John DiJulius | Customer Experience Blog


Stop Focusing On Your Goals | Airline Makes It Right, But Not The Same Airline That Made It Wrong
Accidents Happen

A sleeping passenger, on an American Airlines flight, was suddenly awoken after an out of control, speeding beverage cart, smashed into him. The beverage cart, that was supposed to be safely latched & stowed in the first class galley for takeoff, somehow went rogue, got loose and flew down 30 feet, making it past first class, into economy, into this passenger’s leg. The runaway cart did considerable damage to the passenger’s leg.

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10 Best Customer Service Articles Of 2016

In case you missed them, the 10 most popular eServices of 2016 were the  following. I suggest printing them out, reading and sharing them with your management team.

10. Things You Don’t Want To Shop To The Lowest Bidder

There are certain things in life that you don’t want to price shop, look for discounts or take the lowest bid. Things like a heart surgeon or new brakes on your family vehicle.

The value placed on these services is extremely high and there is potential for irreversible damage. Which means in these circumstances you cannot afford to choose anything less than the best. How good of a job are you doing at creating value on the expertise and experience of your services? You need to make your Customers fear that if they choose anyone else, there will be irreversible damages. We need to educate our Customers that they cannot afford to go cheap.

9. Six Things That Make Yours The Brand Customers Cannot Live Without

We all have a company or two that we can’t fathom life without. What are the few companies that you would be extremely upset if I told you, “You can no longer do business with them, ever again?”  When I ask my audiences this question, the same brands always get mentioned: Apple, Starbucks, Nordstrom, & Amazon as well as local mom and pop shops. Now the important part is, think about what they have done and what they consistently do to make you so loyal, to make you feel that you cannot live without them. That is power. That is brand loyalty. The more people you can make feel like they cannot live without your brand, the closer you are to making price irrelevant.

8. What A 13 Year Old Can Teach Us About Customer Service

I have had the good fortune to experience and witness many professionals who truly know how to serve. However, there is one person in particular that consistently blows me away on how he builds rapport instantly with strangers and learns so much about other people in only a few minute conversation. This person is my thirteen-year old son, Bo DiJulius. I have been so intrigued by his ability to strike up a conversation with someone he has never met before and have him or her share so many intimate details with a teenager. So I asked Bo if he could share how he does it.

7. u r X

Customers crave recognition and a personalized experience. In short, technology cannot provide genuine hospitality. It cannot express empathy, make people feel good, take care of others, express emotions and vulnerability in a relatable way, or make people laugh. We have subconsciously sent the wrong message to all our employees, that it is about the technology – our website, apps, social media, virtual tour, iPads, kiosks, self-check out. So our employees have started using the technology as a crutch, thinking they have less importance, less of a role with the customer. They rely on the technology to provide the experience. We need to reverse that. Customer experience is 10% technology and you are 90%.
6. Put Your Own Mask On Before Helping Others

We have all heard the preflight safety announcements when the flight attendant says, “You must put on your own oxygen mask before helping those around you.” What use will you be to anyone else if you do not take care of yourself first? Think of how that applies to our life and what we need to do for ourselves before we are capable of impacting those around us.

5. Do You Suffer From RBF Syndrome?

RBF is something to be taken seriously in all of our businesses, with any of our Customer facing/interacting employees, whether it is face-to-face, ear-to-ear, or click-to-click. A smile is just as much a part of the uniform as anything else employees are required to wear: uniform, nametag, hat, and smile. Everyone should have a smile and it should be genuine. A smile shows teeth. In my companies, we have sent team members home for being “out of uniform,” for not smiling. I like to tell my employees, “If you are happy, tell your face.”

4. 100% of Your Sales Come From One Place

Leaders love to talk about revenue streams by showing graphs and charts with the breakdown of sales categories. It is important to know the percentage of sales generated by products or services and to monitor trends, especially growth and decline of your business revenue. However, there is one critical component that every business has in common, which is never discussed. 100% of your sales come from one place. Your customer! When you look at it that way, it sheds a stronger light on why companies need to put more emphasis on building an incredible consistent customer experience that becomes your number one competitive advantage and helps make price irrelevant.

3. The Battle Over Your Advertising Dollars vs. Customer Service Dollars

The average annual global budget spent on marketing and advertising is $500 billion a year compared to $9 billion spent on customer service.  The shortsighted obsession of constantly bringing new customers/traffic to your business is significantly more expensive than building an incredible customer experience. Companies spend millions creating and advertising their brands, yet the customer’s experience is what drives customer perception and loyalty.

2. What Is The Difference Between Customer Service & Customer Experience?

How do you know if you received an ‘Experience’ or just a ‘Service’? How do you know if you have delivered an ‘Experience’ or just a ‘Service’? Customer Service is WHAT you do; Customer Experience is HOW you do it. Turning what was once a mundane transaction into a unique memorable moment means you have to re-evaluate everything you do, every way you interact with your Customer, regardless of the length. It could be a one-hour face-to-face meeting, a conference call, a 10 second check-in, a call transfer, or an email reply.

1. I Collect The Best Thing Anyone Can Collect

My entire life I have been a collector of something very rare and priceless. People compliment me on my collection all the time. I believe it is the best gauge of a person’s character. I constantly stress to my three sons and all my employees that they should collect the same thing I do. What I collect are rare people in my life. The key word is rare, for I am extremely choosy on whom I collect. I collect relationships with uncommon, loyal, unique, high moral, genuine, and most importantly POSITIVE people. If people judge me by who I surround myself with, I am a champion.



Some Customers Deserve To Get Fired | Every Child Deserves To Believe In Two Things
When a Customer Deserves to Get Fired

Every company needs to have zero tolerance towards bullying, internally and externally. Recently, a teenage girl working at Cold Stone Creamery was serving a female customer. The woman said to her daughter, loud enough for the teenage employee to hear, “If you continue to eat too much ice cream, you’re going to look like her.” While that wasn’t enough, the customer then went home and posted a similar review on Yelp, calling the employee “disgustingly obese.”  Sad but true, you can read more about it on CNN.

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The Hidden Obstacle Holding Companies Back From Being World-Class

The DiJulius Group Welcomes Lisa Duran, CXC

Due to our rapid growth in Customer Experience consulting, The DiJulius Group (TDG) has added another Customer Experience Consultant, Lisa Duran. Lisa has been working with the X-Commandment methodology since 2012. She is also an instructor in the CXE Academy.

*The following is written by Lisa Duran, CXC

The Hidden Obstacle Holding Companies Back From Being World-Class

We’ve seen a lot of data that proves how great customer experience impacts revenue. According to the Customer Experience Index 200 (CEI) analyzing 2007 to the present, “From 2007-present, the top 200 customer service companies have outperformed the S&P 500 Index by generating a 10.7% annualized rate of return.” Clearly a case for creating a customer centric culture, but creating a culture where the customer experience is king remains a challenge in most companies. But why?

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Vision Quest | Your Employees Have Been Brainwashed
57,000% Sales Growth in Three Years

Ever snacked on a Quest Bar? I love Quest Bars. Now I love them even more after learning about entrepreneur Tom Bilyeu, and how this incredible visionary grew his company Quest Nutrition 57,000% in just three years and his team of employees from six to over 1,400. Bilyeu’s company is the second fastest-growing private business in the U.S.

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The Results of Your Product or Services has the Least to do with Creating Customer Loyalty
It is not about the results 
Too many customer-facing employees are convinced that if the customer gets the results they were hoping for from doing business with them, the customer will happy & loyal. This is so not true. Think about it, if you have a toothache, don’t you expect the dentist, any dentist to fix it? If you go to a high-end steakhouse, and you order your filet mignon medium rare and it comes out medium rare, are you doing backflips? If you complete order arrives within two days as promised, are you wowed? And if your accounting firm prepares your year-end taxes accurately and the IRS does not open an investigation on you, are you so thankful? Not at all, when you deal with reputable businesses that is what you are paying for. However, if that is all you get, which is the same thing you would receive at any of those company’s viable competitors, you will not be a loyal customer. We need to change the mindset of what we think makes customer loyalty.
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I Collect The Best Thing Anyone Can Collect
November 21, 2016, 11:52 am
Filed under: Customer Service
I Collect The Best Thing Anyone Can Collect
I have never been a real collector. When I was a kid, I collected baseball cards, a lot of baseball cards. I cashed in on them at the height of the baseball card market, shortly after I got married. I traded them to get my basement finished, pretty good deal. Since then, I haven’t been too nostalgic about anything, at least not anything physical. However, I realized my entire life I have been a collector of something very rare and priceless. People compliment me on my collection all the time. I believe it is the best gauge of a person’s character. I constantly stress to my three sons and all my employees that they should collect the same thing I do. What I collect are rare people in my life. The key word is rare, for I am extremely choosy on whom I collect. I collect relationships with uncommon, loyal, unique, high moral, genuine, and most importantly POSITIVE people. 
 
If I Am Judged By The People I Surround Myself With, I Am A Champion
I want to be guilty by association. For the success I have had, I attribute 100% to the collection of relationships I have. From my friends who I spend the most time with, my mentors, my managing partners & leaders in my businesses, our long-term employees, customers who have become more than just business associates, close family members, my sons, to my significant other. Every one of them embodies the list above.  
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