3 Ways to Get More from Your Mystery Shops

At conferences, I’m often asked about mystery shopping, and it got me thinking: there are a lot of misunderstandings about what mystery shopping can and can’t do. Some see mystery shopping as a simple check-in; others see it as too artificial for an accurate customer service evaluation. Many executives assume they get the same insights […]

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Starbucks: Your Customer is NOT Your Guinea Pig

It was the typical noon-time rush at my local Starbucks—certainly not my favorite time to stop, but I was hungry and needed a snack. I ordered a drink and a bagel, and moved out of line to wait. My drink came out quickly, but five minutes later there was still no bagel. I caught the […]

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Are You Benchmarking OR Innovating?

Benchmarking has a history of helping businesses compete in global markets. But these days, many companies are missing out on the opportunity to innovate due to an over-reliance on benchmarked metrics. The practice of benchmarking was born in the 1950’s with companies like GE and Toyota. Then, what was in vogue was a process called […]

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“Talk Your Walk” with Branded Customer Service

Your company’s brand: it represents the qualities and values of your products and services.   So shouldn’t your customer service showcase your brand? Branded customer service gives your brand substance and depth. While your competitors are busy showing their brand simply through advertising, you’ll be cementing your brand through the lived customer experience. This is […]

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