A lot is said in business about building and effectively marketing products. While it’s undoubtedly true that great products marketed successfully will result in a higher probability of accomplishment, the true make-or-break of any business is its customer base. If you can keep customers satisfied, your business is bound to do well.
Customers expect a lot from you, as well they should. Knowing how to effectively manage customer perceptions and expectations of your business will go a long way in keeping your base happy and when your customers are happy, everyone’s happy.
First up, let’s discuss how to manage the perception end of the equation. Unless your customers know what to expect, they will each have various expectations and form an endless array of wants and grievances that you simply will not be able to handle. You’ll have to be pre-emptive here and present your business exactly how you want customers to perceive it.
A lot of what customers can expect from you should be written down somewhere for your business. Even if you’re not working in the online world, having a website is a great idea if, for nothing else, simply to have a place where your mission statement and company information can be accessed easily and read.
This makes the perfect place to write down exactly what your business is about. It gives you an opportunity to work on your brand from the hub and to allow people to see what you want them to see. By putting it in writing, you can handle how you’re initially perceived by the public at large and also allow customers to know exactly what to expect from your business.
Once you start receiving customers, it’s important to start a rapport with them. You can do this through emailing, starting a message board on your site, or even starting a business blog that updates with various information about your business and allows customers an open forum to speak frankly about their likes and dislikes.
Depending on how many customers you have, it’s going to be difficult to handle all of their expectations. What you can do is to make sure you address the more pressing concerns customers have. Regardless, it’s important that you live up to these customer expectations if you expect to keep them.
No matter how good your business is your customers are always going to expect a little more from your end than you initially thought. In order to handle this effectively, you have to stay out in front of it. You can’t be under the gun here. Make sure you’re always in contact with your customers and address any grievance they have.
If you can do this, then the perception of your business will also be a lot more favourable. Customers talk with one another via message boards, community forums and other social networking sites. You never want the perception that you ignore customers. So, just be sure to handle the problems as they arise and you’ll be set.