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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