In my very first screencast, I learned about how to use the Find and Replace feature in Google Docs. This is a very helpful tool that I recently learned about, and I thought it would be very beneficial for other students at BHS to know about.
This week, the second semester began, and I became a member of the Help Desk. I learned many new skills, and I have only been in the Help Desk for a week. The transition from my old classes to the help desk was very smooth. The first skill that I learned was how to use WordPress, and how to start a blog. I started my blog, customized it and wrote a blog post. I learned many new customer service skills this week as well. The WIRED customer service guidelines, and my experiences at the Apple and Microsoft stores both helped shape my customer service skills.
The first helpful skill that I learned at the Help Desk was how to make a blog. For the most part this was a very simple process. All that I had to do was register with WordPress and come up with a name for my blog. Next was customization. I chose one of the many free but impressive themes that are available on WordPress. After this, I chose a font and color scheme for my blog. Before this week, I would have had no idea how to make a blog. Writing my first blog post was a relatively simple task, due to the guidelines set by Ms. Scheffer. I had never written a blog post before, but now that I have my first under my belt, I feel that they will become much more easy to write as time goes on.
The second thing I learned this week was proper customer service skills. The WIRED guidelines were very helpful. These are guidelines that teach you how to properly handle a customer when they enter the Help Desk. Not only will these skills help me in the Help Desk, they will help me in my life after high school. This week we gave people a tour of our school, and showed them our technological utilities. I utilized these newfound skills I learned during this tour. I also learned a lot about customer service when I pretended to be a mystery customer at the Microsoft and Apple stores. I wrote a blog post comparing their customer service skills. This project showed me how two of the most successful companies in the world handle customer service. This was helpful because it showed me a few other ways to talk to customers, and how to have an overall successful customer-employee interaction. Overall, this week was a great learning experience. This week has taught me many helpful skills that I will most likely use in the future, and will help me have a great Help Desk career.
Hi guys! Today, I have been tasked with playing the role of a mystery shopper to determine the quality of customer service at the Apple and Microsoft store. At the Apple store, I will be looking at the 13.3 Inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display. At the Microsoft store, I will be looking at the 13.5 Inch Surface Book. The three questions I will be asking the representatives are:
- What are some features of this laptop that make it a good choice for a college student?
- What makes this laptop superior to a cheaper laptop?
- Is this laptop powerful enough to run powerful video/photo editing software?
Upon entering the Apple store, I was greeted by an employee. He said “Hey! Is there anything I can help you with?”. When I was looking at the Macbook Pro, I was approached by a different employee. She asked me if I needed to know anything about the product. When I asked her my first question, she replied by telling me about how it is a slim and portable laptop that can handle everything your average college student would need to use it for. Personally, she would recommend it. When I asked my second question, she told me that the cheaper laptops were not as powerful as the Macbook Pro, and that they were not as simple to use. The Macbook also has Retina Display, which makes the Macbook’s display much better looking than an average laptop. After my third question, she told me that the Pro can run Photoshop and video editing programs just fine, however the Air or regular Macbook would have some trouble. She had a lot of product knowledge. She informed me of Applecare and that she would recommend it. She did not compare it to any other competitors. She was very friendly, and used very simple terms that most people would understand. The employee concluded my interaction by asking if I wanted to make a purchase. I told her that I would think about it and return soon. She said “That’s fine! Come back any time and I’d be happy to help!”. Overall, the customer service at the Apple store was great. I would give it a 10/10.
When I entered the Microsoft store I was not greeted, but I believe it was because everybody was busy. When I was looking at the Surface Book, I was approached by a representative who asked me if there was anything I needed to know about the Surface Book, so I asked him my first question. He told me it was a great choice for college students. He told me about how it is very portable, and that the touchscreen can be very useful for a student. To my second question he said none of the cheaper laptops had touchscreens and were as powerful as the Surface Book. When I asked my final question, he said that it can run those programs with no problem, and he explained in depth how the processor could handle those programs. This was confusing to me. He informed me about the extended warranty that I could buy. He did not mention any competitors. He was very friendly, but was kind of confusing at parts. He asked me if I wanted to buy it now, and when I told him I would come back he said I could “Come back whenever I can”. Overall, I would rate our interaction a 9/10, only because some of his explanations were confusing. If he was less confusing, then I would rate him a 10/10.
The WIRED customer service plan is a very useful guide to customer service. It is to welcome the customer, investigate the issue, resolve the issue, encourage a return, and develop a relationship. In my experience, both of the representatives hit on these key points, which my experience could have been so excellent.
I learned a lot about customer service from this experience. From now on, when I am helping someone in the Help Desk, I will make sure to explain everything in a simple way so they can understand, but I will also be a lot more friendly, because it makes the interaction go by much smoother.