When you're not actually seeing your customers face to face, it can be difficult to create a personal connection with them. Although you want each of your customers to feel right at home with your business, you need to work harder when your only interaction is through your website. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to establish both strong customer service and a true sense of caring for your customer ? here's what you need to know.
Acknowledge Your Customer One of the worst mistakes you can make in your customer service arena is to act as though you don't need to acknowledge the presence of your customer. When you don't have some sort of greeting on your website, it can say to the customer that you only care about them if they're spending money. Instead, try to use casual language to greet your customer in some way.
This section doesn't have to be long, but it should have some sort of introduction to your site that helps a customer feel at home. Don't Forget Your Manners It's also easy to forget to say 'Please' and 'Thank You' when you're not right in front of a customer, but they will still notice. Be sure to thank your customer for stopping by your site and be sure to ask them to completely certain forms instead of just telling them what they need to do. It's always better to err on the side of being too polite than not polite at all. Always Offer More Than They Expect Even if it's just a small sample of another product you have or a discount on the next purchase, always go above and beyond what your customer is expecting from you. Try to encourage your customer to come back by showing them that every transaction with you is going to be exciting and give them something more in return.
You might also want to send coupons and alert customers of specials that are related to items they have bought in the past. Be Ready to Apologize Too often, online businesses are not apologetic when things go wrong on their website transactions. Since they aren't looking directly at the customer, it can be easier to be unapologetic when things do wrong, often going so far as to blame the customer for the mistake. Instead, try to remember that the customer should be the one that is always right ? every time. When you show your customer that you simply want to make them happy, especially when you're made a mistake, they are going to tell their friends about your great customer service.
Services Means Being Available for Questions Whether it's via email or phone, you need to have some sort of contact system for your customers to use so that they can have their queries addressed as quickly as possible. While this is especially important in the case of complaints, you should also be available for simple questions that a customer needs answered. Answer with a smile on your face or a friendly tone in your email and you've won them over without spending an extra cent.
Businesses still live and die by the customer service they provide. If you're not taking the time to be there for your customer, it will catch up to you in your profits. Try to stand out from the other online businesses by acting as though you are seeing every customer stand in front of you as they make their purchase. This is not only going to help you make better businesses decisions, but it will keep people coming back for more.
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