Strategic Customer Service: Managing the Customer Experience to Increase Positive Word of Mouth, Build Loyalty, and Maximize Profits Kindle Edition

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[Five Stars] "People involved in company strategy or customer service should drop what they are doing and read this five-star book now. For others, it provides an excellent perspective on the value of customer service. Strategic Customer Service is the best book on customer service, in terms of concepts and practical solutions, I have read in a long time. Goodman's wonderful, well-integrated stories are the frosting on the cake." --Grazadio Business Report



Selected by Customer Service Newsletter as one of the best customer service books of 2009: "If your company's goal is to create a customer experience that builds relationships and increases customer lifetime value, Goodman's book offers the research data to support such an effort and a blueprint for achieving it."

Book Description

The success of any organization depends on high-quality customer service. But for companies that strategically align customer service with their overall corporate strategy, it can transcend typical good business to become a profitable word-of-mouth machine that will transform the bottom line. Drawing on over thirty years of research for companies such as 3M, American Express, Chik-Fil-A, USAA, Coca-Cola, FedEx, GE, Cisco Systems, Neiman Marcus, and Toyota, author Goodman uses formal research, case studies, and patented practices to show readers how they can:

calculate the financial impact of good and bad customer service

• make the financial case for customer service improvements •

systematically identify the causes of problems

• align customer service with their brand

• harness customer service strategy into their organization's culture and behavior

Filled with proven strategies and eye-opening case studies, this book challenges many aspects of conventional wisdom—using hard data—and reveals how any organization can earn more loyalty, win more customers...and improve their financial bottom line.


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  • File Size: 2359 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (May 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00272MACA
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Strategic Customer Service: Managing the Customer Experience to Increase Positive Word of Mouth, Build Loyalty, and Maximize Profits

John Goodman's book Strategic Customer Service is excellent. In my personal library, I have approximately 150 books on customer service. Goodman's book is easily in the top 1% to 2% of all these books. I give Goodman high marks for three reasons. First, he writes well and is easy to read. Second, he discusses, in depth, a comprehensive range of customer service related subjects. Third, and perhaps most important of all, his book is solidly grounded in empirical findings. I highly recommend Strategic Customer Service to all readers who are searching for a clear, data based, and persuasive explanation as to why customer service is really as important and consequential as its enthusiastic supporters claim it to be.
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As a psychotherapist, consultant and educator for nearly 50 years, I am sure of at least one thing: People act to get their needs met. When faced with questions and uncertainties, people will make choices which are designed to result in a more satisfying and less painful life. I believe this is the basis of all our behavior.

People want to be heard, understood and to be taken seriously....to be appreciated. And when you are fortunate enough to have a dissatisfied customer call, e-mail, fax or otherwise contact your organization, the customer seriously wants someone to pay attention and help get the problem sorted out.

If the customer believes he/she is treated in a responsible manner and the offending concern is addressed, the chances are that the customer will be inclined to purchase additional goods/services from your organization....and they will tell a FEW folk about the positive experience.

On the other hand, if the customer is not satisfied with the response of your organization's Customer Services, the customer will be less inclined to purchase from your organization and they will communicate their dissatisfaction by Word of Mouth to colleagues, golf partners and neighbors and by "Word of Mouse" (a TARP term coined in 1999) to a whole host of people on Facebook and their Family and Friends on e-mail.

John Goodman in his book "Strategic Customer Service" presents 38 years of experience helping organizations, corporations and industries gain positive repurchase intention and positive Word of Mouth so that Customer Relations can become an income center (and that means MAKE MONEY) for the organization rather than being just some well intended organizational fluff.

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A must read for professionals working in customer service management, or even as a rep yourself. It give great insight to the voice of the customer, and the cost of bad word of mouth. If you are working on a customer service project, taking a glance at this book can help you with your plans. Most of the advice is pretty solid, and tested by major companies.
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A great book that approaches strategic customer service from an excellent framework and perspective. It bridges the gap by bringing high-level ideas down to earth with great examples and insights. Good for B2B and B2C practitioners.

I've seen John speak a couple of times and am always impressed with the consistency and insight he brings to the subject.

If you have transformational work to do in getting your organization bought into deeper investment in customer service, this is the book for you!
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The Author - John A. Goodman, "is a very popular speaker and sought after consultant. He founded TARP Worldwide in 1971, John has helped improve the customer service practices of hundreds of companies-including many widely respected firms like GE, USAA, Chick-fil-A, American Express, Marriott, Harley Davidson, and Neiman Marcus." John has "seen it all" as they say and some..." - Dennis E. Gonier, CEO, TARP Worldwide.

Review Summary - Why Strategic Customer Service? Strategic Customer Service is important when measured will improve the customer experience. The content of this book is an easy understandable read and provides excellent information which will help career professionals improve their customer service attitude and "see the power of strategic customer service" to help realize the value and impact a companies bottom line, especially affecting the worldwide economic sensitivities, factors and uncertainty. The author provides proven cases, models and strategies which substantiate his guidance and processes.

What five things gleaned from this book regarding the importance of Strategic Customer Service are:

1. Any leader who fails to see the opportunities and risks in the customer experience will affect their profits even with taking one interaction for granted.

2. Guiding principles and processes when applied will strengthen and provide comfort and confidence in their future dealings. Managers cannot afford to reduce expenses by under-serving their customers.

3. Strategic Customer Service is definitely an intellectual reminder that nothing in more powerful than a positive customer experience and is for all senior management and aspiring CFOs.

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