How Modern Companies Have Redefined Customer Support

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many business owners still think of “ customer support ” as an after-sale process to rectify customer problems with completed transactions. One bad customer experience will kill not only one customer, but many future ones, who hear the message via social media and friends.

6 Steps To Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Customer personalities define customer experience, and sets what they love, and what they hate.

Customer-Centric Strategies Win Over Product-Centric

Startup Professionals Musings

Is your marketing focus product-centric or customer-centric ? With a wealth of products now available, customers look for the most memorable experience , not just the best product. Amazon is very customer-centric, but it can make all the difference in retail as well as online.

8 Keys To Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

Most businesses spend big money testing their brand logo, catchy marketing phrases, and demographics, but spend little time training and validating that their employees can and do deliver exceptional experiences to their customers. Keep your team happy to create engaged customers.

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4 Strategies To Ramp Up The Total Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written recently about the requirement to focus today on the total customer experience, as a competitive edge or even for survival. You want that customer to be delighted by the overall experience, rather than remember the many steps and the pain.

10 Key Principles To Drive Customer Decisions Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are overloaded and overwhelmed by too much information, so making a decision is a challenge. No matter how certain you are that your solution perfectly matches customer needs, you will be wrong. Emotions drive customer decision-making.

7 Rules for Providing Exceptional Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Customer service has traditionally been a support function to respond to customer initiated requests, meaning someone waits for the phone to ring or for a website support request form. Staff all customer interactions with experienced people.

7 Lessons From Airbnb and Uber On Customer Values

Startup Professionals Musings

Many notable recent successes, including Airbnb and Uber, have done it by finding disruptive customers, with essentially no new technology. They seek customers willing to decouple from accepted buying models, or are actively looking for a better total experience.

Customers and Causality

Grasshopper Herder

When looking for product/market fit, we start with the customer. Everything starts and ends with the customer. Customer Development Lean Startups Product/Market Fit customer segmentation product/market fit That''s the "market" part of product/market fit.

How To Measure Customer Love

YFS Magazine

Prioritizing something “fuzzy” like customer love is often viewed as a nice-to-have because ROI is too vague. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer love customer success customer success software

7 Groups Of Difficult Customers Test Every Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Have you ever noticed that some of your business owner friends get all the bad customers, and yours all seem fairly reasonable? I’m always amazed that, in my role as a business advisor, bad customers somehow seem to gang up on certain businesses.

When Customers Make You Smarter

Steve Blank

We talk a lot about Customer Development, but there’s nothing like seeing it in action to understand its power. But the big payoff came when their discussions with medical device customers revealed an entirely new way to think about pricing —potentially tripling their revenue.

How Today’s Full Customer Buying Journey Is Critical

Startup Professionals Musings

In today’s totally interconnected world with its abundance of information, choices, and marketing, how your customers buy has drastically changed. Think about how much Starbucks customers have changed what you need to consider to sell a cup of coffee.

How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions

Grasshopper Herder

Learning how questions actually work can give you fresh insight into the customer discovery process. The post How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Interviewing strangers is a science as much as an art.

How To Change Your Customer Message From Push To Pull

Startup Professionals Musings

Traditional marketing says you have to “push” your message out to customers, over and over again, to get you remembered. A more effective approach in today’s Internet and interactive culture is to use “pull” technology to bring customers and clients to your story.

Don’t Wait To Catch Up Until Your Customers Hate You

Startup Professionals Musings

After working in business at all levels, and consulting to entrepreneurs for years, I’m still surprised to see so many situations where things that should be easy are painful to customers, and lead to customers hating your business.

9 Transaction Models Shape Your Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a business advisor, I often see well-meaning entrepreneurs try to be everything to everyone, which results in many things done poorly, and few totally delighted customers. Aggregators delight customers by offering a vast array of products or services under the same experience.

5 Strategies To Thrive In Customer-Driven Disruption

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m more convinced that technology merely enables disruption, and changing customer interests and needs really causes it. Other companies keep the focus on their customers, and seem to thrive on disruption, much less survive. Customers don’t wait today.

Customer Centric Trumps Customer Service Every Time

Startup Professionals Musings

Most then add customer service at the rollout, but very few really understand what it means to be truly customer centric, and even fewer really achieve it. Customer centricity is far more than providing excellent customer service, although that’s a step in the right direction.

6 Ways To Create Experiences That Customers Crave

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Customer personalities define customer experience, and sets what they love, and what they hate.

4 Questions Critical To Strong Customer Support

YFS Magazine

The power of customer relationships shouldn't be underestimated, especially if you value customer loyalty, positive reviews and word-of-mouth advertising. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer satisfaction customer success

7 Tips For Success With Today’s Demanding Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

In addition to obvious economic challenges, the emerging generation of customers is determined to radically change the rules for customer engagement. I summarize here my interpretation of his key points: Take heed of serious next generation customer expectations.

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How To Build A Customer-First Culture In 4 Steps

YoungUpstarts

Small business owners know establishing personal connections with customers is critical for growth. One of the best ways for a small business to differentiate itself from the competition is to build a strong customer-first culture. Cultivating customer-centricity.

7 Strategies For Anticipating Future Customer Trends

Startup Professionals Musings

The market is changing so fast these days, and if you are not planning a solution today for tomorrow’s customers, you may be setting yourself up for failure and don’t even realize it. In addition, most advanced CRM systems will help you analyze your specific customers for directional behavior.

7 Steps To Meeting The New Bar Of Delighted Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Having satisfied customers is no longer enough to keep you ahead of competitors. The bar has been raised to having “delighted” customers. Customer delight is defined as surprising the customer by exceeding his or her expectations, thus creating a positive emotional reaction.

6 Elements of Customer Psychology Drive Buy Decisions

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs think that adapting to the new technologies, like smart phones and Internet commerce, are the key to attracting new customers. High-technology product startups, without customers, don’t make a business.

6 Marketing Tips To Attract Customers To Your Rollout

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by jardenberg Your marketing launch is the most important element of startup success these days, to get customer attention in this world of information overload. To get to the core of what’s relevant to customers, you need to know them well.

6 Keys to Marketing Customer Experience vs Products

Startup Professionals Musings

Not so long ago, every business assumed that the keys to success were the highest quality product, the best value for the buck, and the best customer service. Now all we hear about is providing the best “customer experience.” Customers don’t want prescriptions - they seek possibilities.

Great Ways Your Business Can Increase Their Leads And Customers

YoungUpstarts

If you’re thinking about how you’re going to increase your leads and customer base, you must understand the value of your customers to your business. After all, the more you cultivate a solid customer base, the more sales you can probably get.

Customer Satisfaction Surveys Tips For Small Businesses

YoungUpstarts

If you own a small business, conducting a customer satisfaction survey is an important part of running the business. It measures the degree of your customer’s satisfaction or dissatisfaction with your products and services. Have an Objective for your Customer Satisfaction Survey.

How Do I Know When I’m Done with Customer Discovery?

Grasshopper Herder

Is the customer discovery process one of your pain points? The post How Do I Know When I’m Done with Customer Discovery? Customer Development Lean Startup User Experience & Research Customer Segmentation & Personas Generative Market Research Hypothesis Driven Development lean startupFind out how many interviews you should do, how often, and how to process the information quickly so you can move on to your build in no time.

4 Communication Hacks to Entice Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Most importantly, it’s more about being a proactive leader who connects to customers and the team deeply, rather than a bright light that struggles to be seen amidst the glare of a million other bright lights. Achim Nowak communication pace customers entrepreneur startup

Customer Appreciation Ideas To Keep Existing Customers Happy

YoungUpstarts

Most business owners are aware that no matter what industry you’re in it’s your clients/customers that ultimately determine your success. More than giving great products and services, brands must do more to let their customers know they really appreciate their business.

4 Tech-Savvy Ways To Improve Your Customer Experience

YFS Magazine

To stay competitive, you need the latest tools and technologies to create a responsive and relevant customer experience. Customer Service Grow customer experience technology

How To Create Customer Value And Profit To Survive

Startup Professionals Musings

As a startup advisor, I see too many entrepreneurs get distracted by technology or their favorite cause, and then wonder why they can’t find an investor, attract customers, or build a long-term business. Customers now put big value on experience, social impact, empowerment, and feedback.

The Customer Centricity Debate: Who Is Your Real Customer?

Brandanew

Many of us tend to believe that our businesses or brands exist to meet the needs of customers that we serve. Customers are people who use or need your products/services. The customer centricity debate wants you to put them at the heart of your work. Who is your real customer?

Customer Development in a Diagram

Steve Blank

Filed under: Customer Development. Customer DevelopmentThanks to: Alexis Finch, Sketchnotes / UX Research Consultant @agentfin.

4 Categories of B2B Customers

Grasshopper Herder

It’s hard to keep tab of sales when we’re talking to customers. Customer Development Sales b2b sales B2B startups founders with limited sales experience have trouble with qualifying leads.

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How To Improve Your Pre- To Post-Sale Customer Journey

YFS Magazine

Improve the pre-, during, and the post-sale journey to guarantee a positive customer experience. Grow Marketing & Sales customer experience customer journey sales selling tipsYou have one opportunity to make a first impression.

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Transform Negative Customer Feedback Into Positive Results

YFS Magazine

Customer feedback provides you with the data you need to win back customers, increase lifetime value and improve your product or service. Customer Service Grow customer experience customer feedback marketing negative reviews online reputation online reviews

How Great Entrepreneurs Really Listen To Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs and business executives seem to be even more focused on their technology than the rest of us, and less inclined to listen to the voice of the customer, even if they remember to ask. I doubt if any of these are really listening to their customers.

How Happy Employees Lead To Happy Customers

YoungUpstarts

It’s a well-known fact of business that customers must be the focus of a successful business model; hence the now-cliched idiom “the customer is always right”. But in this customer-focused model, some businesses make the mistake of neglecting to focus on their employees.