We just had our annual Cranky Concierge get together in June, and as always, it was a lively couple of days. We came up with a laundry list of things we want to do better, and one of the bigger themes was around better communicating how our business works. Oh sure, our clients usually know [...]
We're growing again here at Cranky Concierge, and the time has come to hire a new person to join our team. I really, really hate the whole hiring process, so I've been trying to figure out ways to make it easier. This time, I focused on the job description. It's not that I hate hiring. [...]
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Nearly every small business must advertise to lure customers: It’s a fact of entrepreneurial life. But when should you accept advertising, such as banners on your website or coupons in your monthly newsletter? This is something I’ve wondered about since day one of Cranky Flier. When I started the Crankyflier.com blog, I figured I’d try [...]
I hate making mistakes. Yet I realize that they’re bound to happen, despite our best efforts to get everything right. So, as Cranky Concierge continues to grow, I need to figure out a way to cut down on errors — albeit not for the reasons you may think. You might assume that we want to [...]
As you may recall, Cranky Concierge switched to using Google Apps for email last year to improve the reliability and functionality of our communications system. This past week, however, a quirky little feature left us in hot water with a client. All we could do was fix the problem and rely on our customer-service skills [...]
We’ve all heard the news: Nearly a third of U.S.-based web traffic is mobile, PCs are dead, and if you aren’t using a touch screen, you aren’t cool. That means your small business needs to be “mobile friendly,” which generally requires enabling your employees to work via smartphone. The latter task is harder than it [...]
Last week’s post about team vs. individual customer service received some insightful comments from readers. Thank you! In particular, two people suggested that we resolve our problem by using a help desk-style ticketing solution. This would be ideal if it weren’t for one thing: Like many small-business owners, I am in a constant tug-of-war between [...]