Who Are Your Customers Telling?

  • 4
customers telling

Who Are Your Customers Telling?

Tags : 

Historically word of mouth has been considered to be one of the best forms of advertising. Do things right and your customers will tell others, who are your customers telling?

Today with our robust social media channels, it is possible for your customers to tell the world. Instead of word of mouth, we now have world of mouth. This is nothing new to most, but it may be new to some.

The biggest question, or the most difficult to answer, may be who or what are your best customers telling? Do you have a way to measure or index the customer who spreads the word about the great products or services you provide?

Customer Stories

Two days ago, I received a direct tweet from an airline. At first I was confused, was this some type of scam?

After a moment or two, I realized that a colleague had a bad flight experience and I added on comment on his thread about customer service being about culture. The airline was trying to be sure to capture any of the bad news and correct the problem.

Personally, I’m undecided about tweeting out bad experiences, but I may not be the norm.

Think about the last customer service story you heard about. Was it a story about how incredible the service was or how delighted they were? Chances are pretty good that you hear more disappointment stories as compared to those of delight.

Customers Telling

A customer who recommends you, tells the delightful stories, provides referrals, loves connections, and participates on social media platforms may be one of your best customers. They may not spend as much. They may not generate the most gross revenue. What they do however, it may be priceless.

What key performance indicators (KPI’s) are you monitoring?

Knowing the big spenders and high profit customers are absolutely important. Identifying the ones that sell for you shouldn’t be forgotten. In a world of mouth environment, do you know who your customers are telling?


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

Dennis Gilbert on Google+

Print Friendly, PDF & Email



April 18, 2018at 8:24 am

Do you ever encounter an aftre action survey with a question like this: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely are you to tell a friend about your experience with XYZ cell service?”

I always answer 0.

The question assumes that I spontaneously tell all I encounter about my recent experiences! NOT.

If the question is rephrased, “IF ASKED, on a scale…”, then I would offer my evaluation.

Asking is important…asking the question that will gather actionable information is essential. I know you did no ask, but…

    Dennis Gilbert

    April 18, 2018at 9:07 am

    Interesting. A good point. I’m curious, have you ever left a comment (if asked) about additional consideration for how the survey instrument is structured or worded?


      April 19, 2018at 9:08 am

      Lots of folks respond to my comments with phrases like “That”s a good question” or “A good point” or similar. You know that I do my best to constantly coach folks to be/do better. YES!!! I do provide that insight regularly. I have NEVER seen a subsequent survey from the same entity incorporate the suggestion.

      I believe it is inappropriate to not reach out and offer a helping hand that is ALWAYS couched within a good question. Questions call for reflection and often do not elicit an instant rejection responsem don’t you agree?

      That was a good question!

        Dennis Gilbert

        April 19, 2018at 9:26 am

        Yes, I agree! Thinking is an exercise, or an art, or perhaps both. I know it takes lots of energy.

Search This Website

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Blog (Filter) Categories

Follow me on Twitter

Assessment Services and Tools

Strategic, Competency, or Needs Assessments, DiSC Assessments, 360 Feedback, and more. Learn more