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Talk About Yourself to Build Customer Confidence - 4/16/24


When you’re dealing with somebody who is anxious or nervous about a situation, a customer who feels like they don’t have much control, an individual who is unsure and uncertain, it’s important to put the customer at ease.  It’s important to build their comfort level.  It’s important to help Read more

The Proven Value in What You Do - 4/9/24


Forbes wrote an article last year based on a compilation of the results of research on customer service and the customer experience; it was titled:  100 Customer Experience Stats For 2023. In reading the article, you’ll note that many of these key research findings are about you – the value Read more

A Tale of Two Texts - 4/2/24


Having to get allergy shots once a week is never fun, and for Janet, it became an even bigger frustration. She had the shots typically scheduled on Tuesday around 10:30 in the morning, figuring she would avoid the morning rush as well as the lunch rush by going mid-morning.  However, Read more

The Secret Sauce for Great Customer Service - 3/26/24


I was working with the League Office for a major American sport several years back, and one of the executives asked me to describe our Secret Sauce that helped our clients improve the fan experience and customer retention.  I gave him a sense of what makes us unique and Read more

The Miracle of an Apology - 3/19/24


Unfortunate but true story… The manager basically lost his mind.  He terminated his employee on the spot.  She had told the customer that there was going to be a delay in the shipment.  The employee called up the customer ahead of time to let the customer know what was about Read more

It’s Not About the 5-Minute Wait - 3/12/24


Robert went into his supervisor’s office to update her on a situation at the payment desk.  Robert said that a customer was about fourth or fifth in line, waiting to be served, and the customer was complaining loudly about the wait.  He was there to make a property tax Read more

Lessons from the Greats - 3/5/24


I was recently facilitating a workshop on the customer experience, and I made the point that it’s usually beneficial to look at your personal life for great experiences; identify what really resonates with you in a positive way in order to uncover ideas to improve your own customer service. So, Read more

The Empathy Roadmap - 2/27/24


For some people, empathy comes naturally.  There’s an innate desire to learn about the other person and to sincerely convey that sense of interest and caring.  But for many of us, sometimes it helps to have a communication plan.  It helps to know what to do in order to Read more

“You’re the Boss” - 2/20/24


Terrence is excellent at what he does.  From a technical standpoint, he knows how to keep the facility clean.  He’s the lead custodian, and he knows that keeping things straight does not necessarily mean keeping things sanitary.  He knows what chemicals to use and not to use, how to Read more

Customer Understanding Leads to Relationship Growth - 2/13/24


We’ve worked with educational organizations at all grade levels over the years.  One special and unique characteristic about the staff who work in these organizations is that there’s a clear intent to know about the students as individuals, to focus on them rather than purely focusing on what’s delivered Read more

Outsourcing Groupon E-mail Customer Service?

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Groupon is toying with the idea of outsourcing some of its e-mail customer service. In a recent wired.com article, Groupon notes that it’s looking to open its own customer service center in India. While it notes that it’s not using an outsourced vendor, the reason for the move is clear – to save money. According to the article, “Groupon shares closed at $4.27 Monday, down almost 84% since the company’s initial offering in November.”

But what might be most interesting about the article is the information shared about the job posting in India. Groupon is looking for “staff with ‘high degrees of empathy, patience, resourcefulness, and web savvy [who can] respond to emails.'” So let’s percolate on this for a minute.

Much of the dialogue in business these days is conducted via e-mail. So to be effective in communicating with customers via e-mail, just as you would via face-to-face or telephone communications, you need to understand what employee qualities would work.

While empathy is vital to great customer service (in outsourcing or otherwise), it’s particularly difficult to convey when communicating via e-mail. To provide good customer service via e-mail, one of the primary qualities is the ability to write, to understand the words you’re using and how the other person would most likely receive them. An employee needs to know how to write in a concise manner, to answer questions specifically, to set expectations. They have to know how to write well.

Whether Groupon adopts this outsourcing philosophy is up to them, but if they (or any other company) wants to provide good customer service via e-mail, they need to look for people who can write in an organized manner, who can personalize in writing, who write with more of a “you” focus than “I” focus, yes – who can convey empathy in writing, and who can convey tone with the written word.

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