How Companies Like Amazon Use Big Data To Get You To Love Them

05/21/2012 09:41 am ET | Updated Jul 21, 2012
  • FastCompany

Last month, I talked to Amazon customer service about my malfunctioning Kindle, and it was great. Thirty seconds after putting in a service request on Amazon's website, my phone rang, and the woman on the other end--let's call her Barbara--greeted me by name and said, "I understand that you have a problem with your Kindle." We resolved my problem in under two minutes, we got to skip the part where I carefully spell out my last name and address, and she didn't try to upsell me on anything. After nearly a decade of ordering stuff from Amazon, I never loved the company as much as I did at that moment.

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