Jenny Dempsey

What the butcher at Ralph’s Grocery Store taught me about #CX

A vegetarian walks into the butcher section at her local grocery store… No, this isn’t the start of a joke. It’s what happened to me last Friday. It was the day of the bachelorette party that I had been planning for months. Running around town,…

Tooth be told: A customer experience about my teeth

I was 15 the first time my jaw got stuck open. My parents were probably delighted as I was unable to blab about school or sing Hanson at the top of my lungs, let alone talk at all. That’s when I was introduced to TMD,…

How FruitStand delivers tasty fruit and customer smiles with Re:amaze

Caviar limes are a cult classic with FruitStand customers. Some purchase them every month, hooked on these pickle-shaped pinky finger-sized fruits. Slice them in half then squeeze out the inside of the fruit, literally crunchy sparkling citrus pearls, ...

That side of ranch impacts the customer experience

My favorite vegan fast food chain, Plant Power, makes delicious food. Their service is top notch with friendly team members and an upbeat, casual environment. I stand behind their goal to “provide tasty treats that are 99% GMO-free and made entirely wi...

What the ants in your kitchen can tell you about #CX

One single ant crawls across my kitchen counter. That one ant has many friends somewhere in a deep cranny of my old flat, just waiting to get the green light from their brave friend that something tasty awaits. Ants are amazingly intelligent creatures ...

What Armstrong Garden Centers did right with feedback

Recently, I had a really great experience at Armstrong Garden Centers where they went out of their way to help me tend to a dying houseplant. I used to shop at Home Depot for plants, as it was closer to my home. But, after having…

Why I’m Tickled Pink about this Customer Feedback Program

As the customer experience manager for NumberBarn, I’m constantly looking for new ways to connect and build relationships with our customers. In fact, our company mission statement includes this: We believe behind every telephone number there’s a beaut...

How to create customer how-to tutorials on a budget

As the Customer Experience Manager for NumberBarn, part of my role includes creating customer facing how-to video tutorials. Knowing absolutely nothing when I began, I used resources such as webinars, YouTube videos, online articles and simply asking f...

Tips for Coping with Stress at Work

This article was originally published as a featured contributor on ICMI. You’re running fast through the forest. Sweat drips off your forehead, heart wildly beating as your eyes dart around to make sure you don’t run into a branch or trip over a rock...

Simple Ways to Leverage Wellness to Improve the Employee Experience

This post was originally posted as a featured contributor on ICMI. Eat only healthy snacks at work, lose weight and burn calories through your daily exercise. Save your company gobs of money by not getting sick. If this is all your workplace wellness p...

This is why Zendesk Relate rocks

“A customer service conference? That must be filled with some of the kindest, coolest people ever.” A friend told me that. Rings true! Zendesk Relate 2018 was held in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel. A 3-day adventure into the world of customer ser...

Crying in a Contact Center Cubicle: A Look at Emotions in the Workplace

I’m not crying, you’re crying (at work). Photo cred: Ban.do Samantha (not her real name) sat across from me in our small contact center. Not a week went by that she didn’t shed tears after hanging up the phone with a customer. She didn’t seem…

4 Best Practices To Incorporate Wellness In Your Workplace

This post was originally published on CallCenter Weekly. In the contact center community, we understand the true value of a happy customer. We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that we leave our customer satisfied. But – let’s consider this for a mo...

Here’s How VIP Treatment Might Also Ensure the Safety Of Your Customer

I recently picked up a part time job as a cashier at a local health food store. Having not worked face to face with customers in a long while, I figured this is a great way to not only make the extra cash I need…

Customer Service Surprises When You Least Expect Them

Are you in “The Customer Service Zone”? This is type of mindset where, as an agent, you find that customers are generally friendly and cooperative, issues are resolved successfully and answers to questions are all found either in your mind or in the re...

My Office Depot Customer Experience

Chair selfie! Saturday, March 24th I go to my local Office Depot to pick up a new desk chair. I sit in a bunch of chairs, find one that gives me the support I need, make my purchase, and head home. The young employee from…

The Story of Buca di Beppo & One Picky Eater

I’m a picky eater. I prefer to avoid meat, wheat and dairy. Going to a restaurant, unless they cater specifically to vegan or wheat free customers,  I find it is often hard for me to dine out without making adjustments to my meal. It’s been…

How to Say “Sorry” Without Saying Sorry

My colleague recently presented me with this question: How can we reply to a customer with empathy and still take ownership of the issue, but without actually saying the word “sorry”? I spun this around in my mind for some time, as I’m definitely a…

What Drives The Customer Experience: An Uber Story

Leaving my hotel from the ICMI Contact Center Demo in Las Vegas, I login to my Uber app and request a car to take me to the airport. Jovita is my driver’s name and she arrives within a few minutes. She parks, says hello and...

3 Slices of Advice When Taking an Escalated Customer Service Call

You sense an energy shift. The air stiffens as a silent hush falls over the room. A tapping of a finger on a desk echoes. You hear footsteps slowly moving in your direction. You begin to sweat. You have a strong desire to feverishly...

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