We Were Good at Dating, But Terrible at the Marriage Part. They Left Us For Someone Else.
No, this isn’t part of a marriage counseling session or a relationship reality show, but it is the reality that many of you face.
The really scary part is that many of you may not even realize that this is the situation you are in.
The above statement is what a prospective client said to me a few weeks ago. His company lost a major client because their competitor came in and wooed them away. With hindsight being 20/20, this gentleman told me that they had become complacent and took the customer for granted figuring that they would always be there. They were busy attracting new and other clients.
So, for all of you that find yourself losing customers without knowing exactly why, please reread that last paragraph.
Your customers are NOT buying your product or service. They are buying the relationship you promise them. If you don’t hold up your end of the relationship, they’ll leave you. Often times, the business relationship is the easiest kind of relationship to end. Your customers don’t need to file papers (usually), they don’t need to let you know why they are leaving, or even that they are leaving at all. They’ll just go find someone who treats them better than you do that offers the same product at a comparable price.
Just like any personal relationship, check in with your customers to see how they feel with the way things are going. Is there anything they’d like to see more or less of? Is there anything they think you should know? Is there anything going on that they don’t like or would like to see changed?
Asking these questions proactively just may be the difference between your customer saying “I’m so glad that I finally found you!” rather than “We need to talk.”
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