10 Jun

5 Ways To Add Personal Touches To Your Customer Interactions

Posted in customer satisfaction, Customer Service on 10.06.16 by John Meloche

Two Businessman touching hand for coordination workIn yesterday’s blog, we highlighted the benefits of surprising your customers. Going out of your way to show them that you care can greatly improve your brand’s reputation and secure customer loyalty for the long haul. As we pointed out, adding personal touches to your customer interactions is a great way to “wow” and surprise your company’s supporters. But what are the best ways to do that?

Here are five suggestions:

1. Offer “thank you” notes. An expression of appreciation can go a long way. Customers like to know that the businesses they support care about them. “With the endless amount of options out there, is it really so much to ask that a business say ‘Thanks!’ to a new customer?” asks Gregory Ciotti on Shopify.ca, “You might think that thank you notes have lost their impact, being that they are such a tried and true tactic, but you would be dead wrong.”

2. Remember special occasions. In the “getting to know your customers” game, it’s a good idea to keep in mind particular things about them. Are they parents? If so, it’s a great idea to wish them Happy Mother’s and Father’s Days when the times come. Are they married? If so, you may want to send Happy Anniversary greetings their ways. “Call them on their birthday,” reminds Rupesh Patel on LinkedIn.com, “Remembering your customers during these special occasions will convey to your customers that you are sincere about building a connection with them.”

3. Be proactive. The better you get to know your customers, the easier it will be for you to guess what they’ll need in the future. Of course, becoming a better people person won’t turn you into a mind reader. But being able to gauge what products and services you offer that would most impress your client base is a great way to keep your customers engaged. Anticipating the needs of your company’s supporters will certainly go a long way in keeping them happy.

4. Offer a life-changing opportunity. This sounds like a bit much, at first, doesn’t it? But, as Patel explains, it can all be achieved through a very simple, yet memorable gesture. “It sounds unconventional, but giving your customers a lottery ticket is a great way to surprise them,” he suggests, “Who knows? You might be giving out a lottery ticket that will eventually change someone’s life.”

5. Offer help without being asked for it. Ciotti offers an excellent example of this. “When a woman in the store lost the diamond from her wedding ring, she became distraught and began crawling around on the ground looking for the ring,” he details, “A Nordstrom employee saw her crawling under the clothing racks. Once he found out what was wrong, he immediately got on his hands and knees and joined the search!”

Ciotti goes on to point out how such a gesture was an act of going over and above the call of duty. “When the duo came up empty-handed in the search for the ring, the employee asked for assistance from two building service workers,” he continues, “Together, they sifted through vacuum bags until they found the diamond mixed in with dust and dirt. Now that’s going above and beyond the call of duty, and it’s the sole reason why Nordstrom has a (great) reputation.”

At Synergy Marketing, we’d like to offer you our help in improving your personal interactions with your customers by helping you select the ideal promo gift to give them for free. To get more information or to place your order, give us a call at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST or email us at info@gosynergygo.com! You can also sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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09 Jun

3 Cool Ways To Surprise Your Customers

Posted in customer satisfaction, Customer Service on 09.06.16 by John Meloche

abstract 3d illustration of flash with text 'surprise' isolated over white backgroundIn our last blog, we revisited the concept of giving out freebies and the incredible impacts they can have on your customers. If you’re looking to significantly stand out from your competition, giving out freebies can certainly do the trick. As you know, Synergy Marketing has been in the business of providing Canadian business owners with fantastic promo gifts for many years. Using them as free giveaways, our clients have greatly improved their rates of customer satisfaction.

This is because getting things for free generally comes as a surprise to customers. Freebies offer that “wow” factor that helps to separate one brand from the next. There are, of course, numerous ways to surprise your customers. And many of them come with offering up perks and benefits that won’t cost your customers anything extra. Implementing these practices can definitely help you to grow your client base and keep it loyal.

Here are three cool ways to surprise your customers:

1. Waive the extra charges. There are few things that customers like hearing more than “I’ll go ahead and waive those charges for you”. You can place the concept of charge-waiving in the same category as giving away freebies, as it serves as a way to save your customers money. Who doesn’t love that? “Waiving the extra costs is a great way to delight your customers as well as build loyalty,” says Rupesh Patel on LinkedIn.com.

2. Check in with them. Don’t assume that the customer interaction is over once he/she leaves your store. There is still an opportunity to continue the connection. Did you receive an email address or phone number upon having the customer make his/her transaction? Ensuring that you do so will help for you to keep in touch with your customers in the future. This fosters strong growing relationships.

“Imagine the impression a business would leave if after buying your first set of golf clubs, you got an automated email from ‘Jim’ asking you how they were treating you, and if you’ve been able to hit the driving range yet?” poses Gregory Ciotti on Shopify.ca, “Pretty powerful stuff, and all hinging on the very frugal cost of a personal follow-up email. This is also useful for birthdays, holidays, or even better, some other personal event that you learned about from a customer.”

3. Take time to make personal connections. There’s a big difference between simply saying “hello” to people who walk into your establishment and taking the time to introduce yourself. When you meet new customers, be sure to offer your name and ask for theirs. That way, you’ll hopefully be able to greet them personally the next time you see them. Customers remember the efforts made by business owners to get to know them.

Patel champions the concept of spending time with your customers to get to know them personally. “When guests walk into your lobby, they expect that you won’t spend a whole lot of time with them,” he writes, “Take them by surprise by really getting to know them, listen and then recommend local hot spots or your favourite restaurant. Just get to know your patrons.”

Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s blog as we go into greater detail about how you can make those personal connections with your customers. And don’t forget that giving them freebies is always a great way to do just that! To place your order for the promo gift of your choice, call Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST or email us at info@gosynergygo.com! You can also sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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08 Jun

Nothing Beats Freebies In The World Of Customer Satisfaction

Posted in customer satisfaction, Customer Service on 08.06.16 by John Meloche

Free smiley iconWe really have to say that we’ve nailed it with the title of today’s blog! We’re not sure we’ve ever come up with a blog title that is more accurate in depicting what Synergy Marketing stands for. More importantly, today’s blog title is a testament of truth for any business owner in any industry. If you’re looking to truly “wow” your customers, you simply can’t go wrong with offering them something for free.

At Synergy Marketing, we have many years of experience proving this. Our clients regularly communicate to us how much our fantastic promotional products please their customers. Especially when those gifts are specifically chosen to meet the needs of particular customer bases, they come off as amazingly thoughtful and generous expressions of appreciation. Customers expect to pay for goods and services. This is likely why it’s so rewarding for them to get things for free from businesses.

On LinkedIn.com, Rupesh Patel explains the feelings that customers get when they are met with such surprises. “Everyone likes freebies!” he exclaims, “No matter how small your gift may be, your customers will surely appreciate the gesture. A bottle of water or cold drink upon arrival. A local Italian restaurant often asks me if I would like a complimentary beverage while I wait for my take out. – This is a great memorable surprise.”

Being memorable, it needs to be mentioned, is a huge part of growing the success of your business. By offering a freebie, you significantly stand out from your competitors who are not offering their customers anything for free. One of our clients recently explained to us that a recent trip to a restaurant was memorable, not just because of the great food he ate, but because of the coupon he received for a free appetizer the next time he visits for a meal.

Guess who’s going back to that restaurant in the near future? On Shopify.ca, Gregory Ciotti explains that restaurants don’t even have to offer appetizers to bring customers back. The customary, complimentary after-dinner mints can often do the trick. “If you’ve ever read that fascinating study about the power of mints—where waiters received a 21% better tip when they left two free mints—you know that reciprocity is a powerful psychological trigger, and that it doesn’t take much for a gift to leave an impact,” he informs.

He goes on to mention that when freebies are given to customers, they leave lasting impressions. This is especially true if the freebie is of special significance to its recipient. Keep in mind the personal interests of the people who support your brand. Ask probing questions and learn more about their likes and dislikes. When you offer freebies that speak to these preferences, you’ll stand a much greater chance of securing long-time loyalty.

“The amazing team at UserTesting.com asked for my home address out of the blue one day,” reports Ciotti, “After telling them, about a week later I got a package in the mail filled with delicious beef jerky! Why beef jerky? UserTesting.com sells, well, user testing software, so that’s a little odd isn’t it? Here’s where things get crazy: I had briefly mentioned on Twitter that quality beef jerky was putting a dent in my wallet.”

Ciotti admits to being astounded that the company’s marketing strategist would remember something like his love for beef jerky. At Synergy Marketing, we highly encourage you to think of the things that your customers would like to receive from you for free. The better the surprise, the stronger the impact! Of course, we offer a wide range of amazing high-quality promo gifts that can serve as your surprising freebies.

To place your order for the promo gift of your choice, give us a call at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST or email us at info@gosynergygo.com! You can also sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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16 Aug

Cost-Effective Marketing Ideas Pay Dividends

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 16.08.13 by John Meloche

freshideasIn yesterday’s blog, we began looking at an article from ConstantContact.com written by Susan Solovic. In it, she expressed many of the views shared by our staff, here at Synergy Marketing. They speak to the fact that, too often, business owners spend too much money promoting their businesses. It’s not the money-spending that is the issue as much as how they are spending their money.

Television commercials, billboards, print ads and other traditional modes of advertising simply cost too much. Not all business owners can afford them – especially those who run small businesses. If you run a business and are looking to advertise it on a shoestring budget, Solovic’s tips are for you. Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday with some more great cost-effective promotional ideas.

Create buzz. That’s the whole point, isn’t it? But how can you create a buzz without spending big bucks? Utilize the media, says Solovic. Bring your story to a news source and see if you can get an interview. There are both small media and major media outlets that may be interested in your story. It just depends how interesting you are when you tell it!

Ask for referrals. This is a key component to small business promotion and one of the biggest benefits of handing out promotional gifts. There is arguably no better way to promote than to have one of your satisfied customers do it for you. Don’t be shy to ask for a referral, says Solovic. They make it easier to “get in the door” with new people that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet yourself.

Build relationships. We often say, here at Synergy, that business promotion is more about developing new bonds than it is about advertising products. Solovic agrees that “establishing strong relationships with your customer base is crucial”. There is a variety of ways that you can pull this off. One of them is to start an email or social media campaign. Keeping in constant contact is key.

Offer coupons. “Coupons are a good way for many businesses to attract new customers,” writes Solovic, “Research shows that people will go out of their way to use a coupon, proving that this method is successful in expanding your customer base. Coupons can also generate return visits. For example, if you give a customer a coupon for a discount to use on future business, there’s a high probability they’ll be back.”

Give it away. Now where have we heard this before? At Synergy Marketing, our experience has shown us that when business owners give away free promotional items, they help to develop brand loyalty. Solovic takes it one step further by recommending that you offer free trials or samples of your products and services. This will help your customers to experience your brand first hand.

Marketing doesn’t have to be expensive. The ten ideas provided by Solovic over the course of our past two blogs have proven that. As well, our Synergy sales staff is comprised of experts in the field of “promoting on the cheap”. Look into our online catalogue of promo products to get some ideas on which gifts would work best for you. Then give us a call at 1-877-748-9884 to order yours today!

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