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New developments in customer service training

New developments in customer service training In today’s volatile economy, providing excellent customer service can be the critical difference between a company’s success and failure. Customers today are better educated than ever before. They are increasingly careful about purchases and the dollars they spend and want value for their money. Customers also want good service and are willing to pay for it. The level of courtesy and assistance required from a customer service representative has increased dramatically over the past decade as a result of the customer’s upgraded “acceptable” service standards; more skills are required, such as telephone courtesy and assistance, effective telemarketing skills, customer retention, problem‐solving capabilities, maintaining customer satisfaction, and effective use of available technology. As a result, companies in various industries are induced to provide distinguished customer service in order to remain competitive. Learning is taking on strategic importance. Demand for customer service training is higher than ever before. Such extraordinary commitment can be elicited only in the context of a corporate culture that emphasizes caring about employees and sharing of the service ethic by everyone in the organization ‐ starting with the CEO. A business which offers not just the bare‐bones basics but exceptional, value‐amplified service, which anticipates and caters to a whole range of customer needs and desires, sets itself far above the competition. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Managing Service Quality Emerald Publishing

New developments in customer service training

Managing Service Quality , Volume 6 (2): 8 – Apr 1, 1996

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1996 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0960-4529
DOI
10.1108/09604529610109774
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Abstract

In today’s volatile economy, providing excellent customer service can be the critical difference between a company’s success and failure. Customers today are better educated than ever before. They are increasingly careful about purchases and the dollars they spend and want value for their money. Customers also want good service and are willing to pay for it. The level of courtesy and assistance required from a customer service representative has increased dramatically over the past decade as a result of the customer’s upgraded “acceptable” service standards; more skills are required, such as telephone courtesy and assistance, effective telemarketing skills, customer retention, problem‐solving capabilities, maintaining customer satisfaction, and effective use of available technology. As a result, companies in various industries are induced to provide distinguished customer service in order to remain competitive. Learning is taking on strategic importance. Demand for customer service training is higher than ever before. Such extraordinary commitment can be elicited only in the context of a corporate culture that emphasizes caring about employees and sharing of the service ethic by everyone in the organization ‐ starting with the CEO. A business which offers not just the bare‐bones basics but exceptional, value‐amplified service, which anticipates and caters to a whole range of customer needs and desires, sets itself far above the competition.

Journal

Managing Service QualityEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1996

Keywords: Commitment; Competitive strategy; Customer satisfaction; Customer service; Skills; Training

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