Although your customer service can either boost your company miles ahead of the competition or utterly destroy your business, most companies don’t spend nearly enough time focusing on how to improve their service and eliminating simple customer service mistakes. If you give your customers a terrible experience, they’ll never come back. Even worse, they’ll tell everybody they know, especially now that we all have a voice on the Internet.
It’s actually not as challenging as you might think to provide excellent customer service that will make your customers love you. Just avoid making these four huge mistakes.
Delegating Customer Service without Training
Treating customers with empathy, patience and respect may come easily for you, but it doesn’t necessarily for your new hires. Without clear guidelines on how to treat customers, you’re leaving it up to the person’s judgment, which may or may not be in line with your standards.
Provide clear guidelines and processes for your employees. Train each staff member to deal with any real or hypothetical situation that could arise. Beyond procedures, give them tools and principles for making their own decisions. They have to temper their knowledge of procedure with your customer service principles and their own judgment.
Hiring the Wrong People
There are some people who just aren’t built to provide customer service. But anyone you hire that has any contact whatsoever with the public needs to able to interact with respect and concern for the customer’s needs. This ability should be just as important in your hiring decisions as any hard skills or experience you want them to have.
Paint a picture of the type of person you want working with your customers. Write interview questions that will test those qualities. Don’t hire someone because they seem nice and they’re probably okay with customers. Another great idea is to ask them how they would handle a particular set of customer service mistakes that they are likely to be confronted with in the course of their employment.
‘You’ve Reached the Voicemail of…’
Nothing makes customers angrier than calling a business and having to deal with navigating a robotic automated menu. While they’re waiting for the canned, yet pleasant, female voice to read their options, they might just hang up and call somebody else. It’s the best way to make sure that when they eventually reach a human being they’re steaming mad.
There should always be a human being at the other end of the line as quickly as possible. Make sure your service reps are there to answer questions and deal with problems, and set a time limit for answering calls. So many companies rely on automated menus that your company will stand out. People will be surprised to hear a live human voice in record time.
The Blame Game
Even if there’s been a disaster and it’s not your fault, you need to take charge of fixing it. Blaming others shows a lack of responsibility. For example, don’t blame another department within your company or some third party, even though it may be tempting because it takes the heat off you.
Instead, take the initiative. Don’t be afraid to apologize for any inconveniences. When an angry customer calls, it’s your duty to send them away happy and satisfied, with their needs met.
Too many companies only worry about customer service as damage control. They only think about it when there are problems. Instead, you should be proactive in making every transaction with a customer as positive as possible. Make it a point also to celebrate your successes, whether through identifying employees who have achieved a level of excellence or by posting customer testimonials.
So there you have it 4 simple guidelines to have your organisation better prepared to handling customer service mistakes. For more ideas and training on how to provide your customers Awesome Customer Service why not take my FREE 5 part E Course by CLICKING HERE