Delivering an Effortless Customer Experience

In early September, I traveled with friends along the Dalmatian coast, enjoying the sunshine and lingering over cappuccinos late into the night. One evening at dinner, I couldn’t help but remark about the wonderful service at the restaurant. While it was the end of the busy tourist season, our waiter was amazingly attentive. He made …

Customer Rage Study: Interview With Scott Broetzmann and Mary Murcott

  Podcast Transcript This podcast is brought to you by the Center for Services Leadership, a groundbreaking research center in the W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The Center for Services Leadership provides leading edge research and education in the science of service. Darima Fotheringham: Welcome to the CSL Podcast. I am …

Customer Rage: The Bottoming Out Of Complainant Satisfaction & The Unintended Consequences Of Corporate Customer Experience Vices

By Scott Broetzmann Customer Rage – Many companies don’t really understand it and are impotent to manage it because they are infatuated with insincere customer experience metrics and narrowly focused on optimizing a transaction. Consider these disquieting facts from the 2015 National Customer Rage survey: Customers are experiencing an ever-increasing level of problems with products and services; 54% …

How to Recover Customer Trust After Unsatisfactory Service

When done badly, service recovery can further damage the consumer trust. What can you do to restore the trust after failing a customer twice? As research shows, an apology and assurance that the problem won’t occur in the future are more effective than a monetary compensation. To learn more about the study, read SAGE blog post …

Complain Like a Pro: 5 Tips for Effective Communication With Customer Service

By Mary Murcott The results of 2015 Customer Rage Study show that consumers are increasingly dissatisfied with customer service in spite of the investments companies are making to improve customer satisfaction. Over 60% of the consumers interviewed for the study felt that they got “nothing” in response to their complaints about a problem with a …

Seven Effective Practices For Preventing Customer Rage

By Mary Murcott “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”. That is a reference to the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke, and my assessment after rereading the findings of our Consumer Study on Customer Rage associated with complaints and the complaint handling process. The communication problem exists on many levels – between customers …

Shared Lessons for Customer Service and Field Service Organizations

By Jeffrey Wartgow In preparation for this year’s upcoming Compete Through Service Symposium, I took time to reflect on the trends that will impact field service over the coming years. After sifting through analyst reports, notes from customer meetings, and other industry insights, some major themes kept surfacing – and one overarching idea emerged:  what …

A Great Customer Experience Isn’t Something You Can Script

By: John Abraham Several years ago, I met a successful customer service director in a retail bank. She had led the charge to bring customer experience thinking into the bank’s branch operations and call centers, defining how the company’s brand promise should be reflected in customer interactions. In fact, they had developed a specific greeting …