Customer care used to be pretty straight forward. You phoned the business number, spoke to the right department who hopefully resolved the problem over the phone or had someone visit your home or business to settle the issue.
These days, the competition is fierce, customers are wanting (and expecting) an ‘instant’ result. And, instead of waiting for the train or bus and talking to the person next to them, everyone is steering down at their phones, trying to fit in as many tasks as possible.
The modern consumer has multiple channels in which to seek help – this isn’t front-page news. So why are so many businesses stuck with old-world customer care practices? Fear perhaps? Or simply not knowing where to start?
Do you really know your customer? Understanding their buying behaviour, needs and wants is the backbone of any business. Mystery shopping and customer surveys is a powerful one-two punch into learning a ton from your customers and making sure they stay customers.
Statistically, a new customer costs five times more than a customer you already have. Austin-based marketing company, Outbound Engine, tell us the success rate of selling to an existing customer is 60-70%, while the success rate of selling to a new customer is only 5-20%. Big difference, right?
Let’s have a quick look at these two strategies that so many businesses underutilise and yet hold the answers to so many business question marks.
You’d be forgiven for thinking call centres were the fashion back in the 1980’s, or that they’re all based in a far-off land which has no real connection to the company they say they work for.
Corporate Connect is a proud New Zealand contact centre helping thousands of organisations to build strong, profitable relationships with their customers.
Creating a truly useful survey requires upfront planning. Although, theoretically, the results obtained from it should match fairly well customer satisfaction scores, there are too often significant discrepancies, highlighting the important of asking the right questions. Continue reading
We regularly discuss the ways to handle complaints and dissatisfied customers, simply because customer satisfaction is the cornerstone of any business. Complaints should always be seen as an opportunity to put things right as, for each disgruntled person who gives you a piece of their mind, there are many more that don’t but just go straight to your competitors. Continue reading