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A step-by-step guide to designing and implementing an amazing customer service culture

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.

A practical approach to better customer experience through service design

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.

Praise for Taming the Search-and-Switch Customer

"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

Build Customer Relationships and Win Big Revenue!

“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.

"Larry's thoughts on customers, culture and talent are immensely valuable for any business, anywhere in the world."
—Sheldon S. Wiseman, President & CEO, Amberwood Entertainment Corp.

"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.

Have you been treated rudely buy a disinterested salesperson and left the business without making a purchase? Have you ever had poor service at a restaurant and vowed never to return? These two simple examples are very common. Unfortunately, all types of American businesses are in the middle of a customer service crisis. Many stores and service businesses offer the same products and similar prices, so why do some succeed and others fail? Superior customer service is the answer. Surveys show customers around the country are unhappy about the service they receive, yet their expectations are low. In today's competitive environment, customers can check the price of an item in seconds on the Internet and place an order for the lowest price. There has to be some reason to come back to your establishment, whether brick and mortar or Web-based, and unique customer service is the key.Make your business's customer service exceptional with this “must-have” manual for companies of all sizes. This new book details how to care for customers and how to make superior service happen, and keep customers coming back to your store or Web site. You will learn practical and innovative tips and tricks that are easy to implement. These concepts and skills can be applied immediately. This book is a ready-made, in-house training workshop and step-by-step manual for creating superior customer service in an ever-competitive business environment. Learn from successful companies what works and what doesn't to help keep customers racing back to your business.
Haters are not your problem. . . .
Ignoring them is.
 
Eighty percent of companies say they deliver out­standing customer service, but only 8 percent of their customers agree. This book will help you close that gap by reconfiguring your customer service to deliver knockout experiences.
 
The near-universal adoption of smartphones and social media has fundamentally altered the science of complaints. Critics (“haters”) can now express their displeasure faster and more pub­licly than ever. These trends have resulted in an overall increase in complaints and a belief by many businesses that they have to “pick their spots” when choosing to answer criticisms.
 
Bestselling author Jay Baer shows why that approach is a major mistake. Based on an exten­sive proprietary study of how, where, and why we complain, Hug Your Haters proves that there are two types of complainers, each with very differ­ent motivations:
 
·Offstage haters. These people simply want solutions to their problems. They complain via legacy channels where the likelihood of a response is highest—phone, e-mail, and com­pany websites. Offstage haters don’t care if any­one else finds out, as long as they get answers.
·Onstage haters. These people are often disap­pointed by a substandard interaction via tradi­tional channels, so they turn to indirect venues, such as social media, online review sites, and discussion boards. Onstage haters want more than solutions—they want an audience to share their righteous indignation.
 
Hug Your Haters shows exactly how to deal with both groups, drawing on meticulously researched case studies from businesses of all types and sizes from around the world. It includes specific play­books and formulas as well as a fold-out poster of “the Hatrix,” which summarizes the best strate­gies for different situations. The book is also filled with poignant and hilarious examples of haters gone wild, and companies gone crazy, as well as inspirational stories of companies responding with speed, compassion, and humanity.
 
Whether you work for a mom-and-pop store or a global brand, you will have haters—and you can’t afford to ignore them. Baer’s insights and tactics will teach you how to embrace complaints, put haters to work for you, and turn bad news into good outcomes.
Practical Customer Success Management is a complete "handbook for CSMs", written by a customer success expert who has coached and trained many hundreds of customer success managers across the globe. The book is aimed at increasing both productivity and consistency of quality of output for customer success managers of all levels, from relative newcomers through to seasoned professionals. The book is highly practical in nature and is packed full of good humored but very direct advice and assistance for dealing with exactly the types of real world situations CSMs face every day.

Practical Customer Success Management

provides 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.

“This excellent book makes it quite clear that your business has to focus on customer experience for 21st-century business success. It’s more than refreshing to read the multiple case studies and well thought out approach and to hear the experienced voices of these authors. You’ve spent way too much time reading this endorsement. Read the book instead. It’s so worth it.”
—Paul Greenberg, author of CRM at the Speed of Light

“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.

With consumer decisions being made at increasing speed, and the time it takes to win wallet-share rapidly shrinking, how can you prepare?

Today's customer has more access to information and influencers, at a click or swipe, than ever before. The speed at which consumer decisions are made keeps increasing, and the time it takes for battles over wallet-share to be won or lost is shrinking rapidly. Every fundamental assumption about customers is now being challenged: how they shop, where they shop, and why they shop. In this rapidly evolving environment, understanding consumers' behaviors is more critical than ever.

The Customer of Tomorrow examines many of the changing behaviors, technologies, and expectations that companies must understand in order to build valuable and lasting relationships in the years to come. Drawn from the best of Knowledge@Wharton's reporting, this volume in the Knowledge@Wharton Essentials series features stories addressing:

•Customer loyalty in the age of big data
•When more data doesn't mean better customer service
•How to build loyal customers in the information age
•Why customer service is often the ignored side of social media
•When does it make sense to have a bricks & mortar location for customers
•How to bring in new customers

This quick read features Knowledge@Wharton's reporting on the research and thought leadership of David Bell, Peter Fader, Barbara Kahn, among others. The Customer of Tomorrow will help you continue to win wallet-share with customers.

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Each Knowledge@Wharton ebook offers you what you need to address a business challenge or opportunity head on—today.
Everyone knows that the best way to create customer loyalty is with service so good, so over the top, that it surprises and delights. But what if everyone is wrong?

 


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.

Convenience is King

When you make it easier for customers to do business with you, they will reward you with their money, their loyalty, and their referrals.

There’s a reason they call it a convenience store – because it’s convenient!  When you have to pick up a gallon of milk, would you rather stop by a large supermarket or a 7-Eleven?  Customers who shop at convenience stores know the selection is smaller and the prices are often higher...yet they still come in droves because of the ease of purchase.

What about the minibar in your hotel room?  That’s convenient too...but the convenience comes at a cost.  Did you ever stop to think that the same $5.00 can of Coca-Cola in the hotel’s mini-fridge can be bought down the hall from the vending machine for just $1.25?  Yet even with that can of Coke being four times more expensive, hotels are restocking minibars every day.

Customers will pay for convenience.  And they’ll choose to do more business over time with the people and companies that make their lives more convenient!

Whether you’re trying to out-service a competitor or disrupt an entire industry, creating less friction and being more convenient for your customers should be your strategy. When you raise the convenience bar, you create the next level of amazing customer experience.

This book shows you how to leverage convenience as a powerful way to differentiate yourself from your competition.  You’ll learn six compelling strategies, supported by numerous examples and case studies that will fuel your plan to create a focus on convenience for your customers.

The value proposition is both simple and profound: when you reduce friction and make it easier for customers to do business with you, they’ll reward you with their money, their loyalty, and their referrals.  That’s the advantage of being a part of The Convenience Revolution.
 
Customer Obsession is an invaluable hands-on guide to the next generation of customer relationship marketing. Abaetê de Azevedo and Ricardo Pomeranz, top leaders at the world-renowned direct marketing agency Rapp Collins, reveal how businesses of any size can develop a global strategy that embraces today's empowered consumers and encourages the development of meaningful, profitable relationships with them.

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.

In their efforts to become more customer-focused, companies everywhere find themselves entangled in outmoded systems, metrics, and strategies rooted in their product-centered view of the world. Now, to ease this shift to a customer focus, marketing strategy experts Roland T. Rust, Valarie A. Zeithaml, and Katherine N. Lemon have created a dynamic new model they call "Customer Equity," a strategic framework designed to maximize every firm's most important asset, the total lifetime value of its customer base.
The authors' Customer Equity Framework yields powerful insights that will help any business increase the value of its customer base. Rust, Zeithaml, and Lemon introduce the three drivers of customer equity -- Value Equity, Brand Equity, and Retention Equity -- and explain in clear, nontechnical language how managers can base their strategies on one or a combination of these drivers. The authors demonstrate in this breakthrough book how managers can build and employ competitive metrics that reveal their company's Customer Equity relative to their competitors. Based on these metrics, they show how managers can determine which drivers are most important in their industry, how they can make efficient strategic trade-offs between expenditures on these drivers, and how to project a financial return from these expenditures. The final section devotes two chapters to the Customer Pyramid, an approach that segments customers based on their long-term profitability, and an especially important chapter examines the Internet as the ultimate Customer Equity tool. Here the authors show how companies such as Intuit.com, Schwab.com, and Priceline.com have used more than one or all three drivers to increase Customer Equity.
In this age of one-to-one marketing, understanding how to drive Customer Equity is central to the success of any firm. In particular, Driving Customer Equity will be essential reading for any marketing manager and, for that matter, any manager concerned with growing the value of the firm's customer base.
Give your front-line call center staff the training they need With How to Be a Great Call Center Representative, call-center staff will learn what technology-based customer service is all about, including the history, terminology, legislation, and technology options. This book is designed to supplement and enhance the industry-specific policies and procedures plus local, state, and federal guidelines to which a call center staff must adhere. Filled with exercises and self-assessments, the course presents specific, practical strategies for improving listening skills, building trust with customers, problem solving, and decision-making--all within the context of a busy call center. How to Be a Great Call Center Representative provides all the tools needed to be confident in handling customers and building a foundation for future growth and advancement. Readers will learn how to: Identify the roles and responsibilities of a call center staff Prepare yourself to deliver quality service Learn to communicate successfully Identify current legislation, terminology, and technology affecting call center staff Develop skills for building trust Enhance telephone verbal skills and vocal quality Build problem solving and decision-making skills Learn to handle difficult customer situations Improve your time-management and multitasking skills Identify ways to control your stress level Learn to recover from mistakes-yours and your customer's. This is an ebook version of the AMA Self-Study course. If you want to take the course for credit you need to either purchase a hard copy of the course through amaselfstudy.org or purchase an online version of the course through www.flexstudy.com.
Make customer value a C-Suite priority for lasting profits and growth

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.

"I’ve always said that education without execution is just entertainment – and Lior illustrates this beautifully in his book. It is important to learn HOW to implement a successful Customer focus strategy and you need knowledge and process to do it well. Read this book and learn."--Tim Sanders, Author of "Love is The Killer App"

"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.

In Customer Mania!, Ken Blanchard, one of America's biggest bestselling authors and inspiring business leaders, writes of the key to customer service—creating a people-oriented, performance-driven, customer-first organization.

Customer service is the single most pressing problem for business managers and people in any service or sales operation, especially at the retail level. In fact, many experts believe that you build a business from the customer up. With coauthors Jim Ballard and Fred Finch, Blanchard explains why the customer is the right starting place from which to build a successful business. By drawing on examples from the world's largest restaurant company, Yum!—owner of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's, and A&W Restaurants—the authors explain how any company, large or small, can develop a unified, people-first, customer-oriented culture. Packed with practical insights, Customer Mania! emphasizes four critical steps:

• Set Your Sights on the Right Target. The bottom line grows from taking care of customers and creating a motivating environment for your people.
• Treat Customers the Right Way. Determine the kind of experience you want your customers to have as they interact with every part of the company.
• Treat Employees the Right Way. Use strategies ranging from smart hiring to training and development to managing performance and creating a recognition culture.
• Build the Right Kind of Leadership. You can't do it all yourself, so let your people put their own brains to work and then support them all the way.

By relying on these concepts, businesses everywhere can cultivate passionate and engaged team members who contribute to the company's overall success. From CEO to middle manager to the person facing the consumer, Customer Mania! is a vital tool for enhancing their experience -- and their customer's.
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