Give Me What I Want!

In 1980, The American Council of Retailers did some research on why people stopped doing business with various organizations. Here’s what they found in 1980:

  • 64% left because they felt ignored
  • 12% left because they were treated badly (that’s our policy)
  • 11% didn’t feel the organization was empathetic
  • 9% found a lower price
  • 3% moved away
  • 1% died

Fast forward to 2018, almost 40 years later – Arthur Middleton Hughes, founder of the Database Marketing Institute, cites four reasons why customers leave businesses:

  • They die, or are no longer buying in your category
  • They are unhappy with the price
  • They are unhappy with the product
  • They are unhappy with the way that they are treated

So you can see that not much has changed in 40 years, even with all of today’s technology and internet commerce, people still care about similar things.

With respect to ‘Felt ignored’ (1980) and ‘Unhappy with the way I was treated’ (2018), here are some things that might help:

  1. Be Empathetic
  2. Be Responsive
  3. Create a sense of assurance
  4. Follow up to add value

Remember, it costs 7 to 10 times as to get a new customer as it does to keep an existing one!

Know Quality, Know Profit…No Quality, No Profit

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