Archive for the ‘Customer Service’ Category

Keeping Good Customers: The Sales/Service Ratio

October 15th, 2015
Steven Howard

Having a Loyal Base of Good Customers is a Competitive Advantage As we approach the next era of marketing excellence, one which I often describe in terms of True Relationship Marketing, companies need to learn how to apply a Zero Attrition Strategy as the foundation for their customer-focused marketing programs. Keeping good customers loyal to your products, your services, and your organization is critical to your future marketing success. Having a loyal customer …

Building Customer Loyalty

September 10th, 2015
Steven Howard

Customer Satisfaction Is Better Than Mere Customer Service How do you build customer loyalty? To start with, your organization has to be able to fully understand customer requirements and to appreciate customer needs…particularly individual customer needs. And you need to have policy flexibility and organizational adaptability in order to meet individual customer needs. In other words, you need to be flexible in how your policies are applied. Not all customers are equal or …

Earning Customer Loyalty

September 8th, 2015
Steven Howard

Create Loyal Customers By Keeping Promises, Delivering Complete Satisfaction How do you earn customer loyalty? Think about how you, as an individual, are loyal to any of the establishments or businesses where you are willing to repeat purchase. What does it take to make you a loyal customer? It is probably the same thing that it takes to make any of us….including your own customers….loyal. And that is a commitment to quality and …

Truly Understanding Customer Needs

August 6th, 2015
Steven Howard

Customer Needs and Concerns Need to be Fully Understood I write and speak often of the need for frontline staff (and actually all staff as well) to fully understand and appreciate customer needs. And, simultaneously, I encourage management to develop flexible policies and procedures so that their staff can handle customer needs and concerns on an individual basis. Here’s a true story that brings all these points succinctly together. A man in Singapore …

Taking Care of Customers

July 29th, 2015
Steven Howard

I was in Melbourne one year attending a major meeting of the Australian and New Zealand banks that issue MasterCard credit cards and Maestro debit cards. Mr. Nicholas Utton, Chief Marketing Officer of MasterCard International at the time, had one key message for this audience of senior bankers concerning customers: “If we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will.” That’s worth repeating….and reflecting on: “If we don’t take care of our …

Two Rules for Customer Retention

February 7th, 2012
Steven Howard

In his blog earlier this week, Seth Godin asked "who is your customer?" He then proffered two rules that clearly summarize our philosophy that customer retention is the art of keeping good customers™: Rule one: You can build a business on the foundation of great customer service. Rule two: The only way to do great customer service is to treat different customers differently.   There is a great deal of truth in the …

Is Customer Loyalty Dead?

September 14th, 2011
Steven Howard

A better question: do brands deserve customer loyalty? Is customer loyalty dead? In a word, no — although it certainly seems to be comatose most of the time. Perhaps a more accurate answer would be: for the most part, yes. Customer loyalty, of course, differs for brand to brand and organization to organization. As we noted in this Steven Howard Marketing Blog post, a read of the latest Brand Keys Loyalty Leaders list shows …

Consumers Want Customer Service Over Lowest Prices

September 12th, 2011
Steven Howard

Consumers have little to no desire to trade customer service for lower prices. One of the most interesting findings in the latest Accenture Global Consumer Survey study of 5,800 consumers in 17 countries was this: More than half of global consumers (54%) are not willing to compromise on levels of customer service,  produce options or product quality in exchange for lower prices. Even more phenomenal, as we pointed out in this week's Monday …

Customer Service Satisfaction Drops and Consumers Leave

September 8th, 2011
Steven Howard

Customer retention affected by poor customer service. Consumers are not getting what they want in terms of customer service. Those are the clear findings of the latest Accenture Global Consumer Survey, which has been conducted annually for the past six years. The study researched over 5,800 people in 17 countries and asked about their attitudes and behaviors in purchasing from 10 major industries. Satisfaction with customer service declined in all 11 characteristics measured …

Customers Continue to Change Service Providers

September 6th, 2011
Steven Howard

Almost two-thirds switch due to poor service. The annual Accenture Global Consumer Survey always makes for fascinating reading. In the latest results, the sixth in this yearly series, trends seen in recent years continue: 64% of consumers have switched companies in the past year due to poor customer service. Consumers in emerging markets are now more likely to change service providers than those in mature markets. This is seen across all industries, but …

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