Tag Archives: Customer Service

Equal Support Provider

When doing a presentation recently, I made the case that there should not be a perceived difference in service delivery when a customer is interacting with an organization’s social media support channels (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Chat etc.) versus traditional Help Desk support channels (e.g. Phone, Walk-In, Email etc.). In my opinion, not only does this negatively affect the organization brand, but it also encourages support traffic to be routed to the path where the perceived best level of service will be received.

Are you an equal support provider?

Equal Support Provider

Customer Service Numbers

It’s not a big deal finding a toll free number for a company, but finding a toll free numer that can eventually lead you to a live human operator is becoming an ordeal. Thankfully the good folks over at Quickbase have a customer service chart with shortcuts you can take to avoid the typical corporate Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system – the press #1 followed by 2 followed by 3 followed by ‘Please Try Again – A Response Is Required’ system.

Two numbers I definitely need from the chart are for Amazon.com (800-201-7575) and for Comcast (800-266-2278). In the past my computer manufacturer’s number would have been on the list, but unlike Dell, Gateway has a much more friendlier and more efficient customer service team and as a result I’ve never had to wait more than 2 minutes to speak to a customer service representative. In fact just two days ago when I called to have my laptop CD-ROM drive fixed, the whole troubleshooting process and new shipment confirmation was done in less than 5 minutes.

As a consumer, if I can speak to a company representative in less than 2 minutes and get a problem fixed in less than 5, you’ve essentially got me locked in as a life time customer.

The Ultimate Listener

Yesterday I received an email from a Hotmail Product Manager asking if I was still having trouble with connecting to Hotmail via Outlook/ Outlook Express. I was baffled; my blog post about my negative experience with Hotmail was heard and after a couple of e-mail exchanges my problem was resolved. Although, a large part of this solution was probably because of my beta testing experience with Microsoft, I’d like to think that that Aditya Bansod took time to listen to my feedback and act on it, and ultimately reflect very, very positively on the new ultimate listener on the block – Microsoft.

As I blogged about earlier, I think that a company that is willing to exceed the wants and expectations of the customer ultimately wins the battle. In my opinion a listening company encourages constructive feedback back to the company and also creates massive positive word-of-mouth advertising. After this experience you’re going to have to work twice as hard to get me to switch to a competitor’s product and to any company customer loyalty is the ultimate prize.

Thank you Aditya for listening and solving my Hotmail problem. It seems like the new team working on the Kahuna/ Mail Beta is dedicated to changing the service lockin perception and has already laid an amazing foundation to support this change.

What is Customer Service?

According to the ACA Group, customer service is the ability of an organization to constantly and consistently give a customer what they want or need. However, like most definitions that are gradually morphed or changed to suit the times. Any company can mimic a competitor’s feature set and with the ability to outsource customer service functions it has become much easier to provide wanted services or needs. However, the new economy demands a new definition, one that indicates that customer service is the ability of an organization to constantly and consistently exceed the expectations of a customer.