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Twice a year Bestbuy should reach out to as many current/former/future customers/employees to see how BestBuy can live up to it`s name. Take it seriously and be thorough that way true change can come and have an impact. No other retailer does it which would give credit for caring vs lip service. A group of 50 - 100 questions with sections dedicated to elite/elite plus/GCU. Customers who are already elite/elite plus/GCU should get unique questions based of the programs there in and what status they are.
For example: A silver elite member should be asked
1- What should be added
2- What should be ended
3- What does work well
4- What doesn`t work well
5- What can we(BB) do to keep you
6- What could cause us to lose you
Obviously, email would be the main way to go about acquiring the info but the questions could be sent with coupon packs designed to generate sales.
Offer 100 RZ points for complete surveys but special offers if completed in the store.
300 RZ points if the complete survey is turned in w/a $30 purchase
300 RZ points + 2X RZ points on a purchase of $75
500 RZ points + 2X RZ points on purchases of $100
500 RZ points + 3X RZ points on purchases of $150
750 RZ points + 2X RZ points on purchases of $250
1000 RZ points + 3X RZ points on purchases of $500
1500 RZ points + 3X RZ points + $50 instant giftcard on purchases of $1000
Being an Elite Plus member since it's implementation, I have enjoyed the benefits of early access Black Friday. However, the event itself has been a struggle at times with site freezing/crashing due to online congestion. I have missed out on some items over the years due to these problems. I was also disappointed that Elite and Plus members were allowed to invite 3 (Non Elite) people to participate in the early access event. I understand that this was meant as a perk but, it really diminished everything that Elite & Eite Plus members have done to reach this status. On top of that, it only added more congestion to the website on early access day.
I have a few suggestion:
1) Cancel the 3 invites to people that haven't earned Elite status.
2) Reward your Elite Plus members with an earlier access than Elite members. If even for a few hours, this would lower the congestion to the website during the regular event PLUS, show appreciation to your customers who reach the highest loyaly status.
3) Even though there are some GREAT deals during the early access BF event, there is always a shortage of new or big ticket items. I would love to see a couple deep discounted 4K TV's (65" or 55"), Curved TV, Apple (w/gift cards) e.t.c
Would you please consider allowing Elite Plus members exclusive access to the purchase of the PS5?
Either hold an event that allows confirmed Elite Plus members only to make their purchase or allow Elite Plus Members to pre-order, while you vet that we are not bots, you can release the units in order that they were placed.
I don't have time to monitor twitter for drop notifications and then come to the BB site and fight with bots, I'd simply like to have a personal link for me as a confirmed Elite Plus member that I can use to place my order.
Please consider this to calm some of the madness for your most loyal customers.
Best Buy has a Customer Survey at the bottom of every reciept that offers "a chance for a $5000 shopping spree". Honestly most people won't take the survey for a chance at something. Most other companies offer something of true value (Food places offer free small food items or a small discount, some stores offer a $$ discount on next purchase.)
I would suggest offer RZ points for a completed survey instead of the "chance" at a shopping spree. It would build value towards your brand (My Best Buy) and give customers something they can actually use. Obviously you can prevent abuse by limiting the amount of surveys per day/week/month that award points due to the requirement of having be attached to a My Best Buy account.
It doesn't have to be a lot, 20-50 points may be good enough per survey. Most companies are putting value in these surveys so this benefit would drive awareness as well.
I used to buy ALL my DVDs and blu ray discs at Best Buy. In fact, I bought so many every year it was enough to keep me a Premier Silver member. Well, no more! I have mentioned on MANY occasions that you need to stop putting the sticker on the outer cardboard cover. Yes, many people simply throw this cover away. However, I'm a collector and keep mine. You used to use a sticker that was easily removed. Sometimes, removal still damaged the cover. I made a suggestion to lose the unnecessary sticker but Best Buy chose a different route. You simply went with a new sticker that is far worse. The new stickers are impossible to remove without damaging the cover. If the cover doesn't get torn, it leaves a horrible, gummy residue that takes a ton of work to attempt to remove which is rarely successful. So, not only did you not stop putting the unnecessary sticker on the package, you made the situation EVEN WORSE!!! I'm done. I'm not buying any more DVDs or blu rays at Best Buy. My idea, which you did worse than ignore, might retain other customers or get me back. Until the stickers are gone, you've lost another customer. A Premier Silver customer.
The 24/7 Elite customer service line is not helping anyone and only frustrating customers The line is limited to My Best Buy program questions only, which include the following as stated;
* Points Balance
* Reward History (Last 5+ transactions)
* Certificate Status
* Attach Missing Points
* Points needed to next certificate
* Spend needed to reach next tier level
Who has urgent questions about points balances, certificate status or spending amounts at 3:00am in the morning? All of these issues can be resolved during the day. The forums and moderators are already an excellent option to resolve anything related to these issues.
If keeping the 24/7 hotline and spending resources to maintain it then make it worthwhile so customers really appreciate it. Time sensitive items such as; Price Matching (we do shop at 3am in the morning!), questions on products or shipping/order status inquiries should be accessible.
If not able to provide help for these issues then get rid of the whole thing and replace it with a new perk that is actually usable to customers.
I'm not sure maybe I'm wrong. I would like to see if there are any figures showing how many customers have been helped by the 24/7 hotline. I'm assuming it is very costly to keep up such a service. I would hate hotline reps losing their position but move them to something else or give them access to resolve issues that really matter and/or are time sensitive.
To better serve customer service Best Buy should implement a live chat customer support feature on Bestbuy.com to help handle problems/general questions in regards to orders, adjustments, and price matches.
The phone support system is very dated and always problematic due to constant disconnects when transferred and then several reps not understanding what we are trying to explain in certain situations. And in regards to price matches and adjustments it would make the process more smooth, faster, and less painless for the consumer. There are several pros to having a live chat support feature on the bestbuy.com website:
Bitcoin is gaining a lot of attention throughout the world, especially with the tech community, and I think it makes perfect sense for a company like Best Buy to accept Bitcoin as payment.
A small number of businesses have began accepting bitcoin as payment in the last year and the bitcoin community has responed very positively. Some drive 100 miles or more out of their way to support these businesses that have decided to become some of the first to embrace this amazing currency.
I know that I would begin shopping at Best buy again just to have an excuse to use my favorite currency, and many others would as well.
If you implement it with a service like BitPay which eliminates any risk involved with the volatility of the bitcoin market.
I truly feel there would be huge advantages to being on the early side of this and begin accepting bitcoin before the majority of other businesses do.
I keep seeing promotion after promotion for 3X My BB pts on cameras, cell phones, bladeless fans, dvd pre-orders & washer/dryers but why no love for video game systems. Since we don`t get the 2x My BB on systems thru GCU already at least throw us a bone with a 5x pt promo. And I say 5x not 3x because for all the other items you`re not already investing $120 to get access to the deal. These are $200-$500 items that should generate a good amount of warranties along with other add on sales so they deserve to be treated like the other items in the same price points.
I`d suggest marketing the offer in the weekly ad for better exposure & packaging system deals with GCU, premier title releases & accessories(LE ones with game or console).
This had been a MAJOR ISSUE I believe since day one of the PAID GCU membership & it's still not been adressed.
The 10% discount should apply to all used game purchases and promos however, the PC consistantly doesn't do it 7 the response from the mangers/reps in store is that it's one of the other WRONG. Since this is a copy from Gamestop I'll show you how it works there.
If I buy 3 used games that all cost $4.99 each then EACH GAME should ring up $4.49 not just the 1st one. i shouldn't have to choose to only get the discount on 1 game or have each one rang up seperately.
If I buy 3 used games via a buy two get one promo all 3 games costing $4.99 then again the 1st TWO games should be $4.49 each & the 3rd one free.
If there's a buy one get one 50% off deal the 10% should come off the 1st used game & the 2nd game would be discounted by 60%
This should not be as hard to grasp as it's been made to be but again here we are. Please update the system AND educate the staff accordingly as it makes no sense for a me a non employee to be able to explain the flaws in the current system with store reps asking me how did I learn so much.
This obviously is not a new idea, BUT ... I really would like to see BB allow reviews to be edited.
I recently reviewed a Google Pixel 4a, and I since have learned that my one very minor complaint about the phone is something that easily is resolved by going to Settings. I sure wish I could add that to my review.
Since it now cost an additional $1,000 to reach elite plus over premier silver the rewards/perks/benefits should also be increasing. Previous premier silver promos maxed at 3X like at the shopping events and coupons so now they should reach 5x like this past weekends 5x promo.
This would be a true game changer & a catalyst promo for big ticket sales
1- Having this promo in place when the SuperBowl is coming for tv sales
2- When new tablets/phones release
3- When the Steam Machine/Retron5 consoles release
4- Kicking off the 2014 holiday shopping season
5- When new tech tv`s hit the shelves
6- Kicking off the 2014 holiday shopping season
7- In conjunction with E3, CES & other electronic shows/events
8- And since you won`t price match on Black Friday offer elite plus members the bonus during the early access event
Detailed breakdowns of the benefits are definitely needed since there remains to be a large number of customers who are losing out on what they paid for a on a consistant basis. At any given time you`ll see 3-5 post regarding the loss of 2X pts, no 10% bonus or 10% discount on used and/or no 20% discount on new games. Even worse the customers who`re fully aware of the benefits they should be receiving are being denied by managers giving the wrong info altogether like "it`s one or the other" or "the 20% doesn`t apply to new games on sale".
Being able to provide the card would go a long way toward eliminating some of these issues(along with more staff training) plus it`s a consistant wallet reminder why to shop at BB.
I would like the ability to pre-order items that are "coming soon" (example: the Kobo Glo) and be notified whe the item is ready to be shipped / picked up at a store so that I can move on with my life and not have to check back at bestbuy.com every day to see if it's out yet.
BestBuy @Gamer/GCU coupons have provided some of the THE BEST GAME DEALS EVER....EVER!!! And that`s insanely remarkable considering their short lifespan & being limted to just one retailer. These gave BestBuy the edge by far & now in few short months you`re giving them up, giving up an edge when you need it the most. $120 for 2 yrs of GCU is high plain & simple but the 20% off is AMAZING plain & simple too.
I know this was a business decision based mainly on money no doubt but my fear along with alot of others is that you`ll lean solely on the 20% off going forward which is a mistake that will cost you in the long run. $47.99 on day 1 is AMAZING but I along with many other consumers have found it better to wait for the best deal since they come so fast due to competition. And with consumers being more willing to wait you`re going to have quite a hard time selling them on paying $120 upfront to save the same amount they could achieve by just waiting a few weeks/months.
Bottom line, BestBuy you NEED the @Gamer/GCU coupons in one form or another & giving up on them will hurt you & GCU. You`ve failed to perfect your gaming coupons as a whole by not being diverse & including enough 3DS/PSV/PC games. The total #`s of coupons offered per month was also lacking & now it`s all going away. For $120 GCU should be fully loaded with perks/promos/benefits not a program that BB has put all their eggs in 1 basket.o
You HAVE TO achieve some balance or in 12-18 months you`ll be changing GCU AGAIN & that`s what NOBODY wants.