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Where Is My Pizza?

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Customer Service starts with the customer … in applying just a little thought. Let me try a scenario …

You see an ad in your local newspaper for a new home- delivery pizza service, so you decide to give it a try. You call them, you order the one with all the trimmings and they give you the usual response that your pizza will arrive in 10 minutes. Sixty minutes pass slowly and still no pizza.

You’re getting hungry, so do you?

A. Call the pizza parlour

B. Call the newspaper that ran the ad

If you answered B, then you have chosen what a LOT of people are, increasingly, doing online. Would you expect the newspaper to be able to tell you where your pizza is?

Of course not!

Even if the pizza parlour’s phone was engaged, or out of order, you still wouldn’t call the newspaper, I’m sure.

Then why do people expect the publisher of a newsletter to be able to answer questions about an order placed at the web site of an independent, third-party advertiser?

Perhaps it is because publishers are accessible? Whatever the reason, it’s an inattention to the details that really matter and a pure lack of thinking.

Most publishers I know are very willing to help, but I think you’ll agree that they can really only be expected to answer questions about their own products and services, ordering processes and other technical what-have-you.

A minor point, you say? The publisher can just pass your message on. Yeah and they probably have to do EXACTLY what I’m about to describe to be able to do so. Maybe they could tune your car and sweep your yard at the same time?

Self Service Solutions …

Do you FULLY read what you are responding to? Do you really look at the site (and it’s location), from which you are buying? Do you even look for contact information?

(If there isn’t any, you should SERIOUSLY question whether you should risk making that purchase in the first place.)

Remember, ads are just that, ads. In all cases it is up to YOU, the BUYER, to beware and do your own due diligence. Even if you trust the person who made the recommendation.

Often a simple remedy, if you are at an internal page of a site where there isn’t a direct link to contact the folks at the site you actually purchased from, is to go to the front page of that site and look for the information.

Lets say you are at:

http://www.somevendor.com/product.html
Well then, stick your cursor in the address bar of your browser, use the backspace/erase key to wipe out the product.html bit so all you have left in there is:

http://www.somevendor.com
Then click GO. Betcha you’ll find something which says *contact* or *email us* or *customer service* even that leads you to the information you want and a means to contact the RIGHT people with your question or query.

It should be obvious that you’ll get a faster and better answer if you’ll just take 30 seconds to help yourself.

If you are a merchant, you would do well to review your site and ensure that there is contact information, or at the very least a link to a page where it is displayed, from EVERY page of your site. Make life dead simple for your customer.

If you operate an affiliate scheme, any number of people could be advertising for you. You will not necessarily know where and when. Likewise, those affiliates cannot know how to answer questions about your ordering process, so don’t require them to by hiding your contact information, such that customers write to the affiliate advertiser instead.

If you are the affiliate, you need to LOOK closely at the site you are advertising. Yet another reason why you should be a customer before you promote something. What do you look like when your referrals suffer problems?

If you are doing business online, then likely you’ll fall into all categories of seller, advertiser and buyer. If you get poor quality answers — and thus PERCEIVED poor quality service — because you ask poor quality questions or pose your questions to the wrong people, this does nothing for anyone’s credibility. Least of all your own!

How daft would that newspaper editor think you are, if you ring him at 10.30 p.m. to ask where your pizza is?

Copyright 2003 Pamela Heywood
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