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Sold! Why customer recommendations matter in B2B sales

A couple weekends ago, after many hours of online shopping and discussion, my wife and I were ready to buy a new family sofa.  We embarked on furniture store visits starting at IKEA, where we and our two boys sprawled out on a sectional sofa for some “real world” testing.

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Service Quality and Sales Growth: Another Connection

A recent research project for a client opened our eyes to the impact that high-quality customer service has on growth.  This client has used our transactional survey process for five years. 

We compared the service growth over a four-year period by individual customer account with the responses from each customer account to the Net Promoter® question (willingness to refer).

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What It Takes to Make a Loyal Customer

I recently had the opportunity to visit one of our client's service and sales location.  I particularly wanted to meet the team at this agricultural equipment dealer because of their sound performance on our survey program.  After spending several hours there, I came away with several observations.

First, they have designed their processes to actually serve customers.  Second, employees appeared quite engaged in what they were doing.  Lastly, there was a palpable sense of pride in what they were doing.  The visit provided many insights into how to deliver excellent customer service.

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How to Build Emotionally Positive B2B Customer Experiences.

I serve on the Board of Directors of a commercial construction company.  At our last meeting, we had a discussion about the increasing competitiveness of the industry and what strategies might be appropriate to differentiate further the company.  Management was talking about the increasing trend where a commercial construction company is viewed as a commodity.  Whoever can provide the lowest price, meet the quality standards, and hit the completion date wins the bid.

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Surprise! Delight your customers when they least expect it

In the movie Finding Forrester, Sean Connery, playing reclusive writer William Forrester, advises a young friend that “the key to a woman’s heart is an unexpected gift, at an unexpected time”.  Forrester’s friend, Jamal, acts on the advice and it works wonders.

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Innovation and the Art of Recognizing Opportunity

I often speak about customer experience in my blogs. I do so because a company that provides a superior customer experience creates a robust strategic differentiator. However, today I want to focus on product innovation and a success story of one of our clients, AGCO.

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Keeping the Experience Alive and Vital

Many companies have had a formal customer experience program in place for many years. They have accumulated thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of interviews. Employees have completed training, and new technologies have been implemented to improve the customer experience. Among our long-time clients, all have a customer experience that is superior to what it was in the past. As I work with these clients, I have had several discussions about how to keep their program both fresh and effective. I want to outline some suggestions that can help keep the feedback component of your program alive and well:

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Do Your Customers Trust You?

It is a question not often formally asked of customers. The response to this question is assumed. “Customers trust us. Why else would they do business with us?” However, it is a question you should consider asking your customers based on our experiences. Their responses may surprise you and may also make a difference to your company’s bottom (and top) line.

Trust and Loyalty: What’s The Connection?

Intuitively, managers know that it is better to have customers that trust them more than less. Since trust, we think, is derived from experiences customers have with a supplier, I want to identify those areas that are critical to enhancing the level of a customer’s trust in your company.

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How to Cut Out Customer Feedback Friction

Customer feedback is an essential ingredient for building better customer experiences, which help businesses survive and thrive.

Too often, though, feedback processes contain unnecessary friction, which causes customers to drop out of the process.

This is a lose-lose situation. The company is deprived of customer insights and customers waste their time.

Here’s the good news: By following a few simple steps, you can prevent or solve much of the friction in feedback processes. Before getting to those, though, let me share why I’m writing about this in the first place.

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The B2B Sales Rep.: 3 Ways to Increase Customer Loyalty

With all the talk of social media and its importance in marketing and lead development, sometimes the importance and value of the sales representative in the B-to-B environment are overlooked. This concept was reinforced to me this week while working on a project for a client.

We conduct product delivery surveys for this client, and these surveys are designed to measure customer satisfaction with the product and their sales process. Our client, like many, has a network of dealers that sell and support their products to the end-user. They wanted to know which of the questions on the survey were most strongly correlated with overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

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