Good customer service and relationships are essential for every business, no matter how big or small. In this blog post, we give you some tips for managing effective customer service and why it’s so importnat.
The provision of excellent customer service is critical to every business. We all know the golden rules: “Go the extra mile”, “The customer is always right” & “First impressions last”. However, every aspect of the business needs to adhere to these principles. Provision of outstanding customer service is not the preserve of those working in a Customer Service Department, it needs to permeate throughout an organisation. It brings to mind Eamonn Dunphy’s famous quote, rather than strive for “good” customer service each company should be aiming for “great” customer service.
How to Build Customer Relations
No matter what size or business sector your company is, it is vital to maintain regular contact with your existing clients and to also find ways of finding new clients. There are many ways of doing this but our top 5 include:
- Selling to existing customers is much easier than finding new ones. Advising clients of new products and services and giving them loyalty discounts will entice them to return to your company rather than going to a competitor. The well renowned Feargal Quinn used to refer to this as the ‘boomerang principle’.
- Arrange regular face to face meetings with your top clients. This will keep you abreast of how their business is progressing and the possibility of foreseeing any difficulties or opportunities down the line.
- Ask for honest feedback — We sometimes make the assumption that unless we receive a complaint we are doing a good job. It is often a good idea to ask customers to fill in a customer service survey or ask for feedback via a till receipt or on your website. This feedback is valuable as it may indicate a problem which you may not otherwise have been aware of.
- Make it personal — People like to feel their business is valued and a personal ‘thank you for your business’ may seem old fashioned but it is an effective tool in building relationships. If you can remember your client’s product preferences this also helps customer loyalty as they feel thei