I know. You probably get e-mails all the time from customers griping about some aspect of your organization or their experience. You’ve got too much to do and too little time to do it. I could not begin to tell you how many times I’ve been told by staff and managers in Service Excellence Training that they just have too many emails and voicemails to respond to customers.
That may be the case, and maybe the root cause of all those messages is a bad experience, understaffing, or poor processes and communications. So, there is a need to get at the root causes to drive down those large numbers of unwanted customer complaints.
But it doesn’t take 30 minutes to send a good e-mail. It doesn’t even take 10 minutes to craft the perfect response. In most cases, you can easily create a great e-mail in less than 2 minutes.
The client had been coming to the venue for events for years, and something had changed. Certain gates were closed that had once been open. Handicap access was different than it had been in the past. They were a long-time customer, and this change was a frustration. Here’s the employee’s response:
Thank you for your feedback, and I’m sorry about the difficulties accessing the venue. I will make note of your concern and see if we can come up with a solution.
For some background as to why we changed from Gate B to Gate C for the event, our Gate C is closest to the wheelchair ramp. We wanted to make sure folks have the easiest access to the ramp. I’m sorry we didn’t communicate about the change well-enough prior to the event. I’ll follow-up with you prior to the next event with an update.
Thank you again,
There’s personalization, empathy, apology, commitment to action, explaining why without making excuses, taking ownership, and closing with appreciation and personalization – all in about 100 words…and under 2 minutes. This is far better than no response, and far better than most e-mails consumers receive these days.
The next time you feel you have too much going on to respond to e-mails, do what’s right and help the customer feel valued. Try to be great…in under 2 minutes.