Friday, February 7, 2014

Beauty Traveller Diaries - Chanel Customer Service

As promised, today will be the first article of rating customer services of department brands. I find this as a very important aspect. Being in the retail line I have always learnt the ways of greeting and treating a customer and I don't mean to be a perfectionist but I have set my own standards of expectations of what I want from department brands. For any of the brand representatives who might read this article, I would love to mention that these are my own ratings and I have given them for what I have experienced. I request all to take this rating as positive criticism and create a room of improvement instead of getting offended.

There is a concept called 'Mystery customer'. Certain anonymous companies employ these mystery customers and they give their review over a particular beauty associate from the brand. I find it all so artificial and rigged. Does this really help the brand? I guess NO....This doesn't change the way we look at these department brands, thence their growth is on the lowest levels of mediocrity and this is a very superficial way of ranking a brand.

As a beauty blogger with no relation or biasing to the world of retail, I think its my prime importance to be able to give my opinions which reaches to a large number of readers than a so called 'mystery customer' would do. I believe that beauty bloggers are the voices of the real customers. Their thoughts are much more genuine and then they are not paid to the service. Btw did you know 'mystery customers' are paid and bribed (strong word to use) with products to get good opinions? With an approach like this, I hope to make the readers and customers aware on how do they go to these stores and approach the BCs or SAs. 

Anyways, since I went to the Palladium Mall first and entered into the Chanel store first again, let me review the customer service of Chanel. One must read this as a very generalized view of the brand's service and this does not pertain to only one person. I believe that the 'whole' team has to be great and thence this rating will be 'overall'. This rating also involves the way the store functions and other aspects. And the most important part is that this rating system is very dynamic and would change. This would also depict whether the brand has improved or not. So lets have a look...............

(This is a twist on the iconic Chanel logo and it sort of represents who Coco Chanel herself was. Don't know about the raven though)

Customer Service of Chanel

  • Ridiculous - means do not enter the store or do not go near the counter - 0 points
  • Bad - means be yourself and walk with dignity without bothering what the BC or SA has to say - 1 point
  • Poor - means try teaching the staff something that you might be better at - 2 points
  • Average - means they are really nice but need a lot of improvement - 3 points
  • Good - means they have met your expectations and you'll visit them again and again - 4 points
  • Excellent - means the best service and cooperation ever, you could walk in with your friend - 5 points
  • Smile and Greeting
  • Product Awareness
  • Knowledge
  • Communication and Language (English and not local)
  • Attitude and Approach
  • Generosity (In giving samples)
  • Grooming and Appeal
  • Environment in the store 
  • Latest product updates
  • Customer updates and after service
Highest ranking is 50 points where are the lowest is 0

So lets rate - CHANEL

Location - Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel
Date of Visit - 5th February 2014
  • Smile and Greeting - Average - They are more into themselves and won't take a notice of you until you are in the half of the carpet area of the store. They seem to have a bit of shortsightedness when it comes to customer entrance or do we blame the large area of the store with a huge array of perfumes arranged in the entrance of the store. 3 Points
  • Product Awareness - Good - They know what they have and what they are selling. They know all the shades that they have especially in face, eyes and cheek products. With a million number of lipsticks named with French names, they still know most of them. 4 Points
  • Knowledge - Average - Whether its skin care or makeup, I find the Chanel staff quite adept in what they have been trained. However when it comes to perfumes which happens to have a good share of sales in the franchise, no one is aware of the quintessential notes that these fragrances set apart. 3 Points
  • Communication and Language (English and not local) - Average - Language of certain Beauty Associates do have a scope of improvement. Some of the BAs take an extra effort in explaining the products and end up confusing the client. Moreover there is a scope of improvement in explaining the colors. For eg. Instead of saying a 'red' they would have said 'red with a blue undertone'. 3 Points
  • Attitude and Approach - Good - The store does seem happy and delighted and lit up for giving a beautiful experience. Of course, the French know the elegance. The mirror with lights is the most stunning aspect of the store and the BAs do encourage their clients to use it and get the ultimate consultation. 4 Points
  • Generosity (In giving samples) - Poor - Giving samples is a rarity in Chanel India. I do not know whether they are only saved for the elite but a normal customer would not get samples albeit a big purchase. No GWPs here. No Chanel bags here. 2 Points
  • Grooming and Appeal - Good - Chanel BAs are nicely groomed and wear very inviting makeup which represents the elegance of the brand. Whether its the nicely blended makeup or the pearls on an ultra feminine BC uniform, its all elegant. Being a fashion brand, Chanel knows how to appeal the customers. Overall I get very good vibes from the store. 4 Points
  • Environment in the store - Good - Its friendly and welcoming. Even during the closing times I have got all the assistance I have wanted. 4 points
  • Latest product updates - Average - They are not very well acquainted on what are the new launches in the store. They wait for the product testers to arrive and no one knows what is coming. No one seems to take an extra effort in knowing the product launches before they come into the store. Chanel should be aware that they do have well traveled and very very well researched customers and they should be able to cater their needs to their best possibilities. 3 Points
  • Customer updates and after service - Poor. I hope they call their clients to ask whether they liked the product. The after service is taken in a very casual manner I believe. 2 Points
So the total score is 32

Hope you liked the rating. I would love to get your feedbacks and your ratings in the comment section. Do rate them and lets see what you have to say about it.

Till then,


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  1. excellent initiative Dr. Neeraj...I would surely be looking forward to more in this series ! Thank you for the awesome post!

    1. Thanks a lot. Do give and share your views too.

  2. Am highly elated with ur new initiative. At par it is best what I hav seen in blogging world.
    Am looking forward for more.
    Kudos to u. :)

    1. Thanks a lot. I am happy that you liked this post. It does bring a lot of awareness in the readers. Do share your inputs.

  3. For generosity they deserve 0 or -1 coz they just dont give samples..i have taken stuff worth an unmentionable amount but only one sample of lipstick wch is 1gm..

    1. I can totally understand. Thanks a lot for your input Jigisha. I am hoping that they would improve.

  4. really amazing series..a very unique concept because when we are actually buying such luxury makeup products..we are actually also paying for the store service....will look forward to more posts :)

    1. Thanks a lot Mily. I am so glad that you liked it.

  5. am really looking forward for the series Neeraj :) i have shopped from that store 2 - 3 stores and i would give them 1 point each in all the department ...
    all the time they are least bothered about customers ... i cant say much as its just 2 - 3 times....
    BANGALORE staff is A ++++++ and 55/50 for me :d
    in every department they are theeeee best :D

    1. Thanks a million for your insight Rashmi. I hope this is taken care of. Do make a rating post on your blog too.

  6. Thats super awesum initiative Neeeaj.. definitely help to us to pick the best store to shop.. btw can i ask u add an ober all rating in the end.. it will help a little more..

    never bought from luxury stores yet.. but will keep these pointers in mind..

    1. Thanks for the input. Even I felt something missing. But I'll sum them all up in another post.

  7. This is fantastic effort Dr Neeraj and I so hope the companies are reading this! Most of the beauty brands in India need to improve on almost all the points, to be bluntly honest I have never found a brand who has proper knowledge of the products, awareness, new launches and lets just forget about being generous with samples which is something they really need to work on! If am buying 3k foundation I have a right to test it out first before investing in it..especially when brands do give out samples/GWPs in other countries then why not here?
    Looking forward for more customer service reviews :)

    1. Thanks a million for the comment. I hope I can enlighten them. Buut my purpose is to enlighten the consumer more than the brand. If we stop buying they can't do anything about it.

  8. Hi Neeraj

    My comment is the same as that on your FB link

    Comment as under

    "I agree. I had to literally be firm with them and persuade them to give me a sample of chanel vitalumiere foundation and thank god for that the shade was a complete mismatch in daylight. Also the service is not always cordial unless they think you are there to actually buy. Sometimes you would just want to swatch or try out and make a decision later esp with perfumes."

    I am really happy that you have taken this initiative. 
    A BIGGG THUMBS UP for the rating.


    1. Thanks a lot for u comment Nehal. So sorry u couldn't post it here but thanks a lot for the email. You've to be a bit persuasive at times and then they do surrender. But it's when you are having that awareness. I really appreciate ur comment and thought. Hope they improve.

  9. This is an awesome initiative on your part already looking froward to the next post in the series.

    1. thanks a lot Sugandha. I hope this throws light on the consumers who have to suffer albeit their purchases.

  10. I'm so glad you're doing this! Customer service is terrible in most store across India.
    Good job on taking an initiative! Can't wait to read the rest of the series ;)

    1. thanks a lot Samantha. Do share your inputs too. It would definitely enlighten us.


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