Thursday, August 18, 2011

Listen to your customers

There are many different responses to customer and staff complaints—some better than others.

Over the years, we’ve seen people who wanted to incorporate every idea that came their way to ones who wouldn’t listen to a word anyone said.

In the past, an unhappy client told some 10 people about their negative experience.

Thanks to the Internet, if someone hits a nerve today that 10 people could be 1,000, 10,000 or more.

For one city in California, two complaints is all it takes to get someone’s ear.

For one state, it only takes five letters on a particular subject.

For forward-thinking business people, one complaint—one person upset enough to make waves—should be enough for the company to question how to do it better.

When people are willing to listen to their customers, it not only creates better service—or a better product—but keeps up with a fast-moving market.

Because if your business doesn’t do it today, someone else’s will tomorrow.

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