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The Program Organizations Are Implementing That Increases Customer Loyalty By 25 Percent

August 13, 2013 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

At Disney, we know that a customer’s service experience manifests itself through a multitude of touch points; therefore, you must intentionally manage every aspect of that service experience. Organizations who fail to “over-manage” even the smallest details risk service improvisation, which frustrates their customers.

New research further supports the benefits for organizations that implement programs specifically aimed at improving the customer experience. In an article from CRM Magazine, Expect the Unexpected from Customer Experience, Esteban Kolsky writes that organizations that implement a customer experience program can increase customer loyalty by 25 percent. These organizations tend to make and save more money, generate greater value for their customers, and have “the intangibles,” writes Kolsky.

Of course, the benefits of a well-designed and implemented service experience are not realized over night. The meticulous planning and organizing of your people and infrastructure to support your service processes often requires a long-term commitment to continuous improvement.

Kolsky supported this idea with personal experience:

“Without fail, all the people I worked with who deployed a CX initiative found it to be an iterative process. That means that you implement it once, learn from the deployment and feedback from customers, and then do it again. Once you are finished with the second deployment, there is a third...and a fourth...and an nth one just waiting.”

Service is the accumulation of “touches.” It’s not about any one triumph or tragedy, but rather the sum of many interactions over time.  For each customer, with each touch point, and in every interaction, your service experience should echo the words of Don Shula who said, “Strive for perfection, settle for excellence.”

Disney Institute is ready to help you apply strategic rigor to your customer experience efforts - call us at 321.939.4600 or complete our Contact Form

Posted in Quality Service | Tagged Excellent Customer Service, Customer Service Techniques, Customer Retention, Bruce Jones | 1 Comments

1 Responses to The Program Organizations Are Implementing That Increases Customer Loyalty By 25 Percent

  • Jim says:

    on August 14, 2013

    The intentional practice of avoiding transactional business behavior remains paramount in today's service world. As a mentor to new real estate agents I always suggest that their after-sale actions are never about the 80 yard touchdown pass. Zig Ziglar used to say "three yards and a cloud of dust". Service efforts during and after a transaction should remain consistent and constant and include elements of value relevant to your field. The final element is the art of remaining consistent without being invasive.

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