This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Customer Service. Customer service is a series of activities designed to enhance the level of customer satisfaction. Its importance varies by product, industry and customer. Todd McDonald is the Official Guide to Customer Service.

Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results, by Jack Mitchell, is a valuable resource for people interested in Customer Service, and it is available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.


Book Description


If you work at a Fortune 500 company and live in southern Connecticut or New York's Westchester County (two of Manhattan's most affluent suburbs), chances are you buy your suits at Mitchells (in Westport, Conn.) or Richards (in Greenwich, Conn.). These two independent clothing stores are some of the most successful in the business and outfit CEOs from Chase, GE, IBM, Merrill Lynch and Pepsi. Mitchell, whose father started the business, shares the secret of his success in this unoriginal but cheerful guide to keeping customers happy. Hugging your customers, he says, has nothing to do with being touchy-feely around them and everything to do with offering them over-the-top service. For Mitchell, that means literally offering a customer the coat off your back, if that's the only one left in the store in the customer's size and preferred style and color. It means going to customers' homes to tie their bow ties for big events. It means serving coffee and bagels in the store and giving away hot dogs in the parking lot on summer Saturdays. Some might view this as fawning, but for Mitchell, it's the best way to keep customers coming back. His advice-know your customer, think outside the box, have a "no problem" attitude-is hardly groundbreaking. But those who work with customers daily have much to gain from this chipper, inspiring handbook.

Author's Bio: 

This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Customer Service. The Official Guide to Customer Service is Todd McDonald. Todd McDonald has been in the human resource and training industry for over 20 years. He served as Executive Vice President for American Media Inc., where he worked for 10 years. In his tenure with AMI, he worked in multiple capacities including management of the product development, human resource, training, marketing, and sales areas.

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