Top of Mind Thursday June 27, 2019: When Every Day is Groundhog Day

Top of Mind Thursday

Last night, we went to see the Doobie Brothers and Santana at Shoreline Amphitheater, in Mountain View, CA. The concert was terrific; the experience afterwards, not so much.

Leverage2Market LogoWhat should have been a 10-15 minute process to leave the parking lot took almost an hour. For no good reason.

The uniformed employees who helped everyone park their car sat on the ground and watched as nearly 22,000 people all scrambled to get out of a single one-lane exit (when there were other alternatives nearby that were blocked off). Mountain View police circled the parking lot with lights flashing, but offered no assistance. Perhaps they were waiting to handle the road rage that might flare up in this situation.

Here’s the thing. This is not Shoreline’s first trip to the rodeo. The arena has been hosting 35-40 concerts every year for the last 33 years. After more than 1000 tries, you’d think they’d have figured out a better process by now. Nope.

Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience with mortgage loan companies. It seems like every employee assigned to your mortgage is working on the first loan they’ve ever seen. Maybe the process is so complicated that they all quit after one try–or maybe there’s a bigger problem.

Every business has a blind spot or two regarding their product or service. It might be something you’ve done the same way forever, or a process that you didn’t think was a big inconvenience to customers.

What are you doing to make sure your customers are not going around in circles, again and again, when they try to do business with you?

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