Steve DiGioia

How Businesses Can Put Their Customers at Ease During Covid-19

Steve DiGioia

Great customer service is comprised of many things. Besides policies and procedures which lead to a satisfied customer, your smile, positive words, and open body language are just as important – and many say even more important. Here are a few ways businesses can put their customers at ease.

23 Service Improvement Tactics That Work (Number 4 Is My Favorite)

Steve DiGioia

Reevaluation. It’s a tried and true method to improve your customer service. But how many use this often enough to benefit from its findings? Good question.

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Keep Moving Forward Through These Difficult Times

Steve DiGioia

…my thoughts on the Coronavirus and what comes next. Because of the Coronavirus, I think I should stop writing, at least for a while until the world gets back to normal. It seems like the logical thing to do.

Do This Instead of Worrying About a Good NPS Score

Steve DiGioia

does your Net Promoter Score tell you enough to make a difference? This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Net Promoter Score®, or NPS, measures customer experience and predicts business growth.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

3 Reasons Why We Let Businesses Take Us For Granted

Steve DiGioia

I saw him, I did. He’s in that little hut with his face buried in his cell phone. He saw me drive up; I know he did – he looked right at me. I’m now waiting at the gas pump – it’s only 3 feet away from him.

You’ll Never Improve if You’re Married to Your Ideas

Steve DiGioia

…why some plans fail and 4 methods for continuous improvement. You’ll Never Improve if You’re Married to Your Ideas. Throughout my hospitality career, I’ve heard countless managers say, “ That’ll be ok, it will work ” or “ Let’s do it this way, try it. What do you have to lose? ”.

Every Great Leader Has an Experience Book. Do You?

Steve DiGioia

The actions of leaders should focus on common-sense decisions. A good “business-sense”, extensive life experience, having a good judge of character, and the ability to see-through-the-fog towards the intended goal will help most people make the “right” call as needed – when needed.

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Where is the Line Between Forgetfulness and Great Service?

Steve DiGioia

Great service is comprised of many parts and each must be present to create the experience every customer desires. Let’s briefly discuss each one of my top 8 until we get to “memory”. I know you’ll agree with me that it should be near the top of your list. Training.

Do You Need to be Assertive to Provide Great Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

…here’s 7 ways to get you started This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. You still haven’t learned how to speak up, huh? Maybe you’re just afraid of confrontation? I know, you don’t want to offend anyone, right?

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

According to Steve #2 – I Never Understood

Steve DiGioia

I never understood how some people keep a pot-bellied pig in their house as a pet. What’s wrong with a cat or dog? Or maybe some pretty fish, a hamster, or even a darn ferret. But a pig? Don’t get it.

But Does She Have Customer Service Skills?

Steve DiGioia

a fancy resume is just not enough. This is it. This is the one. We’ve finally found someone with a good resume, hot damn. Look at it! Let’s call her up for an interview. Then someone says, Wait, does she have customer service skills? What do you mean? Just look at her resume.

3 Ways to Serve a Customer Even When We’re Not at Our Best

Steve DiGioia

As I lay in bed, coughing and sneezing from a cold, dreading even going to the kitchen for a glass of water because of aches and pains from my unseen tormentor, I’m comforted knowing, “boy, I’m sure glad I didn’t have to go to work today”. But what if I did?

How to Be a Better Retail Customer During the Holidays

Steve DiGioia

The “holidays” are everyone’s favorite time of year. Time to share a meal with great company, whether family, friends, or coworkers. It’s a happy, festive time for all. But, is it? Those working in the retail industry may have a different take on the holidays.

Vanilla Conversations: A Virtual Conference on May 19-21

Communities are important. They help us learn, grow, share and most importantly, connect—which is especially important during these difficult times. But creating great communities that serve this purpose, or any purpose, can be difficult to perfect, even for the seasoned community manager or enterprise organization. That's why we've created The Virtual Community Expo. Join Vanilla Forums for their free 3 day expo, where you'll hear from nearly 30 speakers on all things that matter in the community space. We can't meet in person, and so, this is where the conversation continues.

3 Ways Some Customers Are Like the Dreaded New Driver

Steve DiGioia

Your eyes were bugged-eyed open, and they darted back and forth hoping to see everything (but they never did). Sweat started, a little at first, then it seemed to flow from every pore and made your clothes stick to places you didn’t even know you had.

You Must Be Padding Your Resume ‘Cause You Can’t Be That Good

Steve DiGioia

I saw this written on a resume the other day. One of her past job duties was “ Joyfully greeted guests “ My first reaction was, “What kind of B.S. is that to write? You must be padding your resume ‘cause you can’t be that good.

The Best Companies Do This Even When They Don’t Have To

Steve DiGioia

it's one of the reasons why consumers maintain loyalty Buffer, one of the industry-leading apps used to schedule and share content on social media, recently had a “bug” that affected 0.00599% of Buffer users (467 out of 7,800,000). A pretty small number if you asked me. So, what did they do?

This is How You Can Tell You’re a Customer Service Professional

Steve DiGioia

In celebration of Customer Service Week (October 7-11, 2019), this post focuses on the customer service professionals who make it all possible. Many hold the title but never seem to accomplish the task. Some tout the certification letters after their name but can’t put their knowledge to use.

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

A Story of Availability, Convenience, and Consistency

Steve DiGioia

and donuts! I pulled into the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru and asked the man on the intercom if he had any glazed donuts. He said, “Sorry, we don’t have any more donuts”. WHAT? I know this was at 11 pm on a Saturday night but how can you not have any donuts? Isn’t that what you do?

You Need These 9.5 Skills to be Friendly Enough for the Customer Service Industry

Steve DiGioia

I watched her smile at everyone who passed her. Her gaze fell naturally on each person and she took the time to acknowledge the children. Waves, “high-fives” and plenty of thank-yous always seem to be around her. No wonder why the customers love her. How does she do it? Good question?

17 Ways to Tell if Customer Service is Your Purpose in Life

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Our “purpose” is the thing, item, or person we keep coming back to even after we’ve lost our way. Through good times and bad, we find ourselves surrounded by thoughts of what makes us feel good, feel important, and feel fulfilled.

Where Does the Next Customer Service Superstar Come From?

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Here are two questions for you. 1) Where does an employee receive the necessary skill set to become a customer service superstar? 2) How can we identify the needed traits of a potentially great service provider?

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

The 5 Things You Need to Know About Great Service

Steve DiGioia

While celebrating my daughter’s 20th birthday at a local steak restaurant – yes, the chicken finger & fries meals are a thing of the past, I was reminded that great service and experience doesn’t happen by accident.

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I’m Sorry, We’re a Little Short-Handed Today

Steve DiGioia

never ever say that to a customer I went to my local Petco store last week to buy a few more guppies for my fish tank. I got this tank for my kids a few years ago but they never bothered to look at the tank and I don’t think they’ve ever even fed the poor fish. But that’s another story.

Can You Feel It?

Steve DiGioia

It’s there, just like a shadow. You can’t touch it, but you know it’s there. It’s a feeling. A feeling that all your efforts are finally paying off. Can you feel it? A feeling that you’ve turned the corner. Now your team has started to believe in you.

Which 5 Traits Would You Choose to Build the Ideal Customer Service Agent?

Steve DiGioia

We scour resume after resume in search of the best candidate. But, as a service provider, we never truly know the applicant’s skill set until they’re hired and in contact with your precious customers. Sometimes we’re lucky and hire a gem who goes on to build customer relationships lasting years.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

You Can’t Give Good Service When You Don’t Know What It Is

Steve DiGioia

no wonder why today’s service is so poor! This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. One of my biggest frustrations is that today’s “ younger generation ” doesn’t have a decent point of reference to what we call good customer service.

How to Send the Message That You Care to be Your Best Every Day

Steve DiGioia

can a crooked sign ruin your business? This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. You have a great product, so that’s done. Next comes finding the perfect location to set up shop and after almost a year you’re finished. Now, you’re finally open and business is flowing.

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33 Ways the Boy Scouts Can Improve Your Customer Service

Steve DiGioia

Be prepared; that’s their motto. Be prepared with a rope when you’re hiking, or with a first aid kit and canteen when out in the woods. That’s the stuff they taught us when I was a scout many years ago.

The 9 Best Ways to Win Back an Upset Customer

Steve DiGioia

when you have a love of service, it's not that hard to do. This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Many service providers have lost sight of what really matters.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

Do Your Customers Believe in You?

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. My cat is diabetic. Domino” was diagnosed 3 months ago and since then must receive 2 insulin shots per day, 12 hours apart. That’s my job. Domino. On those times when I’m not available, the job falls on my wife or daughter.