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How humanity drives customer experience

This is a guest post from Jay Baer — social media and content strategist and author of “Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help not Hype.” See the original post this is adapted from and more like it on his Convince & Convert blog. According to Nielsen, we trust friends and family members’ recommendations 92%…

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WOM Tip #486: Tell everyone your above-and-beyond customer service stories

When an Uber driver named Dahir brought a passenger from the airport to his car parked at a friend’s house, the passenger realized that his car’s battery had died. So Dahir drove the passenger to a store to get jumper cables and helped him jump start his car battery at no extra charge. Every company…

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Become a fan of your fans

This is a guest post from Spike Jones — SVP, Managing Director SW Region at Edelman Digital and co-author of the book Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable Word of Mouth Movements. See the original post this is adapted from and more like it on his blog. Yep. That pretty much sums it up. Unless…

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3 word of mouth situations when the customer is definitely right

[Welcome back to our Word of Mouth Marketing Lessons newsletter. This is text from the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using this handy form.] “The customer is always right” is a tricky phrase. The heart of it, unflinching customer service, is well meaning — but frankly, sometimes your…

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WOM Tip #582: Listen for opportunities to make someone’s day — even small ones

Big gestures can earn word of mouth, sure. But so can a lot of little moments. For example, Staples was paying attention when this college student tweeted a question about clipboards. Even though she didn’t use “@Staples” to send the message directly to them, they saw the opportunity and surprised her by sending her a…

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3 word of mouth lessons from the grocery store

[Welcome back to our Word of Mouth Marketing Lessons newsletter. This is text from the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using this handy form.] As a supermarket, it’s hard to stand out when your competitors are on every other corner. But with a little creativity, these companies are…

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WOM Tip #405: Make fixing your mistakes a big deal

Negative feedback isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it presents a great opportunity to do something remarkable for your customers. For example, when Chef Boyardee got rid of their cans with pop-top lids to save a little money, they didn’t realize it would be such a disappointment to their fans. But after bringing back the…

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WOM Tip #376: Inexpensive tools can carry word of mouth messages for more expensive stuff

Homage, a retro-sports-inspired clothing company, includes packages of old baseball cards with their customers’ orders. They’re not worth anything to a serious baseball card trader — but that’s not the point. They’re nostalgic, they’re a cool way to surprise and delight customers, and most importantly, they’re a word of mouth carrier. When Homage sends these…

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