What makes a repeatable Customer Service model?
The last time you found a broken customer service process (probably, as a frustrated customer), did any one part of the conversation or interaction really stick out?
Customer service is tricky, because trying to explain to someone how to do it well is a combination of process (what are you doing; and how are you doing it; and what are the order of the steps) and feel (how are you feeling; how are you assessing what and how the customer is feeling; and how do you react inituitively.) It’s easy to get it wrong, yet most people easily identify when customer service is doing right by the customer.
In this presentation, I tried to make a simple model that can be adapted to many different customer service situations. It’s not a call flow model (but it could be used for one); and it’s not a multi-channel guide that helps you when customers are contacting you in multiple places at once. But it should give you a pretty good idea of what to do when people contact you to make them feel heard; to accurately capture the issue; and to allow the organization to adjust and change in response to the customer’s suggestion.
The “A” are as follows:
- Acknowledge – let the customer know you’ve heard them
- Apologize (if necessary) – offer a sincere apology if necessary
- Answer (and ask) – offer a potential solution, ask for more information, and restate the issue
- Analyze – determine the root cause if the initial solution didn’t resolve the issue
- Adjust – based on what you’ve learned, propose changes