Apple’s Truly Genius Service

This past Sunday, our house was faced with a crisis — my son’s MacBook died. We tried everything we could, but were unable to get it to even reboot. That’s a big problem when there’s a ton of homework that needs to get done.

So, after our initial panic, we went online, scheduled a session at an Apple Retail Store Genius Bar nearby, went there, and got it fixed. It was really that easy.

Apple Genius Bar

 So
 here’s
 a
 shout
 out
 to
 Apple’s
 Genius
 Bar
 

This was the best technical service experience that I’ve ever personally had with a computer manufacturer. The Genius Bar is a great concept; people will always run into problems with technology, so why not make it easy for them to get help and advice! Here’s what I thought was great about my family’s experience:

  • We could schedule time online. With an easy visit to the Apple site (http://www.apple.com/retail/geniusbar/), we were able to find an Apple store nearby that was open on Sunday — and schedule some time at the Genius Bar.
  • Appointments were clearly posted. When we arrived at the Apple Store, we found a couple of screens behind the Genius Bar that listed all of the people in queue for help. We were able to easily track our progression from the 4th  spot to the front of the line.
  • The “genius” really was. The Apple employee who helped us (Ron in Burlington, MA) knew his stuff. He was extremely efficient and quickly diagnosed our MacBook’s problem — the hard drive was dead. He then clearly outlined our options.
  • The problem was fixed on-the-spot. We chose to replace the hard drive, which Ron did right there. The computer was still under warranty, so all we had to do was sign a piece of paper and we were on our way — with a repaired MacBook.

While we were there, many people came and went from “the bar” — all of them getting repairs and/or advice about their computers or iPods.

Nothing’s perfect, so here’s a recommendation to Apple: allow users to search for the nearest Genius Bar by zip-code — and look for availability of appointments across locations.

The bottom line: It doesn’t take a genius to appreciate Apple’s great service.

About Bruce Temkin, CCXP
I am a customer experience transformist, helping large organizations improve business results by changing how they deal with customers. As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. I am also a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Simply put, I am passionate about spotting emerging best practices and helping companies master them. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. My “title” is Managing Partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm that helps organizations become more customer-centric. Our goal is simple: accelerate the path to delighting customers. I am also the co-founder and Emeritus Chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

3 Responses to Apple’s Truly Genius Service

  1. paul sweeney says:

    And that’s why being able to see your appointments online, and your ability to track how you are doing, is important in every service environment. Imagine that you were on your way to the store and that service guy had to leave for a family emergency, you and the other people in the que would then have to be called, told, and given an option. Its so easy to do, and there are loads of near free online tools for enabling this to happen!

  2. Sabrina Vulfs says:

    Thanks for this great blog.
    I just have a question about this Genius Bar: Did you have to pay for it? How much did it cost?
    If it’s free, what happens once your guarantee is expired?

  3. Pingback: One persons Apple genius experience « Chicago Mac/PC Support

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