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Does your customer really want to do business with you?

 An audience member came up to me after one of my speaking programs and made a very smart comment. She said, “Don’t confuse customer inertia with customer loyalty.”

I wasn’t sure what she meant by customer inertia. She explained that in her industry, it is sometimes easier for customers to put up with a mediocre vendor rather than go to the difficulty of switching to another. Customers just tend to put up with poor service and results, as long as it doesn’t get too bad. They just keep “rolling” along. That’s the inertia she was talking about.

Yet in most businesses, it is easy to switch to a new vendor/supplier. The customer just disappears. No complaints. Just one day, someone notices (or not) that a customer isn’t doing business with them anymore. The customer may have left for a number of reasons from competitive issues, such as pricing, to customer service issues, such as indifference.

You don’t want customers to stay with you just because it is easier. You want them to stay because they want to. Because you are that good!

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 Connect with Shep on LinkedIn. (Copyright ©MMXII, Shep Hyken)

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