You expend big sums of money to launch websites, acquire customers, put contact centers and fulfillment in place, but how do you actually monitor customer service performance? To avoid the kinds of issues that can cause even loyal shoppers to vote with their feet, here are 5 tried-and-true ways to improve your customer service.
What does it take to create excellence in brand communication? L.L. Bean, an iconic brand, has been doing it right for decades. Brad Mason, the company’s SVP of brand communication, discusses the company’s approach with Multichannel Merchant. The company is a finalist in the category for this year’s Excellence in Customer Experience awards, with the winners announced March 29 at Operations Summit 2017 in Pittsburgh.
Having a killer in-house customer service team is invaluable, and they should your surprise customers in a more personal manner, or in this case, wowing your customers the “old school” way. Here are the benefits of customer happiness, and a few methods that have worked well for online eye wear seller Readers.com.
Vermont Country Store trains its agents to go beyond basic product knowledge to see themselves as brand ambassadors, and treat each everyone like family. See how this ethic is instilled in reps, and how they use active listening to pick up on cross-sell and upsell opportunities, without the hard sell. You can also hear the brand go more in depth on the subject at Operations Summit 2016, April 12-14 in Cincinnati.
What does it mean to have CSRs act not just as problem-solvers but as “shopkeepers”of your brand’s unique style? Kara Soulia, director of operations, and Melissa Lackney, operations training and development coordinator for Vermont Country Store, explain the concept, and how they train their agents to extend the down-home feel of the company’s trademark stores to every channel and interaction, while being alert for “cues and clues” that can lead to cross-selling and upselling opportunities.