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Customer Service - A Sweet Essence


First let us specifically define customer service. It is the performance of a duty or responsibility due to a customer as a result of selling them a product or service.

We must distinguish between customer sales and service versus customer service. Whereas customer sales and service is largely concerned with selling an additional item or an additional service subsequent to an initial sale, customer service is mainly concerned with customer care.

True customer service is synonymous with "ACCOMMODATION". When we sell a product or a service we accept the responsibility and the obligation to potentially provide our customers with a broad range of possible actions. These actions we define as customer service and may include necessary "ACCOMMODATIONS" to make the initial product or service reasonably useful in the way it was intended and in the way that it was marketed.

"Due to unusually heavy call volume our customer service agents are busy helping other customers. Your call is important to us. Please continue to hold? Please continue to hold? Please continue to hold?" No article on customer service would be complete without addressing automated telephone systems. We are all consumers. It does not matter what else we do, whether we are manufacturers or clerks or customer service agents. We should make ourselves available so that our customers can speak with us. Nothing beats face to face contact but the next best thing is a person's voice. Overall, I believe that automated phone systems may be the worst single tool ever invented for all of us as consumers.

There are a very few select companies whose systems serve us well by pointedly and quickly getting us fast service. But the vast majority of these automated telephone systems are nothing more than roadblocks to consumers. We have all been there and have been frustrated all too often. You might as well try to call the president of the United States.

WE, ALL OF US, ARE PUTTING EACH OTHER ON HOLD ON THE TELEPHONE LINE... !!!

Why not hire a live breathing caring human being who knows their job depends on their customer. This is not rocket science!

When was the last time that you received outstanding customer service? Did you feel like you wanted to do more business with that company? Did you like the people who were helping you? Right there is one of the most powerful forces in customer service - customer loyalty and retention. What else is there in business with such a sweet essence.

Biography: Since 1979 Jim Hoyle has owned and operated Lamp Manufacturer Factory Outlet. The company designs and manufactures truly unique lamps and acquires genuine antique vintage lamps through very special situations. They drop ship lamps worldwide for catalog companies, stores, designers, individual decorators and internet based companies of all kinds. Contact Jim at: junguljim@peoplepc.com or his company's website at http://www.hoylelamps.com


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Letter: 'Customer service' often lacking service part - The Ledger


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Letter: 'Customer service' often lacking service part
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We as consumers rely more and more on customer service. I've come to realize how much “service” is actually lacking in businesses these days. Customers can either make or break a business depending on their satisfaction. People rely on a service that ...

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Travel Network Group recognised for customer service 'excellence' - TTG


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Travel Network Group recognised for customer service 'excellence'
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Speaking at the consortium's annual overseas conference in Monaco, Jo Causon, chief executive of the Institute of Customer Service awarded TTNG the organisation's ServiceMark, a recognition “of achievement in customer service, and a company's ...
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The Bot Revolution Can Save Your Customer Service, Says Tony Jamous, President Of Nexmo - Forbes


The Bot Revolution Can Save Your Customer Service, Says Tony Jamous, President Of Nexmo
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Chatbots and other AI-powered virtual agents have changed the structure of customer service considerably. But, this is just the beginning. Chatbots are evolving with APIs, being given access to deep learning and popping up in spaces that we never ...

Thanks A Latte: How To Fix A Customer Service Failure, Per Starbucks, Marriott And Me - Forbes


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Thanks A Latte: How To Fix A Customer Service Failure, Per Starbucks, Marriott And Me
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Every company needs a customer service recovery framework, a sequence of best practices for interacting with, and turning around, upset customers. Settling on such a framework and then providing customer service recovery training in order to achieve ...

Spirit Airlines turns to Disney to improve its customer service - Los Angeles Times


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Spirit Airlines turns to Disney to improve its customer service
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The Disney Institute is a Florida-based company that offers business courses to improve leadership, employee culture and customer service. On the institute's website, the company cites its work with Haagen-Dazs International, the National Football ...

Exceptional Customer Service And Low Cost Are Not Mutually Exclusive -- Here's How To Achieve Both - Forbes


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Exceptional Customer Service And Low Cost Are Not Mutually Exclusive -- Here's How To Achieve Both
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Singapore Airlines (SIA) cabin crew undergo some of the most rigorous service training in the industry, instilling a business culture that is exceptionally customer-centric. As a result, it is regularly voted one of the best airlines in the world. Yet ...

These Two Customer Service Formulas Can Improve Employee Performance By 100% - Forbes


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These Two Customer Service Formulas Can Improve Employee Performance By 100%
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Even the most engaged, best-intentioned employees (and their managers) can benefit from knowing a couple essential expert formulas that will improve their customer service performance day in and day out. Today I'll share two rules of thumb how to ...

Seven Customer Service Practices That Will Help You Win Over Clients - Forbes


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Seven Customer Service Practices That Will Help You Win Over Clients
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Back in the mid-90s when Amazon was first starting, I felt that Amazon gave me the best customer service and best customer experience. Instead of jumping around different websites, I had everything in one portal. In Amazon I found a company that gave ...

Why is Customer Service in Asia so Terrible? - Forbes - Forbes


Why is Customer Service in Asia so Terrible? - Forbes
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Asia's service sector is booming. This article takes a closer look at how this lucrative sector is developing. Don't miss out on the investment opportunities that are ...

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