This is the first in a regular series of Top 10 lists. Every month
I’ll present my top 10 list of resources that can help you improve
customer service and increase customer loyalty.
To keep the lists readable I won’t go into a lot of detail on each
item. But each resource listed will have a link to more information.
** Keep in mind these are just my opinions – no crowd-sourcing or
other survey techniques have been used here. And, as always, I welcome
your opinions in the form of comments, questions and additions to the
list (hey I’m not perfect!).
The Amazing Service Guy’s Top 10 Customer Service Books
Why listed: Well organized and laid out plus practical tips and tools. A winner!
Like best: Core Tool#1: The Service Philosophy
Why listed: Packed full of useful information anyone can use right now.
Like best: Like the focus on the individual. Written so any employee can use it to improve their service delivery.
Why listed: Lots of detail and value in stories used as examples. Good way to bring concepts to life.
Like best: Loved the “Gladys Responds” section at the end. Nice way to sum up the ideas.
Why listed: Focus is on how companies are trying to improve customer service.
Like best: History of AT&T’s Theodore Newton Vail, a business man about 100 years ahead of his time.
Why listed: Gitomer delivers his message with punch. Love him or hate him, he gets your attention.
Like best: Lots of lists and very interactive. Busy but innovative design for a book.
Why listed: Useful information but fast reading format. Easy to pickup and get value from.
Like best: Strong focus on leader’s responsibility for customer service in the organization.
Why listed: Covers all the basics in a well organized, easy to follow manner.
Like best: Rules to Live By, quizzes and Action suggestions.
Why listed: Well done update of a best-selling customer service classic.
Like best: Love the examples of well-known companies, especially Zappos.
9. Customers for Life by Carl Sewell and Paul Brown
Why listed: Hands on, real life and how to. Good for owners, managers and employees.
Like best: Big emphasis on learning what customers want and then giving it to them.
10. The Cult of the Customer by Shep Hyken
Why listed: Fun read with solid ideas and tools. Focus is building your business around your customers.
Like best: The Art of WOW (Chapter 16)
Zappos Culture Book – 2009 by Zappos.com
Why listed: Extremely motivational. Great reference guide or daily reader for everyone on your team.
Like best: Real words from real employees.
What do YOU think?
Do you agree or disagree with this list? Please free to add your comments or suggestions (below) for top customer service books.
To avoid obvious bias, I have intentionally NOT included my own book, More Loyal Customers. But it has gotten good reviews from some readers. And my mom says it’s really good. You can learn more about it here.