I’m often asked how to enthusiastically engage technicians in business promotion to create a service experience like the one I describe in my book, Beyond GREAT SERVICE, The Technician’s Role in Proactive Business Growth. In answer to this question, here is a summary of the 5 Steps to a service experience that is beyond great.
Critical to our success is the recognition by technician and management alike, that business promotion is an important part of the service delivery and not a sale. They must appreciate that when we take proactive steps to make these recommendations that will help our customers to be better off we greatly enhance the service value and the service experience. With the intention of promoting our services to help our customers, this proactive approach will become a significant differentiator in a competitive environment where service providers must fight for every dollar and fight for the right to hold, maintain and develop customer relationships.
With this in mind, here are the 5 steps that you can take to deliver a service experience that is beyond great.
Step 1: Assess your Current Position Against Best Practices. An honest review of your service delivery against the critical success factors behind delivering a “beyond great” service allows you to access your current position, recognize your strengths and take action to capitalize on opportunities for improvement. Here is a link to a handy assessment tool to make this evaluation.
Step 2: Define the Service Experience you want your Customers to Enjoy. A clear vision of the service you will deliver through the proactive promotional efforts of your technicians provides the foundation for good planning and execution of the plan. While Step 1 gives you your current position, Step 2 gives you where you want to go and enables you to create your unique roadmap to success. A clear vision also helps you communicate the value behind the initiative to engage your technicians, company stakeholders and, of course, your customers. To explore how to define the service experience, check out this blog.
Step 3: Train to Win. You would never think of sending your technicians out to work on equipment for which they have had no training. If product or service promotion is part of the service our technicians provide, why would we treat this service any differently? Through training, we have an opportunity to:
- Help our field team recognize their role as a service so that they enthusiastically embrace it
- Clearly define the service experience that will be delivered by our technicians to add value to our service relationships and create a sustainable competitive advantage
- Add to their skills so that they can be more successful in helping customers recognize the value in their recommendations
Here is a link to our Proactive Service® Workshop.
Step 4: Ensure Processes and Systems Support the Proactive Efforts of your Technicians. Like any service, you will want to ensure that you have the processes and systems in place to ensure flawless execution of the strategy. This includes how opportunities will be captured, how they will be followed up, how status will be communicated and how the technicians will contribute to the solution.
Keep in mind that our processes and systems is one of several hurdles that you will need to address to unleash the full power of your team. For more details on typical hurdles to success and how to deal with them, download this article.
Step 5: Maintain Momentum. Once the plan, processes and training are in place, our continued success will hinge on our willingness and ability to maintain momentum. We must consider such factors as:
- How will we maintain the levels of enthusiasm we have been able to generate to date?
- What options can we take to keep the initiative fresh in everyone’s mind?
- What opportunities can we capitalize on to observe and coach our field service teams?
- What plan do we have to review key skills?
- What steps will we take to practice these skills to ensure that we deliver a service that is beyond great?
Delivering a service that is beyond great is not easy. If it were, everyone would be doing it today. The benefits, however, are well worth the effort. If you can successfully engage your field service team in proactive promotion of your services as part of the service that they provide, you can expect:
- Increased revenue and profitability
- Improved customer satisfaction and retention
- More customer referrals
- Increased employee satisfaction and reduced turnover
- Better labour planning
- A more enjoyable and less stressful working environment for all
If you have not yet started on the journey, why not take the first step? I would be delighted to hear from you.
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– Lao Tzu