Customer Relationship Management

Are You Doing Business With Your Customers Like A Robot?

Are You Doing Business With Your Customers Like A Robot?

Have you ever asked yourself why do your customers do business with you and even more importantly why they have stopped?

If you haven’t maybe you should consider trying it as it would yield some nuggets of pure relationship gold.

One such insight that I have gleaned from doing this very activity is that people buy from people and it is those personal relationships that are created that are central to your customer’s decision to use you or not.

Yes, your products may be great, or your company provides great value, but I would always contest that the main reason why some businesses have achieved long-running success is down to the fact that they created an emotional connection with their customers, and subsequently bestowed a positive perception onto their brand.

Traits such as trustworthy, dynamism, helpful, engaging, listening, responsive, creative, inventive and problem-solving are all human traits which allow us as individuals to create and build a picture of someone else and the character of the person they are.

Human Nature Allows Us To Form Close Relationships With Customers

I feel it stands to reason that people will gravitate towards those companies and brands who they feel an emotive and almost human connection with, and who share and represent their belief structure and almost if you like, represent them.

In other words, brands that become human in their every interaction with their customers I believe have the ability to create deep lasting bonds and connections.

Business Relationship

 

So How Can You Make Your Brand More Human For Your Customers?

  •  You need to talk, converse and engage with your customers.
  •  Be genuine in your interest in them, problems and needs
  •  Relationships are key
  •  Listen and then answer.
  •  Respond to all messages.
  •  Be happy to provide introductions.
  •  On social channels don’t be afraid to promote other people’s posts. It is not all about you.
  •  Share your fears, failures, successes and what you are passionate about.
  •  Ask for feedback and respond to show that comments are appreciated and valued.
  •  Share your expertise via sites such as quora and on Facebook groups where you can answer questions.

Conclusion

To conclude this post I found a great quote from one of the leading lights in Social Media Guy Kawasaki  who said the following:

“Just be nice, take a genuine interest in the people you meet, and keep in touch with people you like. This will create a group of people who are invested in helping you because they know you and appreciate you.”

I could not have said it better myself.

I hope you enjoy this post and please share with your community.  If you would like to read my post on what I think makes great customer relationship management then read it here.

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Phillip (The Curly Marketer)

 

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What is customer relationship management?

What is customer relationship management?

In my view, customer relationship management is making yourself invaluable.

Your customers and followers must see you as the go-to resource for the answers to their problems. And this applies to both company brands as well as you as an individual.

By solving problems you will build a relationship and create a real trusted partnership and when your customer trusts you they will become an advocate for you and your business. This is what real customer relationship management is about.

Jenn Herman, the author of the excellent blog Jenns Trends, gives the following excellent advice.

 

customer relationship management is about solutions

Customer relationship management tips

Find Out Your Customers Pain Points

What challenges and problems are your customers currently facing?  To answer this you have to know and understand your target audience and the market they operate in.

By doing this you can begin to identify where they may need solutions that you can offer so you should communicate using different channels to find out potential issues that could be worrying them.

This proactive approach will do wonders in building the foundation for a long-term relationship.

 

customer relationship management about understanding pain points

 

It’s Not About You It’s About Your Customer

A lot of companies just post material that just promotes how wonderful they are.  But, apart from the company management no one, especially your customers will care.

Any content you share should be with your customers and target audience in mind.  Remember point one.

The content you are providing must have a real benefit to the customer.

By doing this their perception and trust of you and your brand will grow.

 

customer relationship management is about problem solving

 

Become Their Resource Of Choice

Provide tips and solutions.

Consider creating a blog, ebook help guides, and video tutorials to help solve a problem.

Share other people’s work and use content curation tools such as Feedly, to ensure you can give  your customer the very latest information that they will deem invaluable.

 

customer relationship management is about creating helpful information

Be Responsive

If a customer contacts you make sure you respond on time.

By doing this your understanding of that customer will grow and allow you to personalise your communication to them.

 

customer relationship management about being responsive

Be More Than A Business

People want to do business with people and so the language must be natural.

Automated responses just say “we don’t care” and will undo any relationship building.

Talk to people and use genuine emotion where appropriate and go the extra mile.

Present personalised solutions addressing your customer problem and they will think that you and your company did everything possible.

customer relationship management is about communication

 

This will leave that positive association forever in their memory.

Most customer relationships began because they needed a problem solved. But being a customer does not mean they have stopped needing solutions from you.

By making yourself their partner in the business, you will always be invaluable.

I hope you enjoy this post and please share with your community.  I also wrote this post to help you identify if you are doing business with your clients like a robot which is not good for customer relationship management.

If you are looking to understand how to create a Digital Marketing Strategy you can get my ebook by filling in the form below and you will be asked to confirm your subscription to my blog.

But don’t worry you can unsubscribe at any time.

Phillip (The Curly Marketer)

 

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