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1 Managing your Business, Managing your Customer

2 Workshop Programme Workshops Proposed Date
Introduction workshop / The Food & Drink Sector 31st October PR, Social Media & Events 14th November Pricing & Profitability 9th January Best Practice Visit 21st January Product Evaluation / Product & Market Testing 20th February Product & Business USP 6th March Managing your business, managing your customers 27th March Packaging & Labelling 24th April Investment, Grants, Funding & Business Growth 15th May Creating Development Plans 5th June

3 Knowing your customer 50% of UK companies
Are not sure who their most profitable customers are Therefore, don’t know which ones matter most to their business Don’t know where tomorrow’s competition is coming from

4 Knowing your customer What do customers like?
Good service – are we catching on?: Service Emotional connectivity Energy Integrity Spirit Creativity

5 Exercise 1: What do you expect as a shopper?
As a private shopper, note down the top five basic requirements that you require from your prospective supplier e.g. retail store, restaurant, hotel, garage showroom etc

6 What do you expect as a shopper?
Everything to be clean Good product range Polite attentive staff Helpful, well trained staff with excellent product knowledge Value for money – benefits must out-weigh the sacrifice Good atmosphere/ambience Efficient service and attention to detail Good first impression The feeling that I as a customer matter Accessibility of product

7 Knowing your customer Example: Caledonia Bank
What do customers dislike? Empty gestures Lack of energy Lack of connection Example: Caledonia Bank Your own good examples – what characteristics did you use / display

8 Personal Relationships
Communication said to be 7% content 38% vocal 55% physical Personal Relationship What you say How you say it Appearance Impact

9 Personal Relationships
Importance of the Customer “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.”

10 Personal Relationships
Scenario planning Do you have a strategy for the following? Customer at the till and phone is ringing Customer queues s Returning a call What is your best customer’s preferred method of communication?

11 Personal Relationships
Expectations Are you listening? How do you know? How does your customer know? You cannot listen while talking, or while distracted Can you summarise what they have said? Allow silence, empathy and patience

12 Personal Relationships
Four elements of customer care Attitude Skills Approach Knowledge Think about a checklist for your customers. What would you do under each heading

13 Personal Relationships
Four elements of customer care Attitude Skills Approach Knowledge Think about a checklist for your customers. What would you do under each heading

14 Exercise 2: Complaint Handling

15 The facts about complaints
A typical business hears from only 4% of its dissatisfied customers; the other 96% just go quietly away and 91% of them will never go back. A typical dissatisfied customer tells more than eight people about his or her problem. Seven out of ten complaining customers will do business with you again if you resolve the complaint in their favour and, if it is resolved on the spot, 95% will do business with you again.

16 Reasons why retail business customers are unhappy
- Indifferent treatment - Poor quality - Poor service - Grievances not settled to customer’s satisfaction In a market where customers are surrounded by choice, it is vital that we do not allow manageable irritations to drive customers away

17 Customer Complaint Handling
It is almost inevitable that, at some stage, you will receive a customer complaint. Don't assume that a customer complaint is a negative experience because, if handled well, it can be a valuable asset. It’s a great opportunity to turn an unhappy customer into a loyal customer.

18 Customer Complaint Handling
Some businesses believe that if they don't receive many complaints, their customers must be satisfied ~ Wrong! Only a few customers will complain to you. The majority will not return to your business and will tell others of their bad experience.

19 Customer Complaint Handling
Whether you win or lose customers can depend on the way you handle their complaints Put the following points into practice: Train your staff to handle complaints well Make it easy for customers to complain Welcome customer complaints Deal with complaints promptly.

20 The Good News The benefits an efficient complaints handling system can include Fewer mistakes and less time spent fixing them Improved product quality Better understanding of customers' needs Happier customers Greater customer loyalty More customers through word-of-mouth advertising Less time and money spent attracting customers Improving business reputation

21 How to handle complaints
Take time to handle complaints when they are first made. Prompt action will be more likely to satisfy the customer. The faster a complaint is resolved, the less time you'll need to spend on it.

22 Be sympathetic and calm
Acknowledge there is a problem and that it may be annoying, inconvenient or unfortunate. You may not believe the complaint is justified but remember that, although they may not be ‘right' in your opinion, they are telling you because they are unhappy. Their complaint is an opportunity to retain their custom. Stay calm. This may be difficult if the customer is angry or has an irritating manner, or if the complaint seems trivial, but getting angry will only make it worse.

23 Identify the problem Find out the exact problem.
Listen carefully to what the customer is saying, empathise with them and make sure you understand by checking it out with them. Ask what they want you to do for them. Don't assume. Write it down.

24 Decide what can be done Where the complaint may be unjustified, you still need to make the customer happy again to keep their business. A simple explanation may be all that is needed. Sometimes, even if you are not legally required to do so, it may be worth doing more to keep the customer. E.g. If a customer is entitled to replacement, you may be willing to offer a refund if that is what the customer wants. Consider how important these problems are to customers. Try putting yourself in their place!

25 Fix the Problem Tell customers what solution you can offer and make sure they understand. If they accept your proposed solution, act on it straight away. Make sure there is always someone available to speak to customers about their complaints. If a customer is promised a return phone call, make sure it happens. If it is not possible to do anything immediately, tell the customer when it will happen and keep a record of your commitment. Do what was agreed and finalise the matter with the customer. Never make promises you won't be able to keep.

26 Keep a record Keep a written record of the complaint and what you have agreed to do. Record all contact about complaints, including whether they were face-to-face, by telephone or in writing. Remember that simply filling out a complaint record form does not solve the problem.

27 Thank you See you on the 24th April

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