MARC IS SPEAKING AT THE TORONTO MARKET
Pre-registration was required and this event is already sold out! Please check at the Pinsent Room at the time of the event for availability.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Complimentary Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Presentation 12 - 1 p.m.
Marc will be discussing Customer Happiness. Today’s customers are craving positive experiences. Marc focuses on key influencers that impact people’s opinions about products and companies, how to retain customers and manage expectations to keep everyone smiling! Learn how to create customer experiences that inspire loyalty and drive referrals.
The terms customer service and customer experience often get used interchangeably, as if they are two different terms for the same thing. However, they are in fact two distinctly different practices. And knowing the difference will give you a better understanding of how to allocate resources in a way that makes every customer feel valued and appreciated.
Have you ever found yourself in possession of a product that didn’t look, taste, or work the way you thought it should?
If so, did you know that in most cases you had three options?
The outcome of option 3 will be an indicator of how much the company values your business, you as a customer, and their belief in their product.
How things progress from this point is a measure of their customer service. If they are focused on taking care of the situation, making things right, perhaps even compensating you beyond the value of the item, it would be fair to say they provide great customer service.
If on the other hand, they refuse to help you, are inaccessible, or find reasons why it’s not their problem, then you would likely say they have terrible customer service. Which would then lead you back to options 1 or 2.
Customer service is the definition of how a customer is treated when they have a problem. There is no other reason or situation when customer service would come into play. Customer service can be delivered in person, over the phone, through a web chat, etc.
There are typically two factors that impact customer service.
Customer experience is the culmination of every interaction the customer has directly or indirectly with the company.
Direct interactions include visits to the company’s website, shopping through their store, speaking with their staff, and of course customer service. Indirect interactions can involve driving though the parking lot of the mall where the business is located or being stuck behind a slow-moving truck with the company’s name plastered across it. All of these things added together impact the customer experience. And yes, sometimes the company has little or no control. But the customer will often not care.
Delivering a fulfilling customer experience does not mean having to be perfect or WOW your customer. In most cases, it just involves being thoughtful, patient, and caring. This can be reflected in reducing the number of “sticky spots”. A sticky spot is any point along the customer experience journey where things don’t go as smoothly as they should. In many cases, a sticky spot can impact the entire customer experience, even if it appeared to be insignificant.
For example, imagine you’re in a clothing store. There’s a huge selection, the items are easy to find, and with the help of a friendly and knowledgeable staff person, you find the perfect item. You are happy, excited and can’t wait to wear it. So far, your experience has been wonderful. You get to the sales counter only to discover a long line. A customer is having issues with what items are sale priced, causing a delay. And although there are two tills, only one is open. You stand there along with the other customers waiting for the line to start moving. With each passing moment your happiness fades, turning into frustration.
After a wait that seems way to long, you finally pay for your items and leave the store. Are you still happy and excited about your purchase? Likely not as much. That one sticky spot had a negative impact on your entire experience.