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Raising the bar: 4 more leaders in customer service

By Ka Lau, Growth Marketing Manager

Last updated September 21, 2021

Meeting customer expectations, balancing company goals, cultivating a healthy culture to keep employees engaged-these major responsibilities are just the requisite ones that fall upon customer service leaders. Achieving great leadership in customer service means going beyond what’s expected.

Many of our customers are these types of high-achieving customer service leaders. We highlighted how Optimizely is going above and beyond in our “Raising the Bar” webinar (which you can also read about here), but there are many more stories in great leadership to tell. We’ve recognized support leaders from four of our customer stories to highlight how they’re raising the bar as customer service leaders.

Virgin Pulse – eliminated siloed support



When Mike Clericuzio, Director of Service Support, joined Virgin Pulse, he saw a company that was dedicated to high customer service standards. However, it was bogged down by an inefficient homegrown CRM and outsourced member services, leading to poor communication, reporting, and support that functioned in silos. Mike got a handle on the issues by implementing Zendesk’s omnichannel solution.

“It makes it so much easier for me and my agents to be able to work those tickets. We took those silos, broke them down, and added everything into Zendesk. So now I have all my reporting, all of my activities, all of my satisfaction details—all that important information—right at my fingertips, in one system.”

– Mike Clericuzio, Director of Service Support


Minor Hotels – scaled support for different regions and time zones


Minor Hotels is one of the fastest-growing hospitality groups in the world, and their customer support needed to scale right alongside them. Response times were a major area where they sought improvement across all of their channels: email, chat, self-service, and web forms. K’Lee Challinger, Manager of Social Media Optimization and Real-time Customer Service, utilized Zendesk’s capabilities (particularly Chat) for a 55 percent improvement in full resolution times and a 40 percent decrease in first response times.

“With so many properties and one corporate office, we were getting feedback that our support teams were delaying our hotel team’s ability to move forward on different projects, or our approval process was too long. Prior to having Zendesk, a lot of these requests were just getting lost. There were no response rates, no one was really appointed as being responsible. Now there’s an actual workflow.”

– K’Lee Challinger, Manager of Social Media Optimization and Real-time Customer Service

NYX Gaming – expanded their channel solutions


Most of NYX Gaming’s customer service team hailed from the local casino and hospitality industry, giving them the expertise of working with a global customer base. But as their multiple brands grew along with a need for new processes, Steve Ross, the Head of US Customer Service at NYX Gaming, looked to expand their email and chat support. He implemented Zendesk’s omnichannel solutions and an embedded support widget to allow mobile chat, and all from right within their games.

“We’ve included chat in our apps so that players can download the app from iTunes or the Google Play store, start playing, and chat from within the app. It’s just the way people communicate these days.”

– Steve Ross, Head of US Customer Service

OnePlus – expansion to global support



OnePlus needed a strong support service to accommodate their devoted fanbase and community, meaning it had to be one that could provide consistent support to customers all over the world. Tom Bruno, OnePlus’s Service Strategy and Operations Lead, expanded on Zendesk’s Support solution and standardized a global customer service strategy by including Chat and Talk (having already used Guide for their internal knowledge base). They now have more opportunities for better communication with their customers; nearly 60 percent of their support queries come in through Chat and they maintain consistently high CSAT ratings.

“We wanted to offer more channels and the best thing to do was to use Zendesk for everything. It was so easy to implement, and it’s flexible, if we need to import data into another system or integrate with third-party tools.”

– Tom Bruno, Service Strategy and Operations Lead

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