Stasis in your customer relationships is a myth.
Consider these situations in your life.
Personal relationships are either improving or declining. There is no stasis. It’s true with siblings, spouses, friends, bosses, and on and on.
Physical fitness – either you are putting the time in at the gym or outdoors and you are getting more fit, or your are not and you are growing less fit. It is hard to find an equilibrium.
It is also true for the seller and the customer. You are either getting closer to your buyers in an account or falling further away. There is no such thing as “everything is fine.”
The number one challenge on corporations’ minds today is customer intimacy. So what are you doing about it? The good new is that there are more choices and tools to leverage than ever before to help you go from stasis to proactive customer engagement. But, you have to be in it to win it.
Here are just a few examples of approaches to being more proactive on customer engagement:
- CRM and Customer Service Platforms – Manage the customer relationship in 360 degrees
- Social Media – Access more opinions publicly than ever before – but only if you tune in
- Portals/Communities – Transform customer service into customer collaboration
- Mobility – Interact with your customers where, when and how they choose
- Web meetings / Video conferencing – Warm up typical conference calls with visual queues
- Face to face meetings – The no-substitute preference for establishing rapport and consensus
The bottom line…as outlined in a recent Forbes article, “The Future Of Marketing: A Little Less Campaign And A Little More Action” Companies are shifting from “awareness and acquisition” towards the “customer experience and retention.” They are asking, ”How can we better serve and support the customers we have?” and they are taking concrete steps to get it done.
Don’t imagine “everything is fine” with that customer – Or it may be your competitor who teaches you that stasis is a myth.