Dell Spends $150 Million On Customer Service Improvements… And Its Customer Service Ranking Falls
from the ouch dept
Dell clearly had a pretty major reputation problem when it came to customer service for much of this budding century. Despite problems going back for many years, it took way too long for Dell to admit it had a problem that needed fixing. Unfortunately, whatever it’s doing isn’t exactly working. John Paczkowski notes that, despite spending $150 million to improve customer service, the latest customer satisfaction rankings from the American Customer Satisfaction Index show Dell dropping 5%. Ouch. While some are reasonably calling the methodology of these rankings into question, that still can’t be what Dell hoped to see. Of course, much of the customer satisfaction ratings may be a hangover effect from earlier bad experiences, or the massive publicity around some high profile bad customer service experiences at Dell. If that’s the case, though, Dell will probably need to go beyond just fixing its current customer service problems to getting the word out that it really has changed. That means admitting the mistakes of the past while making the changes quite transparent.