Decoding a Service Recovery


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SurveyGizmo had a service outage this weekend. It inconvenienced their customers. As a result they built customer loyalty.

On the surface that doesn’t make sense — but the manner in which they dealt with the situation demonstrated the character of their company and their commitment to service. You can see their communication here.

My Perspective: SurveyGizmo did number of things right. Here are a few that jumped out in no particular order. Let me know if you see more.

  1. They communicated quickly and honestly. I didn’t even know there was a problem, but yet they communicated the issue to everyone and didn’t try to hide the problem.
  2. They were transparent and thorough in their explanation. I have a complete understanding in practical terms what happened and why.
  3. They shared a solution to avoid the issue in the future. I have confidence that this issue won’t happen again.
  4. They accepted full responsibility for the issue and didn’t try to shift the blame elsewhere.
  5. The message was from the CEO and they offered a number where you could call for more answers.
  6. They identified any lingering issues and what they were doing to resolve them.
  7. They offered workable, alternative solutions to customers to address the problem until everything was resolved.
  8. They made me feel like I was an insider.

Overall, they convinced me by their actions that they are committed to supporting my efforts no matter what happens. They will be there for me when I need their service.

So rather than being upset about this issue — I now have a stronger, more trusting relationship with SurveyGizmo than I had before.

Do your service recovery initiatives do as well? If not, have a look at how you handle issues and discover how you can turn adversity into opportunity.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Bill Hogg
Bill Hogg works with senior leaders to inspire and develop high performance, customer-focused teams that deliver exceptional customer service, higher productivity and improved profits. Sought after internationally as a speaker and consultant, Bill is recognized as the Performance Excelerator because of his uncanny ability to create profound change and deliver extraordinary results with the most demanding organizations.


  1. They accepted full responsibility for the issue and didn't try to shift the blame elsewhere.


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