Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Remember - It's not about you!

I was doing research for a client on customer service and came across a good web site that talked about the definition of customer service and the mindset you need to hold. I thought I would share it with you.

"Customer Service"
From Susan Ward,
Definition: Customer service is an organization's ability to supply their customers' wants and needs.

Customers and business managers alike like to talk about what good customer service is (and isn't), but I think this definition by ACA Group sums up what excellent customer service is beautifully: "excellent customer service (is) the ability of an organization to constantly and consistently exceed the customer's expectations."

Accepting this definition means expanding our thinking about customer service; if we're going to consistently exceed customers' expectations, we have to recognize that every aspect of our business has an impact on customer service, not just those aspects of our business that involve face-to-face customer contact.

Improving customer service involves making a commitment to learning what our customers' needs and wants are, and developing action plans that implement customer friendly processes.

So remember, you are not the customer. So if you want to provide "good customer service" why don't you find out what the customer wants.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Time Management . . . I think Not

Okay, I know I have probably been on this soap box before, but it's worth going there again. How can you manage time? The truth is there are only 24 hours in the day and you have to sleep and eat. So really, when all is said and done, the only thing you can do is manage behavior or the things you do with your time.

As I do research for my clients on marketing tools and resources they can use, I run across all kinds of articles on time management, and I become frustrated with the term. Call it what it is, Behavior Management! Now the question becomes what do you want as the outcome, and what behavior will help you attain that goal.

For example: If you want more clients and you set a goal of getting one new client in the next month, then you can say to yourself, "self, what do I have to do to get that new client?" Then you create the list and implement the plan. Yes, time is involved in so much as you have to schedule activities on a calendar and you have to coordinate schedules with other people. Other than that, you are managing the things you do. Once you do that, the time falls into place and the results are a given.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

If you build it will they come?

Hmm, sounds like a great line for a movie. But does it work in the internet world. I have always been puzzled by billboards on the highway (not the super highway) that only have a web site address on it. My thought was why would someone go to the expense of creating a web site and then hosting and maintaining it, and then still have to put it on a billboard, yet another expense. Then I realized (yes, I can be a little slow in processing at times) that people need to know you are there to find the site. So again I ask, if you build it will they come? Or How do they know you are there? How can you get the word out so people will find your site? Visibility, key words, search engines? All this stuff makes marketing on the internet a whole new game. This is something I am working on with a colleague to really understand and then articulate to our local audience how this works. Right now, a lot of people think it's web magic. I know better, you have to know the secret password? Stay tuned to find out.