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Extra Points – Customer Service

Customer service.

Customer service is a really overused term in business. Many business people cite “customer service” as a reason to do business with them. Well, everybody thinks they have excellent customer service. The reality is that customer service is all over the board. Here’s a positive example…

This past week I bought the new iPad. I walked into a packed Apple store at Bellevue Square and was immediately found by a sales associate. He took down exactly what I need and within minutes had the iPad in my hand. He ushered me over to a table where he handed me over to a guy named Kaz. Kaz literally helped me open the box, set up my iPad and sync everything from the iCloud into my new device. Within 15 minutes, I had purchased my product; had it completely set up and ready to use; and walked out feeling like I received everything I needed. Yes, that should be considered a given, but how many stories do you have of poor communicating, waiting longer than necessary, being ignored, or simple ignorance of product.

Your business, regardless of the size, offers “customer service.” What you need to understand is that customer service isn’t a concept, it’s a culture. What’s your culture on customer service and what does it actually look like to others?

This week’s quote – “People who don’t think probably don’t have brains; rather they have gray fluff that’s blown into their  heads by mistake.” Winnie the Pooh

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

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