Customer Service Done Right In 10 Easy Steps – Step 7


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Step 7 of my 10-step program on how to master your service experience is to think outside of the customer service box.

We know that customers don’t choose to interact with you on a single communication channel from start to finish. They interact with you over the most suitable channel for them at that point in time – which could be their mobile device, or a chat session, or a phone call, or email, or web self-service from their iPad. This agile behavior is not limited to customer service. It extends to everything that we do, from buying, to receiving marketing offers to getting service. Saying this another way, customers dont make a distinction between a sales transaction or a customer service transaction. All they expect is to be able to receive the same customer experience every time they interact with a company, over any communication channel that they use. This point is very well illustrated in fellow Forrester Analyst, Brian Walker’s report: Welcome to the age of agile commerce.

More than that, customers expect personalized services, targeted to their situation at hand. Customers expect you to know who they are, what products and services they have purchased, what issues they have had, over what channels they have used to contact you in the past, what offers they have been presented and either accepted or rejected. In addition, they would like to know whether you have read and responded to the feedback that they have given you.

To be able to deliver a personalized service, experience, customer service applications need to be integrated with other systems that hold customer information, and which live outside of the walls of a customer service organization – customer databases, commerce platforms, product recommendation engines, web content management systems, marketing automation apps, to name a few.

You need to identify the actions that customers are taking on your site so that you can support them through their entire journey with you – not just their customer service journey

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Kate Leggett
Kate serves Business Process Professionals. She is a leading expert on customer service strategies. Her research focuses on helping organizations establish and validate customer service strategies strategies, prioritize and focus customer service projects, facilitate customer service vendor selection, and plan for project success.


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