Customer Loyalty The old saying goes something like this: Customers want to do business with people they know, like and trust. Business is all about relationships. At a minimum, the customer expects at least hopes, to do business with an organization they can count on. They pay good money for the goods and services we […]
The old saying goes something like this:
Customers want to do business with people they know, like and trust.
Business is all about relationships. At a minimum, the customer expects at least hopes, to do business with an organization they can count on. They pay good money for the goods and services we provide. Don’t we want our happy and even loyal customers to have the feeling that they “know, like and trust” us?
However, maybe we should consider looking at this from the opposite direction. Do you know, like and trust your customers? As just mentioned, you want them to know, like and trust you, so aren’t they entitled to the same? You want them to be loyal to you, so do you act and behave in a way that the customer can feel a sense of loyalty from you?
I want you to trust me. I’m not going to steal from you. I don’t want you to make rules, policies and procedures that make it difficult for me to do business with you – just because a very few people you may have done business with in the past have taken advantage of you. I want those policies to remind you that most customers, like me, are honest and good people.
When I go to a favorite restaurant, the owner knows me. He may even remember where I sat and what I ate the last time I was there. He takes an interest in me. It’s obvious.
When I call American Airlines because I’ve filled out my profile on their website, which includes my phone number, their automated greeting says, “Welcome back, Shep.” I now engage at a higher level.
Amazon.com’s website remembers what I have previously bought and lets me know what else I may be interested in purchasing. Their system was built to take care of me, becaus cane they know me.
With the use of CRM software, technology, or just a good old fashioned memory, you can make a customer feel like you know them, like them and even trust them.
When both parties know, like and trust each other, there is now the mutual respect that it takes to create the all-important and coveted loyal customer relationship.
Shep Hyken is a customer service/CX expert, award-winning keynote speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. Learn more about Shep’s customer service and customer experience keynote speeches and his customer service training workshops at www.Hyken.com. Connect with Shep on LinkedIn.
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