Shep Hyken

Five Ways to Say Thank You to Your Customers

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. This is the day where we send our spouses, partners, and loved ones a gift. Often it is out of obligation. I have plenty of friends who tell me if they don’t get their spouse some flowers and a card, they will pay for it. S...

The Best Feedback Question

“Please stay on the line to answer a short, one-question survey at the end of this call.” That’s what I heard just before the agent picked up the phone to help me. Just a one-question survey? Sounds short enough. Sure, I’ll give them an extra minute ...

Your Personal Promise to Your Customers

Not long ago I wrote about Dr. Neil Baum’s Win-Wynn story. A few people went to his website and read his promise to his patients that he appropriately calls “My Personal Promise to You.” The feedback and comments about this promise were excellent, so I...

No Toilet Paper – Is Customer Service Getting Worse?

Some people claim that customer service is getting worse. I disagree. Customers are getting smarter and expecting more. The customer service “bar” is raised by great companies who teach us what good customer service should be. And, when there is a cust...

Ten Reasons WHY Customers Choose to Do Business with You

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” That quote comes from Simon Sinek, author of the book, Start with Why. This quote makes me think about the different reasons behind why a customer chooses to do business with a company. There are ...

Do Your Customers Trust You This Much?

Some of you may or may not know that I perform magic. Not real magic. When I was a kid I did birthday party magic shows, and in high-school and college worked in comedy clubs doing comedy and magic. I still practice card tricks.  There was a magic...

Be Different

If you compete head-to-head with your competition, you may win or lose. If you compete by being different, you stand out. And, that’s a win. Over the years I’ve talked with many clients who are looking for ways to disrupt a competitor and/or win more b...

What Causes Friction

In the past few months leading up to my new book, The Convenience Revolution, I’ve focused on ways to be more convenient for your customers. I’ve shared six Convenience Principles and numerous examples and case studies. The goal is to eliminate frictio...

Let Your Customers Tell Your Story

In the past, I’ve written and talked about “Telling Your Story.” The idea is that you look to create the “legendary” type of stories that come from your employees and set the bar for the customer experience you want to deliver. Probably the best exampl...

Five Ways to Create Customer Loyalty

Customer loyalty… This is what companies strive for, to create loyal customers. Some companies have earned a reputation that keeps bringing their customers back, again and again. How do they do it? That’s a big question, and entire books have been writ...

How to Reduce Friction

As most of you (hopefully know), my latest book, The Convenience Revolution, is all about making the customer experience as frictionless as possible. In the book, there are six Convenience Principles with plenty of examples, and many of our followers h...

Be as Easy as Ordering a Pizza

Back in my college days, I remember how easy it was at 11:00 at night, while studying for a test the next day, to order a pizza from Domino’s. I just picked up the phone and in less than thirty minutes, it was delivered. Today I do the same thing. I pi...

The New End

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Sam Stern, a principal analyst at Forrester Research for my Amazing Business Radio show. One of the ideas we discussed was Daniel Kahneman’s Peak-end rule. The short version of this concept, applied to ...

Three Lessons from Apple on How to Amaze Your Customers

There is a lot we can learn from great companies, big and small. Many books have been written about companies like Disney, Nordstrom, Ritz-Carlton and Apple. And, once we learn how they do it, the key is making it work for our companies. It’s not about...

Make a Promise, Keep It. Offer a Guarantee, Honor It.

The Pasta House Company is a local chain of Italian restaurants that have been around since 1974, since I was just a kid. On Monday nights they had – and still do have – an “All You Can Eat” special. I loved that. All the salad, pasta and garlic bread ...

Take Your Customers Where They Need to Go, Not Where They Want to Go

On a recent trip to Africa, I had the pleasure of meeting the Governor of Oyo State, Nigeria, the Honorable Abiola Ajimobi. He had a commanding presence and shared many insightful thoughts. I asked what made him successful, and he quickly responded wit...

How to Disrupt Your Competition

Less than one week before the release of my new book, The Convenience Revolution: How to Deliver a Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition and Creates Fierce Loyalty, so I thought it appropriate to share some thoughts on how being eas...

People Always Complain About That

The other day I was at my hotel waiting for my client to pick me up for a meeting. I wanted a quick breakfast, so I went to the hotel’s coffee shop to pick up some oatmeal. They had instant oatmeal in a cup. The cashier added the hot water and $4.00 la...

Never Take Your Eyes Off the Customer

One of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis, where I live, is Tony’s. You may be familiar with Tony’s if you have been following my articles and videos for a while. They are an outstanding example of a great product – their food – and amazing service. ...

Amazing Business Radio: Buddy Rice

Be Nice… Always Why (and How) to Put Your Customers at the Center of Your Decisions Shep Hyken sits down with his close friend, colleague and customer service expert Buddy Rice. They discussed how he helped Delta Airlines with their customer service c...

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