Posts Tagged “customer service”

[Video] Customer Focus: Making it Happen

Some practical advice from Graham Clark on how to become and remain customer focused in your business. I am particular heartened by his point that customer unfocused businesses are placing too much emphasis on outputs rather than outcomes, something I touched upon with relation to the public relations industry.

I very much like the concept that excellent customer service needs to be system wide, not just point of contact, and that customer focused businesses are relationships based, not looking to slash costs in the name of efficiency. In all, some excellent food for thought.

What do you think? Is your organisation customer focused? How do you do it?

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Post Under Business, Video February 1, 2012

[Video] Crisis Management and Social Media

Despite being two-and-a-half years old this video by Professor Coombs provides a very good primer on how to deal with a crisis using social media. All of the Professor’s points are still very valid now, the only difference from 2009, when this video was created, is that there are more people than ever that are using social media and are using it to complain, spread rumours and for activism.

Brands need to be prepared in having a detailed crisis management plan of action. They can no longer afford to thrust their heads in the sand and hope that social media is just a fad.

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Post Under Social Media, Video January 30, 2012

A Social Media Strategy for Hotels

A Social Media Strategy for Hotels

The hotel industry, like much of the service industries, are very dependent on knowing just what the consumer wants, hopefully before the customer knows it themselves. With wafer thin margins, increasing competition and constantly rising costs hotels need every advantage they can get to win customers and keep them.

Here are three social media tips for improving your guest’s stay and getting them to spread the word about your excellent level of service.
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Post Under Advice, Social Media January 23, 2012

[Video] How Social Media Customer Service Benefits the Entire Company

Here’s a really good overview about how using social media as part of your customer service programs can benefit other departments within your company. It’s not just a resource to deal with unhappy customers, but it is an avenue to receive insightful R&D feedback, hold focus groups and to track your competitor’s frailties. Social media has become an indispensable business tool.

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Post Under Business, Social Media, Video January 9, 2012

Improving The Wait

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At about the thirty minute mark of my wife’s nearly two-and-a-half hours wait for a doctor this morning I came to the conclusion that there must be a better way to do doctor’s appointments. Being stuck in a crowded waiting room – usually full of sick people – is never any fun. Being stuck with a bored child is a clear and present danger banned under the Geneva Convention and the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights. It really is a ‘hurry up and wait’ situation as you’re required to be on call and remain in the immediate vicinity. Clearly this is a waste of everyone’s time, so what’s to be done?

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Post Under Advice, Business February 3, 2009
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