Crazy Customer Service Story
You are not going to BELIEVE this one!
I pride myself on writing a good letter. In fact, I write two good letters. I write a good “praise you” letter and I write a good “screw you” letter. The latter is generally the one that gets the most attention and I could easily fill up a cocktail party regaling you with stories of past nightmares (my former wife used to call me the Black Hole for customer service). Anywho, here’s what happened…
Last November, I was looking into buying a car, one of my most favorite things to do (as evidenced by my previous blog entry). I love the research and along the way found a website that had an extraordinary amount of information that was available no where else. It was www.edmunds.com. In fact, I was so impressed that when I was done perusing everything I could find, I sent them an email thanking them profusely and complimenting them on the quality of the material, ease of use, blah, blah, blah.
Skip forward to last Thursday night. I was at my computer and the following email comes in from Edmunds.com:
I’m writing to let you know once again how honored we were to receive your note of thanks last November, telling us how useful our site was while you were shopping for a used car.
We’re so honored, in fact, that we’re inviting you, at our expense, to join us along with a few other select Edmunds customers as special guests at our upcoming all-company meeting, to be held on Tuesday, July 13th in Santa Monica, California. You all will be a valued part of the Reader Appreciation portion of the meeting.
At the meeting, a member of our senior leadership team will read your note to the audience, and you will be invited on stage to receive a plaque of appreciation from all of us at Edmunds honoring the occasion.
For those who can attend, we will be providing a round-trip airline ticket to Los Angeles, two nights lodging near our headquarters in Santa Monica, as well as transportation to and from the airport and the company event.
Bill Farquharson is a partner at Idealliance. As a print-specific sales trainer, Farquharson applies a fundamentally-sound approach to his coaching, online programs (found at sales.epicomm.org), and live presentations. Contact him: firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 934-7036 to discuss your sales challenges.