It's time to make great customer service an indispensable part of your daily operation!
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Great Customer Service teaches you how to create the "Service Difference"--service that genuinely pleases your customers and sets your organization apart from the pack.
Customer Service: Career Success through Customer Loyalty, 6e provides a systematic process for building service skills that all business people need. Presented in a friendly, conversational manner, the text is filled with examples that demonstrate the link between service skills and career achievement. This edition features more on social networking, trustability, and customer service trends. Information is also included on internal customers, emerging technologies, and stress-reducing techniques. Throughout the text, there is an emphasis on transforming good service intentions into a workable plan that yields loyalty and success.
In today's competitive business environment, keeping customers happy is the key to long-term success. But some businesses provide much better customer service than others. It's not always clear what works and what doesn't, and implementing new customer service practices midstream can be a difficult, chaotic task. Business leaders who want to transform their business culture into one of customer service excellence need reliable, proven guidance.
Unleashing Excellence gives you practical tools and step-by-step guidance tailored to your company's individual customer service needs. It shows you how to navigate your teams through every step of the implementation process to achieve true customer service excellence. The book covers the training and education of your group, how to measure the quality of your service, how to build a culture of personal accountability, and how to recognize excellence and reward it. Fully revised to include updated information on the latest tools and best practices, as well as the stories and lessons learned from those organizations that have used the process described in the book.Offers proven best practices for designing and implementing an excellent customer service culture Simple format divides content into nine "leadership actions" that guide you through a step-by-step process Shows you how to build a common customer service vision for your entire organization
Customer service is vital to the survival of your business. If you want to move your organization's customer service practices from good to great, Unleashing Excellence is the key.
Service Design for Business helps you transform your customer's experience and keep them engaged through the art of intentional service design. Written by the experts at Livework, this practical guide offers a tangible, effective approach for better responding to customers' needs and demands, and provides concrete strategy that can be implemented immediately. You'll learn how taking a design approach to problem solving helps foster creativity, and how to apply it to the real issues that move businesses forward. Highly visual and organized for easy navigation, this quick read is a handbook for connecting market factors to the organizational challenge of customer experience by seeing your company through the customers' eyes.
Livework pioneered the service design industry, and guides organizations including Sony, the British Government, Volkswagen Procter & Gamble, the BBC, and more toward a more carefully curated customer experience. In this book, the Livework experts show you how to put service design to work in your company to solve the ongoing challenge of winning with customers.Approach customer experience from a design perspective See your organization through the lens of the customer Make customer experience an organization-wide responsibility Analyze the market factors that dovetail with customer experience design
The Internet and other digital technology has brought the world to your customers' fingertips. With unprecedented choice, consumers are demanding more than just a great product—the organizations coming out on top are designing and delivering experiences tailored to their customers' wants. Service Design for Business gives you the practical insight and service design perspective you need to shape the way your customers view your organization.
Customer-oriented companies can operate more effectively, Raul Pupo argues, by focusing on the critical success factors of service: leadership that unequivocally believes they are in business to serve the customer; a business-planning process centered around the customer; an organizational ethic of service up and down the ranks; and an empowered, motivated, and competent frontline organization. Readers will discover what it takes to serve customers superbly, how excellent customer service profoundly improves profitability, and how to identify the biggest obstacles to good service. Most importantly, they will be rewarded with concrete instructions that will enable them to deliver topnotch customer service every step of the way.
"What an excellent wake-up call! Your company's most valuable asset—your loyal customers—have more tools than ever to compare you to competitors and switch. Griffin does an excellent job identifying the risks to customer loyalty in an environment of immediate and abundant information, and defines a path to earn loyalty through delivery of enhanced value in the eyes of your customers. A truly important premise to building and maintaining a successful business."?
—Gerald Evans, president, Hanes Brands Supply Chain and Asia Business Development
"In this dynamic treatise on customer retention, Jill Griffin, The Loyalty Maker, provides updated solutions to meet today's challenge of changing consumer shopping habits. A must-read for all retailers and wholesalers."
—Britt Jenkins, chairman of the board, Tandy Brand Accessories, Inc.
"Mandatory reading for anyone who manages customer loyalty. A truly thought-provoking read!"
—Timothy Keiningham, global chief strategy officer, executive vice president, IPSOS Loyalty
"Every company is in the service business now, whether they realize it or not. Jill's book is a great start on how to make your service experiences better than they are today."
—Robert Stephen, founder, The Geek Squad
"In today's Googlized marketplace, Taming the Search-and-Switch Customer is a must-read."
—Ken DeAngelis, general partner, Austin Ventures
"Griffin is pure loyalty genius!"
—Kelly Cook, vice president, Customer Engagement/CRM, Waste Management
“Unbreakable relationships are crucial to success in business. Lou Imbriano captures what it takes to forge the kind of deep credibility that encourages consumers and clients to trust you with their hard-earned dollars. If you want to deepen your customers’ trust and grow your revenues, I suggest you read Winning the Customer and you will win.”
—Bob Reynolds, President & CEO, Putnam Investments
“Lou Imbriano rescues the word ‘winning’ from the clutches of Charlie Sheen . . . and, like a Patriots playbook, Lou takes you through his game plan for successfully building a victorious team that opponents will respect and fear . . . from who should be answering your phone to effectively saying ‘no,’ it’s all there . . . lazy, unmotivated people, this is not for you. . . .”
—Steve Levy, ESPN SportsCenter anchor
“Imbriano definitely made his mark in the NFL and now he’s an MVP again with his new book, Winning the Customer. Lou’s down-to-earth marketing philosophies, which he brought to the Patriots, epitomize how everyone, in any industry, should approach marketing. If you want to truly know how to build remarkable business relationships, read Winning the Customer.”
—Michael O’Hara Lynch, Head of Global Sponsorship, Visa
“At a time when consumers have the power to use media where and how they choose, to like, dislike, and share their opinion on products and corporations, brand engagement is the best answer to build emotional and enduring relationships between brands and all their relevant communities. This book should be given to anyone who wants to understand the new dynamics that can bond brands with their ever-demanding customers.”
—Lucien Boyer, President & Global CEO, Havas Sports & Entertainment
About the Book:
During his nine years in senior marketing positions with the New England Patriots, Lou Imbriano laid the foundation and marketing vision for the football team that led to its astronomical growth and explosive revenue—perfectly positioning them to be ready for when the Patriots became repeat Super Bowl champions and the NFL brand to beat.
Now CEO of TrinityOne, a strategic marketing firm, Lou has an undefeated record of showing all types of companies how to tackle customer relationships and convert them into tangible revenue. In Winning the Customer, Lou delivers his original strategies for both short- and long-term financial success:The Marketing Playbook: how to identify those who are dying to spend money with you Relationship Architecture: how to connect with customers in meaningful ways and create “memorable moments” The Revenue Game: how to build revenue instead of selling concepts
Throughout the book, you’ll find Lou’s dynamic personal stories drawn right from his years of real-world business experience. He’s learned that to maximize revenue, every organization must both turn its customers into fans and coax those fans to spend freely. Winning the Customer shows you how to do just that using the Three Tiers of Customer Relationships. Imbriano shares his strategies with his innovative DELIVERS system: Dedication, Entertainment, Loyalty, Investment, Vision, Energy, Responsibility, and Sacrifice.
Filled with practical information and written in Lou’s inimitable conversational style, Winning the Customer is your all-pro offensive attack against old, ineffective methods and flat results. Lou’s tools will give any business an inspired team, supersized income, and a virtual stadium full of engaged, high-paying customers.
"For Larry the relationship between customers and profitability is intuitive and effortless. By reading his book you will be galvanised to do something about it at a time when it couldn't matter more."
—Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Marketing Officer, Aviva
"Larry Hochman understands the business zeitgeist exceptionally well. The Relationship Revolution brings together what he has learned from hundreds of customers and thousands of managers. His argument that authentic customer relationships are what will separate the winners from the also-rans is provocative, challenging and a call to action."
—Dr Stan Maklan, Cranfield School of Management
"If you are still denying the importance of Web 2.0, then read this wake-up call from one of the world's foremost speakers on customer relationships. If you truly value your customers then The Relationship Revolution is required reading – in every part of the world and regardless of the business you are in."
—Scott Gustlin, Vice President, Interactive RTP
"Finally Larry Hochman, one of the world's most popular keynote speakers, has put his wisdom into a book. His insights on management, marketing, leadership, customer service and human resources will certainly help the readers create unique value... at the speed of life."
—Santiago Zapata, Founder and President, HiCue Speakers
In this long-awaited book, leading business thinker Larry Hochman maps out what you have to do to succeed in the coming decades. He gets under your customers’ skin, shows you what they really want, and then takes you through what you have to do, inside and outside your organisation, to get there.
Inspirational and enlightening, The Relationship Revolution should become a new ‘rule book’ throughout your organisation.
Practical Customer Success Managementprovides a simple-to-follow, best practice framework that explains what the core customer success management steps are at each stage of the customer journey to business outcome success and in what circumstances to apply those steps. It describes and explains which situations each step applies to and provides recommendations for activities or tasks that the CSM can perform to complete each step, together with detailed explanations and step-by-step guidance for successfully completing each activity or task.
Included in this book is an entire suite of tools and templates that enable rapid completion of each task and ensure consistency of approach both across multiple customer engagements and by multiple CSMs within a team. Each tool’s use is clearly explained within the book, and CSMs are able to adapt and customize the tools to suit their own specific needs as they see fit.
Customer loyalty is becoming harder to establish and just as difficult to maintain. This is truer than ever in today’s hyperdigital world, where a single customer venting his or her dissatisfaction on a blog or social network can amass an army of anti-you activists—and send your business spiraling.
The Customer Signs Your Paycheck reveals the secret to ensuring customer contentment during every interaction. Inside, Frank Cooper examines the elements at the heart of quality customer service, which begin with selfawareness and confidence. You’ll learn:The 10 commandments for customer relations Eight habits to help you get ahead The easiest way to handle customer complaints A simple method for remembering names
You’ll immediately take note of dramatic changes in the way you deal with difficult personalities, customer complaints, and other challenges that come with the territory.
Why drive customers to the competition? It really is easy to provide superb service, even when dealing with today’s highly empowered and demanding customer.
“To differentiate yourself and delight your customers, you must manage your customers’ experience with your goods or services, and your company. This invaluable book will show you why you must do this, and how to do it well.”
—Henry Chesbrough, author of Open Innovation and Professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
“Technology advances are raising the human expectation of what an experience with a company can and should be. Finally, a book has been written that combines behavioral psychological, micro-economic, and technological considerations defining the customer experience edge.”
—Paul D’Alessandro, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
“As we move from Customer Experience 1.0 to Customer Experience 2.0, organizations and practitioners need a solid blueprint for success. Reza, Vinay, and Volker have created a clear and concise guide based on global best practices and proven principles. If you are ready to transform your organization, start by reading this book.”
—Lior Arussy, President, Strativity Group, and author of Customer Experience Strategy
“The Customer Experience Edge is an excellent book to gain insights on how to leverage customer experience as a competitive advantage. The case studies serve as recipes that can be added to, modified, or simply baked into business plans to improve or deliver an exceptional customer experience.”
—Deb Dexter, Customer Service Director, Cardinal Health
About the Book:
Globalization and advanced technologies have given ever greater power to the person who decides if your business will succeed or fail—the customer. Whether your company serves consumers or other businesses, you can no longer compete on price and quality alone. To gain profits and market share, you have to deliver an experience that makes customers want to come back—and that sets you apart from the competition. You need to seize The Customer Experience Edge.
Drawing on over sixty years of experience in shaping customer centric strategies and technologies for leading companies, three innovators bring you practical and proven ways to create your customer experience programs and overall business strategies. The key is to strike a balance between programs that are effective but prohibitively expensive and programs that fail to dedicate enough resources to be effective. In the middle ground lie the tools that everyone overlooks—foundational and disruptive technologies. These are the authors’ main fields of expertise, and these are what make the customer experience profitable.
The Customer Experience Edge explains how to combine strategy, leadership, organizational change, and technology to:Develop products and services that are highly valued by customers Form bonds that keep clients from turning to competitors Transform customers into your best advocates
It’s a new world of business, and customers are keenly aware that their loyalty is valuable currency. The Customer Experience Edge gives you a cost-effective, sustainable way to provide an unforgettable experience that builds loyalty and turns it into real, measurable profits.
In their acclaimed bestseller The Challenger Sale, Matthew Dixon and his colleagues at CEB busted many longstanding myths about sales. Now they’ve turned their research and analysis to a new vital business subject—customer loyalty—with a new book that turns the conventional wisdom on its head.
The idea that companies must delight customers by exceeding service expectations is so entrenched that managers rarely even question it. They devote untold time, energy, and resources to trying to dazzle people and inspire their undying loyalty. Yet CEB’s careful research over five years and tens of thousands of respondents proves that the “dazzle factor” is wildly overrated—it simply doesn’t predict repeat sales, share of wallet, or positive wordof-mouth. The reality:
Loyalty is driven by how well a company delivers on its basic promises and solves day-to-day problems, not on how spectacular its service experience might be. Most customers don’t want to be “wowed”; they want an effortless experience. And they are far more likely to punish you for bad service than to reward you for good service.
If you put on your customer hat rather than your manager or marketer hat, this makes a lot of sense. What do you really want from your cable company, a free month of HBO when it screws up or a fast, painless restoration of your connection? What about your bank—do you want free cookies and a cheerful smile, even a personal relationship with your teller? Or just a quick in-and-out transaction and an easy way to get a refund when it accidentally overcharges on fees?
The Effortless Experience takes readers on a fascinating journey deep inside the customer experience to reveal what really makes customers loyal—and disloyal. The authors lay out the four key pillars of a low-effort customer experience, along the way delivering robust data, shocking insights and profiles of companies that are already using the principles revealed by CEB’s research, with great results. And they include many tools and templates you can start applying right away to improve service, reduce costs, decrease customer churn, and ultimately generate the elusive loyalty that the “dazzle factor” fails to deliver.
The rewards are there for the taking, and the pathway to achieving them is now clearly marked.
Above all the book runs counter to the fashionable claim that the starting-point for business success should be to find a 'blue-sky', 'out-of-the-box' breakthrough innovation. Barwise and Meehan use many compelling cases to illustrate how managers can find ways within their existing network and organization to achieve long term growth.
Sharing insider details from Rapp Collins's breakthrough methodology, the authors provide the tools to implement the next level of relationship marketing, enabling you to pinpoint the unique value of every customer and specific direct marketing techniques for winning them over.
You get practical steps for integrating your brand communications and identifying a strong marketing concept to create a campaign that establishes personalized connections with consumers. Then, you'll learn how to:Implement your relationship marketing program in four phases: strategic analysis, planning, implementation, and control Utilize databases to gather individualized information and create targeted messages Create specific campaigns that are relevant to different segments of consumers Measure marketing campaign results with ROI calculation models Develop practices that will continuously improve ROI
Rounding out this invaluable guide are illuminating case studies of numerous national and international brands that successfully used relationship marketing to meet their communication needs. Customer Obsession is the definitive roadmap for all businesses that want to achieve the maximum return for their marketing investments.
While the Great Recession ravaged the balance sheets of long-standing leaders in their respective industries, many companies have actually gained market share, grown revenues and profits, and created more value for customers. These are not flash-in-the-pan companies—world-beaters one year and stragglers the next. They are companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Fidelity, Cisco, Philips, Walmart, and Amazon.
The success of these organizations isn’t the result of a brilliant strategy for bad times; it’s the outcome of a highly effective long-term strategy that manages the company from the outside in.
In Strategy from the Outside In, George S. Day and Christine Moorman explain that the key to such lasting and highly profitable success is the ability to compete on and profit from customer value. It means operating from the outside in. It means always building strategy on market insight, and ensuring that every part of the company puts customer value first.
Applying years of research, Day and Moorman illustrate that an outside-in view requires constant vigilance and focus on four customer value imperatives:Be a customer value leader Innovate new value for customers Capitalize on the customer as an asset Capitalize on the brand as an asset
Day and Moorman take you from theory to practice, with an emphasis on real world stories, practical models, and useable metrics so that you can profit from customer value. From the outside in.
"Lior brings original thought to the world of business, ideas drawn from reality, based on solid observations with the clear objective of helping people make money. Read this and profit."--Jerry Vass, Author of "Soft Selling in A Hard World" and President Vass Consulting
"You might not like this book. It's not filled with easy shortcuts and feel-good platitudes. BUT, when you're ready to walk the walk and not just talk the talk) about treating your customers right and growing your business, Lior's book is a fine place to start down that rarely-followed, very profitable path."--Seth Godin Author, Purple Cow & Free Prize Inside
"Lior Arussy is a true customer advocate. This book is a must-read for anyone who knows that the only sustainable competitive advantage is to create a unique and meaningful customer experience."--Ginger Conlon, Editor-in-Chief, CRM magazine
According to Strativity's 2003 CEM global study, 45% of executives surveyed do not believe they deserve the customer’s loyalty. Following a decade of customer-centric books, the market is in a state of crises with over 50% customer focused projects fail. Passionate and Profitable is a new book that takes a critical look at the state of the companies’ commitment to customers and exposes the fatal mistakes companies make and the lip service they pay to their customers.
Full of examples and statistics, Passionate and Profitable argues that customer strategies success depends on making serious tough choices and not cosmetic works. It is those tough trade offs that will help companies unleash their passion for customers and in return, increase their profitability and sales.
If you can measure your key business relationships, you can improve them. Even though relationships are "fuzzy and intangible," they can be measured and managed-with powerful results.
Measure What Matters explains simple, step-by-step procedures for measuring customers, social media reputation, influence and authority, the media, and other key constituencies.Based on hundreds of case studies about how organizations have used measurement to improve their reputations, strengthen their bottom lines, and improve efficiencies all around Learn how to collect the data that will help you better understand your competition, do strategic planning, understand key strengths and weaknesses, and better respond to customer preferences Author runs a successful blog and serves as a measurement consultant to companies such as Facebook, Southwest Airlines, Raytheon, and Allstate
Don't draw conclusions or make key decisions based on guesswork. Instead, Measure What Matters and the difference will show in the most important measure: your bottom line.
Five Star Service 2nd edition is an easy read, high impact title from the bestselling author of How to Be Brilliant, Michael Heppell. In this book he gives you over 100 instant tips, 50 examples of the best practices, over a dozen brand new techniques and multiple strategies to equip you with a winning edge to knockout your customers and help you
· Delight your customers every time
· Deliver remarkable results that will keep them coming back for more
· Win more customers without spending a fortune
· Get repeat orders and referrals from everyone you encounter
Whether it’s studying the Disney parking system or enrolling students at college; going behind the scenes in the world’s top hotels or becoming the office hero, Five Star Service will show you how to wow your customers, colleagues and cohorts.