10 Crimes Against the Customer

Are you guilty of disrespecting your customers? That’s a rhetorical question, and I am sure the answer is no. At least I hope the answer is no.

Our friends at Provide Support have sent over an interesting infographic about different reasons customers do not like the companies they do business with. I do not think you will disagree with any of the reasons, and you will probably hope that your company is not guilty of what I call Crimes Against the Customer.

With that said, here are ten of the more flagrant wrongdoings companies are guilty of, along with some of my commentary:

1. Not Appreciating Loyalty – I am amazed at the number of companies that take customers for granted. At least say thank you. I recently made a purchase at a store and the cashier did not even bother to say “thank you.”

2. Not Valuing Their Time – My dad taught me one of the most disrespectful things you can do to anyone (especially a customer) is to be late. If you say you will be somewhere or will call someone back at a certain time, do it. It is basically saying your time is more important than theirs, which is very disrespectful.

3. Not Providing Clear Contact Information – I hate going on a website and having to hunt for an address or phone number. Make it easy to connect with you and your company.

4. Not Being Easily Accessible – How long does it take to reach a live person on the phone? Or, to put it another way, how easy are you to connect with? Doing business should be easy. Take the friction out of connecting with your support and sales people.

5. Putting Them on Hold for Too Long – This is another way to disrespect your customer’s time. With the technology available today, you can inform the customer of how long the wait will be and give him or her the choice of being called back within that time or a time that is more convenient to the customer. There is no longer an excuse to keep customers on hold for unreasonable periods of time.

6. Failing to Resolve Their Issues Quickly – When there is a problem or a complaint, do not let it linger. Take care of it as fast as possible. Acting with urgency builds confidence and makes the customer feel as if you care about taking care of their problem.

7. Not Giving Them Opportunity to Solve Issues on Their Own – Self-service options for customer service are becoming the norm. Many people would rather get answers on their own, so give them the opportunity to do so. Provide options like a frequently asked questions section on your website.

8. Ignoring Them on Social Media – The customer’s voice can now be heard by many. Be sure to respond – and do it quickly – to all customers’ comments, good and bad. If there is a problem or question, realize the customer expects an answer quickly, not hours or even days from when they posted or messaged you on social media.

9. Lack of Employee Knowledge – If you want to destroy credibility, put untrained people on the front line. Knowledge creates confidence. If an employee does not have the answer, that is okay. Just make sure they know who to go to or where to go to get the answer.

10. Being Rude or Unfriendly – With all of the options that customers have to buy similar good and services from competitors, how can anyone act rude or unfriendly toward the customer? Enough said on that one!


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Shep Hyken Shep Hyken is a customer experience expert and the Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in the speaking profession. Shep works with companies and organizations who want to build loyal relationships with their customers and employees. His focus is on delivering amazing customer service, customer engagement, managing the customer experience and creating customer loyalty. Follow Shep on Twitter: @Hyken

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Published On: 11th Nov 2016 - Last modified: 16th Nov 2016
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