Building Customer Relationships That Last

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BUILDING CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS THAT LAST

One of the ways a business builds its brand is to tug at the emotions of their audience. The way a customer and client work together and communicate can build long-lasting, meaningful relationships that turn clients into fans, and fans into clients. You can actually set out to build these relationships by using emotional marketing techniques.

SHOW THEM THAT YOU KNOW THEM

The more research you do into the needs and desires of your target audience, the more your audience will be able to tell that you’re interested in them. When you show interest in them, it will make them interested in your business and you. When you discover something about your audience, let them know through your content and your actions.

TREAT THEM RIGHT

So many times, business owners have sales and special events to get new clients. What about the clients you already have? Keeping them is far more important than getting a new client, and less costly too. Do something special for your existing client base or fan base that shows them that you care about them. Give them a discount, or a special freebie, or something else that attaches them to you in a special way.

BE TRANSPARENT AND HONEST

One way to endear yourself to your audience is to always be transparent and honest. If you make a mistake, own up to it. If you change your views on something, it’s okay to admit it. Doing so will endear you to your audience and make you appear so much more trustworthy to them.

PUT PEOPLE BEFORE NUMBERS

While you do things to help promote your business, it’s important to keep! your morals and remember that people are more important than numbers. If you put people first in your business, including yourself, you’ll find that you naturally improve your bottom line. The more people trust you, the more they’ll buy from you.

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BE FUN WHEN APPROPRIATE

No one wants to feel as if they’re communicating with a robot or someone who is not real. Be funny when it’s appropriate so that you can show your humanity. Your humanness will shine through when you add some humor and fun to posts, emails, and even sales pages.

BE RESPONSIVE

Your customers expect to get an answer when they have a problem, and they expect it to be quickly. Provide many ways for your audience to contact you. Explain to your audience at each method how long they can expect to wait for a response. Then follow up and do what you said you’d do.

ENGAGE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE

Find ways to engage with your audience. Ask for their advice or ideas when it comes to a new product or service you’re going to launch. They can help name it, help define what should be in it, and even how much you should charge for it. Your audience can also be your best source of word-of-mouth marketing.

CONSIDER THE COMMUNICATION FORMAT

Also, it’s important to try to get an understanding of how people communicate within their environment. Communication online in chat, instant message, Twitter, or a blog, is far different from communicating on the telephone or in person. Even email is different from other methods of communication. It’s imperative that you determine what is different and then make up for that with the type of communication they’re using.

Building customer relationships that last is part of the goal of emotional marketing. When you’ve formed an attachment with the consumer, they will stick with you for years - through price increases, trials and tribulations, and more. You can’t go wrong with building relationships.

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COMMON NETWORKING MISTAKES TO AVOID

When it comes to networking, you always want to make sure you do it right so you can grow your business. However, knowing what to do is one thing; knowing what not to do is something else entirely. You might think you’re doing everything right, but if you find you’re not making the connections you expected, then perhaps you have fallen into some of the network traps out there and didn’t even realize you had.

Here are some common networking mistakes and how you can avoid making them in the future.

NOT GETTING HELP

Many people have a hard time asking other for help. Networking is all about making connections, though. People don’t know what you need unless you ask them.

Use whatever personal or professional network you have and ask them to help you. You need to be connected to the right people. The more people you have getting the word out about you, the better, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

NOT MAINTAINING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

It’s very easy to fall out of touch with people. Maintaining contact with your current network and all of the people in it is going to help you grow.
Follow up with people - your mentors, colleagues, and other contacts - on a regular basis to see how they’re doing. Keep them up to date on you as well. Remember, don’t make it all about you; you will want them to know what you’re up to while also finding out what they’ve been up to.

NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

We live in a day and time where networking is really everything we do every single day. Social media has made it so easy to be connected to so many different people throughout the world, and if you’re not using this then you’re missing out on a great opportunity.

Start using LinkedIn to make professional connections. This isn’t the only social media platform you should be using, but it’s a great place to start and a way to get your name out there.

NOT MAKING IN-PERSON CONNECTIONS

Yes, we are in a day and time where social media is super-important to networking, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop meeting people in person. You should never do that. You can’t do everything over the internet.

If your online connection is not local to you, then use a multitude of different technologies like Skype which are at your fingertips, to make the world a much smaller place and meet up with people on the other side of it.

NOT BEING GRATEFUL

Gratitude goes a long way. When someone helps you in whatever way, being grateful will go a long way.

After having a conversation with someone in person or online, send them a quick thank you note for their time. It’s a small thing, but letting people know they are appreciated will go a long way and encourage them to want to speak with you again.
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NOT MAKING SURE IT’S A TWO-WAY STREET

When someone helps you out and makes a positive connection for you, then you have to be sure that you give back in some way. You especially can’t keep going back and asking for help without giving back in return.

If you can avoid making these common mistakes, then you should be able to create a large and successful network for your business.

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This is an incredible post which details the importance of building relationships and how to do it. Very complete and very helpful!

Thank you @janetlegere. It's a process that people have paid high dollar for but never follow it.

It's a nice post, Michael... But it would be nice if you would put the links of the authors...

Maybe they are yours, but anyways, just to avoid some misunderstandings...

https://dbfy.co.uk/8-ways-to-build-customer-relationships-that-last/

https://contentx.press/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13388:common-networking-mistakes-to-avoid&catid=11&Itemid=150

Cheers!

I took my June newsletter and reformatted it for the blog post. I should have left the top portion where it showed this was from me.

Really great post! I feel like small business owners could teach these big companies a thing or two about nurturing customer relationships. One of the points that stood out right away was Treat Them Right. So many companies spend a ton to get new customers and don't offer their loyal long time customers anything at all much less anything extra.

Thank you for you comments. As a small business owner we have to do more, work harder, and evolve. We can't afford to source it out so as a small business owner, we wore many hats and long hours. I finally closed our store last December and retired.

You're welcome, Michael! One thing about outsourcing is you still have to spend time showing them how you need the work done.

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Your welcome.

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thank you Rob

This is very impressive. very detailed and worth the read. I enjoy how others communicate with people because sometimes I don't get it right .

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