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Companies / SME Mar 30, 2022 - 07:21 PM GMT

By: Steve_Barker


The customer is always right. It’s a cliché for a reason. Putting the customer first is essential to the success of any business, whether it’s a small mom-and-pop shop or a multi-million dollar corporation. There are countless ways to organize your business in order to make the customer feel comfortable and valued that you can explore, but there are a few simple tricks that can make a big difference in customer satisfaction to get you started.

1. Use Customer Data To Your Advantage

If you’re not already collecting data on your customers, now is the time to start. Customer data can be extremely valuable in understanding what your customers want and need from your business. Use customer surveys, polls, and other data gathering methods to collect information on everything from what products they like best to how they found out about your business in general. Of course, the more specific data you have the better. If you have an online shop, for example, you might want to look into an abandoned cart recovery software so that you can incorporate that data in a personalized marketing strategy the next time you contact a particular customer. Whether that means offering coupons for products they were interested in or simply sending a reminder that you offer those items, using data to your advantage can be a powerful way to show customers that you care about their individual needs.

2. Ask For Feedback And Act On It

Customers are often more than happy to provide feedback, but they won’t always do so unprompted. Make it a point to ask customers for their thoughts on their experience with your business, whether that’s after purchase or simply during a conversation. You can also make use of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to encourage customers to leave reviews or send private messages with their feedback. Collecting customer feedback is perhaps one of the most important things you can do to improve customer satisfaction. Be sure to actually act on the feedback you receive though. If you make changes based on customer suggestions, be sure to let them know so that they feel valued and appreciated. Simply acknowledging that you’ve received and are taking their feedback into account can make a big difference in how satisfied customers feel.

3. Train Your Staff To Be Friendly And Helpful

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often businesses fail to properly train their staff in customer service. Every single person who works for your business should be friendly and helpful, whether they’re the cashier or the CEO. Employees should be taught how to handle difficult customers, how to upsell without being pushy, and how to properly handle customer complaints. If you have a lot of employees, it can be helpful to create a customer service manual that outlines the do's and don’ts of dealing with customers. That way, everyone is on the same page and you can be sure that your customers are always getting the best possible service.

4. Offer Incentives For Customer Loyalty

Keeping customers coming back can be just as important as attracting new ones. One way to encourage customer loyalty is to offer incentives for repeat business. This could be anything from a discount on their next purchase to a free product after they’ve made a certain number of purchases. You can also offer loyalty programs or VIP clubs for your best customers. As always, it's best to keep these offers as personalized as possible, although it can't hurt to have a few general loyalty programs in place as well. It's also important to make it easy for customers to take advantage of these offers. Have a system in place so that they can easily redeem their rewards, and be sure to promote the program so that customers are actually aware that it exists.

5. Make It Easy For Customers To Contact You

When a customer has a problem or complaint, they should be able to easily get in touch with someone who can help them. Make sure that your contact information is easy to find and that you have a customer service team in place that is responsive and helpful. You might also want to consider offering multiple methods of contact, such as phone, email, live chat, or even social media. That way, customers can pick and choose the method that is most convenient for them. You should also make sure to keep your contact information up to date. Nothing is more frustrating for a customer than trying to reach out to a business only to find that the phone number has been disconnected or the email address is no longer in use.

By following these simple tips, you can increase customer satisfaction and encourage loyalty. Remember that customers are the lifeblood of any business, so it's important to always put them first. If you make an effort to improve the customer experience, you're sure to see your business grow.

By Steve Barker

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