for hours, and faced lots of frustration, uncertainty, worry and doubt.  You might be wondering what terrible crime I have been charged with? … Continue reading Do you treat your customers as guilty until proven innocent?

Why managers need to step up (and what happens when they don’t)!

A very dear friend of mine came to visit recently, and as she is getting married in summer, we felt the need to celebrate.  Ever the budget-conscious Northerner, I sought out a decent deal on one of my favourite website, TimeOut.  It’s great for those of us in big cities, allowing you to find great… Continue reading Why managers need to step up (and what happens when they don’t)!

Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Many of us who are passionate about customers have been following the recent revelations relating to Facebook and customer data used by Cambridge Analytica.  The scandal centres around how Facebook, as a holder of vast amounts of customer data could allow the harvesting of data from 50 million Facebook users to be used by a third… Continue reading Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

If you need to say it to your customer, you probably don’t really mean it.

There I was, hanging on the phone, waiting for someone, ANYONE to answer my call.  The financial services company had forced me through an annoying process of automated identification, and a clunky IVR, and now I was stuck waiting to speak to someone, listening to bland elevator music.  Suddenly the music stops, and a voice… Continue reading If you need to say it to your customer, you probably don’t really mean it.

Is your purpose clear to your customer?

It never ceases to amaze me – businesses new and old, big and small seem to loose sight of why they are here. From the smallest and most humble beginnings, there was a really relevant and specific reason why every company was created. And for those that are successful, that purpose, that raison d’être was meaningful enough… Continue reading Is your purpose clear to your customer?

3 examples of when above & beyond service drives loyalty

When talking about customer experience, bringing the story to life with real world examples is a really useful way to help people “get” what you are trying to achieve. It’s not always easy to do in a public forum such as a blog – I need to be mindful of individual’s privacy and customer reputations,… Continue reading 3 examples of when above & beyond service drives loyalty

Can people plug the gaps in a customer experience?

On a recent work trip, I checked into my usual hotel.  It’s part of a small chain, with a really cool & funky vibe, beautifully designed furniture, and the rooms have a really cool twist.  Clearly, the business has really thought a lot about the look and feel, the perception and the brand.  Unlike a… Continue reading Can people plug the gaps in a customer experience?