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Customer Service Isn't Extra--It's Why You Have A Job

Customer Service Isn't Extra--It's Why You Have A Job

Jan 24 2014, 11:32am CST | by

Customer service isn’t extra. It isn’t optional. It isn’t at your discretion. It isn’t a “when you get around to it” item. It isn’t something that, to your customer, feels like a frill. Customer...

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Customer Service Isn't Extra--It's Why You Have A Job

Jan 24 2014, 11:32am CST | by

Customer service isn’t extra.

It isn’t optional.

It isn’t at your discretion.

It isn’t a “when you get around to it” item.

It isn’t something that, to your customer, feels like a frill.

Customer service is, in many cases, a fundamental reason we continue to have a job.  A company.  Prospects for financial survival–and even for growth.

Customer service isn’t optional.

Each of these four words is simple. Understandable.  None longer than three syllables. None of it in the customer experience jargon we consultants and speakers can lapse into, myself included .

Yet the sentiment is easy to overlook throughout a company culture.

There are differentiated prices on the wine we pour for guests (the Rioja vs the Merlot, the Pinot Grigio vs. the Chardonnay).  On the cars the automotive industry sells (C class vs S class, sunroof vs cabriolet).   On the hotels rooms we rent out:  standard vs corner vs suite.

But by and large the service costs about the same. And it’s a charge that’s never (o.k., rarely) itemized.

The trap is to unwittingly start to think that the service, therefore, isn’t being paid for.

It is.

In fact, the service could be the most important part of what they’re paying for. Test after test shows that almost anybody can be fooled as to the vintage and quality of the wine they are drinking (I know: they never tested you, and you’re the exception.) But whether they’re being snubbed or catered to:  Your customers can all tell.

As far as the hotel rooms: there’s long been an object lesson in this lurking on the strip in Vegas. A hotel room should really be really the ultimate in commoditization, right?  four-ish walls, one-ish toilets, some lamps, hopefully a good bed.  And in the case of Four Seasons and Mandalay Bay,  the rooms are in the same building.  Separated by identical walls.  Guests flush identical toilets.  The only difference is the service.  And that’s plenty of difference to keep the more expensive hotel thriving.

So, tell your employees, your suppliers, your CEO: customer service isn’t extra.  It isn’t free. It’s actually what the customers are paying for.  And they can stop paying, just as easily, if they don’t get it./>/>

PS Seth Godin calls this same problem, when applied to products, “the buffet problem.” his post   is great.

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6 weeks ago

RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

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MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

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6 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

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6 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.78 milli ...
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6 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk ...
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6 weeks ago

Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

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6 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

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6 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansa ...
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