6 Valuable Tips to Improve Customer Service

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There are many different aspects of your role as a customer service representative, regardless of whether it’s face-to-face or on the telephone. Understanding some of the key tips that improve customer service will enable your team to do their job better. Here are 6 valuable tips to improve customer service in your organization:

1. Make people feel welcome

People should always feel welcome when they enter your store or office, regardless of the reason. If they call, they should also be greeted with a friendly voice. This helps people feel more comfortable and the likelihood of them using your services is far greater.

2. Listen first

You can’t hope to provide great service unless you know what your customers want. Ask questions and listen to what they say. Give them your undivided attention and then help them to the best of your ability. Remember that all customers are different. This means their requirements may also be different, even if only slightly. If it’s within your power, you should help give them exactly what they need.

3. Say yes as often as possible

Some customers ask for things that may not be considered “normal” but could still be possible. Never say no unless something is impossible—and even then provide an alternative if possible. If you don’t know if something can be done, check before giving a final answer. Then the customer will know that you have at least tried.

4. Don’t be afraid to apologize

Things can sometimes go wrong, whether it’s your fault or not. However, you’re a representative of the company and if something has gone wrong, offer a sincere apology immediately on behalf of the organization. Customers appreciate the acknowledgment of errors and once the apology has been made, you can then help remedy the situation so the customer ends up being a happy one.

5. Follow-up

If a customer is unhappy, try and help them. That’s a given. However, what often happens is that follow-up promises aren’t kept. If you promise to do something, it’s imperative that you do it. If you promise to return a call on a specific date and time, do it even if it’s to report that you don’t yet have the answer the customer needs. They’ll usually be prepared to wait longer if you’re honest and keep the lines of communication open.

6. Phone tips

In addition to the previous tips, there are some that specifically apply to people dealing with customers on the phone. Your phone manner is extremely important. You should always be courteous, polite, calm, and positive. You’re there to help the customer, no matter what issue they have. Avoid using jargon when dealing with a customer as they probably won’t know what you’re talking about and that will only make them more frustrated and angry.

It’s not common to have to place someone on hold. Ask them if it is okay to do so and make sure you keep coming back to them if they have to wait a while. There’s nothing worse than being on hold and listening to the same droning company messages over and over again, or even worse, getting cut off.

If you have to transfer someone, make sure it’s a warm transfer. Introduce them to your colleague and explain the situation before letting them take over the call. Transferring someone into another queue where they end up having to explain the same problem all over again is the quickest way to make your customer angry.

If you get an angry or upset customer, let them vent. Someone else may have placed them in the queue and so they’re already upset when you answer the phone. Although it’s not your fault, apologize in a calm voice and tell them that you’ll endeavor to solve their problem if they can just explain it to you clearly.

Customer service doesn’t have to be complicated. Quite often it’s our own team that makes it that way through poor decisions—or simply not caring enough to look after customer needs. If expectations are set early and your team is given the proper training, angry or upset customers will be kept to a minimum.

Change Instigator | Transformational Leadership Expert | Professional Speaker

Bill works with senior leaders to stimulate change — that accelerates passion, productivity and profits! For over 30 years, Bill has been the go-to guy when the world’s most recognized brands are faced with challenges that require change — to improve bottom-line results. Bill takes no prisoners and his clients love him for it. Bill provides world-class executive consulting, dynamic keynote presentations, and transformative workshops for clients that include; Adecco, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Pita Pit, Thompson Ahern, Toronto International Film Festival, and ServiceOntario.

For additional articles and information on how to transform your organization, visit www.billhogg.ca or contact bill@billhogg.ca

 

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