Try This: Do Ask, Do Tell

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Is this how you handle customer complaints?

Here’s what Duluth Trading did when customers griped that some of their stuff didn’t cut the mustard.  (Duluth brags about its tough products for women who work hard.)

Surprise, surprise! They acknowledged their shortcomings –  AND they FIXED them! AND they TOLD customers about it.

Smart. Very smart.

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Duluth Trading - fixed gloves after customers complained

And here’s another one:

Duluth - pants redesign based on customer complaints

It’s bad if you don’t ask for feedback.

It’s worse if you get it and don’t act on it.

But it’s just dumb to ask for feedback and act on it –  WITHOUT telling anyone.