Stop Letting Your Customers Down

Author: Brett Bair
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692397954
Format: PDF, Docs
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For decades, online marketers have been waiting for technology to catch up to their needs and visions. As odd as it sounds in our incredibly tech-savvy and tech-saturated world, marketers have long known that more could be done to reach customers and to improve their online experiences. Businesses big and small could grow infinitely-if only... Now, of course, everyone and their grandmother has heard about Big Data. Now, marketers have access not only to the broad and more precise data they need, but also to the tools that will make that data useful. Most importantly, marketers now can improve upon the customer experience in ways and at speeds that did not exist just a few years ago. Making changes at the macro and micro level, modern-day marketers can make the online experience feel truly unique across multiple demographics and devices. Gone forever is the idea of a one-size-fits-all mentality for online customers-today, if your business is not focused on creating a customer-centric experience, your business is in peril. If your numbers look good, but you are not utilizing the marketing tools available to you, you are already far behind. Today's ever-connected customer is more educated and powerful than ever and it is up to marketers to stay agile and deliver in ways they previously have not. Stop Letting Your Customers Down: How to Build a Better Digital Experience was written with a sharp ear to what customers are telling businesses via their keystrokes. Online marketers and businesses will want to embrace the insights and challenges this book presents, in order to stay relevant, necessary, and competitive.

Strategic Customer Service

Author: John A. GOODMAN
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
ISBN: 081441334X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The success of any organization depends on high-quality customer service. But for companies that strategically align customer service with their overall corporate strategy, it can transcend typical good business to become a profitable word-of-mouth machine that will transform the bottom line. Drawing on over thirty years of research for companies such as 3M, American Express, Chik-Fil-A, USAA, Coca-Cola, FedEx, GE, Cisco Systems, Neiman Marcus, and Toyota, author Goodman uses formal research, case studies, and patented practices to show readers how they can: • calculate the financial impact of good and bad customer service • make the financial case for customer service improvements • systematically identify the causes of problems • align customer service with their brand • harness customer service strategy into their organization's culture and behavior Filled with proven strategies and eye-opening case studies, this book challenges many aspects of conventional wisdom—using hard data—and reveals how any organization can earn more loyalty, win more customers...and improve their financial bottom line.

Never Lose a Customer Again

Author: Joey Coleman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735220042
Format: PDF, ePub
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Award-winning speaker and business consultant Joey Coleman teaches audiences and companies all over the world how to turn a one-time purchaser into a lifelong customer. Coleman's theory of building customer loyalty isn't about focusing on marketing or closing the sale: It's about the First 100 Days® after the sale and the interactions the customer experiences. While new customers experience joy, euphoria, and excitement, these feelings quickly shift to fear, doubt, and uncertainty as buyer's remorse sets in. Across all industries, somewhere between 20%-70% of newly acquired customers will stop doing business with a company with the first 100 days of being a new customer because they feel neglected in the early stages of customer onboarding. In Never Lose a Customer Again, Coleman offers a philosophy and methodology for dramatically increasing customer retention and as a result, the bottom line. He identifies eight distinct emotional phases customers go through in the 100 days following a purchase. From an impulse buy at Starbucks to the thoughtful purchase of a first house, all customers have the potential to experience the eight phases of the customer journey. If you can understand and anticipate the customers' emotions, you can apply a myriad of tools and techniques -- in-person, email, phone, mail, video, and presents -- to cement a long and valuable relationship. Coleman's system is presented through research and case studies showing how best-in-class companies create remarkable customer experiences at each step in the customer lifecycle. In the "Acclimate" stage, customers need you to hold their hand and over-explain how to use your product or service. They're often too embarrassed to admit they're confused. Take a cue from Canadian software company PolicyMedical and their challenge of getting non-technical users to undergo a complex installation and implementation process. They turned a series of project spreadsheets and installation manuals into a beautiful puzzle customers could assemble after completing each milestone. In the "Adopt" stage, customers should be welcomed to the highest tier of tribal membership with both public and private recognitions. For instance, Sephora's VIB Rogue member welcome gift provides a metallic membership card (private recognition) and a members-only shade of lipstick (for public display). In the final stage, "Advocate," loyal customers and raving fans are primed to provide powerful referrals. That's how elite entrepreneurial event MastermindTalks continues to sell-out their conference year after year - with zero dollars spent on marketing. By surprising their loyal fans with amazing referral bonuses (an all-expenses paid safari?!) they guarantee their community will keep providing perfect referrals. Drawing on nearly two decades of consulting and keynoting, Coleman provides strategies and systems to increase customer loyalty. Applicable to companies in any industry and of any size (whether measured in employee count, revenue, or total number of customers), implementing his methods regularly leads to an increase in profits of 25-100%. Working with well-known clients like Hyatt Hotels, Zappos, and NASA, as well as mom-and-pop shops and solo entrepreneurs around the world, Coleman's customer retention system has produced incredible results in dozens of industries. His approach to creating remarkable customer experiences requires minimal financial investment and will be fun for owners, employees, and teams to implement. This book is required reading for business owners, CEOs, and managers - as well as sales and marketing teams, account managers, and customer service representatives looking for easy to implement action steps that result in lasting change, increased profits, and lifelong customer retention.

The Effortless Experience

Author: Matthew Dixon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1591845815
Format: PDF
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Describes how many companies erroneously believe that customer loyalty is won by dazzling them, but that research and surveys show that loyalty is based on delivering on basic promises and offers insights for companies to use to improve brand loyalty.

The Network Is Your Customer

Author: David L. Rogers
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030016601X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"An incredibly useful and valuable guidebook to the new consumer economy. Buy it. Learn from it. Succeed with it."--Jeff Jarvis, author of "What Would Google Do " "This is the stuff that every business and nonprofit needs to embrace if they're going to succeed in a changing world."--Vivian Schiller, CEO of NPR With clear analysis and practical frameworks, this book provides a strategic guide that any business or nonprofit can use to succeed in the digital age. Marketing expert David Rogers examines how digital technologies--from smartphones to social networks--connect us in frameworks that transform our relationships to business and each other. To thrive today, organizations need new strategies--strategies designed for customer networks. Rogers offers five strategies that any business can use to create new value: ACCESS--be faster, be easier, be everywhere, be always on ENGAGE--become a source of valued content CUSTOMIZE--make your offering adaptable to your customer's needs CONNECT--become a part of your customers' conversations COLLABORATE--involve your customers at every stage of your enterprise Rogers explains these five strategies with over 100 cases from every type and size of business--from shoes to news, and software to healthcare. In "The Network Is Your Customer," he shows: How Apple harnessed a host of collaborators to write apps for its iPhone How IBM designed a videogame to help sell its enterprise software How Ford Motors inspired an online community to build brand awareness for its new Fiesta ...and countless other cases from consumer, b2b, and nonprofit categories. The book outlines a process for planning and implementing a customer network strategy to match "your" customers, "your" business, and "your" objectives--whether you need to drive sales, to enhance innovation, to reduce costs, to gain customer insight, or to build breakthrough products and services. Because today, whatever your goals and whatever your business, the network is your customer.

Technical Communication

Author: Michael H. Markel
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312679483
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Through clear advice and an accessible visual design, Mike Markel’s Technical Communication models the principles it teaches, offering practical strategies that students can put to use right away. Using a student-friendly voice, Mike Markel shows writers how to tackle the major types of documents and writing situations they will encounter in their professional lives. Excellent and always fresh sample documents and examples demonstrate effective techniques and offer plenty of opportunities for analysis, while interactive cases provide engaging scenarios for writing practice. The new edition incorporates the latest workplace and technology trends, offering new advice for how and why to use social media effectively in technical communication. Read the preface. Order Multimedia Models for Technical Communication packaged with Technical Communication, Tenth Edition using ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-1843-7.

Would You Do That to Your Mother

Author: Jeanne Bliss
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735217823
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Customer experience pioneer Jeanne Bliss shows why “Make Mom Proud” companies outperform their competition. Her 5-step guide to customer experience and culture transformation makes this achievement possible. Bliss urges companies to make business personal to earn ardent fans and admirers, by focusing on one deceptively simple question: "Would you do that to your mother?" “Make Mom Proud” companies give customers the treatment they desire, and employees the ability to deliver it. They turn “gotcha” moments into “we’ve got your back” moments by rethinking business practices, and they enable employees to be part of the solution to fix customer frustrations. Bliss scoured the marketplace seeking companies who excel at living their core values, grounded in what we all learned as kids. She offers a five-step plan for evaluating your current behaviors and implementing actions at every level of the organization. Step 1. “Be the Person I Raised You to Be” Understand how you are hiring, developing and trusting employees to bring the best version of themselves to work. Vail resorts, for example, the world's largest ski resort operator, banned the three words "Our policy is..." from their vocabulary, freeing employees to take spirited actions to deliver "the experience of a lifetime." Step 2. “Don’t Make Me Feed You Soap” Learn the eight key frustrations that bind us as customers (waiting, fear, anxiety, the black hole of no communication, etc.) and how to apply actions from companies who are delivering a seamless, frictionless and easy experience. Step 3. “Put Others Before Yourself” Determine if your focus is on helping customers achieve their goals – and evaluate how that is fueling your growth. Canada's Mayfair Diagnostics, for example, spent over a year studying the emotions of patients entering an imaging clinic, so they could redesign their welcome to deliver warmth and caring over procedure and process. The newly designed clinic achieved profitability in record time. Step 4. “Take the High Road” Learn how companies who do the right thing rise above the competition. Virgin Hotels, for example, named #1 U.S. hotel by Conde Nast Reader's Choice Awards, walked away from price gouging at the mini bar, so you'll never pay more for that Snickers bar than what you'd pay at the corner market. Step 5. “Stop the Shenanigans!” Evaluate your current company behaviors and identify the key actions that you can begin immediately. With 32 case studies and examples from more than 85 companies, this is a practical and easy to follow guide for your experience and culture transformation. Filled with comics to snapshot our experiences as customers, a “mom lens” to reflect continuously on your performance, and a “make-mom-proud-ometer” quiz – the book makes Bliss’s approach accessible and approachable. Join the movement to #MakeMomProud by applying this book across your organization. Whether you're contemplating your company's returns policy, its social media presence, or its big-picture strategy, this approach will help your company anticipate both employee and customer needs, extend patience, and show respect at all times.

If It Wasn t for the Customers I d Really Like This Job

Author: Robert Bacal
Publisher: Bacal & Associates
ISBN: 1452803803
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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What's the best way to get an angry customer to stop yelling at you over the phone? How can you stand up for yourself AND stay professional with even the nastiest customers? How can you reduce the length of time angry customers argue? How do you ensure offensive behavior from one customer doesn't affect how you treat the NEXT customer? And, how do you stop offering rent free space in your head to angry customers who insist on haunting your thoughts after work? No more "I should have said..."!Finally a practical guide to working with difficult customers that goes beyond the obvious. Based on principles of Psychology and Psycholinguistics this book provides more than 100 tactics and behaviors you can use to deal professionally with hostile, angry, unreasonable customers without taking or giving offense.Based on discussions with thousands of customer service representatives the techniques in this book will cover almost any tough situation you may face.It's time to take control of difficult customer situations to reduce your stress and enjoy your job fully. Stop allowing customers to ruin your day.If you like your job -- if only the nasty customers would go away, this is for you.Includes sections on manipulative people, how to shut down ranting customers, how to get people to listen to what you have to say so you can help, and a section for managers and supervisors. Also tips on interacting with customers via email, phone and social media."Whether you have ten days or ten years experience, you WILL learn something from this book. Guaranteed!"

Do You Want to Keep Your Customers Forever

Author: Joseph B. Pine
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 163369142X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This classic article shows how to make mass customization and efficient and personal marketing work by putting the producer and consumer in a "learning relationship." Over time, this ongoing relationship allows your company to meet a customer's changing needs over time. Furthermore, as your company develops learning relationships with its customers, it should be able to retain their business virtually forever. Since 1922, Harvard Business Review has been a leading source of breakthrough management ideas-many of which still speak to and influence us today. The Harvard Business Review Classics series now offers readers the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world-and will have a direct impact on you today and for years to come.

Standing on the Sun

Author: Christopher Meyer
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 1422131688
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"That global commerce is undergoing a tectonic shift is no secret. What you haven't yet heard, and are probably looking for, is a clear-eyed and cogent view of what the world will look like as this transformation takes shape, including the specific opportunities that will emerge. This book scans the world landscape to provide a vision for the future, and delivers the so-what action items that businesses so desperately need. . This is not a book about the recent great recession or the best policy moves. It's about economic change drawn on a larger canvas, and how it is ushering in a whole new future for capitalism. . Standing on the Sun does not discuss marketing to the "bottom of the pyramid" or success models for doing business in the emerging economies. Instead, it identifies the innovations that will disrupt the patterns of business and governance around the world. It will reveal the nascent, market-leading management solutions that are the very beginning of the next wave. It will offer compelling stories and examples that describe the new measurement of value, the changing nature of scarcity, the value of sustainability, and the pricing of externalities that are all suddenly wide open to reinterpretation"-- Provided by publisher.