While seemingly simple, there are three skills that I consider to be the most effective, but which are often the most underused and underemphasised:
Identifying with customers on a behavioural level and understanding their inner expectations is key to customer satisfaction. Putting yourself in the customers’ shoes creates mutual respect, builds rapore and motivates you to go that extra mile to help them reach their goals.
Keeping communication flowing
Not responding to customers in a timely manner and maintaining dialogue is one of the biggest causes of unhappy clients. If the answer or information isn’t available yet, tell them, rather than sitting in silence.
Be aware of, and embrace, all the communications options that are now available, such as social media. Customers have more avenues open to them to share their positive and negative experiences of your company, whether it is directly or indirectly. It represents a huge opportunity to reach out to and engage with customers like never before.
Going above expectations
This is the key to winning and retaining business from competitors. Engraining this as a core value into your corporate culture results in staff building long-term relationships with clients, which, in turn, results in referrals. Word of mouth is always the most influential form of advertising - and it’s free.
The bottom line is, exceptional sales results are simply not possible without great service. And for this reason, it is a science that deserves perpetual practice.