Online Class: Customer Relationship Management
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Mastering Customer Service: A Comprehensive Guide to Excellence
Customer service is the lifeblood of any successful business. In today's fast-paced world, we engage with customer service more often than we realize. From calling our internet provider, making a reservation at a restaurant, to even making a simple online purchase, the spectrum of customer service is vast and touches every aspect of our lives.
Recent statistics indicate that 86% of consumers are willing to pay more for a great customer experience. With the digital era reshaping commerce, the lines between physical and online retail are blurring. It's evident that the need for top-notch customer service, both in-person and online, is higher than ever. Those at the forefront of delivering this service – professionals like you – have a pivotal role in this customer-centric economy.
Let's dive into what this course offers, layering each topic with real-world relevance and tools to ensure you excel in the realm of customer service:
Understanding the Customer-Centric Organization: Delve into the significance of customer service. Trace its evolution, comprehend Total Quality Management (TQM), and grasp how perceptions have shifted over the decades.
Self-Assessment of Your Customer Service: Engage in a thorough introspection of your current customer service skills. How does your organization stack up against competitors? This module encourages critical self-reflection and understanding of how emotions play into customer interactions.
Your Company's Service Lens: Learn about the three foundational elements of service excellence. Are your company's practices truly customer-centric? Understand the difference between being inward-focused versus outward, customer-focused.
Crafting a Customer Service Blueprint: Familiarize yourself with the strategic aspects of service. From garnering genuine feedback to employing client-centric practices, realize the economic imperative of excellent customer service.
Hallmarks of Stellar Customer Service: Identify the key components of outstanding service delivery. Understand the importance of consistency, criteria for success, and the need for continuous learning and awareness.
Training for Service Excellence: Dive into best practices for training and development. Explore brainstorming techniques, the art of problem-solving, and the essentials of coaching for service mastery.
Evaluative Techniques: Surveys, interviews, or focus groups? Discover the nuances of each method, their pros and cons, and acquire the skills to craft an effective customer service survey.
Customer Retention Strategies: Step into the shoes of your customer. Understand their desires, establish measurable standards, and learn the do's and don'ts of keeping customers loyal and satisfied.
The Subtleties of Service: Grasp the nuances of non-verbal communication, understand the pivotal difference between data and actionable information, and navigate the ethical landscape of service.
Navigating Challenging Situations: Equip yourself with techniques to handle difficult scenarios. From learning the art of tactful refusal to managing anger, this module will bolster your resilience and adaptability.
Digital Era Customer Service: In an age where the internet has revolutionized commerce, understanding the nuances of online customer engagement is vital. Learn how to cultivate trust, loyalty, and establish a robust e-commerce presence.
Deciphering CRM: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is no longer a buzzword but an integral part of modern business. Understand its facets, choose the right tools, and harness its incredible potential.
Future-Proofing Customer Service Management: Look ahead and envisage the future of customer service. Will it be predominantly people-oriented, or will technology reign supreme? Strategize and position yourself for the upcoming shifts in the service landscape.
Who Should Enroll?:
Aspiring Customer Service Professionals: Kickstart a rewarding career by gaining a holistic understanding of the field.
Existing Professionals: Sharpen your skills, stay updated with the latest trends, and ensure you're always at the top of your game.
Business Owners: Understand the intricacies of delivering exceptional service to elevate your brand and foster customer loyalty.
In conclusion, this course offers a panoramic view of the world of customer service, infused with actionable insights, real-world examples, and tools to ensure you're always a step ahead. Dive in, and master the art and science of customer service excellence.
Customers appreciate and respect companies that treat them the way they wish to be treated, as opposed to the way most companies actually treat them.
There are two rules you should follow when dealing with people: the Golden Rule and the Platinum Rule. While the Golden Rule is always a good principle to keep in mind when dealing with everyone, let alone customers, the Platinum Rule is even better.
Here's the Platinum Rule: "Do unto others as they would like to have done unto them."
The big difference is, of course, that you should not concentrate on what you think customers might like and treat them accordingly, but go to the trouble of finding out what the customer wants and giving it to them.
How Important Is Good Customer Service?
The relationships you build with your customers do not need to take a long time. Essentially, they need take only a moment or two. Necessity often dictates that is all the time you have. How well you communicate with your customers, and whether you treat them efficiently and courteously make up the essence of superior customer service.
After all, what does a smile cost? If you can address a customer by name, that is superb. Stop to think how you felt the last time you attended a shop or restaurant and the server smiled and addressed you by name?
The Evolution of Customer Service
While this level of service was acceptable at one time, it certainly has not been for many years. Business principles such as Total Quality Management, market share, and other concepts have made a difference, with one thing in particular influencing the push toward better customer service and higher expectations in the service industry: the Web.
When the Internet first enabled 24/7 access, customers responded with much higher expectations for answers to their questions and general information. The ability to initiate transactions on a timeline dictated by customers was a big plus. Our Internet search capabilities have made gathering information much easier, and we can conduct it largely on our own terms. Additionally, the great number and variety of mobile devices fuel most consumers' expectations for quicker and easier access to both information and services. To a large extent, we are living in an era of anywhere, anytime service.
Several factors have made it increasingly difficult for companies to secure customer loyalty: Customers demand excellent service and assign value to companies that give it to them. Customers' experiences have subsequently emerged as critical factors in companies first gaining, and then maintaining, a competitive advantage against their competitors. The days when companies could afford to care little about their customers have long gone. Those who ignore this dynamic will very quickly find themselves lagging behind competitors, or going broke.
TQM refers to a set of management practices implemented throughout an organization and geared to ensure the organization consistently met or exceeded customer requirements; i.e., enhancing the customer experience by delivering quality products. The idea is that the company or individual could gain the edge over competitors by adhering to optimal production processes, conforming to standards, and empowering staff to report any defect in production or service.
The concept, introduced by W. Edwards Deming, was practiced first in Japanese industry in the 1950s. It started to become steadily more popular in the West around the early 1980s. "Total quality" describes the culture, attitude, and organization by which a company operates to provide customers with products and services that more than satisfy their needs. This culture requires a dedication to quality in all parts of a company's operations, with defects and waste being removed and tasks being done right the first time around.
For instance, if customers perceive they have received poor treatment, that is their reality. It may not have been the intention of the person serving or helping them to be of little or no help, but that is the impression left with the customer.
Impressions of your service will depend totally on customers' memories of certain moments: those little encounters they experienced with you or your company. Are your customers' memories of you favorable? Are those little happenings negative or positive?
Think of the perceptions you created in your customers' minds in the past and learn from them, good or bad!
Do you remember when email first started to be used routinely? It quickly became just as regular a means of communication as postal mail, the phone, and the fax machine. It was not long before email was regarded as the most common and efficient way of communicating.
When did the concept of developing deeper relationships with customers really start to heat up? Technology advanced in leaps and bounds, forcing companies to take a long, hard look at their customer communication skills. Countless numbers of magazine articles and books on the topic came out.
The trick, then and now, is to view every customer's "touch point" as a chance to start dialogue and generate customer loyalty.
Do not view a sale as just another transaction. That is extremely short-sighted and will certainly neither help you acquire or maintain customer loyalty. Keep in mind that acquiring a new customer costs approximately five times more than keeping a current one. The message here, of course, is to increase efforts to retain the ones you have.
- Completely Online
- 6 Months to Complete
- 24/7 Availability
- Start Anytime
- PC & Mac Compatible
- Android & iOS Friendly
- Accredited CEUs
Lesson 1 : A Customer-Centered Organization
Lesson 2 : Taking an Honest Look at Your Own Customer Service
Lesson 3 : Your Company's Customer Service Focus
Lesson 4 : Developing a Winning Customer Service Strategy
Lesson 5 : The Benefits of Exceptional Customer Service
Lesson 6 : The Wow Factors of Customer Service Training
Lesson 7 : The Way To Go: Surveys, Questionnaires, Interviews, or Focus Groups
Lesson 8 : Acquiring Customers and Keeping Them
Lesson 9 : Extra Considerations and Miscellaneous Factors
Lesson 10 : When the Going Becomes Rough, Here Is What to Do
Lesson 11 : Working in the World of the Web
Lesson 12: CRM Is Not an Option; It Is Here to Stay
Lesson 13: Customer Service Management Options of the Future
- Define the customer-centered organization.
- Evaluate your own customer service objectively.
- Describe methods to make your company's customer service more central.
- Develop a winning customer service strategy
- Summarize the reasons for providing exceptional customer service.
- Describe ways for acquiring customers and retaining them.
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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- Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
- Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
- Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
- View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
- Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
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- "I thought this course was very helpful in getting a better understanding of customer relationship management." -- Brandy R.
- "Instructor is very knowledgeable, kind and courteous. He provided a wealth of feedback and encouragement to me. It helped guide me through the course. Well worth the money I spent on the course!" -- Rich S.
- "Excellent course and very useful for furthering my skills and employability." -- Laura O.
- "The instructor was attentive and responded quickly to my coursework submissions." -- Gloria R.
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