Customer Service

How to Deal with Angry Customers

How to Deal with Angry Customers

Angry customers happen. Sometimes it’s your fault. Sometimes it isn’t. Above all, remain calm, practice humility and know that this interaction won’t last forever. As you assess the situation, mentally ask yourself these questions: What is the customer truly angry…

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From Businesses to Users, Yelp is Losing its Appeal

From Businesses to Users, Yelp is Losing its Appeal

Poor Customer Service and Increased Competition Take a Toll on Yelp An active community of users and businesses makes Yelp valuable. Community members are individuals. As Yelp matures as a business, the temptation to de-humanize the community while developing cookie-cutter…

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Your Receptionist May Be Your Most Important Employee

In Small Business Marketing, Receptionists Are on the Front Line Receptionist positions are often considered entry-level with high turnover. Small businesses don’t spend much time training the receptionist, sometimes just giving her an admonition to be friendly and punctual. But from…

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Facebook as a Customer Service Tool

Have you ever had a customer reach out to you with a customer service issue on social media? Most businesses think of social media as only a marketing tool (if they think of these channels at all). But including social…

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Why Isn’t Every Business Using Yelp for Customer Service?

My husband and I had a great experience dining at Jimmy G’s, so I wrote them a five-star review on Yelp. Less than an hour later, I received an email from Ross, the manager, thanking me for reviewing the restaurant.…

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Marketing for Appearances

Have you ever driven past a small business and thought it looked dingy, dilapidated or outdated? Have you ever been on a website that felt cumbersome to use, with the information you sought hard to find? Perhaps you think the…

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