Strategic Customer Service
It costs 6 - 7 times more to acquire a new customer than to retain an existing one. – Bain & Company
89% of consumers have stopped doing business with a company after experiencing poor customer service. – RightNow Customer Experience Impact Report
These statistics emphasize the importance of customer service in retaining existing customers. While it’s essential to always strive to bring in new customers, providing excellent customer service to existing customers after the sale is not even optional. It’s a must do.
If your company doesn’t already have a comprehensive customer service plan (or if you want to improve your existing plan), I highly recommend reading Strategic Customer Service: Managing the Customer Experience to Increase Positive Word of Mouth, Build Loyalty, and Maximize Profits, by John A. Goodman. This book provides some great tips on how to deliver high-quality customer service, leverage the power of referrals, and build customer loyalty.
“The success of any organization depends on high-quality customer service. But for companies that strategically align customer service with their overall corporate strategy, it can transcend typical good business to become a profitable word-of-mouth machine that will transform the bottom line. The author draws on over thirty years of research for companies such as 3M, American Express, Chik-Fil-A, USAA, Coca-Cola, FedEx, GE, Cisco Systems, Neiman Marcus, and Toyota. Filled with proven strategies and eye-opening case studies, this book challenges many aspects of conventional wisdom using hard data and reveals how any organization can earn more loyalty, win more customers...and improve their financial bottom line.”