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Service Quality and Sales Growth: Another Connection

A recent research project for a client opened our eyes to the impact that high-quality customer service has on growth.  This client has used our transactional survey process for five years. 

We compared the service growth over a four-year period by individual customer account with the responses from each customer account to the Net Promoter® question (willingness to refer).

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Sears:  Could Better Service Have Saved It

Sears is now in bankruptcy. Creditors are pushing for a sale of its assets because they view the holdings of the company as more valuable than its worth as a going concern. Why this ignominious end? The reasons for the company’s decline are many and varied.

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Engaging Your Employees = Working on Your Company’s Engine

I recently toured  a client’s impressive heavy equipment sales, parts and service facility and I had a realization during the tour, "Your employees are the engine of your company."

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Employee Engagement on the Construction Site

Managers may intuitively know having engaged employees is critical to business success, but recent research also supports this assumption. A Gallup study conducted in 2013 found that:

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Small Touchpoints Matter in a Big Way!

Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of working with one of our clients, AGCO Corporation, to provide some customer experience training.  It has been a very rewarding experience and has caused me to think more closely about how important the touchpoints we have with customers really are.  Even touchpoints that we too often take for granted.  

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Spring Clean Your Customer Experience Program

Spring is in the air.  It’s a great time to do some cleaning and decluttering of your customer program.  Keep it fresh and functioning well.

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What It Takes to Make a Loyal Customer

I recently had the opportunity to visit one of our client's service and sales location.  I particularly wanted to meet the team at this agricultural equipment dealer because of their sound performance on our survey program.  After spending several hours there, I came away with several observations.

First, they have designed their processes to actually serve customers.  Second, employees appeared quite engaged in what they were doing.  Lastly, there was a palpable sense of pride in what they were doing.  The visit provided many insights into how to deliver excellent customer service.

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How to Build Emotionally Positive B2B Customer Experiences.

I serve on the Board of Directors of a commercial construction company.  At our last meeting, we had a discussion about the increasing competitiveness of the industry and what strategies might be appropriate to differentiate further the company.  Management was talking about the increasing trend where a commercial construction company is viewed as a commodity.  Whoever can provide the lowest price, meet the quality standards, and hit the completion date wins the bid.

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Surprise! Delight your customers when they least expect it

In the movie Finding Forrester, Sean Connery, playing reclusive writer William Forrester, advises a young friend that “the key to a woman’s heart is an unexpected gift, at an unexpected time”.  Forrester’s friend, Jamal, acts on the advice and it works wonders.

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Is a fantastic product alone enough for true success?

A fantasic product will only take you so far to success. I have argued that a strategy based mainly on product differentiation; without considering other aspects of a customer’s journey, is not a robust strategy for the long run. 

Why? 

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