Tag Archives: customer satisfaction

Shopping behaviour in Dille and Kamille

This is the interior of Dille and Kamille, the homeware store, in Maastricht, Holland. It was fascinating to observe the behaviour of Dutch shoppers in this outlet today.  They… stroked fabric products picked up objects to look underneath handed objects … Continue reading

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The world’s top 30 overrated tourist traps

Who can resist such a headline?  farandwide,com have done a slide show of what they regard are overhyped and overrated tourist attractions.  It seems there are two main reasons why a venue gets on the list – in some cases … Continue reading

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How to ruin a perfectly lovely morning – AGAIN

Four weeks ago I blogged about how it took me nearly two hours to reorder my prescription because my surgery had switched to http://www.patientaccess.com.  Having eventually succeeded in  logging on and placing my order last month, I assumed it would … Continue reading

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Systemic failure creates significant down time (or how to ruin a perfectly lovely morning)

I have just tried to renew my prescription online.  This should take roughly one minute – find the website, click on a couple of screens, tick two boxes and I’m done.  Not this morning. http://www.patientaccess.com has changed its website (apparently … Continue reading

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Waiter! I’d like my Big Mac medium rare please

I ended my last blog by mentioning that McDonalds UK was offering table service from February this year and right now is running an advertising campaign about it.  I cannot let this pass with just a mention, it deserves a … Continue reading

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Differentiating between “regular” and “premium” customers

There are many operations in which there are different classes of customer – such as hotels, hairdressers, and airlines.  This is based usually on how much the customer pays for different levels of service.  In many cases it is not … Continue reading

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Manage the customer experience through ‘episodes’

Interesting article from Bain & Co that explains how managing customer ‘episodes’ may be the best way for pharmaceutical companies to improve their performance.  Although it is aimed at pharma, it explains how this approach has already been successfully adopted … Continue reading

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Starbucks customers are much appier now….

Yesterday’s blog focused on the idea that you do not start with the technology, you start with what it can do for your order winners…. So it is almost unbelievable that Starbucks introduced an app that enabled off-site ordering without … Continue reading

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It’s not about running a shop, it’s about building a community

I grew up in a shop – at least in the flat over the shop my parents ran.  It was a bit like the shop in the TV sitcom ‘Open All Hours’ – except it was four times the size … Continue reading

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Are smiley faces better than questions?

Long time followers of this blog will know that I am somewhat sceptical about the value, validity and reliability of customer satisfaction surveys.  David Eisen, in this blog on on the hotel management.net website, shares some of my concerns.  However … Continue reading

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