Steve DiGioia

5 Things Pro Wrestling Teach Us About Customer Service

Steve DiGioia

Ok, ok, so I’m a wrestling fan. So what? Maybe you are too. There are millions of us. And we watch it every week. I’ve been doing that since I was a teenager. I used to take the train from my home in Brooklyn, NY to Madison Square Garden in Manhattan each month to watch the matches in person.

10 Smart Ways to Cater to Your Local Customers

Steve DiGioia

You may work for a giant worldwide conglomerate that maintains a core set of values, standards, and practices, but can each of these standards be maintained in every venue? Well, if you’re the Ritz Carlton or McDonald’s , you can.

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Are You Letting Your Business Become Stereotyped? – Tip #39

Steve DiGioia

Stereotype: a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Business stereotypes are preconceived notions that every customer has of your business. What do they expect when doing business with you? Are the expectations good or bad?

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Is It Really That Important That I’m Wearing a Name Tag?

Steve DiGioia

There’s always that one employee who refuses to follow directions. It seems that no matter how many times you talk to him, he continues to “forget” to do what he’s told or at worst, intentionally refuses to do it. So, what do you do with an employee like this?

Customer Preferences: How Community Can Deliver a Simplified Experience

Your customers want a simplified customer experience. Make sure you give it to them with community. Download the whitepaper to learn more!

7 Customer Expectations and Why I Shouldn’t Have to Ask for a Napkin

Steve DiGioia

We all speak about expectations, customer expectations. They can be reasonable or extreme, and sometimes achievable or bizarre. But usually, they are appropriate. As a customer, I expect a basic minimum such as: The product or service should work as expected.

Do You Confirm? How Uncertainty Costs You Money

Steve DiGioia

There are 2 kinds of people. One never asks for directions. One always asks for directions (or at least is not hesitant to ask).

What Does an Allergy Have To Do With Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

Those of us in the customer service industry focus much on procedures, ease of use, product availability, and the steps of service, to name a few, all in the hopes of providing our customers the best overall experience.

These 10 Phrases Will Make Someone’s Day Better

Steve DiGioia

Along with all the responsibilities of your job and the myriad of tasks you must do each day, I want to add a few more things to that list by asking you to use these 10 phrases that will make someone’s day better.

Job Seekers Must Remember This – Tip #35

Steve DiGioia

The only reason a business hires someone is that they have a job that needs to be done and they need someone to do it. If they hire you, you get paid for your efforts. You are not promised lifetime employment, nor do you need to offer it to them.

A Strategic Guide to Community Gamification

Does creating engaged customers and impacting CS objectives sound interesting? Learn more about how gamification can help your customer success team in our free eBook.

What Can the Mandalorian Teach You About Your Customer Service?

Steve DiGioia

The Mandalorian. The blockbuster hit on the Disney Channel. A keen and faithful observer can see many takeaways that relate to the way we offer service. I’ve already written about Bigfoot Customer Service and Landscaper Customer Service.

Should We Expect WOW Service?

Steve DiGioia

I dropped my car off at the dealership the other day for a minor repair. I didn’t know what to expect since this is my first time using them. Two hours later I got the call that it was ready to be picked up. How wonderful this was. The repair was done quickly and soon I’d “be back on the road”.

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Top 10 Customer Service Acronyms to Use Every Day

Steve DiGioia

Great customer service. That’s what our customers want and that’s what we wish to provide. But it’s difficult remembering all the different steps to take to provide it. Thankfully, many have developed useful acronyms to help.

Is Your Pocket on Fire and Nobody Notices? – Tip #37

Steve DiGioia

Why do some businesses lose sight of the big picture when it comes to their customers? We all want the “big sale” and may prioritize the customers as they come in our doors; the biggest customer goes to the best salesperson; the little customers are portioned out among the weaker newbies.

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Should Customer Marketing Align with Customer Success?

With outcomes and metrics that align directly, find out why customer success should be the foundation of a customer marketing strategy. Download the free ebook now!

Please Don’t Discount the Inexperienced

Steve DiGioia

This past weekend I helped a friend of mine and served as the maître d for an event of 200 people that he was hosting (it was great to get back to my “banquet” roots).

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Stop the Sick Day Resentment

Steve DiGioia

Tomorrow is a busy day at work. You’ve planned for it, scheduled properly, made the needed operational adjustments, and kept your fingers crossed so that everything will work out as planned. Then it happened…. The first thing in the morning you get a call from one of your key employees.

Address the Argument the Right Way

Steve DiGioia

Always address the point of the argument, NOT, the emotions attached to it. Example: John is upset that his suggestions for improvements to an upcoming project weren’t adopted, so he vents his frustrations about being overlooked or undervalued.

32 Ways to See if You Can…

Steve DiGioia

Why Product Led Growth is a Customer Success Responsibility

Product Led Growth is fast become a leading business driver in the SaaS world. Find out why your organization should be implementing a product-led growth strategy today, and why customer success should lead it. Download this eBook to learn more!

10 Actions to Bring Your Team Into Your Confidence Zone

Steve DiGioia

Who cares what your employees say! The opinions of your employees don’t matter. Really. They don’t. You prove this each day by your actions. You continue to leave them in the dark about upcoming actions and decisions that affect them. You do little to address their concerns. Now, they question you.

Learn to Apologize to Customers Like You Mean It

Steve DiGioia

The best intentions only get you so far and sometimes, your “best” is not good enough for your customer. They are upset, they are disappointed, and they deserve an apology. And here is where your “best” gets even worse.

Let Them Figure It Out – Tip #31

Steve DiGioia

Many managers love to micromanage. They just can’t help it. They believe that telling an employee exactly how to do something and when to do it will fix all their ills. This makes the employee’s job easier. They don’t have to think. Simply “tell them what to do” for every situation and they’ll do it.

What Does Management Want From You?

Steve DiGioia

Safety, security, and peace of mind. Nice calming words they are. They come with little worries and little stress. Every employee wants this. But what does management want from you?

How Self-Service Can Drive Down Costs and Improve CX

Best-selling author and customer experience thought leader Blake Morgan has created a new ebook on why offering self-service should be your focus. Self-service can improve customer experience and simultaneously drive down costs.

Simple Yet Effective Ways to Enhance the Experience of Your Customers

Steve DiGioia

Last weekend, my wife, daughter, and I spent a lovely afternoon at a local farm, which also happened to be hosting a food truck festival at the same time. Of course, we ate too much but at least we got some sun on our faces and a day in the fresh air.

Who Writes YOUR Words? – Tip #29

Steve DiGioia

Too many businesses continue to offer a workplace that leaves little room for the employee’s personality to shine through. They micromanage the heck out of each service step and expect their minions to follow the path without exceptions. Who Writes YOUR Words?

This is the Best Kind of Smile – Tip #38

Steve DiGioia

Ladies and gentlemen don’t speak ill of their competition. That’s not how it was done years ago, and they refuse to do so today. Competition is a healthy part of business; it makes you better, stronger – just as with most other hardships. Have a Reason to Smile.

What Do You Do With Deadwood Employees? – Tip #11

Steve DiGioia

Great employees are the heart and soul of any business, especially a successful one. Their efforts cannot be understated enough. But there are always one or two poor performers or “deadwood employees” – those who contribute little to the company’s success and at times undermine it.

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The New Digital Landscape for Next-Gen CX

Boost customer satisfaction across all digital channels with this stat-filled guide, which reveals the key ingredients you need to keep all of your customers satisfied.

What Do You Do To Get Ahead? – Tip #20

Steve DiGioia

Is your glass half-full or half-empty? Are you a positive influence or one of negativity? Do you sugar-coat things or get straight to the point? What do you do to get ahead of others and separate yourself from the competition?

Customer Service Fact #1 – Tip #17

Steve DiGioia

There are many “facts” in business and countless quotes and statistics are tallied-up each year. Two staple examples are “The customer is always right” and “It’s more expensive to acquire a new customer than to keep an existing one”. These are certainly true.

McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case and the Customer Experience

Steve DiGioia

We all know that the coffee McDonald’s sells is too hot to drink when served. If you put it to your lips, you’ll most likely receive a burn that will be far worse than anything most people have ever encountered. So why do they make their coffee so hot?

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.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

Do You Do a Good Job? – Tip #18

Steve DiGioia

Businesses all over this country are littered with the remnants of employees who do a good job. But what about those employees who go above and beyond? There is nothing that impresses a boss more than an employee who takes the initiative. The initiative to do more than he or she is asked for.

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Your Customers Are Always Watching – Tip #5

Steve DiGioia

What do you do when you think no one is watching? Are you chewing gum, twirling your hair, or resting your foot on the wall behind you? Do you tell off-color jokes because you think no one can hear you? Is your posture one of confidence or submission?

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There’s an Upset Customer. Now What? – Tip #4

Steve DiGioia

Regardless of your business, and no matter how hard you try to do the best for them, there will be situations where you have an upset customer who is dissatisfied with your product or service. Day in and day out, we must strive to provide the optimal experience for each customer interaction.

Get It Fixed, Then Clam Up!

Steve DiGioia

In the service industry, problems happen every day. An employee makes a mistake, and the customer is, at best, disappointed. Or angry, at worst. It’s inevitable. It happens. It’s part of any operation that has many “moving” parts.

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.