By Brandon Cockrell, Service Excellence Training
We all know that one person who we consider a little crazy. IE: the thrill seeker who can’t get enough and continues to push boundaries.
The person who likes motorcycles, jet skis, quads, snowmobiles, extreme sports, sky diving, and the list goes on.
Some of these people, I love and admire. The best of the thrill seekers become famous “X-Game” athletes. These people are rare. When you consider your network of friends, family, and acquaintances, how many would you consider to be the daring risk takers?
Risk takers are not......
By Danielle Putnam
Uber is brilliant. I’ve listened to every podcast I can find by the founders and I’ve also done the same with Lyft.
I watch the two companies go neck and neck, and notice many of my friends start to pick up late night driving shifts after their day jobs. You can’t deny…the business model is brilliant. They solve a transportation problem in an affordable way, keeping the overhead low (drivers only work during ‘billable hours’), and they’re international! But, what do they have, and don’t they have? They have brand loyalty......
By Dave Rothacker
“People like us doing things like this.” - Seth Godin
In his latest book, "This is Marketing", author Seth Godin uses this phrase to describe coworkers, customers, prospective customers, vendors, etc., who share a purpose, cause, or belief with a company.
“People like us doing things like this” is a brilliant snapshot of a robust business culture.
By Brandi Loudermilk, CSR Coach at Service Excellence Training
The ongoing conflict between field staff and office staff is not new. It has been a pain point for business owners for years. It is like siblings bickering over who gets to sit in the front seat of the car for the short drive to the grocery store.
This does not only does this conflict annoy leaders, managers, and owners. It can also negatively impact business. Depending on the severity of the conflict, everything from the quality of customer service to revenue may suffer from......
By Steve Mores, VP of Training and Sales of Dynamic Air Quality Solutions
We have all heard this before: “You just have to get into the habit of doing it.” And that’s sometimes the advice and solution that owners and managers give their team when discussing how to correctly work a service, maintenance, or sales call to increase average tickets and close rates. Well, that may be easier said than done, and just saying it doesn’t make it happen. We all have habits, some good, and some bad. From our personal morning and......
By Lynn Wise
Spring is in the air! Or should I say…Service Management software is in the air? We have received a lot of inquiries from clients and potential clients about changing or implementing Service Management software in their business. Some of this is due to clients changing server-based software to cloud-based software or the need for additional functions such as purchase orders, marketing reporting, or better details for the customer records. Regardless of the reason, you need to be prepared for this change in your business. After many engagements to help......
By John LaPlant
We constantly read and hear about the labor shortage around the country, and it is not just occurring in the contracting industry. Yes, and then we stomp around and complain ad-nauseum. So, what are you doing about it? It is not going to get easier! So what is your move? Take action.
First Question: What or Who is Our Industry Competing Against for Labor?
Recent reports suggest the fastest growing opportunity position for the foreseeable future is fork lift operators. Why? A one-word answer: Amazon. With approximately 75 distribution/fulfillment centers with......
By Chris Lonergan
You know you love your customers...
If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have developed a brand and marketing efforts to attract those customers. You wouldn’t have spent so much time training yourself and your team to provide customers with the services they need. And you wouldn’t have followed through with the best customer service possible at every job.
So it makes sense that you should show your customers some love. We’re not talking about flowers and chocolates here. We’re talking about demonstrating appreciation to your clients all year long.
Whether it is your......
By Dave Rothacker
You are the number 48 NASCAR stock car. You are a Chevrolet owned by Hendrick Motorsports, one of today’s most successful racing organizations, and driven by Jimmie Johnson, one of the most successful NASCAR drivers of all time.
The cost to put you on the track for a 38-week season is over $15 million, according to a Florida Times Union article in 2012, and that was seven years ago! An impact wrench used to take your tires off costs upwards of $4,500 and the sockets run up to $1,500 apiece. The engineering,......
By Danielle Putnam
All throughout last year, key women in leadership kept mentioning the book “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. Naturally, I knew who Sheryl was, not that we were besties, but as the COO of Facebook, who didn’t know who she was?
These women weren’t talking about her book as a thrill-seeking action movie, but more in a tone of empowerment. Somehow, I brushed off each mention of the book as if it was just another trendy read.
Fast forward to 2019.
For some reason after the hub bub of the holidays, I found......