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AutoNews Now: De Nysschen out at Cadillac; GM Canada exec takes helm

AutoNews - Wed, 2018-04-18 16:45
De Nysschen out at Cadillac, GM Canada exec takes helm; Senate votes to scrap CFPB guidance on auto loans; A premium debate: The 'new regular'; Buying Chevy's gas from in-dash.
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Compatibility Matters: Meeting Your POS Match

FastCasual.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 16:27
Knowing your must-haves and deal breakers is key to finding the right point-of-sale system for your pizza or delivery restaurant concept.

Why Your Restaurant Needs a Mobile App

FastCasual.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 15:36
What a restaurant app is really capable of doing and why you should be investing in mobile apps.

4 Trends Customer Service Teams Are Using to Kill the Competition

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2018-04-18 15:30
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Today’s customers are more demanding than ever. They want:

  • Personalized service with recommendations just for them.
  • Mobile service, just like in all the apps they use daily.
  • Instant service. Nobody’s willing to wait on hold anymore.
  • Predictive service, so problems are solved before they’re even known.

All these things will become commonplace for customer service in the future… The problem is customers want them now. Manual processes and disconnected systems just aren’t suitable to meet the increasing demands, and what this all boils down to is this: Your business can’t be successful without a complete tech solution.

The customer experience is more important than price.

Think for a minute about companies you particularly love — maybe Amazon, Virgin, Zappos, or any number of other companies — and chances are they have one thing in common: a great customer experience. Service and support have become differentiators, and today’s customers only want to buy from companies that provide a quality “experience,” or top-notch service from end-to-end. That means the customer experience is now just as important as price — and even as important as the very product a company sells.

Savvy customer service teams are actively embracing four trends to create an outstanding customer experience, bring in more revenue, and create repeat business. Let’s take a look.

Trend 1: Set great expectations.

Customers expect great service, so you’ve got to provide it. To do that, customer service teams have to go to where the customer is: Every channel, every touchpoint, every line of business. This ensures timely responses, but it’s also how your customer service team starts to function as a brand ambassador and additional sales channel. Locate a problem? Swoop in to provide help and recommend solutions. All this, in turn, helps to create a unified front across entire business to provide a great experience.

Trend 2: Empower your agents.

That unified front line I mentioned? It’s only possible if agents are empowered. Help your entire organization to collaborate and put the customer first. Empower them to go above and beyond to ensure a great experience. To do that, you’ve got to go back to the basics:

  • Training. Get everyone on the same page, plus build soft skills and empathy.
  • Technology. This is how you get productivity tools + that 360° customer view.
  • Incentive. Why should your agents care? Give them a (tangible!) reason.
Trend 3: Share metrics and targets.

Startups don’t fail due to lack of funding; they fail due to lack of customers. To stay on top of your business, you’ve got to share not just data and metrics, but also targets and accountability. As in: both sales and service are measured in the same categories. For example, if your sales reps were measured by renewals or customer satisfaction scores, wouldn’t they be more helpful in customer implementations? If your support reps were measured on cross sell, wouldn’t they become more curious with customers and more collaborative with our sales team? Absolutely: High performing teams are 1.8x more likely to share goals (not just data) than underperformers.

Trend 4: Deliver intelligent service.

Speaking of metrics, top customer service teams are collecting, analyzing, and acting on customer feedback. 79% of SMBs believe it’s extremely, very, or somewhat important to their customers to work with support agents who know their service histories (see the 2nd Annual SMB Trends Report for more). So that’s what customers want, but how many companies can actually deliver? Intelligent service lets you answer questions, provide proactive solutions, and solve problems before the customer asks.

Embrace these trends with Service Cloud Essentials

Created specifically for small businesses, the new Salesforce Service Cloud Essentials helps you capitalize on these four trends and offer an amazing customer experience.

  • Get started fast and learn easily with free Trailhead modules
  • Help more customers in less time with powerful productivity tools
  • Scale as you grow with a complete platform
  • Deliver smarter, more intelligent service
  • Offer personalized service via console, SMS, web, chat, phone, and email
  • Use mobile solutions to connect to customers anywhere

Images: Salesforce

This article, "4 Trends Customer Service Teams Are Using to Kill the Competition" was first published on Small Business Trends

The Guide To Building a Loyalty and Ordering App That Will Work

FastCasual.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 15:24
It's difficult to imagine today's restaurant or store customers without the smartphone. From choosing a location and deciding upon the menu items to collecting bonus points and sharing customer experience with friends, many of them rely on apps.

Profits can soar when cost reduction is a priority

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2018-04-18 15:02
Restaurant owners increase profitability with systems that reduce food cost.

Leesburg man arrested for armed robbery of Krystal burger joint, cops say

Topix - Wed, 2018-04-18 14:22

Leesburg police have arrested a 24-year-old man in the recent gunpoint robbery of the Krystal fast-food restaurant and believe he may be involved in other recent robberies of a KFC, 7-Eleven and Family Food Mart that occurred the last two weeks in north Lake County . Dekeiveous Tadjai Stewart of Leesburg was charged Tuesday with the Saturday armed robbery of the hamburger joint at 815 N. 14th St. A .22-caliber revolver found at Stewart's residence on Mispah Avenue near Carver Middle School was "believed to have been used in several other armed robberies," Leesburg police Lt.

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Popular Fast Food French Fries Put to the Test

Topix - Wed, 2018-04-18 14:22

The potato is the shape-shifter of cuisine - capable of being smashed, mashed, baked and broiled. But, this starchy staple's most beloved form might just be the ubiquitous french fry.

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This Convenience Store Chain Is America's Favorite Sandwich Shop

Topix - Wed, 2018-04-18 14:22

Philadelphians have long known that Wawa is more than just a place to grab a gallon of milk, a jug of raspberry lemonade and a vanilla latte : The convenience store chain also offers up some of the best hoagies in the biz. Now, that cat is out of the bag: Wawa leaped to number one on the list of America's favorite fast food sandwich spots according to a new survey that also shows perennial favorites like In-N-Out and Chick-fil-A holding strong in their respective food categories.

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Home care franchises seek growth opportunities

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
Major home care franchises are pursuing opportunities for growth by converting independent businesses into franchise location -More
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Wyndham CEO: Growth brings lower distribution costs, more options for guests

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
Wyndham Hotel Group is focusing on growth among midtier properties with its acquisitions of AmericInn and La Quinta.  -More
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Managers can learn to impart meaning

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
The idea of "meaning" at work can be thought of as purpose that extends beyond the work itself, and it may be the most import -More
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Encourage others by highlighting their impact

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
A quick note can have a disproportionate impact when it tells people they're appreciated and why their work matters, writes D -More
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Restaurants use VR tools for education, entertainment

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
The restaurant industry can use virtual reality for everything from training employees to educating customers, and as equipme -More
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Ways technology improves the guest experience

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
Virtual tours, automated confirmations and well-timed promotions are key areas where technology can improve the guest experie -More
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Legal Symposium to explore multi-generational workforce

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
Why should your in-house counsel head to Washington, D.C., from May 6-8 for the IFA Legal Symposium?
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FDS to feature Tropical Smoothie's Mike Rotondo

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
Looking to improve your franchise development program? You're not alone.
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NLRB receives comments on "quickie election" rules

SmartBrief - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:32
The National Labor Relations Board has received comments from business and labor groups about whether to modify or scrap rule -More
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