Customer Service

How to Avoid These 10 Customer Service Fails

The customer experience with customer service is representative of the customer’s entire relationship with that company. Poor customer service can end that relationship and cost a business its reputation and revenue. Businesses should strive to offer quality customer service to keep their customers satisfied because a satisfied customer spreads positive word-of-mouth and propels the business forward. A well-trained and pro-active customer service team, along with effective policies and technology, are important in avoiding customer service failures that could ultimately lead to a business closing.

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Automation Rocks, but Not Every Business Needs a Chatbot

In the future, the success of businesses, even small businesses, will increasingly pivot on the adoption of automated solutions such as chatbots. By automating routine tasks, businesses can do more for less and increase their ability to serve customers around the clock. While the benefits of automation are obvious, it is still important for businesses of all sizes to seriously assess when automating is truly adding value. After all, in many instances, a human touch still carries a tremendous amount of value. Continue reading

Prioritize Service Industry Training Before It’s Too Late

Two years ago, fans of the fast-food chain Chipotle found themselves locked out. That’s because several Chipotle locations were forced to shut down after a major food E. coli outbreak. The outbreak not only caused many customers to fall ill but also had a huge impact on Chipotle’s earnings and reputation. Indeed, Chipotle, which had gained points for doing fast food fresh, suffered two contaminations in two months.  The closures, lost revenue, and brand damage were a warning to other service industry providers that failing to properly train and monitor workers can and does come at a very high price. Until recently, it seemed that the chain had recovered. Then, in late July, reports circulated that Chipotle had closed another restaurant in Virginia after several customers fell ill. Once again, the company’s stocks immediately took a huge nosedive. 

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