Sure, all clients are different. They have different kinds of strengths, weaknesses, cultures and goals. Even what blocks their efficiency and growth (blind spots) is different. Davis, Kingsley & Company has conducted hundreds of interviews and there are four strong themes that always emerge.
Listen to me. This is the Big Daddy of client desires. Your clients want you to listen
to them. The implications of this theme lead to a variety of creative programs that
will put you in a listening position with your clients. While surveys, at times, can be
useful, we have found they do not satisfy a client's need to be heard.
Show me you've listened. If your clients take the time to speak up and offer their
opinions about their experience with your company, your company must show a
response. This doesn't mean thank you notes. This means showing the client that
changes have been made. Showing them that their opinions made a difference.
This is another opportunity to be creative about building relations with clients.
Serve, don't sell. Each client thinks they are different and unique. They also know
they have needs and they know your company has some solutions. Clients want
their service providers to listen to their needs and offer a response to the need when
appropriate. This is different from selling although the activity may end with a sale
being made. They do not want to hear your sales pitches just because you have a
need to book more business or cross-sell.
Understand me. Every client thinks they are unique. You must do research to
understand the problems your clients face from an individual standpoint as well as
from company and industry perspectives. Demonstrating that you understand their
unique personal and company concerns can be one of your key service
Davis, Kingsley & Company can help you design and execute an effective client
satisfaction assessment program to address these themes.
Provide mechanisms to listen to your clients. Companies hire us if they want candid
and honest feedback from their clients. Our outsider status lets individuals talk
freely about whatever is on their minds.
Be creative about demonstrating that you have listened. We work with companies to
help them respond to the positive feedback to any problems uncovered. Then we
make sure their clients are aware of the changes. After all, it was their opinions that
offered the insights.
Build good relationships; it's still primary. It's common knowledge now that most
complex sales are consummated after solid relationships are built. And we all know
the best relationships are built on trust and respect. Davis, Kingsley & Company
helps companies create opportunities that allow their clients to trust and respect
How is your organization doing? What would your clients say to us?
Darcie Davis, President of Davis, Kingsley & Company. Darcie is a management
consultant, speaker, author and trainer. She works with companies to secure
genuine feedback from their clients before advising them on strategic decisions
about sales, marketing, and operations. Her advice will keep your clients out of the
jaws of the competition.
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