Continuing with our topic of hot marketing trends here are 6 you will see through the rest of 2018. Not every business has to stay on top of every market trend but every business should be aware of what they are so they can take advantage if the timing and opportunity are right.
Marketing trends change all the time and it can be hard to keep up with which techniques are outdated and which are the hot new thing. As I tell all of my clients, good marketing never changes just the delivery so keep providing good content, good information, and a good product and you will have clients that are looking for you. That being said, we will look at the hot trends through the week and find new ways to reach your clients. Here is a quick list to get us started.
So far I have found 52 distinct types of marketing with only a little crossover between them. Of course, some of them work together like Email Marketing and Content Marketing. They can be used at the same time and for the same purpose. The next two days I will post an infographic with the main broad categories of marketing as I see them. Concentrating less on delivery types and more on content.
This simple concept is the first key to a customer-centric strategy. This is the base of a customer service-oriented business. Every decision made in the company is centered around the customer experience. Everything else comes second which is why having a customer service culture is so hard. Most businesses are concerned with making money and saving money and the needs of the customer come after that. I am aware that making money is the only way a business survives but this is about priorities. You can have good customer service and have making a profit the first decision or you can have a customer service culter and making a profit is secondary.
Training your team on customer service and creating a customer service culture are completely different things. A few hours of training and most teams can learn the basics of customer service and do quite well at it. Building a customer service culture goes to the core of the business. Unless you are prepared to go all in on customer service you are better off with periodic training. Even for the most basic customer service skills, one-time training isn’t enough, your team needs practice and refresher training. If you decide to go all out and build it into your culture it will become a daily thing and your team will be thinking about it at all times. It’s not a bad thing to just train customer service but the legendary service comes from a culture of customer service. If you need help with either just let me know. In the meantime here is an infographic talking about customer service culture.
Out of all the advice I can give about Customer Service, the number one thing I encourage people to remember is to be grateful. Only a small percentage of customers will complain and want you to make things right, the rest just leave and you won’t know why. A customer making a complaint is giving you the chance to fix something and win back their loyalty. Even if you don’t manage to make things right it is a huge learning opportunity that points out a trouble spot where you could be losing customers and not even know it. Don’t waste this golden moment being mad at a customer, or upset with how they are reacting, be humble they took the time to help your business go further.
Bad customer service will ruin a business faster than almost any other factor. It is easy to say you have good customer service but proving it and having a good word of mouth reputation is much harder. As a good example I see ads for auto-mechanics all the time on social media and I hear a bunch on the radio. My mechanic doesn’t advertise at all. Absolutely none and he is almost busier than he can handle. He is my only mechanic for 20 years, I send him all of my friends when they get upset about a mechanic, I send him strangers if I can help it. On top of all that I have never heard a bad word about him. Why? Quality work and good customer service. Here are some statistics to show why customer service is so important and I will be giving tips and advice for creating a customer service culture. If you need one on one help I am a phone call away (435) 554-8209 .