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  • One person or experience can drive long-term loyalty

    Mark Lusky || November 20, 2015
    Often lost amid anger at poor customer service is the power of one – one person or experience that can turn a company, product or service into a rock star. I recently was reminded of this important asset while attempting to deal with, of all th…

  • When words cut like a very expensive knife

    Mark Lusky || October 13, 2015
    When it comes to labels, consider your words carefully. Jessica Alba’s Honest Company is having to address a $5 million class-action lawsuit that alleges her products don’t live up to their “natural and effective” claims, acco…

  • Order-taking vs overbearing

    Mark Lusky || September 7, 2015
    When was the last time you visited a doctor, car mechanic, or other “advisor” and had the response to your question about what you should do thrown back in your lap? It’s happening more often. No doubt some of it ties to the liti…

  • Label promotions go off the beaten path

    Mark Lusky || July 21, 2015
    Labels are a product’s “front door.” While websites, social media and collateral materials support promotion of a product, its most powerful and up-close marketing tool is the omnipresent label. Of course, it isn’t always u…

  • Train customers to offer good service

    Mark Lusky || June 3, 2015
    Overwhelmingly, the focus of “good customer service” is on the service provider. But, lost in the all-consuming drive to make and keep customers happy is their responsibility to return the favor. Why should a customer need, or want, to…

  • Ask customers to point out your ‘warts,’ then show ‘em to the world

    Mark Lusky || November 17, 2014
    As social media drives truthtelling and transparency to new levels, it also can encourage bold companies to ask customers to point out problems, then let the world know about them. In a world where shareholder and stakeholder confidence often reigns…

  • Customer experience needs simplicity, clarity

    Mark Lusky || September 9, 2014
    There’s too much going on – for all of us. From the daily deluge of emails and other in-the-moment communications to an information-packed internet, many of us are overwhelmed and exhausted trying to keep up with, and make sense of, the m…

  • Surveys become the scourge of customer service

    Mark Lusky || October 14, 2013
    Once again, corporate America has taken a great concept –regular customer feedback – and morphed it into an omnipresent annoyance. It seems like a survey request accompanies just about every customer service interaction. Feedback question…

  • The customer service tightrope

    Mike Lusky || July 17, 2013
    The difference between world class and lower class customer service is often determined by one small step or misstep. Contrary to the preachings of some CRM gurus who advocate expensive, complicated technology as a cure-all, the best service often re…

  • Plusses, perils of immediate customer service gratification

    Tammie MacLachlan and Mark Lusky || January 23, 2013
    Instant gratification has become the paramount rule of engagement in many customer service interactions. Increasingly, the pressure is on customer service representatives across corporate America to effect rapid resolutions. Faced with mandates from…