Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A guide to the 5 best tips for great customer service

By Noel Johnson

Offering the best possible customer service is an integral part of any company. As a simple measure of good business sense, great customer service is essential for a business to survive.

You customers are your most vital asset. After all, where would your business be without them?

When there are multiple businesses offering the same service, which is almost always the case these days, how do you ensure you stand out above the rest? Nothing will set you apart from competing businesses the way customer service does.

If you’re not providing the best possible customer service, your customers will have no problem going elsewhere.

Great customer service has always been at the forefront of good business, but in today’s world it’s even more vital. With the introduction of social media and the internet, word travels quicker than ever before. Offering fantastic customer service ensures your company is represented positively and those seeking your product or service will be encouraged to choose you over others.

Never forget the role your customers play in keeping your business alive. Here are five tips to send you on your way to delivering great customer service.

Customer deal

Make your customers feel appreciated

We can’t stress enough how important your customers are. And because they are so important to you, you must do your best to make them feel appreciated.

Every customer is different and they all have their own likes and dislikes, so treat them as individuals. Even something as simple as introducing yourself and making an effort to get to know them a little can have a huge impact on your customer relations.

Customers value sincerity. They want to trust that what you’re offering is genuinely what they need. What they don’t want is to feel like you are only after their money.

If they’re prepared to invest their time and money into you, you need to invest your time into them too. Customers like to feel cared for, so think of ways you can create good feelings about doing business with you.

 “I have no hesitation in recommending Unique Services to any organisation that may require the services that they offer." - Fonterra

Happy customer

Listen and understand

What’s important to you may be different to what’s important to your customer. Listen to their wants and needs, don’t assume your way is the only way.

You attitude will be one of the driving forces for your customers' decision-making.

Do they feel like you’re listening to them?

Or do they feel like they’re bothering you?

If you are noticeably preoccupied, your customer will know they have not been listened to, and therefore you couldn’t possibly understand what they need. This is where you need to be very self-aware and ensure your tone of voice and body language reflect your intentions.

"Having our roofs, playgrounds and gutters cleaned really helps make life so much easier for our families and we really appreciate your thoughtfulness." – Ronald McDonald House

Customer support

Know your product/service thoroughly

Your customers will appreciate your knowledge and expertise when trying to make a decision. You should be able to offer clear and concise answers to any question they have. To be able to do this, your knowledge of your product or service, as well as the industry itself, should be thorough. This goes for both you and your employees.

Customers will feel let down if they are given confusing or complicated advice. They need to know how your product is going to benefit them in a way they understand. Doing business with you should be easy, so communicate your knowledge in a way that appeals to your customer – this may be different every time!

“It is refreshing to work with Unique Services, a company who can provide expert services in a timely and cost effective manner over a range of disciplines." - Sanitarium

Client meeting

Anticipate your customers' needs

Remember, it’s all about good feelings and trust. Decision making is often more an emotional response, rather than a logical one, so the more you get to know them, the more you can anticipate their needs.

Open the lines of communication so your customers find it easy to open up to you. Sometimes it pays to discuss topics unrelated to your product or service so you can establish a relationship with your customer.

“Unique Services has done an excellent job with the re-painting and have been an extremely good company to partner with on this project." – HEB Landscapes

Customer service

Exceed expectations

Giving more than expected should be remembered throughout your whole journey with your customer. As your future dealings with your customer lie in what you’ve previously offered, going beyond their expectations, is one thing that will keep them coming back to you.

It’s important to remember that your customers can always go somewhere else.

You need to do your best to retain them. Those totally unexpected extras will do wonders for ensuring your customer is happy with what they get from you. And your customers' happiness is ultimately what you hope to achieve.

“The personal touch goes a long way with us and Unique Servicwa have it, they will be the first we call for any future work." – Tasti

Hand shake

Excellent customer service is not an extension of your business, it should be a part of your overall business culture and philosophy.

To Unique Services, customer service is number one in our list of priorities.

Whatever job we undertake – big or small – we strive to offer the absolute best customer service possible. Often this means going above and beyond to ensure our customers get what they need and more.

Our testimonials are a credit to the service we provide.

The needs of each of our clients are different, so we’re always listening, understanding and aiming to exceed their expectations.

If you’re in need of cleaning, painting or grounds care, call us today and know you have the right team on board to tackle the job.