5 things your customers value most in their customer experience!
In today’s competitive business landscape, customers have more options and greater expectations than ever before.
The only way to stand out from competitors is fulfilling your clients’ needs and then going above and beyond. Making sure that every interaction is not just positive, but “wow”.
Their experience with your brand is holistic. Your level of customer experience is developed through interactions at each touch point – online, on the phone, in-store. Thus, every aspect of your service is important and forms part of how they perceive you and the services you offer.
Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 rated aspects which customers feel shape their expectations the most!
1. Be Efficient
First up – efficiency. Naturally, your customers will want a competent service in exchange for their time and money.
A business that creates further complications (be it monetary or time based) due to their inefficiency is a customer’s worst nightmare. On the contrary, business who deliver 7 star customer experiences, pre-empt these challenges and actually save their clients time and money.
So, how can this be achieved?
In order to deliver this level of efficiency, it’s vitally important that you listen to your customers. Put yourself in their shoes. This will allow you to understand what they need and also how they want it.
Another way of “listening” to your customers is by using data to get to know your customers better. This will allow you to take the initiative in actively meeting their needs.
2. Deliver Convenience
Next up is convenience! Delivering a compelling customer experience is about adjusting your business’ procedures around the customers’ life’s to make them easier. As businesses we must reduce the friction between our customers and our products and services. Make it easy for them to transact with us. It must feel like a joy! How many of us can really say that doing business with our brand is a JOY!?
It’s not acceptable any longer to say “Sorry, that’s our policy”. The customer does not care about your policies. They want a product or service and they want it in a particular way. And guess what? If you aren’t willing to provide it in the manner in which they expect it, somebody else surely will.
3. Provide Friendly Service
In our experience businesses are very cautious with this aspect. Is it too much? Too little? Are we being too positive and chirpy? Well, it depends on your particular customer!
The key is to adapt to every single customer. Pay attention to how they behave, so you can be on the same page. If they are reserved and quiet, then mellow down your approach. If they are outgoing and social, match that energy and then some!
Remember that even a difficult customer can change how they perceive you by seeing how involved you are with their experience. They want to know that you care and not just treating them like another customer.
4. Be Knowledgeable
The more complicated your product is, the more prepared your team have to be to give a clear explanation. If you can’t explain your product or service clearly enough you will be increasing the friction between your customers and what they are after. They need to be able to quickly and easily establish whether your product or service is what they are after.
It’s crucial that you and your staff can guide your customers through the purchase cycle and be prepared for all objections or queries.
5. Seamless Transaction
In 2019, there are plenty of payment methods to chose from! If you are still providing clunky, slow methods of transacting, your customers will not appreciate this.
Remember, your clients don’t just transact with you. They shop everywhere and so have experienced efficient and quick payment mechanisms. So if every time they come to your store or business and it involves a long timely process to make payment – they will not be best pleased.
Instead, you need to find out what are the most practical methods of payments for your customers. Online vs physical? Contactless? Apple Pay? Google Pay? Find out how they like to pay and accept this method!
Putting a lot of work into making customers’ experience a “wow” one is extremely fruitful but requires a great amount of care and detailed thought around how and what your clients are feeling at each stage of their experience with you.
Delivering a compelling customer experience is one of the most effective ways to increase customer retention and drive life time values higher. Find out how GroHawk can help you ramp up your customer experience – book a demo today!