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Wired and Dangerous by Chip R. Bell and John R. Patterson
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May 30, 2011 | ISBN 9781605099750

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"At Zappos, we found that the more we invested in customer service, the more loyal our customers became. Wired and Dangerous can help anyone interested in delivering happiness to today's Internet-empowered customer."
––Tony Hsieh, CEO of, Inc. and author of the #1 NY Times best-selling author of Delivering Happiness

“…provocative insight, an irresistible page turnings look at the empowered customer.”
––Lou Dobbs

"Bell and Patterson explain how to master the new service paradigm––a partnership between you and your customers. Their rich stories and practical advice will prepare you to give up the control needed to make these partnership covenants succeed." 
––Charlene Li, author of Open Leadership and co-author of the best-selling Groundswell 

"As Chip and John relay in this book, a good customer relationship is governed by honesty, caring, forgiving, lack of judgment, flexibility, and a willingness to try again. If leaders brought these values to the workplace the world would indeed be a better place….and customers would be happier too.”  
— Cheryl A. Bachelder, CEO, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

"Wired and Dangerous should be mandatory reading for anyone with a customer!  The only downside would be a reduction in the creation of viral YouTube Music videos!"
–Dave Carroll, singer/songwriter and creator of "United Breaks Guitars"

“When you include your customers in your business you build an army that grows your business for you.  Using their mouse, voice and influence they will become your greatest megaphone!   Chip and John show how the new normal customer can create the prosperity all businesses desire.” 
––Jeanne Bliss, author of Chief Customer Officer and I Love You More than My Dog: Five Decisions for Extreme Customer Loyalty

"Wired and Dangerous provides powerful, cutting edge solutions for turning today's restless customers into loyal advocates who ensure growth and increased profits. A must read!"
––Daniel Burrus, author of the best-selling Flash Foresight

“Chip and John have taught our company the power of turning satisfied customers into advocates. Their lessons in Wired and Dangerous lead to effective strategies for creating loyalty among today's demanding customers." 
––Carrie Freeman Parsons, Vice Chair, Freeman

Wired and Dangerous is a wake-up call to business leaders about how today's
empowered customers can build or destroy brands in record time. Buy it and use the insights and tools to deliver loyalty-building customer service experiences.”
––Bob Thompson, Founder and CEO, CustomerThink

"Serving customers has never been more challenging; new generations with different values; new channels; new technologies. Chip Bell and John Patterson argue that to make sense of this we need a new covenant with customers––as usual they are spot on." 
––Shaun Smith, author of Bold: How to Be Brave in Business and Win.

“This will be on the test:  If you want customers to come and play in your backyard, read Wired and Dangerous and then deliver what Chip and John will teach you.”
––Jim Blasingame, Host of the Small Business Advocate® Show

"Whether through personal anecdotes or insightful research, Chip and John have succeeded in providing the sobering truth––the consumer is more empowered than ever before and expectations for service have changed.  They provide meaningful advice on how you can still succeed." 
––Jay Karen, President and CEO, Professional Association of Innkeepers International

Table Of Contents

Part One The Situation
Welcome to Turbulent Times!
1 How the Service Covenant Became Corrupted
2 Picky: Why Today’s Customers Are Finicky
3 Fickle: Why Today’s Customers Are Capricious
4 Vocal: Why Today’s Customers Are Noisy
5 Vain: Why Today’s Customers Are Self-Centered

Part Two The Resolution
Spark: The Mouse That Is Roaring
6 How the Service Covenant Can Be Rebalanced
7 Grounding: How to Balance Yourself for Partnership
8 Connection: How to Help Customers Feel Like Partners
9 Bad Connections: How to Turn Angry Customers into Partners
10 Wireless Connections: How to Partner with Customers via the Internet
11 Congruence: How to Get the Service Setting in Balance
12 Acumen: How to Keep the Customer Relationship in Balance

Part Three Suggestions for Partnering with Customers
Flash Drive: Tools and Favorites
# 1 –– For Calming Customer Crackpots, Bullies, and Militants
# 2 –– For Serving When Customer Pain Must Be Involved
# 3 –– For Giving Great Lateral Service
# 4 –– For Service Leadership in Turbulent Times
# 5 –– For Crafting a Really Cool Service Vision
# 6 –– For a Great Emotional Connection with Customers
# 7 –– For Conducting a Truly Focused Focus Group
# 8 –– For Serving as an Expert
# 9 –– For “Serving in the Dark” Like a Partner
#10–– For Firing a Customer
# 11 –– For Conducting Customer Forensics
# 12 –– For Determining If Your Service Process Is Unwell
# 13 –– For Adding Decoration to the Service Experience
# 14 –– For Designing a Survey Your Customers Will Actually Complete
Best Books for Understanding the Wired and Dangerous Customer
Best Websites for Understanding the Wired and Dangerous Customer
Favorite Service Quotes
Twenty Things Today’s Wired and Dangerous Customers Really Want
Favorite Metaphor for Turning Dangerous Customers into Advocates
A Poem on Customers as Partners
About the Authors

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