HOW TO RETAIN CUSTOMERS
Maintain customer service delivery standards: This helps customers know what to expect from your
business as well as ensures the company abides by its service promise. Experts suggest keeping a customer service creed which could be a list of key points, guidelines or expectations on how service should be rendered to customers. These guidelines which are expected to be in line with the organization’s vision and mission should be frequently communicated and monitored. It could be framed and put up on the wall in your office or website so that all can see and can be constantly reminded of its importance.
Aim to satisfy customers all the time: Satisfied customers are more likely to patronize you again. People sometimes wonder how they can tell if a customer is satisfied with a particular service and it is simply by asking. Ask your customers if they are satisfied with your service from time to time as this ensures that you are not just working amiss. Large companies have a more structured way of gathering such information but if your business is not so large then a verbal affirmation would do.
Exceed customers’ expectations: Business owners who desire to give something extra eventually get customers to choose their product/service over their competitors’. Your customers should always perceive that they are getting more value for their money at all times so think of that incremental service you can offer that would distinguish your business from others and while you are at it remember that it is better to under promise and over deliver than to over promise and under deliver.
Maintain an excellent relationship with your customers: People are only interesting in people who are interested in them. Everyone wants to feel special and important so try all you can to make that happen for your customers. Turn around all the information you have gathered on your customers and put them to good use, information such as customers’ birthdays, anniversaries, purchase pattern, purchase volume etc can be mined and used to appreciate customers in several ways. You need to show your customers that you are not just interested in their money but in their person. Furthermore, gratitude for their continued loyalty through frequent discounts can help take your client relationship to another level.
It is very important to note that having a great product or service alone is not sufficient to retain customers because customers may eventually go away if there are no proper retention strategies in place.
(This post was originally written by me for connectnigeria)