Posts Tagged ‘keeping good customers’

Supporting Your Customer Service Reps

June 23rd, 2016
Steven Howard

Treat Your Customer Service Reps Like A First-Class Team As customers feel it is their right to have 24×7 customer service availability for more and more product categories and industries, the role of the customer service representative takes on even greater importance. I wonder, though, based on my experience of dealing with customer service reps, how many companies ever sit down and explain in detail product specifications, the rules and regulations of contests …

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 …

Customer Complaints Are Good

June 7th, 2016
Steven Howard

Customers Who Complain Are Customers Who Care As sure as there are customers for your product, you can be guaranteed that there will be complaints about your products and services. Why? Is it impossible for an organization to deliver 100% customer satisfaction and 100% fault-free products and services all the time?  In a simple word: yes. I have yet to come across an organization that doesn’t make the occasional mistake, or the employee …

Creating Complete Customer Satisfaction

May 31st, 2016
Steven Howard

Fire Your Customer Service Staff. Today. I often advise senior management and business owners that their companies and  organizations today need to change from a focus on trying to win new customers to concentrating on meeting and satisfying the needs of their current customer bases. With this strategy, the aim is to achieve a high degree of complete customer satisfaction with the customers you already have in hand. Good customer service is no …

The Sales / Service Relationship

April 19th, 2016
Steven Howard

SALES = SERVICE = SUCCESS Many organizations segment their service function from their sales activities. I believe this is a mistake. The closer you can entwine your service and sales activities, the more successful you are likely to be. After all, the customer rarely segments a sales activity from a service activity. To him or her, all your activities are service related! The formula for weaving these two activities together is to: Turn …

Customer Retention Marketing

January 14th, 2016
Steven Howard

Customer Retention: The Art of Keeping Good Customers™ The world in which marketing takes place continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace. Reduced trade barriers, extensive deregulation across numerous industries, an increasingly globalized economy, customers who are more aware of the choices available to them, and changing customer values are all combining to ignite a dramatic increase in the competition between products, brands, services, companies and, indeed, even countries. Additionally, customers themselves …

Customer Retention: The Art of Keeping Good Customers

January 12th, 2016
Steven Howard

Customer Satisfaction is an Attitude. Customer Loyalty is a Behavior. Why is customer loyalty so important? For one thing, numerous research studies have shown that if you can reduce your attrition rate, that is the annualized rate of lost customers, by as little as five percentage points, you can increase your bottom-line profits by anywhere from 25% to 85%. That’s right, just keeping more of the customers you have and preventing them from taking …

Making Customer Loyalty Real for Manufacturers

October 20th, 2015
Steven Howard

“No Such Thing As Customer Loyalty” Is a Myth, Even in the B2B World Deloitte Research conducted a global manufacturing study in 1999 that resulted in an excellent report titled Making Customer Loyalty Real: Lessons from Leading Manufacturers. Not only does the report state that “customer loyalty is a critical driver of shareholder value around the world,” it also concludes that “for manufacturers, low price, high quality, and on-time delivery are no longer …

Rewarding Customer Loyalty

October 13th, 2015
Steven Howard

Don’t turn customer rewards programs into customer bribery programs It is important to reward customer loyalty….but we have to be careful not to bribe customers into loyalty. It is kind of like raising children. Once you start to “bribe” your child, as in “if you eat everything on your plate tonight you will get a cookie,” there is no ending to the bribe. This one cookie for a clean plate trick works for …

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