It’s a true story alright.
Last weekend I lost my access card. I called TD Sunday afternoon to cancel my card. Here’s how the conversation went.
Me: I’d like to report a lost access card.
Heather: Sir, were you drinking?
Me: (stumbles over my own words then bursts out laughing)
Heather: I’m just kidding! We can get you a new card no problem.
We preceded to chat for another 5-10 minutes, she was hilarious. Probably the best customer service experience I’ve had in a long time so I tweeted this:
Talked with an awesome customer service rep on the phone with TD bank today. Her name was Heather, hope she runs the company one day.
— Jeph Maystruck (@JephMaystruck) November 11, 2012
Then 14 minutes later I get the reply:
That’s awesome – and quite the compliment! We’ll make sure Heather sees your shout out! Cheers, and enjoy your evening 🙂 ^LW
— TD (Canada) (@TD_Canada) November 11, 2012
On Remembrance Day to boot. I think TD’s doing one hell of a job with their online presence and obviously they are finding some great people to represent the company in the customer service department.
Telling this story I always get the response from someone “well that could have gone wrong in a hurry!”. I agree, it could have. But if Heather just does her job to ensure she was going to please everyone she wouldn’t have delighted me with such a funny conversation. From my online profile she probably saw I was in my 20’s, a marketing consult, c’mon what person in my occupation and age wouldn’t laugh at how the situation panned out.
Taking a risk to talk to your customers in a different way has the potential to pay off in how your customers perceive your organization. Good one TD.