Me: [Dial number, new credit card in hand]I guess I’m just going to have to fight back against my gym and start going there everyday this week and use two towels instead of one!! That’ll teach them about this “valuable customer.”
Gym: Six-Pack Gym… can you hold, please?
Gym: Click — [Thumping Hold Music begins]
Me: Sure, I’ll hold… hello?
Gym: [Automatic Message] Thank you for holding. Our customer service representative is currently serving another valued customer, just like you. Thank you for your patience. We’ll be with you shortly. [bass-thumping music begins again]
Me: [eye-rolling response kicks in… with a slight shaking of my head — hey, that’s a new one!]
30 Seconds Later…
Gym: This is Fran, how may I help you?
Me: I need to update my credit card information, please.
Gym: Oh, you can just come on in and update that information.
Gym: Thank you. Goodbye.
Me: ARE YOU SERIOUS?? YOU CAN’T UPDATE THAT OVER THE PHONE??
[that last part was an internal conversation with myself]
[Place receiver back in phone cradle… which was difficult because eye-rolling response was still going on.]
When I worked as a programmer, we used to have a saying that “making something was easy, but making something ‘easy’ was difficult.” I guess the same could be said for customer service. Saying that you’re a valuable customer is easy, but showing someone that they are a valuable customer — you know, like by updating credit card information over the phone instead of making them come to your store apparently takes some effort. This makes me want to take a look at my own style of dealing with my customers (aka Clients), and make sure I'm not just saying “valued customer”, but actually delivering valuable customer service.