Improving Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, and Profit: An Integrated Measurement and Management System

Overview

Most companies understand that customer satisfaction and loyalty are essential to their success. But few companies know how to link their customer's needs with their organization's processes to create the best customer experience possible. Instead, they erect walls between their customer service department and their other organizational functions.
Improving Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, and Profit shows managers how to break down these walls, find out what their customers ...
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Overview

Most companies understand that customer satisfaction and loyalty are essential to their success. But few companies know how to link their customer's needs with their organization's processes to create the best customer experience possible. Instead, they erect walls between their customer service department and their other organizational functions.
Improving Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, and Profit shows managers how to break down these walls, find out what their customers want, and use that information to produce the kinds of products and services that will keep them coming back.
Michael Johnson and Anders Gustafsson have been instrumental in the development of customer satisfaction indexes in the U.S. and Europe. Here they team up to introduce a five-stage process that establishes crucial connections between a company's marketing, sales, product development, and customer service departments in order to deliver both top-quality products and a high-level customer experience.
The process begins with measurement. Johnson and Gustafsson walk readers through the steps necessary to determine a customer measurement strategy, observe and communicate with customers, create formal customer surveys, and process and interpret the survey data. Then they show readers how to use that data to build a cohesive plan for quality improvement and ongoing customer management.
By helping mid-level managers assemble specific estimates of how increased quality and customer loyalty will impact the bottom line, their process allows upper-level managers to allocate the resources necessary to build a truly customer-oriented company. And by cementing the links between products, patrons, and profits, their book highlights the core competencies companies need to create both happy customers and the organizational know-how necessary to keep them happy.
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Shows managers how to break down walls between the customer service department and other organizational functions, find out what customers want, and use the information to produce the kinds of goods and services that will keep customers coming back, with a five-stage process that establishes connections between marketing, sales, product development, and customer service departments. Johnson teaches business administration at the University of Michigan Business School. Gustafsson teaches business economics at the Service Research Center of Karlstad University, Sweden. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787953102
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: J-B-UMBS Series , #10
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL D. JOHNSON is the D. Maynard Phelps Collegiate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan Business School. He has published widely in leading professional journals and teaches in both the MBA and the executive education programs. ANDERS GUSTAFSSON is associate professor of business economics in the Service Research Center at the University of Karlstad, Sweden. He has consulted with Volvo and other companies and is the author of two books on customer satisfaction.
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Table of Contents

1. Creating a Customer Measurement and Management System

2. Strategy and Planning

3. Building the Lens of the Customer

4. Building the Quality-Satisfaction-Loyalty Survey

5. From Data to Information: Analyzing Quality, Satisfaction, Loyalty and Profit Data

6. From Information to Decisions: Priority Setting and Implementation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    Knowing how to retain your customers

    I found this book to be of little help. It was not easily readable and further complicated the process I felt. However, if you are already well researched in the knowledge of customer satisfaction, then this book can act as a supplement.

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