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Service serving the work

I have not spent my career in customer-facing positions. Far from it. I have always lurked behind-the-scenes where the ‘better mousetraps’ are built. It’s always been someone else job to present those mousetraps to the world. When…

Facts About Customer Service

If you’ve been following my past blogs, you have probably noticed a common theme. Customer service. You might not always think about the service you are providing, but I’m sure you’re always thinking about the service you are receiving.…

Ownership is the First Step to Resolution

A common complaint voiced by customers dealing with a company’s support team is that they don’t feel that anyone has fully taken ownership of their issue. In our work with clients as well as my experiences in dealing with companies as a…

Things That Make You Say "Wow!"

As a market researcher, I am thrilled when trends and dynamics emerge after interviewing people. You know you’re beginning to uncover objective findings when the same feedback – good, bad or indifferent – is cited repeatedly by unrelated…

The Value of Services

I’ve taken a good college try at the smart home, from August locks to WeMo smart switches to the Nest thermostat.  Everything is a bit clunky.  This is after a good two decades of the technology industry learning how to make printer setup…

Relationships Matter, but not in Isolation

As Ideba celebrates its ninth birthday, I thought it would be good to look back at three ingredients that have driven our success to date. Since inception we’ve seen a lot of changes within our client base – M&A activity, new offerings,…

Bad Service Sabotages Second Chances

I am such a stickler for good service it pains me. I’m constantly disappointed with service levels, assuming that my expectations are just too high. I’ve experienced amazing service at several places across the US, and I’ve also experienced…
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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

How do you know what your customer wants if you don’t take the time to ask them? And I don’t mean a generic online survey that is sent out after each purchase or experience. I am talking about a legitimate program that you use day in and…

Great Expectations

I am a big advocate for good customer service. Shocking, I know. Of course, nobody wants bad customer service and nobody wants to feel like the company they are supporting doesn’t care about their needs. That being said, I think you can easily…

The Locksmith

Most blog posts provide the reader answers to a problem, or are written to demonstrate one’s formed opinion. Instead, my intent for this blog is to ask a philosophical question about a complex customer experience issue faced by professionals.…