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The other day I was helping a new client plan out marketing materials for an upcoming event and asked if he was using QR Codes on all of his materials. I explained that many people are now scanning them and then using them to do research or deal with retention issues associated with information overload.
The items in your QR Code should be:
- Direct link to the landing page for the event or product promoted at that event so the visitor doesn’t have to hunt down what they were interested in.
- Your phone number
- Your Email Address
- other pertinent information that you wanted stored in their contact list
- hours of operation
- Your name
- Your Address
- Other web sites you want them to know about (blogs, product micro sites, etc.)
Oh, and if the back of your business card isn’t already in use, put a QR Code there. It shows you respect their time by having them avoid manually typing the data into their contact database.
Is It Important?
Well if you don’t think this is important enough to add to your marketing material, maybe this article might change your mind:
- How to use QR codes at events (clairesouchet.wordpress.com)
- 9 Unique Ways to Generate Leads With QR Codes (hubspot.com)
- QR Codes Aren’t Sweet Without Strategy (stargroup1.com)
- How To Create A QR Code [VIDEO TUTORIAL] (seanclark.com)
- Are We Really Ready for QR Codes? (forbes.com)
[Note: this is an older post but the “Ill Advised Investments” example came up in a recent meeting and brought a smile back to my face so I’m recycling the post. I’ve also added another great quote from Godin as well]
I love the way Seth Godin’s mind works. In a resent post, “How much extra for nice?” brings up the critical point of how much we are willing to pay for better service but reminds companies that creating this environment costs a fraction of what people are willing to pay. The benefits can last longer.
I also read another great thought from Seth Godin as well:
No matter what your job is, no matter where you work, there’s a way to create a project (on your own, on weekends if necessary), where the excitement is palpable, where something that might make a difference is right around the corner.
Hurry, go do that.
Godin in “What are you working on?“
In a recent post, I identified three example of customer service excellence. How much money was budgeted to create this customer service environment? These types of examples have a lasting benefit that far outweighs the cost of implementing them. If companies can recognize this before dismissing these opportunities, the rewards have an exponential effect.
- Hiring the right people
- Having the right people perform jobs they love to do best.
- Continuous improvement of the customer experience at all levels of the company
- Reward excellence and avoid promoting people out of their natural strengths.
Ill Advised Investments
Although I agree with Seth’s premise, as consumers, here are some examples in which we should avoid paying extra to have someone be nice to us!
- $100 to the Police Officer at a traffic stop – will only produce untold number of stories for your grandchildren around the campfire, sometime in the distant future.
- $100 to $10,000 to the triage attendant at the local Emergency Room – will get you absolutely nothing at all except a lighter wallet.
- $100 turned in with your exam – results may vary, but don’t expect them to be positive.
So do you have any beneficial or ill advised investments to share?
I guess I’m stuck on a customer service theme in my head. I seem to be attracted to articles and work that focus on the subject. It could simply be a residual affinity based on my recent experiences with customer service excellence. Nonetheless, recently I read a very interesting article in the Incentives Magazine (digital version at incentivemag.com). In the article MetLife uses peer recognition to promote better customer service.
Peer Review Critical
The article goes into the multi-year process of creating a culture to use recognition as a means to increase customer service. The “Best of the Best” program mentioned is a key to their success. There is an organizational role assigned to these types of programs.
“We really wanted it to be peer recognition in local offices, let local recognition champions create the program. It can’t be top-down.” says Marge Rody, the vice president of customer service operations
The article breaks down the tiers of the “Best of the Best” program:
The first is On the Spot, which Hayes-Brown describes as “your immediate recognition, your pat on the back, thank-you” from a manager or supervisor on a day-to-day basis.
Next is the more structured middle tier, known (perhaps somewhat confusingly) as “informal.” This is a Web-based system with a nomination process based around four corporate objectives. Nominations are vetted by each office’s committee of two to five volunteer recognition champions, generally on a monthly basis, and winners can choose a gift from an online catalog.
Finally, there’s the “formal” level, an annual selection of a few names from every business unit (up to five from the largest office) will be sent to Brennan’s corporate recognition committee, which will choose 33 winners—one percent of the 3,300 employees—to be recognized at the corporate level and travel to a ceremony hosted by the company’s president. This award is handed out by the recognition champions committee, overseen by the recognition chairperson. All of those nominated by their local recognition champions are honored, whether they are selected or not, Hayes-Brown says.
Your Action Plan
Let’s face it, it’s easy to find fault. You can search for customer service examples on the internet and you will find the majority are people venting on their recent bad experiences. With the exception of helping the PR and HR departments of these companies ‘locate opportunities for improvement’, nothing really comes of it.
Here are some things you can do:
- Create an ‘instant recognition’ program – doesn’t have to be elaborate, maybe simply creating a goal that you hand out a ‘At-a-Boy’ each day to someone
- Plan recognition into events – set aside time in your schedule or project plan to actually think about or review the past few days and determine who could be recognized.
- Formal Incentive Goal: Create a budget that would include a gift/prize/incentive for someone who reaches a level of customer service. Maye incorporating the above two mentioned items as milestones to quantify the person’s level.
This is something that could easily be implemented in your family, work, church, or team. I hope this post has helped you. If you have any other ideas or comments, I would love to hear them.
Leo Jakobson (September 2008). MetLife Rethinks Recognition. Incentive, 20-24