I’m Righteous about My Customers
Monday I asked if I was too demanding.
Today I want to chat a little bit about the status quo Gravity of crappy customer service we all seem to be experiencing. This is a different kind of Gravity - it holds businesses back, and it also holds customers down. It throws a big wet blanket over buyer and seller, industry by industry.
It also means that great service is a very Distinct Value in the new economy.
Remember when good solid service was the norm? Why? Because everyone focused on it - you had to have great service to stay in business.
So what happened?
Many point to offshoring, but we can't just blame offshoring. That's one issue - but offshoring could provide high levels of customer service IF it was managed correctly. The service levels delivered are guided by the levels of expectation on the part of the vendor. Vendors set those expectations and criteria.
So how are vendors getting by with crappy service - when there are such awesome service-focused companies? Look beyond the obvious Apple. All of the Zero Gravity Successes I feature are focused on their customers and prospects. And they are growing.
Why do so many companies believe that poor customer service is acceptable? And why do we allow it to be acceptable?
- Is it because we feel helpless to change them?
- Is it because we don't have any other choices?
- Is it because it's become the status quo we believe is "the way it is"?
- Or - is it because it's too much trouble to change - to take our business elsewhere?
But back to businesses.
I'm seeing a lot of Gravity thinking when it comes to customer service. How many businesses are losing out on a great business growth strategy and opportunities to be distinct in the new economy by offering great service - simply because they are following the lead of others - who are sinking under the Gravity of the forgotten customer?
What's your take?
Check back Friday - I'll share my own personal lessons learned from my own experiences.