We all talk about our image in the eyes of our customers as though that was a single entity. In fact there are four parts to that image, and each part must be visible or your message will not be heard, and that can mean that your business will suffer.
An earlier post described the “know, like and trust” aspect of the image that you and your business needs to cultivate, and we’ve described the difference between ‘selling’ someone and establishing the conditions that encourage people to want to buy from you. The rest of this article is about another aspect of your business image.
We know that your perception is your reality, and that your customer’s perception becomes your businesses’ reality.
Regardless of whether you sell a product or service, you need to instruct your customers on what they need to do to maximise the benefit they receive from having used your product or service, and that means covering three different aspects, and an additional perspective that is missed at least 99% of the time.
The first aspect is that you must give your customers the detailed instructions that enable them to get the maximum benefit – how to best use your product or service. Tell them exactly what they need to do, when they need to do it, and how. This is the easy bit, and it just requires you to transfer your knowledge to your customer.
The second aspect is that you need to reinforce your marketing message in that you must inspire your customer that they have made a great decision. Tell them again about the benefits they are likely to receive as a result of their decision to buy from you, and how they can ensure that those benefits can be realised. For example give them some tips or shortcuts that will provide additional value. your goal is to make them really pleased that they bought from you rather than the guy down the street.
Then you must connect your product or service with your customer achieving their higher purpose. That doesn’t mean that all your customers want to save the world, but they will want to leave their children a legacy, and yes, some of them will want to leave the world a better place for having been here.
Throughout these posts you will find many tips that will make your work easier and more productive, all you have to do is follow the guidelines. That will improve your profits, and most likely reduce your effort – working ‘with’ your customers is more effective than trying to trap them into buying something.
Can you imagine what difference an additional 10% or 20% or more profit will make to your family’s lifestyle? That’s what you can achieve if you read and follow our posts. No, that’s not a marketing ‘spin’, that’s the result of 30+ years of study and hard work that I’m sharing, plus the 40+ years that the other contributors have shared.
If you have been paying attention you will have noticed that so far there have only been three aspects mentioned. Now its time for the last piece of the puzzle.
Remember I said that it is the hidden piece? Its hidden because your customer doesn’t see it, only you know it is there. Your customer is aware of the effect though. The hidden piece is your plan to make this all happen in the first place. Leaving your customer experience up to chance means that they may or may not enjoy the experience of dealing with your business. Having a fully worked out ‘Customer Care Experience’ plan and implementing it means that your customers are likely to want to come back.
All four aspects are important, though the last one is arguably the most important one of all. The problem is that 99% of businesses do not have a plan, and the opportunity for you is that 99% of businesses do not have a plan. Creating and implementing a Customer Care Experience that maximises the benefit your customers receive as a result of buying from you will create solid, long-term relationships with your target market, and that’s great for business!
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If you believe the adverts, online success is simply a latter of building a website – any website – and they will come. That may be more connected with selling their product or service than reality.
As in all aspects of life, success is an action verb. You must ‘do’ things, every day, that take you closer to your goal of being a successful online presence. Same as if you wanted to be a world class athlete – you would need to train every day. Same here.
So what kind of things do you need to do? Here is a current list that will help.
Your first requirement is that you understand that building a successful online presence is a three step process. You must first be visible – people must recognise your posts and comments, and get to know you as a contributor to the websites that they regularly visit. Then you must build your credibility. You do this by submitting sensible, coherent, calm and educational comment. It’s OK to include a little humor, as long as you don’t go for a stand up comedy routine. Never forget that your intent is to build your expertise in the eyes of the people who visit the site. Once you have these two steps taken care of, you can move to profitability. This is where you now invite people to take a look at your product or service, and start making money from sales.
Asking for a sale too soon will just create a response like “Another one” as they navigate away. Establishing your credibility first will create a response like “Hey! I know they know what they are talking about – this will be a valuable item to purchase”. Well, they may not think exactly that, but you get the idea!
There will be more posts on this topic that will help you get into the ‘exactly what, when, and exactly how?’ part, though some details we keep for our members only.
As always, we’re keen to have your comments, thoughts, and ideas. Do you think there are shortcuts?