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Do your Customers Know You Appreciate Them?

Many businesses have “Customer Appreciation Day” events and sales. Sometimes, it is a Customer Appreciation Week.  Companies and customers tend to associate “appreciation” with getting a bargain, a discount, some kind of measurable benefit at the cash register.   But is this the most effective way to show your customers how much you value them?
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If you think about your customers not as revenue units but as people, you are probably more open to think about how you can actually “love” your customers. “Love?” you ask. Yes love. If you think about how you feel when you bring a smile to your customer’s face or a look of surprise, an
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Customer Focus

5 Tips for Creating a Customer Focused Company

Companies that succeed and stand out from their competition are those which have a customer-focused culture. Customers will  drive further and pay more if your company’s customer service is head and shoulders above your competitors.  At the end of the day….it is all about how well your customers feel treated. Stellar customer service results in
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There are 3 sides to every story.

Film producer Robert Evans said, “There are three sides to every story – yours, mine, and the truth.” Every person in your company who deals directly with customers should be reminded of this. Many employees rush to defend the company when a problem with a customer arises. The problem is, the cost might be losing
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Your email said what?

We are all familiar with the many ways emails and tweets can get you into some serious trouble. Although emails and tweets can be helpful and often a very efficient way to communicate, they are a one dimensional – absent of tone and nonverbal nuance. In the business sphere, emails and tweets can create problems
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Customers want CLARITY!

We interviewed a customer last week whose only complaint about their Supplier was that they needed to provide clarity.  We decided to find out how our client could unpack the desire for “clarity” and we discovered 3 things companies could have their Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) do to provide more clarity and a more satisfying
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How to Create Customer U-Turns

Even the very best companies occasionally have unhappy customers, and many have discovered the secrets to turning them back into happy ones before they leave and switch brands. Key to turning around a leaving customer is how your company responds to the customer’s frustration when it occurs.  The more time that passes between when the
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Where Does Your Customer Feedback End Up?

There are essentially two destinies for the customer feedback you currently collect: It ends up in the office ether. (e-ther noun: the clear sky; the upper regions of air beyond the clouds.) You develop an internal process to leverage customer feedback to improve your business. The primary reason to gather customer feedback is to improve
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