Mophie Warming Winter’s Revenge

Last updated on April 21st, 2021 at 01:53 am

#100HappyDays—Day 30—Mophie Juice Packs

If you’ve never been to Toronto, you’d never know how random our weather can get. We went from the budding of spring yesterday — with snow melting and neighbours in t-shirts—to a vengeful storm flattening the city under a foot of snow, winds whipping ’round to make us all miserable.

Work was a ghost town—Mother Nature and March Break had my coworkers scurrying, leaving a handful of us in the office watching the weather only get worse. I called it a wrap early and got told off by an elderly woman on the train home because my jacket spilled into the middle seat she wanted—though I didn’t hear a thing with my earbuds in. I shovelled the snow, I cleaned off the car, I realized I’m not as young as I used to be.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.
“Hey buddy, would you like a backache waiting to happen?” — Mother Nature

But after a week and a bit of two dead Mophie Juice Packs and a phone that felt horribly inadequate without them, thanks to Justin’s advice I got in touch with Mophie’s Twitter support line, and soon found two replacement cases at home, after one of the easiest and smoothest customer service experiences I’ve ever had.

Bit by bit I’m sorting life out. Piece by piece it’s all coming together. I hope to look back on all of this one day and feel like these baby steps were all for a reason—but I guess I’ll find out when I get there!

#100HappyDays Day 30/100—wish it was a snow day!

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The Art of Customer Service

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 01:56 am

Having come from a decade of jobs focused on customer service, let me tell you right here, RIGHT NOWEVERY CUSTOMER IS IMPORTANT.

Now, before we begin, here are some other things I should let you know:

  1. The customer is NOT always right. But when they’re not (and these moments are rare), it’s up to you to steer them in the right direction.
  2. Giving good customer service is NOT EASY. Competing with similar businesses aside, if you want loyal customers who will come back for more of what you’re providing, you have to go above and beyond expectations. You are in charge of manufacturing a memory that the customer will associate with you and share with their friends. Do you really want this to be a negative one?
  3. Treat the customer as YOU would want to be treated! Or even better than you’d want to be treated! If someone has come across you for the first time, you don’t want them leaving having just had a ‘good customer interaction’—you want a ‘great customer EXPERIENCE‘!!!

    It’s not something that can be mastered overnight, but these rules are some of the fundamental drivers behind keeping happy customers. If you run a business, or even if you’re just trying to promote yourself, these are some of the things you should definitely keep in mind to ensure that you’re a success.

With that said, on my recent hunt for new glasses, when Hakim Optical appeared not to want my business as a potential client, I very quickly took my business elsewhere.

Let me share the story with you.

Last Thursday, Sarah and I were on the hunt for new glasses. The last time I’d bought glasses or went to the optometrist was in 2006, and I’d spent a few years without benefits at work, so now that everything had lined up, it seemed like the best time to change my look (just in time for the wedding!)

So we started with a shop that Sarah had heard lots about. When we got there, it was nice and the girl working there was friendly enough, but the frames just didn’t have any “oomph” to them. We looked through drawer after drawer, but eventually had to give it a rest and move on.

We’d only walked down the street for a minute before my penchant for fashion kicked in and some dress shirts in a storefront display caught my eye, beckoning me inside. Upon entering the store, the store’s owner Marco greeted us and offered help if we needed it. Even after telling him that we were just looking, he still struck up conversation to be friendly, finding out that we were in the area shopping for glasses. Turns out that he has a friend that runs a shop in the Yonge-Eglinton Centre! Since we only had just over an hour to get there and we were due to hit a dinner party after our shopping, I got Marco’s card, promising that I’d go back to check out his wares since it was such a pleasant experience.

And then it happened.

We stopped in at a Hakim. It was deserted and the only rep there was a mousy-looking woman at the back counter. She quickly directed us that the men’s glasses were on one side of the store and the women’s on the other. And I think that’s the last time she ever spoke to us! She busied herself by calling someone about an invitation to a party or wedding or something and paid us no mind. We spent 10 minutes looking at glasses there, and yes, we had questions, but she wouldn’t give us the time of day! It was VERY FRUSTRATING. So we left, myself vowing never to shop at Hakim again. Thanks, guys.

After this we made our way down to Optika — the store owned by Peter, Marco’s friend. This is what he did that differed from the other stores:

  • Helped us understand what frames best suited our faces and complexions
  • Discussed the trends in fashion and what we might want to be looking at to be ahead of the curve
  • Gave us as much attention as possible, despite the fact that he was the only one tending the store and that there were other customers around
  • Kept the store open late to make sure that our transaction was finished accurately
  • Got the glasses ready for us in two business days

Overall, we were really happy to have found this guy by random chance. I can assure you that he’ll be getting my future business!

So the moral is, don’t be a Hakim. Don’t be that person who’s too “important” (read: pretentious) to give people the time of day. Everyone is worth it. EVERYONE.

I’m out!

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124/365

The good, the bad, the ugly.

Last updated on September 9th, 2014 at 10:45 pm

So a little annoyed with Apple today.
I asked for people to give me Apple store gift cards for Christmas and birthday gifts over the last couple of years—this was so it would make it easier for people so that they wouldn’t need to go online and get confused with getting a giftcard for the online store.
I went in to the Apple store today to see how customizable the computers are in-store, and they only do RAM and matte screens.
Which SUCKS, because I wanted to upgrade to a 3.06 GHz processor on the top-of-the-line 15" and a faster hard drive.
I guess the silver lining is that getting a replacement hard drive doesn’t void AppleCare, so I can always change it down the road if needs be. Just a little annoying that I’m being hampered from getting my "dream machine", but I suppose I’ll end up saving about $350 and still have a good amount of power (it’ll be 2.8 GHz).
I also picked up some trades at lunch:
  • Usagi Yojimbo vol. 20: Glimpses of Death
  • Usagi Yojimbo vol. 21: The Mother of Mountains
  • The Boys vol. 5: Herogasm
  • The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 5: Escape from the Eighth City
I foresee great reading in my weekend!
And in a total show of faith in customers, the guys at the Hairy Tarantula gave me a copy of Usagi vol. 19 to hold on to when I complained that the copy I had had 8 pages misprinted and put in upside down. All I need to do is bring the misprinted copy in the next time I’m in. That’s pretty awesome customer service.
All in all, a fairly productive lunch. I’ll eat later—my lunch is actually defrosting on my desk.