May 2023


Unveiling the Mystery: Customer Service vs. Customer Experience

Know The Difference Now


Here at LoyaltyLoop we are all about Customer Service and Customer Experience. But what is the difference and why should you consider both for your business?

What is Customer Service?

Customer Service relates to specific interactions a customer has with your business. The interactions might be with a person, a self-service portal, or even from a chat bot.

Regardless of the method, Customer Service is delivered to a customer who has questions, requires help, or is experiencing issues with the product or service being provided.

What is Customer Experience?

Customer Experience is the compilation of all experiences and impressions that your customer gathers while working with your business. It includes all interactions from Customer Service, but also includes all other interactions, including using your product or service, visiting your website, and everything else in their journey as your customer.

You may give great Customer Service and Support, but your product may create a lousy experience. The Customer Experience, not surprisingly, is closely tied to your brand. If you deliver outstanding Customer Experiences, the chances are your brand equity is equally strong.

The main difference between the two is that Customer Service is what you directly provide in support of your customers; and Customer Experience is how they feel about your business and brand throughout (before, during, and after) their journey with you.

It goes without saying that the two go hand in hand - so providing excellent Customer Service is a great way to curate a positive Customer Experience. And the flip side is equally true. If you work to create great Customer Experiences, you'll likely see a reduced need to provide customer support, further driving the positive feelings about your brand.

Measure, Measure, Measure!

How do you know that your customers are having a positive Customer Experience? You have to measure it! Metrics such as Net Promoter Score (NPS) and Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) help to put data to how you think your business is performing and give you a benchmark to base your future business decisions on.

Check out this article from Newsweek to learn even more about Customer Service and Experience.


A Home Run for Your Business: Lessons from Major League Baseball

A case study in turning feedback into action.

Our customers’ needs, wants and expectations are constantly evolving. To secure long-term success, we must listen to our customers and react to their feedback. Look at Major League Baseball. This season the MLB has made the most drastic changes to their product since the American League introduced the designated hitter. These rule changes have little to do with preserving the integrity of the game…but rather adapting to the needs, wants and expectations of their customers. Let’s explore 3 of these changes from a customer experience perspective.

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Rule change 1: Teams can’t employ a defensive shift. (Customer Wants)

If you’re not a baseball fan, bear with me! The defensive shift has been a strategy in recent years to stack fielders on the right side of the diamond. This strategy was extremely effective against batters that favored the right side of the field...particularly left-handed batters. Since 2006, the season wide batting average had dropped a full 10 points according to MLB data.

Shifting the defensive alignment worked well strategically. Unfortunately, ground ball outs are not exciting. Baseball fans wanted more action, and MLB listened and delivered. With the elimination of the shift, MLB is seeing more base runners and more excitement.

Rule change 2: Larger bases. (Product Quality)

For the 2023 season MLB increased the size of the bases from 15 inches to 18 inches. This rule change is meant to improve player safety. Unfortunately, injuries are a factor in any sport. While injuries in any industry can be a disruption, in sports the athletes are the product. Customers tune in and attend games to see their favorite players. When a star athlete is unavailable due to an injury the “product quality” suffers, and fans are less likely to watch or listen to a game.

While testing this change in the minor leagues, there was a 13% decline in “injury events near the bases” from 2021 to 2022. Another bonus of this change is larger bases have shrunk the distance between bases by 4½ inches…enticing more players to attempt a steal! Not only does this change address the need to keep players playing, but also increases the action!

Rule change 3: Pitch Clock (Customer Expectations)

In 2021 the average Major League Baseball game took 3 hours and 10 minutes. The pace of play had continued to slow down at the same time consumer attention spans continued to decrease. An average baseball game was taking an hour longer than the average run time of the top movies of 2021. MLB responded by implementing a pitch clock. Now pitchers have 15 seconds to throw a pitch when the bases are empty and 20 seconds to throw with base runners. This change is contributing to a reduction in the length of games by an average of 26 minutes.

Are these changes good for the business of Major League Baseball? All signs point to yes. Although it is still early, attendance and ratings are both up. Long-term business success requires the forethought to evolve with the customer, the reverence to listen to feedback, and the courage to execute change. Luckily, you have LoyaltyLoop to help you identify your customer’s changing expectations, wants and needs, giving you the opportunity to improve your product or service too!


Did you know you can opt-out a person or company you've already surveyed?

To remove a person from receiving your LoyaltyLoop survey in the future, you simply add them to your opt-out list from the Customers tab. Search for the person you wish to opt out, then click the opt-out icon next to their name. Going forward, if this contact’s email address is appears in your survey launch data, LoyaltyLoop will not survey them.

Need to remove an entire company from receiving your survey, not problem. Search for a contact at the email domain in question. Then, click the opt-out domain icon on their row. A confirmation box will be shown with all the contacts that match that domain. Click OK and all those contacts will be added to your opt-out list.

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Did you know you can opt-out a person or company even if they haven't been surveyed yet?

On your Customers tab, search for the person to opt-out. If you don’t find them, no problem. Click the plus (+) button to add the contact as an opt-out. The only info you need to add is the person’s email address. Once added, LoyaltyLoop will not send that person your survey should their email address ever appear in your survey launch data.

If you want to opt-out an entire company that you’ve yet to survey, click Opted Out Domains, then the plus (+) button to add the domain name of the company. Once added, LoyaltyLoop will not send to anyone from that domain, should they ever appear in your survey launch data.

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