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Author Archives: Fred Reichheld

Delight your employees—fire bad customers

Probably every sales clerk or customer-service rep has run into customers they never want to see again. They’re rude, obnoxious and make life uncomfortable for employees and for fellow customers. Their shouts are often laced with profanity. They abuse the … Continue reading

Making spirits bright for harried holiday shoppers

‘Tis the season to be jolly—unless you’re one of the millions of last-minute shoppers fighting the crowds at the mall. Or you’re one of the employees who has to put up with cranky, demanding shoppers and with the incredible crush … Continue reading

Giving a little, but getting a lot in return

In my latest blog post on LinkedIn, I look at two stories of customer service—one that made me shake my head in dismay and one that brought a smile to my face. In the first story, a company creates a … Continue reading

Why your banking experience is likely to get better

Banks are working hard to cultivate loyalty just to keep pace in an ultra-competitive market. In the process, they’re doing many things right, as I explain in my latest post on LinkedIn Pulse. They’re using technology to make easy transactions … Continue reading

Putting an end to pointless surveys

So many companies today suffer from survey diarrhea, constantly bombarding their customers with long, pointless surveys. These surveys usually ask for 10 or 15 minutes of a customer’s time and rarely lead to any meaningful changes. My latest post on … Continue reading

Can a company pay it forward?

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn. We’ve all heard of “paying it forward”—the idea that one thoughtful act on someone’s part can touch off a chain reaction of good deeds. I’ve posted before about how companies can get into the … Continue reading

Why your customers break up with you

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.  Recently a colleague’s son decided to cut the cord to his cable provider. He bought a Roku stick so he could stream movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu and others. He installed a … Continue reading

Paying it forward to customers

Companies can and should contribute to positive experiences in the world, and it’s good business practice to do so. The trickier question is how to foster a culture that achieves these aims without seeming cloying or artificial. We all know … Continue reading

Like your job? Thank your boss

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn. Your boss has a lot to do with whether you like your work. That may sound blindingly obvious, but surprisingly few companies treat direct supervisors and team leaders as the key to employee engagement. … Continue reading

Intelligent acts of kindness: Why it pays to be nice

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.  I recently had to get a new cable box. Few companies can raise the ire of consumers like cable companies, with their DIY installation and sometimes weak service. As the rep at my cable … Continue reading

Why no one wants to take your survey

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.  Of the hundreds of survey requests you receive each year, to how many do you respond? How many times has a store invited you to take an online survey for the chance to win … Continue reading

Who inspires you at work?

When it comes to keeping employees engaged, few people are as influential as direct supervisors. Makes sense, right? You’re more likely to enjoy your job if your boss pays attention to your work, gives you the right tools for the … Continue reading

The oldest, best measure of customer happiness

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.  Customer service was simpler in the era before big box chains and online shopping. Back then, to delight his clients, a business owner simply needed to offer fair prices, convenient hours and honest advice. … Continue reading

LinkedIn readers share their “intelligent acts of kindness”

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post on LinkedIn that praised the merits of “intelligent acts of kindness”—common-sense, low-cost gestures that really make a person’s day. These efforts are “intelligent” for businesses because they are thoughtful, practical, appropriate—and sustainable. At the end, … Continue reading

Inspiring loyalty through intelligent acts of kindness

Some executives think they need to resort to pricey incentives to cultivate loyalty among their customers. But often, all it takes is a common sense, low-cost gesture to brighten a customer’s day and inspire him or her to share the … Continue reading