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Keep Your Customers Happy By Getting Personal
Did you set up your database last week? Told you I’d be checking on you!
To keep customers happy you need to know what they want. And you get to know what they want by getting to know who they are.
When was the last time you asked your customers for feedback on your service or business? If you have face-to-face contact, when was the last time you asked them about their lives and things they enjoy?
When you know more about your customer you have more opportunities to keep them happy. Whether it’s purely for marketing purposes – these customers buy this stuff only so I’ll only send marketing materials for those products rather than bug them with everything. Too much in-your-face contact can put people off.
When you know more about your customers on a personal level you can help them in ways that may be unrelated to your business but builds trust and gratitude, both of which release feel good chemicals in the brain. Giving more than customers expect is a great way to keep them loyal. Givers, rather than takers or matchers, are over-represented in the ‘successful’ category. Isn’t that the category you want to be in? Then be a ‘giver’ to your customers.
Can you find a way you can help your customer? Can you make an introduction that would help them with an issue they’re facing? Can you solve a problem they have? Can you recommend a resource that might be useful to them?
What one thing could you do this week to get to know your customers better? Think about it then DO IT!
Here are some ideas:
- An email or survey asking for feedback on your business, what could be improved etc.
- A quick call to a customer at the completion of a job with the aim of finding out how it went, what keeps them happy about your work, and what else might be helpful to them.
Ask these questions via your social media marketing.
One more thing – when you get feedback, make sure you act on it. Trust is everything in small business.
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See you later.