Rudolph struggled early on to find his rightful place in the herd. He did things a bit differently; looked a bit stranger than most, but eventually he found his spot among his peers – at the head of the pack. He led them through the storm and made all the children – his ‘customers’ – happy!
What is the shiny red nose of your business? Is it a person or a concept who leads your office? Mystery shoppers can help you see your business from the customers’ perspective and identify those people and ideas in your organization that illuminate the customer experience.
Take for instance the bank representative who welcomed the prospective customer (mystery shopper) into her office, offered her a beverage, closed the door, and then said, “How can I help you?” Those 2 extra minutes spent to make the person feel comfortable went a long way to saying you are welcome here. When she asked several questions about the prospect’s current banking situation, she explained, “I’m not being nosy, I just want to be able to offer you appropriate products and options”, the person then knew that their business was valued.
Some employees may balk and say that this is intrusive, people don’t want you to ask all those questions, but the truth is people like it when others pay attention to them. Asking questions about their interests and needs that relate to your business makes them feel respected and appreciated. And when they feel that way – they will return the favor by doing business with you!
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.” ~ Rosalynn Carter
Let your staff be the Rudolph of your industry – and you will find your way to happier clients and greater profits!
Our thanks this month to guest blogger, Diane Sweeney. Diane has been with Market Viewpoint for 10 years and is currently VP of Operations. Diane has worked in marketing and human resources for all of her career. She also runs a nutrition consulting firm, Healthy Solutions. Her life-long love of writing now has a venue as a she blogs for Market Viewpoint, her own website, and those of friends. The service industries and the health of the human spirit are topics close to her heart.