Customer Service

Customer service used to be just a single department in most organizations. Those days are long gone, and now good customer service and customer centricity are the mantras of many of the world’s largest businesses. With competition for customers fiercer than ever, this makes a lot of sense.

It’s often said that leading companies focus their energies on the problems that buyers are willing to spend money to solve, rather than on selling more or worrying about the competition. In this section, we provide a wealth of articles that focus on exactly that. Here you’ll find features on delivering great service for your customers, book reviews on some of the newest texts and lists of awesome resources you can use to turbo-charge your customer centric approach.

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Ask bland questions? You'll get pointless results.

I recently met with a large residential cleaning company. They had been running an online customer satisfaction survey every year for 3 years and wanted to find a new way of doing things. In the spirit of co-operation, they shared their…
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The future of customer surveys

Are you planning on running a customer survey in 2012? If the answer's yes, there are some highly pertinent questions you should be asking about the survey tool you are going to use. Most popular survey tools have a heritage in paper-based…
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2 min takeaways: next-day countdown (Kiddicare)

A great example of excellence in customer service Here's a great little idea for anyone serving customers online. Why not have an online countdown showing how long the customer has left in the day before the next-day delivery option expires? Kiddicare,…
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How to beat the big boys at marketing & customer service

How to beat the big boys at marketing & customer service In this episode of Customer Thermometer TV, renowned author, blogger & speaker David Meerman Scott explains why the worlds of marketing and customer service are colliding –…
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Why don't people complain?

Do you know why people complain so little? In Episode 3 of Customer Thermometer TV, Mark Copeman interviews Guy Winch Psychologist and author of "The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships, and Enhance…
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Customer experience ideas in 2 minutes: Stew Leonard's thankyou notes

Seth Godin's book Purple Cow has a case study on Stew Leonard's grocery store. Stew, the owner, had a comments box by the door. Whenever a customer put a comment into the box, Stew would personally write them a note to say thank you. On the…
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Customer experience ideas in 2 minutes: Fastpass (Disney)

Want some customer experience ideas? Fastpass was introduced at Disney parks in 1999 (though, according to Wikipedia, the idea of a ride reservation system was first introduced in world fairs), Fastpass allows guests to "reserve" a time to…

Customer experience ideas in 2 minutes: grocery airport stop (McCurlys Tours)

McCurlys Tours (a car rental company in the wonderful Caribbean island of Grand Cayman) picks you up at the airport and takes you to your vacation villa or resort where your rental car is waiting for you, with the option of a stop at the local…

Customer experience ideas in 2 mins: the welcome book

Customer Experience Ideas Welcome to the first in Customer Thermometer's "2 minute CEM" - ideas you can quickly implement to improve the experience of your customers. For our first idea, we've taken inspiration from one of the gurus of customer…
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Clients who recommend Customer Thermometer

To say we're only a few months old we're getting some great press in 2011. So great in fact that we thought we'd draw your attention to our new press area which proudly showcases our press and blog coverage from industry leading lights…
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What Generation Y wants from customer service

What Generation Y wants from customer service? We are delighted to post this fascinating interview with leading futurist and strategist Dr Graeme Codrington. In it, he discusses with our co-founder Mark, his views on what Generation Y wants…
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The critical question: how are we doing for you?

How is our survey creator doing for you? One of Customer Thermometer's customers is a big PR agency. I wanted to share with you the way that they are monitoring their most important customer accounts, and how they've built the process of regularly…