When you’re working to stand out from the pack, there are 3 simple things you can do to offer exceptional customer experiences.
In this day and age, it is easier now that ever before to stand out by offering a great experience because so many others, quite frankly, are not.
We can get almost anything we want quickly and easily. That focus on speed, however, eventually causes the quality of the customer experience to decline. Think about it. So many organizations focus on speed in order to beat their competition or to attain the numbers, that they neglect to put their customers first.
While it is certainly possible to have both, it takes effort.
The bar has been set low today. When we focus on the speed at which we deliver our product or service, or focus only on finding and getting new customers, we neglect the people we already have.
The bucket analogy
We neglect the people we already have that are easier to sell to … the ones who can give us referrals … the ones we can upsell ….We neglect them and waste our time running back and forth, here and there, instead.
It is the bucket analogy all over again. We work hard to fill our buckets by bringing people in only to have them fall straight out the holes in the bottom. We need to be sure to plug those holes so that our hard work doesn’t drain away.
One of the things we can do to show love and care and respect to our current customers is to woo them, right from the start, with a great experience.
What happens too often is that we knock on doors, blast emails, and get their attention with great marketing messages. We sell them on a dream or a vision, and we deliver our product quickly.
But we neglect to consider our client’s experience.
Exceptional customer experiences
Your client’s name
Dale Carnegie once said that “a person’s name is to him/her, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” It’s true. We can be in a large crowd but if someone calls our name, we immediately turn around. We want to know who knows us.
Using your client’s name in conversations creates a more personalized experience. It is as simple as “What can I help you with today, Amanda?” I know for sure, that if you are going to call my company or connect with me, I will respond much better if you use my name.
Be sure to address your client the way he prefers to be addressed. For example, does he sign his emails as ‘Dave’ or ‘David’? If you aren’t sure, just ask. The simple task of asking about something that is important to him shows that you care.
How your clients make money
If you plan to teach them how to save money, or how to bring in more money, you best know how they already do it.
This is why it is important to study how various industries work and operate. If your client is a nursing home, for example, a simple Google search can help you understand if the client makes more money via patient stays or from insurance payments or Medicare payments.
Having a basic understanding makes the conversation so much easier.
Send a thank you note at the very end of your conversation, even if it is the first meeting.
“Dave, it was amazing to connect with you last week” or “I look forward to talking to you again soon, Amanda.” It doesn’t have to be elaborate or lengthy. In fact, what you say in the note isn’t as important as the fact that you took the time to send one.
It is great to send an email as well, but a thank you note demonstrates a higher level of care. It gives an added touch.
Additionally, the thank you note will be delivered 3 or 4 days after your conversation. It serves as a nice reminder of the conversation, and it helps you stand out.
You can also personalize your presentations. Use your client’s logo and tagline in every presentation you make for them. It is another added touch that shows you care and that you are willing to take the extra step. It will help you stand out significantly over your competition.
If you can combine these 3 simple things that offer exceptional customer experience with the delivery of amazing speed, you are going to be totally fine. I’m sure of it.
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