Zappos Is NOT A Good Customer Service Example To Emulate

Repeat: There is only one Zappos and we can never be “it”.

Why Zappos Is A Poor Example For Customer Service

Shocked at the idea that you shouldn’t try to emulate the legendary companies of customer service like Zappos and Nordstroms? Read on.

There are companies that are considered legends of customer service and held up as examples of how to treat customers. Zappos and Nordstroms come to mind as the most commonly mentioned. It’s true that these companies are good examplars of how you can build a company around customer service, but here’s the problem. If you try to copy them, you will fail. Pure and simple.

Why? These companies are singular companies. That is, they exemplify what works with ONE company, with a very specific culture, in a specific industry, and often the success of these companies is because of the people who drove the companies to be extremely customer service oriented. You don’t have those people. You don’t have the culture or any of the variables that you will need to effectively model your business on theirs.

It’s like saying we should all copy Einstein, only none of us have Einstein’s brain, or education or experience. There was only one Einstein. There will never be another one, just like there will never be another Zappos. To try to be Einstein or Zappos is to fail.

Build your customer service strategies by looking at your business, its values, and those of your specific customers. You can still build a company that succeeds in business, and you can do that in your own way that takes into account the specifics of YOUR business, not Zappos.

Author: Robert Bacal

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