5 Surprising Customer Service Experiences ( and what they tell us )


If you put “Customer Relationship” into Google you will most likely get a diagram like this. Which doesn’t look like any relationship I’ve ever had. Another January, more High Street woe , more stories of how customer service is declining. My belief ? Service is actually improving in the UK. But far too slowly compared … Continue reading 5 Surprising Customer Service Experiences ( and what they tell us )

2013 – Do we need a new operating system?


My first post of 2013 has been slightly delayed due to holiday. I love holidays. Not because they get me away from work but because it’s where I can put work into focus.  The further away I get from Bromford and the UK the greater clarity I get on the things that need to change. It’s … Continue reading 2013 – Do we need a new operating system?

Do You Love Your Customers Enough To Follow Them Back?


“We are a live, work, play company. When we first started using Twitter, it was a way we could stay connected while also helping our customers if they needed it.” This quote comes in an article I shared about Zappos , the online shoe and clothing store. It says a lot to me about customer engagement. … Continue reading Do You Love Your Customers Enough To Follow Them Back?

10 Myths From The Year We Went Social


2012 – The Year We Went Social from Paul Taylor 2012 was the year in which the Housing Association sector went social. It’s very positive that so many of us have recognised the clear customer service and business benefits that social and digital engagement can bring. This was year we went social. And these are … Continue reading 10 Myths From The Year We Went Social

Break Your Own Rules


I had a couple of great little customer service experiences recently that I’d like to share. On both occasions the employee admitted breaking the rules.  They had done something that I , the customer , thought was great service. But it was against the practices or policies as applied by their own managers. See what you … Continue reading Break Your Own Rules

Disrupt your Industry. Or be Disrupted.


A customer called us recently. His call was answered really quickly. A repair was needed to his home. His problem was diagnosed with just a couple of questions. He was given a time and date for the repair. He was told it would be in two weeks time  – a part was needed that wasn’t in stock. … Continue reading Disrupt your Industry. Or be Disrupted.