“A CSR's locomotion orientation facilitates ambidextrous behavior and interacts positively with an assessment orientation.”
No, really. The problem is that the advice is buried in babble. It’s from an article titled “Generating Sales While Providing Service: A Study of Customer Service Representatives' Ambidextrous Behavior,” which appeared earlier this year in the Journal of Marketing. Since my objective in writing the RIMtailing blog is to extract profitability tactics out of high-quality research findings, I’ll translate:
If you want your staff to generate additional sales while resolving a customer’s concerns about a past sale:
- Tell your staff you expect them to master the skill of smoothly moving between service, on the one hand, and selling, on the other hand.
- Coach your staff to take the time to assess each customer’s distinctive needs, desires, and purchasing style.
- When the smooth switching is done well, both sales revenue and customer satisfaction increase.
- Because smooth switching uses up time, each staff member will not be able to handle as many transactions, on average.
- The switching happens more easily when you grant the staff member more discretion to make decisions in collaboration with the customer being served.
- A smooth blend of servicing and selling is less likely when the staff member views himself operating as a member of a team rather than taking individual responsibility.
And if it is a new employee, the person may hesitate asking what’s meant because they fear that you’ll label them as unqualified. Stay alert for signs of puzzlement. Encourage the employee to ask you questions. In fact, say you truly want questions, and mean it.
Different people have different learning styles and all people remember best what’s delivered in a range of modalities.
- Tell the person
- Give it to them in writing
- Show them how it’s done
- Have them demonstrate it to you
- Ask them to teach it to someone else and then report the results
Repeat Yourself Repeatedly