Posts Tagged ‘customer appreciation’

May 16

Don’t forget your customer — connect with your customers

Posted by Jodi Riolo | No Comments

Okay, here’s the deal. . . 

Statistics state that you need to connect with your customers 5–12 times a year to be remembered.   

After hearing that statistic, I asked myself, “Are you kidding, who is going to forget who they do business with?” Surprisingly, people do forget and here is an example of how that can happen . . . 

Scenario: 

Your carpets need cleaning.  The company you hired was out of the box fabulous and here’s why:

  • They called a few days before their scheduled day to confirm.
  • They showed up at the time the appointment was set.
  • They were courteous and listened to your concerns about where all the specific carpet stains were located throughout the house.
  • They moved some of the heavier pieces you could not move.
  • They did a thorough job of vacuuming before they started cleaning the carpets.
  • They were respectful by actually taking off their shoes during the process!
  • Upon completion, they laid down plastic runners in the heavily walked areas.
  • The carpet looked brand new again (well pretty close!).
  • Their rates were comparable to others, but realistically for their effort and outcome, you would have paid more.  

Sounds like a fabulous carpet cleaning company to have around, right?  Fast forward ahead a year or two and it’s time for another cleaning.  

Now Here’s the Sad News:  

Because they never connected with you after that initial cleaning, you don’t remember their name, YIKES! That just cost the carpet cleaning company a potential customer for life and who knows how many referrals.  How sad to lose a customer that way?!

You may want to think about this story as a means to get motivated using some sort of follow up plan. Sending a light-hearted greeting in the mail is one idea.

Why don’t we follow up?  

As a business, following up after a sale”is just not high on the priority list.  It’s another task we don’t have time for or maybe we just don’t know what to do.  We think it’s enough to just take care of our customers at the time they need us, oh yeah and then send them a bill.   

Why are we so bad at it?

Because it takes time, effort, planning and doesn’t bring home the bacon. Customers will still keep coming back, won’t they?  Maybe, maybe not. Don’t take that chance, it’s just too risky.

Bottom Line: 

Connect with your customers on a regular basis, they truly want to feel valued and important. They need to know that you think of them and appreciate their business.  A greeting card personalized from your business is one way to connect with your customers and you are not asking anything from them.

Another Bottom Line:  

Remember your customers and they will remember you! Check out our card catalog today.

May 1

Building Repeat and Referral Business beats cold-calling any day

Posted by Sandie Marinoble | No Comments

Mail Bonding helps companies cement relationships with their clients and build repeat and referral business.

SACRAMENTO, California (April 28, 2011)

To Sandie Marinoble and Jodi Riolo, partners of Client Retention Inc., the most logical way to build business relationships is through mail bonding.

Unlike male bonding, mail bonding does not involve a few beers and a football game. It does however, involve calculated correspondence.

Client Retention (www.ClientRetentionInc.com) sees greeting card mailing programs as a cost-effective tool for companies and entrepreneurs to retain clients and boost employee morale.

Most surveys across industries show that keeping one existing customer is five to seven times more profitable than attracting one new one.

“What comes into play is how much is a client worth to a company? You can’t look at a client as a one-time sale, you have to look at the client over a lifetime” Sandie Marinoble said. “That is the reason Client Retention was formed. We like to help companies and professionals keep in touch with their clients on a regular basis in a very personalized manner. This helps to increase client loyalty and generates repeat and referral business.”

Learn More About Building Repeat and Referral Business

May 1

10 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Customers

Posted by Sandie Marinoble | No Comments

We have been noticing and experiencing a tremendous spin on the customer service skills of employees. We mean that in a good way! They seem to be more attentive and engaged lately.

  • Recently at a local restaurant, we observed an employee whose soul purpose was to open the front door for every customer coming and going.  We actually watched the front door for quite awhile and that employee never left her post.
  • Another example was at a theater we recently attended. There was an employee “on post” that actually acknowledged all the patrons one-on-one as we left, and thanked us for coming to the movies.  That’s a first.
  • What about fast food? Employees are getting friendlier, look happy and seem to genuinely enjoy the interaction they have with their customers! (Well, most of them.)

It is so refreshing that companies are finally getting on board by understanding the necessity of creating “the customer experience” by training and hiring the right people for customer service positions. Why the change? Competition maybe? Whatever it is . . . we are loving it!

However there is a flip side. Companies really need to embrace the fact that up to 70% of their employees may no longer be committed to the company or to providing quality customer care.  They are just going through the motions.  Identify these employees and address it.  Unhappy employees have a direct reflection on the bottom line, so it’s critical that your “front line” employees are committed to providing excellent customer care. The “I don’t care” or “it’s not my job” attitude can hurt a business in a huge way. When you want to stay in touch with the customers that mean the most to your business, we suggest setting up a greeting card program where you can thank your customers with no strings attached.

Learn The 10 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Customers

Feb 1

Customer Loyalty… Don’t let it go or it will be GONE!

Posted by Sandie Marinoble | No Comments

customer loyaltyMany businesses don’t take the time to get to know their customers.  Companies run them through like a bunch of cattle and then wonder why they don’t come back.

As a business owner it is your responsibility to build customer loyalty – through programs and incentives that are genuine.

Yes, customers want fast service but they also want your attention and want you to take time with them.  A major complaint is that no one really seems to care anymore, and when you provide superior customer service and follow-up with customer concerns, you can start to build customer loyalty. MORE