How do I love me? Let me count the ways

Charles Cowling

 

WARNING: Readers of a snorting disposition should position themselves beside a supply of industrial strength tissues before watching. 

Hat-tip to Andrew Plume

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Jenny Uzzell
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As of around 18 months ago, at least, Dignity Client Surveys were returned to head office from where they ‘filtered down’.

We send out our surveys with an SAE. We have a return rate of around 80%

andrew plume
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andrew plume

and oh my……………………

one David Collingwood even appears on ‘flickr’, yes, here is DC looking very happy:-

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theco-operative/5104713124/

standing no doubt next to their latest marketing wheeze

andrew

David Holmes
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I accept the majority of customers using the corporates would fill in their questionnaire claiming they had performed well or at least adequately. Why wouldn’t they? They wouldn’t know different. I also believe these same ‘satisfied’ clients probably didn’t realise that almost always they might have experienced something a little better – probably at lower cost had they put a little more care into selecting their funeral director. As you say, if the experience was really poor or disappointing, the corporate machines would grind to a halt not make the enormous profits that tempt merchant bankers to invest in the… Read more »

David Holmes
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Brilliant! Bravo! The customers are satisfied – the service is improving, trebles all round.

Why don’t the rest of us give up? Funeralcare are clearly the best funeral directors in Britain. And they’re getting better!

James
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James

I realise that you don’t quite mean bravo but the focus needs to be on the small percentages who would not recommend. Multiplied by the total number of funerals carried out and these become large numbers of disatisfied families.

Each of these will tell far more of their friends and family of their poor experience than if they had an excellent one. Plus I always think that you must have really let a family down if they would not recommend your services.

Simon Irons
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Simon Irons

I think you may find that that such surveys in both of the big two,are sent out to all centrally to all clients and returned in Pre paid envelopes to external companies for analysis.

rosie
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rosie

Thanks for that info Simon; can any other bloggers confirm this? If this is the case it is a good start. However, if they are only getting 20 odd % returning and they provide a prepaid envelope I wonder what else is going on. I would like to see these forms, are they too long and burdensome? Do they not have a ‘Do not contact me about this’ box? If not, it is possible that the fear of raising an issue and any ensuing investigation is putting off those who just want to move on and forget about the whole… Read more »

James
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James

The questionnaires are returned to external companies at both Funeralcare and Dignity from there they filter down from the top to the bottom so to speak.

The questionnaire we use is very similar to the one used by Funeralcare, you are very welcome to have a pdf of it.

Rosie
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Good evening James.

I would appreciate a look at this feedback form.

Contact@naturaldeath.org.uk

Cheers
Rosie

James
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James

Morning Rosie,

It is on the way to you.

James

andrew plume
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andrew plume

Simon

thankyou for this and for your valued input into the ‘client feedback side’ of these Corporate beats, your knowledge is a most invaluable addition

andrew

Simon Irons
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Simon Irons

Sadly Andrew Charlie has put paid to my input………

andrew plume
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andrew plume

Simon

understood

andrew

Rosie
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I wonder when a dodgy feedback form is returned, how many negatives get squirrelled away and do not pass up the food chain? Pacified with a bouquet of flowers perhaps? Well actually I know this flower silencer is quite common. Again this reverts to the validity of self regulation! Mayby this is why forms sent to us about the service received from burial grounds, which ALSO have questions about the quality of FD’s service are, on this subject, so often far from perfect. (Before any ANBG detractors blog, this would be like the public feeding back direct to NAFD.) Having… Read more »

Jonathan
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Jonathan

I’d just like to point up the self-evident contradiction here, which arises from research into the accuracy of information gained from client service questionnaires in the funeral industry in particular: “Surface satisfaction: “A cause for concern is the unnaturally high level of satisfaction in the studies among people who had organised a funeral. 78% said they were ‘very satisfied’; 19% said they were ‘quite satisfied’. “Secret disappointment: “So are they really satisfied? Of those who said they were ‘very’ or ‘quite’ satisfied with the last funeral they had arranged, only half said it couldn’t have been improved. This is cause… Read more »

andrew plume
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andrew plume

Charles oh yes, this is one and the same man who promotes the internal ‘war cry’ known to us all on here, as “Believe in the system, trust the system…” and oh my deary me, here’s David on the equivalent of a pro bono visit to South Africa:- http://www.co-op.ac.uk/2011/10/co-operative-funerals-south-africa/ and some interesting little morsels too:- David explained: “In South Africa the cost of funerals is a major issue. They are a big expense for most people but no-one has yet suggested a low-cost alternative.” ahem, a large expense in the UK too David (as it happens), we’re all waiting for… Read more »

Georgina Pugh
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caring presence vs. laminated copy of satisfaction questionnaire!!!

andrew plume
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andrew plume

yes it’s all very ‘heart felt’ (sic) – just as long as the Customer Satisfaction Q’s are all ok, then there’s absolutely no problem, yes no problem with our business model, after all “…..we’re wonderful………….we’re the best….”, another drum roll, please

andrew

Kathryn Edwards
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Kathryn Edwards

Nifty juxtaposition with previous post. Chalk/cheese.

andrew plume
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andrew plume

thanks indeed Charles

yes it’s ‘our old friend’, one David Collingwood again

andrew