Term archive for "Customer Service"

Every Step in the Customer Journey Matters

By

The customer journey is the process by which people become aware of your business, decide to deal with you, and eventually encourage others to do the same. There are five phases in the customer journey: discovery, education, trust, conversion, and advocacy. Business owners sometimes prioritize the discovery and conversion portion of the customer journey, but… Continue Reading »

If You Want to Win the Race, Don’t Shoot Yourself In the Foot

By

The holiday shopping season has started. Walmart has come out swinging: they’ve already opened their seasonal layaways, and their 25 Top Toys predictions have garnered a lot of attention. Amazon, not to be outdone, has answered with their Top 100. Retailers who want to compete need to bring their A game. That means making sure… Continue Reading »

Should You Be Providing Free Wi-Fi In Your Store?

By

The next time you travel around your neighborhood, pay attention to how many businesses advertise free Wi-Fi access. McDonald’s began doing this in 2009; Starbucks followed suit in 2010. It was a move that made sense: these businesses wanted their customers to stay on-site longer, in the hopes that as time went by, Wi-Fi users… Continue Reading »

What Does Common Sense Mean? It Depends Who You Ask

By

Recently, there was a pretty major ice storm in the Midwest. A jewelry store owner there was surprised when she received a text message from one of her customers, asking if the store was open and if they’d be able to pick up her special order as planned. The owner answered the text, affirming that… Continue Reading »