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  • 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…

  • Micro-size your marketing efforts

    Mark Lusky || April 16, 2015
    Noted author and blogger Seth Godin recently blogged about the rise of micro production and marketing leading to the fall of mass production and mass media marketing. The days of creating mass quantities of stuff, then marketing it to the masses thro…

  • Respond to negative reviews, reward positive ones

    Mark Lusky || March 9, 2015
    Both negative and positive customer feedback can build profitability. Don’t ignore either. Acknowledge and in some way reward positive comments; respond and attempt to remediate negative ones. This includes everything from online reviews and fo…

  • 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…

  • Reputation management drives marketing success

    Mark Lusky, Contributing Editor || March 13, 2013
    In the days before ubiquitous, instant worldwide communication, company reputations took longer to build – and longer to break. News of both good and bad deeds generally spread much more slowly than today, and consumer sentiment about those dee…

  • 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…

  • When marketing drives customer dis-service

    Tammie MacLachlan and Mark Lusky || November 29, 2012
    Telling the truth in marketing is one of the most crucial customer service functions a company can perform. By telling the truth, you give prospects and customers alike an accurate picture of products and services.This, in turn, makes buying decision…