It is Valentine’s! Are You “Loving Up” Your Customers?

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Valentine’s Day is this Thursday as we all (hopefully) know. While you may be busy acquiring something for that very special person in your life, it is always a good time to think about how you can show your customers how much they are valued as well as appreciated. Recent research by New Voice Media has shown that feeling unappreciated by a company is the #1 reason customers say they switch away from products and services.
 
Stew Leonard, Jr. CEO of Stew Leonard’s Dairy Store headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, is about as energetic about customers as anyone you can find. He rushes around his stores glad-handing customers, soliciting their feedback, ringing up sales, helping lost-looking customers find what they’re in search of, thumping employees on the back, and generally energizing everyone in the place. When he speaks to groups, as he often does, one of his favorite phrases is, “Ya gotta love that customer!”
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Can Your Customers Sense Trust in Their Journey with You?

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For today’s customer CONSISTENCY, RELIABILITY and MAKING A STRONG EMOTIONAL CONNECTION brings value and are the keys to building LOYALTY which drives ADVOCACY and GROWTH! Understanding the customer’s journey through their entire experience with our organization from their point of view is absolutely critical to success in today’s very competitive environment. Examining the key moments of truth that occur at important touch points in that journey to ensure the customer experience is exceeding expectations provides us with an opportunity to design and deliver the kind of innovative customer experiences that drive advocacy and spur repeat purchases! Are there opportunities at key touch points to demonstrate to your customer that you trust them? Are you making the most of these opportunities or are you inadvertently sending signals that you don’t trust your customers?
 
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Good bye to a wonderful 2018! Hello to a fabulous 2019!

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As 2018 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on all of the good that came from the past year and to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who helped make the year the very best it could be.
“Thank you!”
These are arguably the two most powerful words in the English language. Customers love to hear and feel a sincere “thank you”. Imagine what would happen to your business if everyone increased their use of these two words with associates and customers. We have all heard “thank you” directed at us, knowing full well there was little sincerity behind it.  For today’s wired and dangerous customer we know that indifference is a killer and customers exit rapidly when they sense this attitude. Delivering great service means making sure that your entire organization communicates gratitude in a fashion that makes customers feel your authenticity.
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