Customer Advocacy in Government

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It’s difficult for most bureaucratic structures in government to think of serving constituents as customers, much less giving customer advocacy serious consideration. Customer advocacy is the effort to build support and momentum for the products and services you provide them. This should be important to government. If for only selfish reasons, it should be critical … Read more

Backing Up Customer Service

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We have spoken about the importance of providing a great customer experience. But sometimes the best way to provide a great customer experience is to have a backup plan. In the last year, we’ve seen the impact of this when airlines have had their systems go down, leaving customers suddenly stranded. Crain’s Chicago Business noted … Read more

Anticipatory Service

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Just what is Anticipatory Service? Consider the following: Just before the holidays, I had a business trip planned, flying from my home in Orlando to Portland, Maine, and then driving to Augusta, Maine. I thought I would take advantage of seeing my daughter in New York City over the weekend before heading further North. What I … Read more

Connecting The Chain Reaction of Excellence

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Our thought leadership about how to make organizations successful has led to the following model: Moving from right to left, let’s look at the links that connect these boxes together. Our thesis is that highly satisfied customers–not satisfied customers–are what really create growth and long term success. Let’s look at an example of this in … Read more

The Potbelly Promise

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In our work, we talk about 6 P’s: Promise–It’s our commitment to the customer. Based on that commitment, we deliver on that promise through the following four delivering systems: People–Employees working 1:1 on the front line to support the customer experience. Place–The location where your products and services are offered–physically or virtually. Process–Policies, procedures and guidelines … Read more

Customer Service: The Buck Stops Here

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President Truman, on more than one occasion, would refer to the concept that “The Buck Stops Here”. Indeed, he saw a sign for such on the desk of another federal official in Missouri. Truman liked it so much he asked if such a sign could be made for him. When he received it, he placed it … Read more

Laying New Ideas for Customer Service at Chick-fil-A

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It’s interesting what you’ll experience when you visit different Chick-fil-A locations. Here are three examples I’ve recently found: 1. At a restaurant near to us we were given a color coded sign to place at your table after we ordered, rather than requiring us to wait at the counter. They then brought the food to us. The intent … Read more