One Concept that Improves All Your Customer Service Interactions

In the US market alone, there are hundreds of customer service consultants offering thousands of customer service improvement strategies which begs the question: does anyone need yet another plan to improve customer service? I think, decidedly, yes, for the simple reason that most customer service remains lackluster and inconsistent—while executives routinely believe their customer service […]

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3 Ways to Get More from Your Mystery Shops

At conferences, I’m often asked about mystery shopping, and it got me thinking: there are a lot of misunderstandings about what mystery shopping can and can’t do. Some see mystery shopping as a simple check-in; others see it as too artificial for an accurate customer service evaluation. Many executives assume they get the same insights […]

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Starbucks: Your Customer is NOT Your Guinea Pig

It was the typical noon-time rush at my local Starbucks—certainly not my favorite time to stop, but I was hungry and needed a snack. I ordered a drink and a bagel, and moved out of line to wait. My drink came out quickly, but five minutes later there was still no bagel. I caught the […]

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Friendly Customer Service Is NOT Enough

Often, companies don’t sufficiently invest in customer service evaluations because they believe hiring smart, friendly staff will produce adequate customer service. And yet, many of these same companies claim that customer service is one of their core strengths. But why settle for adequate? If you want to make strides and get a strong ROI on […]

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Need a Call Center? Ask these 4 Questions

If your company is going to outsource its call center, make sure you find one that really knows how to evaluate customer service. To figure out just how buttoned-up they are, we advocate asking these four questions: 1. How do you arrive at criteria to evaluate customer service? First and foremost, when you look at […]

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Current State of Customer Service: 54%

Since 2011, Interaction Metrics has tracked the quality of customer service and published the cumulative Quality of Customer Interaction (QCI™) Benchmark Score. As of Dec. 31, 2013, the score is 54 out of 100. Read about our methodology below. As we’ve pointed out in prior posts, other indices suggest that customer service needs improvement. For […]

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