When a Gift Isn’t Really a Gift

When was the last time you received a gift from a company? They may have sent you something as a thank you gift or it may have been a promotional item. It might have been something that they were sending out to everybody like a calendar. If you’re going to send out gifts to clients, […]

How to Appreciate on a Budget – Without Looking Cheap!

One of the first things businesses think about with client appreciation gifts is the budget.  It may be the end of the year, which coincides with the holidays.  The budget is low, and yet, you feel obligated to send out gifts. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, don’t pick out […]

The Real Reason Your Clients Are Leaving

The Reason Your Clients Are Leaving Did you know that 68% of customers leave a business because they don’t feel like that business cares about them? That’s more than half the customers that leave your business. Think about the customers who may have left your business. You may do exit surveys to get information from […]

Top 20 Ways to Reach Your Top 20%

Your top 20% are the most important customers in your business.  You make more money from them.  They stay with you long term.  They are probably your best advocates.  It is so important to go out of your way to take care of them and earn their continued business.  Here are some ways you can […]

Pareto’s Principle

You’ve probably heard about Pareto’s Principle. It’s the principle that 80% of results come from 20% of the population and it goes across the board with a lot of different situations. If you apply Pareto’s Principle to your business, 80% of your profits are coming from the top 20% of your clients. Top 20% of […]

Lessons Learned on an Airplane

When was the last time you rode on a commercial airplane? I was thinking about the difference between first class clients and business class clients on the airplane.  First class is where everyone wants to be.  In first class they get preferential treatment in a lot of different ways. They can be the first ones […]

Secrets to a Long and Prosperous Business Life

No one wants to be a “one hit wonder.”  Longevity means you have long-term clients who are staying around for a long time, and a business that is here to stay.  You want clients who aren’t there just for a quick taste of you, but clients who love what you do.  Clients who are your […]

How to Apologize in Business

Every once in a while, something will go wrong in your business. You might make a mistake, a vendor you work with might goof up, but the bottom line is it may cause a problem for one of your clients. It is important to extend a business apology the right way when something goes wrong. […]

Pay Attention to the Details

Pay attention to the details in your business.  They can make or break your business. Getting the details right can mean the difference between getting a job or not getting a job, keeping a great customer and losing a great customer.  You need to remember names, requests, all the details of the interactions that you […]

Give the Gift of Time

There is a series of books that Gary Chapman has written that center around The Five Love Languages. In a nutshell, a love language is the way to give and receive love and appreciation. One of those languages is quality time. Giving your clients the gift of time can help them feel appreciated by you. […]