Steve DiGioia

3 Ways to Serve a Customer Even When We’re Not at Our Best

As I lay in bed, coughing and sneezing from a cold, dreading even going to the kitchen for a glass of water because of aches and pains from my unseen tormentor, I’m comforted knowing, “boy, I’m sure glad I didn’t have to go to work today”. But what if ...

5 Ways Successful Businesses Do More With Less

With all the daily pressures of controlling costs, especially payroll, how can we still be successful, and provide the highest level of service to our customers, even with a smaller workforce? Here are a few ideas. Proper Training The days of “ensuring...

The 5 Things You Need to Know About Great Service

While celebrating my daughter’s 20th birthday at a local steak restaurant – yes, the chicken finger & fries meals are a thing of the past, I was reminded that great service and experience doesn’t happen by accident. There must be a series of steps ...

Weak Leaders Want to be in Everyone’s Business

I once worked for a boss who led through intimidation. Whenever there was an issue to resolve he would say “Send (name) an email about it and “CC” me”. Don’t you hate it when weak leaders want to be in everyone’s business? He thought that, just because...

Why Are You Hating on Your Customer So Much?

My ham and cheese omelet was delicious, cooked perfectly and piping hot. Bite after bite I tore into the food while thinking of what lies ahead for my day. Another swallow to savor then I heard it… “I can’t take these people, I hate customers!”. I looked around to see another waitress mumbling and shaking […]

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17 Ways to Tell if Customer Service is Your Purpose in Life

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Our “purpose” is the thing, item, or person we keep coming back to even after we’ve lost our way. Through good times and bad, we find ourselves surrounded by thoughts of what makes us feel good, feel important, and feel fulfilled. So, how can you find your purpose in life? Well, is your purpose: What […]

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Where Does the Next Customer Service Superstar Come From?

Here are two questions for you. 1) Where does an employee receive the necessary skill set to become a customer service superstar? 2) How can we identify the needed traits of a potentially great service provider? I was thinking back to my daughter’s hig...

Leadership Series: Nate Brown

The online customer service community is large but very close-knit and engaged. Last year, I had the pleasure of connecting with Nate Brown. He’s one of the nicest and most helpful people you can ever find. Nate is the Co-founder of CX Accelerator. Whi...

How to Stop Being Afraid of Change

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Time after time we hear a friend or coworker say, “I don’t like change”. This is the rebuttal (or excuse) of someone who likes things the way they are. I say they’re just unwilling to improve, or at least TRY something that may enhance their present way of doing things. But, why are people afraid […]

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Do We Really Have to Tip for This?

I don’t like seeing tip cups on store counters in coffee shops. Some think it’s tacky, but others think it’s perfectly justified. What about you? Why should I tip someone for making me a cup of coffee? I don’t tip my dry cleaner who cleaned and pressed...

The Best Companies Hire These 3 Positions

…plus my 8 steps to great service..

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We must all be Service Ambassadors. But too many companies think only a specific department is the “service department” and that’s where they focus their customer service training dollars. New hires are trained, coached, and instructed on the nuances of the business. For example: they’re taught when the business started and by whom, what products […]

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The 9 Best Ways to Win Back an Upset Customer

...when you have a love of service, it's not that hard to do..

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Many service providers have lost sight of what really matters. It’s not the ROI, the seamless journey between touchpoints, or even the capacity to personalize the product or service we offer. It’s the ability to sustain relationships that will enable long-term viability and growth. Case in point… I was standing outside our hotel restaurant one […]

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Leadership Series: Ron Kaufman

...the world's #1 customer service Global Guru..

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Ron Kaufman is the world’s leading educator and motivator for uplifting customer service and culture, and the author of the book, Uplifting Service, plus fifteen other books on service, business, and inspiration. Ron is rated one of the world’s top twenty-five “Hot Speakers” by Speaker Magazine for his high energy and high content presentations. He […]

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Do This Instead of Worrying About a Good NPS Score

...does your Net Promoter Score tell you enough to make a difference?.

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Net Promoter Score®, or NPS, measures customer experience and predicts business growth. This proven metric transformed the business world and now provides the core measurement for customer experience management programs around the world. But we should do this instead of worrying about a good NPS score. What should we do? I’ll get to that in […]

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How to Send the Message That You Care to be Your Best Every Day

...can a crooked sign ruin your business?.

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You have a great product, so that’s done. Next comes finding the perfect location to set up shop and after almost a year you’re finished. Now, you’re finally open and business is flowing. All is well – but is it? Sure, you had to get over a few hurdles and you corrected some mistakes but […]

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Leadership Series: Dan Gingiss

...author and co-host of the Experience This! podcast..

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Dan’s 20-year career has consistently focused on delighting customers, spanning multiple disciplines including social media, customer service, marketing, and digital customer experience. He is currently Vice President of the Strategic Group at Persado, a marketing AI company. Dan is the author of the book, Winning at Social Customer Care: How Top Brands Create Engaging Experiences […]

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4 Ways to Stop Being a Business of No

You took out a big loan to open your business; maybe even got a second mortgage on your home. Then, product and supplies were ordered on credit cards. You even convinced your spouse and kids to work there because there’s no money left for payroll. But ...

9 Ways to be a Never-Ending Student of Service

…because sometimes we forget the customer is king..

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When we become the boss we automatically think we’re a leader. Then we do “leadership-type” things. With leadership, comes a certain removal from the day-to-day machinations of the business. That’s ok because we couldn’t wait to become “the leader” so we can earn a bigger paycheck or have more power and prestige within the organization. […]

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Are You Looking to Upset Your Customer?

...because one size doesn't fit all..

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I’m easy to please, at least I think so; and I’m not high-maintenance. I don’t have unreasonable requests, and I understand things don’t always go as planned. I’m flexible and adaptable. I wish more people were like that too (boy, I’ve dealt with some crazies over the years…). As a related thought, read about my […]

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Can You Imagine the Outcry if a Retail Business Did This?

The Wall Street Journal, in business since July 8, 1889, when their first issue was published, is the leader in a long line of online newspapers that have added a new word to our vocabulary; “paywall”. A paywall is a “method of restricting access to on...

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