Category Archives: Improve Customer Service

One Concept that Improves All Your Customer Service Interactions

by Martha Brooke on May 18, 2017

In the US market alone, there are hundreds of customer service consultants offering thousands of customer service improvement strategies which begs the question: does anyone need yet another customer service improvement plan? I think, decidedly, yes, for the simple reason that most customer service remains lackluster and inconsistent—while executives routinely believe their customer service is […]

GUEST POST: Jerry Sokol on Customer Experience Metrics

by Martha Brooke on December 20, 2016

Jerry Sokol writes for Biz Meets Tech and he recently wrote about something that’s always top of mind at Interaction Metrics—good customer experience metrics. Numbers are only useful insofar as they help you improve—simply tracking outcome metrics or just collecting data is never the answer. The right customer experience metrics don’t just tell you that customers […]

3 Ways to Get More from Your Mystery Shops

by Martha Brooke on October 14, 2016

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 […]

Customer Experience: Use The Right Metrics

by Martha Brooke on August 23, 2016

If you’re not achieving your goals for the customer experience, you’re probably not measuring at the correct level; learn what that level is. Goals: Companies want to give and get value through the customer experience—what are your goals? To deliver proactive customer service? Reduce customer support calls? Increase customer loyalty? Sell more through each customer […]

Starbucks: Your Customer is NOT Your Guinea Pig

by Martha Brooke on August 18, 2016

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 […]

Are You Benchmarking OR Innovating?

by Martha Brooke on August 10, 2016

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 […]

What You’ll Never Get from NPS (Or Any Other Outcome Metric)

by Martha Brooke on June 30, 2016

Every company has its own take on customer experience—what are your goals? Perhaps you’re looking to stage the customer experience to strengthen customer loyalty and retention. Or, maybe you need more proactive customer service to increase First Call Resolution (FCR). Sometimes, customer surveys paint a rosy picture, but your sales numbers tell a different story—and […]

Unstructured Data: Mining the Gold

by Martha Brooke on June 16, 2016

Unstructured data presents a goldmine of information, but mining that gold is no easy task—it requires coding with detailed text analysis. To be clear, unstructured data includes customer survey text comments, customer service calls, emails, chats, reviews, and other narrative sources of information.  It’s the data that doesn’t fall into neat, easy categories—so the signal […]

Friendly Customer Service Is NOT Enough

by Martha Brooke on January 22, 2016

Often, companies don’t sufficiently invest in customer service evaluations because they believe hiring smart, friendly staff will produce adequate customer service. And yet, many of these same companies claim that customer service is one of their core strengths. But why settle for adequate? If you want to make strides and get a strong ROI on […]

“Talk Your Walk” with Branded Customer Service

by Martha Brooke on January 15, 2016

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 critical […]