Archive for the ‘Customer Attrition’ Category

Free Marketing and Leadership Books

October 14th, 2016
Steven Howard

It’s my birthday. So in celebration I’m giving away FREE Kindle versions of four of my most popular marketing and leadership books: The Best of the Monday Morning Marketing Memo — slightly edited, revised and updated as needed, these 42 Monday Morning Marketing Memos reprinted here are the ones that generated the most commentary, queries, and feedback from readers around the world. For many years the Monday Morning Marketing Memo was one of …

6 Types of Customer Complaints

June 21st, 2016
Steven Howard

Customer Complaints Are Good. Here’s How To Handle Them. As we all know, customer complaints will happen. While elimination of customer complaints may be a desired state, in truth this is nothing other than an illusionary goal. And besides, the true goal should be the elimination of errors, mistakes, and other factors that cause customer dissatisfaction. If you eliminate customer complaints, without eradicating the errors producing the displeasure and discontent for your customers, …

Make It Easy for Customers to Complain

June 9th, 2016
Steven Howard

You Can Only Fix Those Customer Problems You Hear About Two of the key points from the prior Powerful Marketing Memo titled Customer Complaints Are Good are: 1) complaints will happen because mistakes will happen, and 2) customers who complain are customers who care. Therefore, knowing that you are going to get complaints and knowing that such complaints are good for you, it makes sense to have a complaint management strategy in place …

7 Laws of True CRM

September 3rd, 2015
Steven Howard

Making CRM Mean Customer Retention Marketing I have long struggled with the concept of Customer Relationship Management (CRM), mostly for the simple reason that I fully understand that customers do not want their relationships with an organization managed. This is why the whole notion and philosophy of CRM as customer relationship management is wrong. One of my key messages has long been that marketers and senior management need to think of CRM as …

Truly Understanding Customer Needs

August 6th, 2015
Steven Howard

Customer Needs and Concerns Need to be Fully Understood I write and speak often of the need for frontline staff (and actually all staff as well) to fully understand and appreciate customer needs. And, simultaneously, I encourage management to develop flexible policies and procedures so that their staff can handle customer needs and concerns on an individual basis. Here’s a true story that brings all these points succinctly together. A man in Singapore …

Consumers Want Customer Service Over Lowest Prices

September 12th, 2011
Steven Howard

Consumers have little to no desire to trade customer service for lower prices. One of the most interesting findings in the latest Accenture Global Consumer Survey study of 5,800 consumers in 17 countries was this: More than half of global consumers (54%) are not willing to compromise on levels of customer service,  produce options or product quality in exchange for lower prices. Even more phenomenal, as we pointed out in this week's Monday …

Customer Service Satisfaction Drops and Consumers Leave

September 8th, 2011
Steven Howard

Customer retention affected by poor customer service. Consumers are not getting what they want in terms of customer service. Those are the clear findings of the latest Accenture Global Consumer Survey, which has been conducted annually for the past six years. The study researched over 5,800 people in 17 countries and asked about their attitudes and behaviors in purchasing from 10 major industries. Satisfaction with customer service declined in all 11 characteristics measured …

Customers Continue to Change Service Providers

September 6th, 2011
Steven Howard

Almost two-thirds switch due to poor service. The annual Accenture Global Consumer Survey always makes for fascinating reading. In the latest results, the sixth in this yearly series, trends seen in recent years continue: 64% of consumers have switched companies in the past year due to poor customer service. Consumers in emerging markets are now more likely to change service providers than those in mature markets. This is seen across all industries, but …

Don’t Ask and They Won’t Tell

September 1st, 2011
Steven Howard

Understanding Why Customers Leave Very few organizations ever call former customers to ask why they have taken their business elsewhere. And that is a mistake. I coach my clients to conduct on-going research with lost customers, with a focus on asking three pertinent questions: have they experienced any problems or disappointments with the quality of the product delivered? Have they experienced any problems or disappointments with the service delivery? What would it take …

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