As repeatedly stressed throughout this blog, positive customer service is often the make or break point in gaining a new customer. Having a positive experience is much more likely to make a consumer switch to your company than if they had a poor one. However, it is not good to assume that just because you snagged a customer means that they will stay with you.
Continuing to nurture already existing relationships is the key to making them last, said small business owner Tracy Wehringer in a Business 2 Community article. Over time, the same level of service will become less effective, and companies will need to find ways to prevent their customers from going to a competitor.
"Your company's staff probably has worked hard to gain the customers that you have today," she said. "Now companies need to make sure they use every quality ‘tool’ and technique possible to build a fence around your customers to keep your competitors out."
Wehringer also touched on the fact that it is a good idea to check back in with customers, doing a follow-up after a problem has occurred. By keeping that personal touch in your company, individuals will be reminded that no issue is too small for you to care about, and that what they want is truly important.
An answering service is trained to always put the consumer first and treat them with respect, whether they are returning or a first-time customer. These professionals are trained to give quality, round the clock service and never assume that an individual is done receiving quality customer care, just because they have been a regular for years.