|How-to||– 15 min read –||October 16, 2019|
How to build a relationship with a client using the customer service approach in marketing
Why customer service is so important
To understand the importance of building a customer relationship system, it's enough to calculate LTV (which means the customer's Lifetime Value) once, and then all doubts will disappear. Even if you don't think about how much word of mouth is in your business.
To calculate it, we need three parameters:
- AOV (Average Order Value) — average check;
- RPR (Repeat Purchase Rates) — the frequency of repeat purchases;
- Lifetime — the duration of your "friendship" with a customer.
Now, multiply these indicators by each other, and you will get the LTV value.
I think that each of us had to deal with a bad attitude towards ourselves as a client. Starting with the primitive unwillingness to help and sell ending with outright rudeness. Remember your feelings at the moment. In such situations, anger often falls not on the most negligent employee, but on the company whose representative he is.
The larger your promotion budget, the greater the role of customer service
We will talk about the notorious mission, values and principles, customer touchpoints and the fear of being a deceived client.
At first, there will be a little theory, and then I will try to answer the question "Well, what to do?".
The role of a company mission
Very often this is only a couple of lines on a piece of paper, even less often employees heard about it, and very rarely it is really taken as a real guideline for the enterprise development.
Well, of course, you can declare anything you like, you can even hang your statement in a beautiful frame, but who will benefit from it?
The mission should be determined by your real attitude to your business, customers, employees, and suppliers, otherwise, it is not worth the paper on which it is printed.
Well, what to do
The system of company principles and values
The more applied principle is "Sometimes customer is a fool, but he is always right as a customer".
The only exception of this principle in my practice is consumer terrorism; it is better to immediately direct such customers to competitors.
You need to understand where you belong and what you want: instant profit, long-term profit, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, product quality, etc.
I usually preach this hierarchy:
Employees come second since an unhappy team cannot work effectively.
The third is the product. Product development is an important part of your marketing and service.
Suppliers are the fourth because without their quality work there is no good product and, as a result, a satisfied customer. Sometimes a dissatisfied supplier can bring a lot of problems to your business.
The fifth is the owner; although the essence of the business is to bring money to the owner, such a pyramid allows you to avoid mistakes when being tempted to get short-term gain.
It is worth noting that sometimes there are options when the happiness of employees is placed above the happiness of customers, or when you are so significant for your suppliers that their happiness does not matter.
An edifice is built on the basis of values, for example:
- any conflict that can be resolved at the manager level must be resolved at the manager level;
- the duty officer must always remain in the office to answer the customer calls;
- the manager works exclusively with prescribed scripts or is free to improvise;
- employees respond to messages in a messenger within three minutes;
- if the client called after working hours, call him back until 11.00 in the morning;
- if the client begins to insult the manager and becomes personal, he is free to politely interrupt the conversation and is obliged to inform the manager about the situation.
And many other principles.
Well, what to do
The banner ad you showed on Facebook is a touchpoint.
Your video on YouTube is a touchpoint.
Your website is a touchpoint.
An invoice email is a touchpoint.
It gets worse...
The parking lot in front of your office is a touchpoint. Your employees are a touchpoint.
You need to work on absolutely all touchpoints, especially people. Today we are talking about digital marketing, so let's take a closer look at this area.
- How long ago have you watched the behavior of users on your website through special services?
- Do you analyze the click map to make the website more convenient?
- Is it easy for a user to find information about your products?
- Do you give all the information that the customer needs?
- Do you remove any obstacles that may arise during the purchase and use of your product?
- Is it easy for the user to find your contacts?
- Can a user contact you after working hours?
- Is it easy for them to get directions?
- How else can you make the life of your user easier and turn them into a happy customer?
- Do you present gifts to your customers?
Chatbots, online chats, messengers, callbacks, calculators and a huge number of other services are created just to make the lives of your users easier.
Now let's also talk about the people.
When a user writes to you on Facebook, he is unlikely to think: "If only they answered me at least three days later", or during a call: "If only nobody picked up the phone". Maybe your customers dream of a dumb, foul-smelling delivery person coming to them?
I think you understand the whole absurdity of the situation, but nevertheless, calls still remain unanswered, delivery people come drunk, and the marketing budget goes to pot.
Even if you are lucky to turn a user into a client, what is the chance that he will buy from you again?
Well, what to do
Don't punish your customers
I think you also had to experience a below-average pleasure when returning a product.
In 99% of cases, customers are great people who decide to give you money, so don't worry if 1 out of 100 turns out to be an asshole because it is more than outweighed by the remaining 99 customers.
Here is my principle (borrowed from Carl Sewell): "Can you deceive me for $100? Yes. Does this make me worry? No".
Well, what to do
Customer service as a philosophy
Digital marketing is a powerful tool that allows you to turn an unsuspecting user into your customer. Customer service is a way to turn a one-time customer into a regular one. One makes no sense (nor philosophical, nor financial) without the other.
In a nutshell, customer service is the catalyst for your ROI (return on investment). Think about the customer, earn more money, and think about the customer again. This process cannot be interrupted.
Moreover, customer service requires constant monitoring. Your employees are people, and everyone can have a bad day, but this is not a reason to make a client's day bad. Therefore, quality service requires quality control.
Well, what to do
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