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How To Build Customer Relationships

By: bizavings
Building sound relationships with your customers is one of the keys to making your business a success. Humans build relationships all their lives, be it with their friends, family, employers, colleagues or peers. As humans, we like to stick to what we know, and this behavior reflects in the choices people make regarding which business organizations to deal with. Building customer relationships is as important to your small business as the price and quality of what you are selling.

A successful customer relationship management program revolves around building a network of loyal customers through a process of rewards, incentives, loyalty, and quality services.

Starting a Customer Relationship Management Program

1. Build Database
Before you start with your customer relationship program, it is important to build a database listing the names, profiles, and other important information regarding your customers.

2. Identify Potential Targets
Identify the customers that are likely to be the most loyal to your company. Then draw up a plan for building customer loyalty, like special offers and incentives.

3. Communicating with Customers
Send your clients emails, newsletters, anniversary cards, gifts, and invitations to special events to build customer relationships. While emails and postcards are fine, there is nothing quite like making a phone call when it comes to building customer relationships.

Fine Tuning the Customer Relationship Management Program

Once you have started the customer relationship management program, you need to streamline the process to boost its efficiency. This can be done in the following ways.

1. Training Employees
Most importantly, you must teach your employees the practical details of customer relationship management. Developing the interpersonal skills of your employees is as important to your business as other job related skills.

2. Better Services
Nothing facilitates customer satisfaction like efficient and cost effective services. The better your service, the more customers you will win, and retain.

3. Recovery Process
The way your business handles complaints, negative comments, and problems related to goods and services provided to customers says a lot about your customer relationship skills, and the recovery process of your organization. When customers complain of a defect in the items they bought from you, do you replace it after verifying their complaint? Or do you refuse to take responsibility for the quality of your service?

Handling customers the correct way goes far in helping your business grow. If you have a small business and wish to know more about managing customer relationships, you can consult a small business consultant. With the right mix of empathy, business acumen and incentives, you can build a long lasting relationship with your customers.

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About The Author, bizavings

David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site

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