As businesses evolve, some get stronger and some weaker. It is not usual to see the stronger buy out or merge with the weaker organizations. Often the focus is on the financial aspects of the merger, and keeping customers from both organizations loyal. But all parts of an organization need to work on integration. Customer service is no exception.

In an earlier blog post titled How to Get your Lost Customers to Come Back, we covered 2 basic steps: 1. Find out why they left. 2. Look for Opportunities to Engage. What are the strategies a company can use when an individual or committee made a recommendation or decision to leave, and will lose ‘face’ with their peers and management, if they decide to do business with your organization again?

What strategies can you use to overcome this problem?

Every company makes mistakes. When they do, they seek forgiveness from their customers. Customer may vary in their willingness to forgive and forget. Having a high ‘forgiveness’ index is an asset to a company trying to keep customers loyal and satisfied. Temkin, a research company has created a Forgiveness rating from 10,000 US customers across 208 companies and ranked the best and the worst, most improved and biggest losers.

What does a Customer Want?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Seth Godin recently wrote a blog post on What (People) Want, where people could be defined as customers, users, neighbors, friends, etc. He describes five simple ideas that motivate and drive most of us. This blog post looks at whether these 5 elements also define what customers want.

Foursquare is an interesting technology as it provides an organization a way to get users to promote your business to their friends and ultimately providing the benefits of testimonials and references AND it has a built in loyalty program. As a by product of its specials and its social media communication, Foursquare enhances word of mouth endorsement It is also a technique to entice prospects who are located nearby to come to your organization, through offering them specials on their mobile phones.

Listening to your customers is a key element of any customer satisfaction strategy. FeatureSet is business community software made to facilitate product development collaboration. It is the first social business application that connects the customer to the product management process.

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