Creating a Client Experience

If you’re developing a group program of some sort, think about the experience that you’re going to give the members of the group before you ever start. Consider: what kind of client experience do you want them to have throughout the program? As they begin, how are they welcomed? Throughout the experience are there things […]

Getting Past Good Intentions

When it comes to gift-giving time, do you ever feel stuck? The good intentions you have to do something nice often get stuck when you have to decide what to give.  If you come up with a go-to gift, you won’t feel stuck with good intentions.  You will know what to give when you need […]

What’s in the mail?

What came in the mail today for you? There are different categories of mail.  On any given day you may receive advertisements, junk mail, bills, cards, magazines, or lumpy packages.  When you get your mail, you sort through it and evaluate what you want to open first.  If there is a package, that will probably […]

Customer Satisfaction vs. Customer Loyalty

Have you ever seen a sign or heard the phrase “customer satisfaction guaranteed?” That’s a great guarantee, but there’s a big difference between satisfaction and loyalty. Loyalty is what you really want in your business. Satisfaction means the transaction you had with the customer was okay.  They are not disappointed, but they’re also probably not […]

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 […]