"How can money be the root of all evil, when shopping is the cure for all sadness..." Elizabeth Taylor
When you are dealing with customers and refunds, it is best to be cool and calm at all times [easier said than done on occasion]. When a loud-voiced customer comes into your shop demanding a refund, even though legally they are not entitled to one, try and deal with the situation rationally and calmly.
Why? Because statistics show that a happy customer will become a loyal customer. These days retailing is becoming more and more competitive and trying to build up loyal customers is probably the hardest part. But, if you succeed it will be worthwhile in the end.
It is always a good investment to have all staff trained on your service standards and how to handle customer complaints as customers don’t want to be bandied from one person to another to another. Ideally, they’d like the first person they approach to fix the problem.
You’re probably asking “Am I supposed to know what my customers say when they leave?”
You might well be thinking:
- I want them to say “Goodbye.”
- Why do they have to say anything?
- I hope my customers leave town!
How could knowing this possibly be important? Why do you want to know what your customers say after you’ve served them?
Easy. It’s a test.
In today's high-tech world, the one communication tool that remains a constant is the telephone. Using the telephone competently and courteously is essential to customer and client satisfaction. Poor telephone etiquette can have a disastrous effect on your telephone customer service - and bottom line.
Here are some tips for providing excellent customer service:
Preparation: Have a fair idea of what you are going to say in advance of your telephone call. Have a mental script you can fall back on if the conversation wanders.
Introduction: When we meet people face to face we often introduce ourselves with a handshake. On the phone we must do this verbally by greeting the customer with genuine warmth.
I recently met a genuinely funny man ... funniness beams from him. In fact, I'd met him a few months earlier at a seminar I was running on the Gold Coast but didn't realise it.
To ensure that mobile phones don't blast my seminars (because I want people to absorb what I'm saying, not just 'attend') I always give people the choice of turning their phones off, onto vibrate, silent or leave them on. The only thing is: If they choose to keep it on and it rings in the seminar, they will be asked to stand and sing "I'm a little teapot" and do the actions.
Back to my story: He came in late to the seminar and missed the message.
Either this fellow is dead or my watch has stopped...Groucho Marx
Walk down your street or through your local shopping centre and look for enthusiastic retailers. You'll have to check your watch. It's as though the majority of them have been hit by a time delay spray.
Ardour; Fanaticism; Ebullience; Devotion; Eagerness; Excitement; Verve; Willingness; Eccentricity; Help; Devotion; Co-operation; Intensity; Obsessiveness; Vitality.
Do you think that's a tad over the top? Perhaps you're scared of having this effect on people.