Posts Tagged ‘remember your customers’

Feb 21

What is the best way to say thanks to my customers?

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Expressing gratitude is a virtue lost in a world full of people absorbed in their own little worlds. Saying thank you simply because it’s the right and polite thing to do is uncommon and commendable. Acknowledging another person’s goodness speaks volumes about your character and helps solidify not only personal bonds but business relationships as well.

“By sending a personalized greeting card to say thanks to my customers a few times a year, it builds their confidence that I am available if they have a question or need my services. I know the cards sent by Client Retention will arrive professionally and on time. They are experts at crafting unique messages that match your brand philosophy” Andrea Raymond, Appletree Advertising

The art of letter writing has been slowly dying ever since the dawn of online communication, and while sending e-mails or texts is less time-consuming and convenient, it lacks the personal touch of a physical handwritten note. Words displayed on a computer screen can never replace beautiful thank you for your business cards, especially if they’re tailor-made for your business. If anything, the rising popularity of digital communication has made mailed cards rarer, and therefore they’ve become much more valued and cherished.

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Feb 20

Boosting Client Relationships with Customized Business Greeting Cards

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While pre-printed cards are cheaper, sending out customized business greeting cards sends the message that you value your clients enough to invest in them. It is also a good idea to make your company standout by adding your logo or any personalized messages that reflect the culture of your company. Anyone in sales will tell you, boosting client relationships that you already have is much more profitable than constantly seeking out new prospects.

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Jan 18

Customized Thank You Cards Open the Door for Better Business Relationships

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How powerful is a simple “Thank you”?

More powerful than you might have thought. A recent study by University of New South Wales in Australia psychology professor Lisa Williams, and Gonzaga University assistant psychology professor Monica Bartlett showed that expressing gratitude to someone could encourage that person to help you with your needs. When you are in business for yourself, setting yourself apart in a personal way usually opens the door for better business relationships.

As the authors say in their paper’s abstract: “In line with the proposed find function of gratitude expressions, recipients of expressions of gratitude were more likely to extend the effort to continue the relationship with the novel peer by providing that peer with a means to contact them.”

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Jan 17

Personalized Business Greeting Cards: Best Way to Show Clients You Care

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The importance of a client retention program in a business cannot be stressed enough by experts. Show clients you care! As every business owner knows, it is much easier to sell your product or service to an existing client than to a new one. Additionally, a study made by Bain and Co. showed that a 5% gain in customer retention can increase a business’ profit by as much as 75%.

Customer loyalty, however, is never guaranteed, not even among the most satisfied clientele. You have to constantly work on it through a client retention program that should include constant engagement; and constant engagement means making your clients and customers feel they are always on top of your priority list. Discounts, freebies, and other perks help create this impression. Well-crafted business greeting cards, however, provide that personal touch that show clients you can, and make them feel he or she is important to you.

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May 16

Don’t forget your customer — connect with your customers

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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 8

“FINE” is a Dangerous Word in Customer Service

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Have you ever had good food at a restaurant but the customer service was terrible? Then, as you are walking out the door, the manager asks, “Did you enjoy your meal?”

Are you truthful or do you just want to leave and not look back? Most often we say nothing for several reasons.

  1.  We don’t want to complain
  2.  No one is going to listen
  3.  We feel nothing will change anyway

After all, you won’t be going back so what does it matter? It does matter. Actually, you are doing the restaurant a severe injustice by not talking about your negative experience to the manager.

Do not be satisfied when you hear the word, “fine” because 65-85% of satisfied customers actually switch to the competition. It means the quality of service you are providing is either average or below average and your customers are on the fence. In other words, they are not loyal and will go elsewhere in a heartbeat. Satisfied customers are neutral and ready to bail. That is as clear as we can be.

Superior Customer Service should always be your goal!

Here’s what could happen to that restaurant:

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Mar 3

You owe it to your customers to only hire happy people

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hire happy peopleThe job interview process can be a bit like hopping on the merry-go-round at the park. Businesses ask, “do you have experience?” And of course, our thoughts were “how do we get experience if no one will hire us?” Can’t they see we are trainable and happy people?

If you are looking to fill any position within your organization, you owe it to yourself, your existing employees and most importantly to your customers, to hire happy people.

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