Customer Experience: 82%? This is Our Life!

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.”
– Steve Jobs

I stayed in an above-average, boutique-ish hotel this week. The directions to the car park were ambiguous, so before checking in I had to abandon the car, run into Reception, and ask how to find the car park. When I returned, having parked, to check in, I noticed that the receptionist didn’t ask me whether I had found the car park.

Then I noticed a plaque on the wall, behind Reception. It said: “2014 Award of Excellence. As honoured by our Guests. 8.2/10.”

It struck me that 8.2/10 – 82% – was not necessarily something to shout about; not really something to be deemed an “honour”.