by Jim Cathcart
The quickest way to assure that a relationship has high value is to GIVE high value to it.
By that I mean contributing value to the other person. If you want to be seen as important to them then they need to see and feel the benefits that come from staying connected with you. It’s is the “pay it forward” concept of giving before you expect to receive.
You can guarantee 100% customer loyalty in your business when you practice it this way.
Decide today that you will GIVE customer loyalty to all who do business with you. Don’t wait for them to be loyal to you, just start right now to treat them with commitment and continuing loyalty. If they never buy from you again, at least they will speak well of you and be impressed by your dedication to them as a customer. More often, they will become more loyal to you as well. People do business with those who show that they care.
When you call a company to inquire about how they can solve your problem, you don’t care nearly as much about their product quality, service reputation or expertise (at first) as you do about whether they care about helping you get your solution.
I once called a phone company to have an error corrected on my bill. After going through what seemed like thirty layers of “voice mail jail” I finally reached a technician who could solve the problem. But he seemed to be much more concerned about the process than the outcome. He kept saying, “you should have…” until finally I interrupted him. I said, “I know this is frustrating to you as it is annoying to me. How about just transferring me to someone who cares?”
He was stunned. He said, “I care!” I replied, “I couldn’t tell. It seemed to me that you were more bothered by what I had not done in the past than what could be done now to make things right.”
His tone changed completely and he assured me that his desire was to correct the situation. And he did. Ahhhhh! Finally we got past the process and focused on the result.
What we are all seeking in business dealings is someone who seems truly interested in filling our needs rather than scolding us about what “should” have happened. “Should have” is mostly useless. You can’t do anything with it. It doesn’t correct the situation nor does it improve the relationship. It merely lays blame and seeks guilt in response. So, let’s stop the insanity and start today to GIVE our loyalty to all our customers. The more we give the more we will tend to get. It’s the surest bet for customer retention out of all the things you could do.
To build High-Value Relationships begin to give more value to others each day. You can control what you give but you cannot control what they give. So pay it forward and enjoy the loyalty!
For more on this topic see Relationship Selling at Cathcart.com.