This is the first - in a series of completely unfair, no-holds-barred customer service evaluations of two similar providers based on recent experiences. First into the ring, Ocado, the pioneer online supermarket synonymous with Waitrose’s high-end brands. And leaping over the ropes, here comes - uh - Waitrose, the high-end online supermarket. Confused? This post won’t help - but might illustrate how to get some basics right in this highly competitive area. Seconds out, round one. (more…)
You can’t talk about customer service for long without queues coming to mind. There’s been a lot of coverage recently about queues in relation to the UK’s border controls fiasco at Heathrow Airport and the rather grumbling response to all this has rather missed the point – queuing is not always a bad thing and, moreover, it’s an opportunity to demonstrate great customer service.
Normal service will be resumed in due course
I’m writing this whilst watching Spain play Portugal in the World Cup and, as I usually root for the underdog, I’m supporting Portugal. Having had a great experience in Portuguese-style piri-piri outfit Nando’s last night I’m even more inclined to favour them. The secret? Over-compensation.
I didn’t set out to theme this year’s blogs around films but as all consultants know, two data points make a trend, so maybe I’ll continue to do so (although I’m planning to see The Wolfman soon so that could be tricky). After finding a service message in The Road it’s much easier for me to find one in the latest George Clooney vehicle Up In The Air. But it’s one that challenged my own ideas of superior service.
I saw the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthyâ€™s The Road at the weekend. Itâ€™s a marvellous film and, as an adaptation, itâ€™s difficult to fault â€“ but one aspect struck me as, well, intriguing. (more…)
As someone whose walls are decorated with a fair amount of typography and calligraphy (an abiding interest from my wifeâ€™s days as an art student) I was interested to see the furore generated by IKEAâ€™s decision to change its catalogue font from Futura to the more screen-friendly Verdana. Is this just an issue for font-geeks or a massive erosion of the brand loyalty engendered over many years of superior flat-pack design and serving countless Swedish meatballs? (more…)
Having been happily married for many years I don’t really remember my last relationship break-up - and it’s probably fair to say that any notions I have are informed by films, plays or books (or the Archers come to think of it). However I had a reminder of what it might have been like following a recent break-up with O2. Paraphrasing somewhat, it went a bit like this: (more…)
I make no apologies for a second post on the joys of improvisation â€“ this time inspired by seeing the Comedy Store Players (featuring Paul Merton) in an evening of hilarious improvised comedy at my local theatre last weekend.Â For readers unfamiliar with the improv approach, the audience supplies the source material by suggesting film or theatre styles, character names, locations, jobs and so on. Itâ€™s then up to the performers to improvise from that starting point. Itâ€™s hard to convey the results of this without making it sound ridiculous â€“ which it is â€“ so I wonâ€™t attempt to. (Since itâ€™s played for laughs the ridiculousness is all part of the equation anyway.) (more…)
Iâ€™ve spent a large chunk of the holiday season reading the papers and theyâ€™re chock full of articles looking back at 2008 and looking forward to 2009. Depending on how grouchy Iâ€™m feeling itâ€™s either a neat bit of recycling or plain lazy journalism. Whatever, this year Iâ€™m not going to be left out and so Iâ€™m proud present the first annual Open Chord Awards for superior customer service.