The End-It Is the Customer Who Defines the Experience!
At an Industry event recently, Support and Desktop professionals were meeting to discuss ways in which they could improve their service delivery to their customers. In the heat of discussion, a Team Lead stated, "This wouldn’t be a bad place to work, if it weren’t for the users!" Silence – reflection – laughter! The comment had a wonderful affect on the audience, we used it to build a Customer Service mantra – "Without the customers – there would be no business and therefore no need for me or my services". It makes you think a bit differently when you go about your daily performance and work hard to treat every customer like they were your only customer. Every customer interaction is an opportunity to exceed their expectation. Every opportunity with a customer should be approached as a new opportunity for you to WOW them by exceeding to meet their needs.
As a customer, it is ultimately I who decides on whether the support professional met or exceeded my expectations. As a ‘policeman’ for the service industry - always looking to reinforce best practices with positive or constructive feedback - it is me once again who will define the experience.
Have you recently been on the wrong side of a bad customer service experience?
Do you remember how you felt?
Did you take action as a result of the way you were treated?
I believe that to exceed customer expectations, we need to put ourselves in our customer’s position. Additionally, we need to perfect the delivery of best practices daily with every customer on every opportunity. I challenge you to focus on what you want the customer experience to be, and then use all of your best practices to ensure that it is consistently delivered upon.
How can you ensure that you deliver a consistent customer experience that exceeds customer expectations?
Support professionals who exceed customer’s expectation on every occasion work hard to anticipate the customer’s need. They are proactive in supporting their customers – they think, "How can I prevent this problem from impacting my customer’s productivity next time?" Ensuring a great customer experience is not simple – if it was – it wouldn’t be such a 'hot' commodity where mediocrity is the service norm. Inspire yourself to rise above the mediocrity and remember, "Good is the enemy of great". You can make a big impact daily in your customer’s ability to be productive and your company’s ability to retain that customer.
A recent CUSTOMER service definition from the customer’s perspective is "A customer defines good customer service as how they perceive that an organization has delighted them, by exceeding to meet their needs". In the end, there is no truth, only perception. In the end, it’s up to you to create the experience that the customer defines. Customers deliver clues all the time to what their customer experience definition is – you just have to actively listen and anticipate every step.
Most of all – enjoy the opportunity to service your customers - it's a privilege that they can always take away from you.