What’s up with customer service?

25 Jun

Recently, I walked out of a major national restaurant chain because of such bad service. This restaurant has been a favorite place of mine since college! I don’t see myself going back though. I left a ‘tip’ when I checked in on Foursquare.

A friend tweeted today about being dismissed after she politely told the representative that she had received bad service at a car rental company. Yes, she tagged the company in her tweet.

And last week, a dermatologist gave another friend all the answers to her concerns before she could even tell him what was wrong!  She was happy to share with all her friends on Facebook to not visit him.

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For more than a decade, I successfully worked in customer service industry: a customer service representative/supervisor at various retail stores, a phone service representative at a call center, and a store manager for a trendy national retail store. I may not be “the” expert, but I have some experience under my belt. And I will say, I would be even more aggressive in delivering a great service in today’s world of ‘sharing’ on social media outlets.

There are two simple parts to great customer service when things have gone wrong:

  • Listen to the customer. There can be a variety of reasons why they are so upset. It doesn’t matter. Let the customer tell you what is not right in their situation. Don’t even try to give them a solution until they have been heard completely. I’m not in any way suggesting letting a customer curse at you or threaten you. There is a line.
  • Do the right thing. Yes, we know ‘corporate’ has rules. But when you know your establishment has made a mistake, fix it! Don’t leave at the end of the day knowing you could have done more. Again, I am not suggesting to give away the farm, just fix it even if they aren’t asking you to.

Now let me tell you about a great service example. My husband has a favorite restaurant that he has been going to for years. No matter what time of the day he walks in, every employee who sees him, greets him. (They actually do this for everyone.) He doesn’t love it just because they are nice; they deliver a quality product consistently and they prices are reasonable.

Now, some tips on delivering great service every day:

  • Genuinely acknowledge you customers.
  • Ask and listen for you customers needs.
  • Honor your word (or your company’s word).
  • Deliver/sell/make quality products.
  • Thank your customers. Even if they don’t buy anything.
  • Train and take care of your employees that are taking care of your customers.

Where do you shop or don’t shop because of the customer service?

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3 Responses to “What’s up with customer service?”

  1. TejanaMade June 26, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    There is a restaurant we went ot here where we live and they were extremely rude, the product was not worth the price, and I made a fuss. The owner immediately tried to rectify the situation but I almost just walked out without paying. We waited for over an hour for our food with two toddlers in tow. I even saw my order just sitting there under the lights. I don’t want to be waited on hand and foot but it is our money you are taking so at least have pride in what you are doing. Of, and for people who hate working customer service, they need to go and find another job preferably in a cubicle and not answering phones.

    • mendezgonzales June 27, 2012 at 2:15 am #

      Yep, sometimes we just have to say enough is enough. Take your hard earned money somewhere else chica! Where they appreciate their customers 🙂

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