Listen to Me!
SAN FRANCISCO – Last week, I wrote a 140-character hotel review on Twitter: “Galleria Park Hotel SF rejects noise complaint from ill-trained guest: ‘Next time, ask for an interior room, not just a quiet room.’”
I was frustrated because the hotel management was not listening to me when I asked for a quiet room – or later, when I complained. Instead of training their employees to listen, they were telling me that I hadn’t made the right request. And the hotel managers probably were not listening to me later via Twitter, either.
Of course, it used to be difficult to listen to customers; as a company, you could not station people everywhere to pick up random comments, and few customers cared enough to write actual letters – positive or negative. Service companies such as airlines could ask employees to collect feedback, but it was overly complicated.