You Never Know About Your Customers…Until You Ask

Secret
Customers come in all shapes and sizes and your customers are not my customers. That’s why I get frustrated when businesses want to "benchmark" their customer service against the guy down the street. Customers have different expectations of different businesses. A business-to-business company has different customer expectations than a consumer retail business.

You never know what people want or expect:

You never know about people. That’s why it’s not a good idea not to assume anything about your customers. It is a good idea to get to know your own customers. Ask your customers what they expect. Find out what a "typical" customer of your business looks like, what they feel, and what they think. Perhaps a customer in one part of the country (or world) is very different from a customer in another part.

Only by getting good intelligence can you begin to make tactical business decisions that will position you to successfully satisfy your customers. And your customers’ satisfaction is what’s profitably important.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and sunnydelishgirl.

  3 comments for “You Never Know About Your Customers…Until You Ask

  1. August 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Great post! What a fine reminder — not to even try to know – and instead to ask:-) Love the prompts here — thanks Tom!

  2. August 26, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Tom,
    You are so right. Personalized service is the best kind of service – and the best way to find out about your customers is to ask them.
    Warmly,
    Donna Cutting
    aka Gal Morale

  3. October 18, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    I heartily agree with you. As my article stated, and as I am slowly learning, personalized customer service, always is the key to success. When you customize solutions to fit individual people, those individuals feel, in any sense, like they our worth something to the company.

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