6 Tips on Relevancy in Business
Posted by Liz Taylor Feb 27, 2014
I've had the pleasure of being an advisor for a class act company for eight years named Insperity. I hold a consulting role within the organization and we have a service team who delivers a full scale human resources department for small companies. There are many reasons why I love and respect Insperity, but the way they treat and stay relevant to their customers tops my list. Like Insperity, consider adopting the following best practices:
1. Provide valuable advice that your customers can't find on their own (or simply don't have the time, resources or desire to research). Educate your customers with new ideas that will grow their business.
2. Listen to your customer and make sure you follow up on every topic discussed.
3. If you can't do something, be honest with your customer right away and point them in the direction of someone who can help.
4. Connect to your customer on a personal level. Learn about their hobbies, kids and other areas of interest. Hand deliver information when appropriate or send event notifications when relevant. As an example, my colleague recently found out I was studying wine and sent me a beautiful coffee table book on the subject. I was so excited and he made my day by generously gifting me a book.
5. Be a consummate professional. Polish your communication skills, table manners, social media presence and overall image.
6. Train your mind and body. Stay sharp by reading business books, white papers and industry knowledge. Stay active by hitting the treadmill over your lunch break (or whenever you get a chance) to unclutter your mind.
Having outstanding customer service and relevancy will confirm confidence in your clients mind knowing that your overall value is far superior to your competitors. We live in the "Age of the Customer" which means your customers can leave you the second they find something better (thanks to social media, google and other Internet sites). What are you doing for your customers to stay relevant?
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—Chuck Bokar, Principal, Design Resource Center
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—Brad Guck, District Manager, Administaff
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—Betsy Hamlett, Director of Sales for Kenra, Ltd.