6 Ways to Keep Your Customers Happy

The Make or Break of B2C Relationships

Running a business of any size can be a challenging task with clients constantly looking for the best deals and services possible. With the many recent advances in technology, it is now often easy for customers to find exactly what they’re after, providing the supplying company has marketed their product well and maximized their publicity.

If your company is successful in this sense, the benefits and rewards can far outweigh any difficulties that may occur along the way. However, if your business happens to upset, offend or fail to provide the correct services to a client, the results can be quite detrimental – especially given the many blogs, tweets and social networking sites today’s customers use to post disgruntled comments.

This week’s guest post explores six top tips for keeping your customers happy.

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Customer Services That Can Help Your Small Business Achieve Success

Getting your small business off the ground and running takes a lot of hard work, and the last thing you need is any loss of business due to substandard customer service. The customer services offered through your company should not only attract customers, they should keep current ones happy, and satisfy the customers who aren’t.
This isn’t always easy, but if you learn to take the bad with the good, and aim to make the most out of every interaction with your customers, your small business will be one step closer to success. These three tips highlight different customer services your small business should offer to keep those customers coming back again and again. (Guest post)

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Dealing with customer complaints effectively via social media

The last few years have seen social media becoming increasingly important as part of every b2c company’s marketing mix.

There are many benefits of running social media accounts; it gives your company an opportunity to showcase their products, lets customers know about any special offers and sales, helps you reach out to potential new customers and lets followers in on the behind the scenes workplace culture.

A brand will seem more human and friendly when they share their workplace via social media. There is one main downside however – unhappy customers are suddenly  airing their displeasure publicly, and how you handle this can make a huge impact on how everyone  sees your company and its customer service approach.

It is imperative that you deal with bad feedback via your social media accounts quickly, effectively and fairly. Here are our top pointers: ( Guest Post )

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5 Strategies to Improve Your Productivity at Work

It’s no secret that when we ring in the New Year, most of us also strive to bring in a “New You”. Whether it’s a new job, a raise or even a promotion – we all want something better. It’s also classically known that most of us stop aggressively pursuing this new goal a few weeks into the year.
Where do we go wrong? We set our sights too high too soon. Instead, let’s start small and focus on the little things you can change on a daily basis that will benefit your career. First on that list should be productivity.

We’ve outlined the top five simplest productivity improvement strategies that you can easily implement into your daily routine. (Guest post)

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Advice on Online Marketing for Small Businesses Owners

When the phrase ‘online marketing’ is bandied around amidst acronyms, digital jargon and consistent technology updates (with version 2.0 seemingly introduced mere minutes after the original) the whole process can appear wholly confusing, utterly time consuming and written off as a waste of money.

BUT WAIT! It doesn’t have to be this way.

Here are some basic, easy to implement, strategic steps that will effectively increase your online presence and deliver those key promotional messages to your target online audience (promise!)
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5 tips to improve Customer Interactions and Increase Productivity

Life hacks are meant to take annoying tasks and make them easier – here are a few to help improve your customer interactions and increase productivity in the workplace.
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Small Businesses are Leaders of Innovation and Creativity

What is innovation? What is leadership?

A few words come to mind. Passion. Innovation. Creativity. Belief.

We tend to think of small businesses as having a disadvantage when competing with the bigger companies around the world. I think it’s the other way around…

Small companies have a strong advantage because of their amazing capacity for innovation and creativity. Let’s delve deeper into what sets these small businesses a part and how they can set themselves up for success by utilizing these advantages.

I have been having a lot of conversations with people about what it takes to be innovative and to set yourself a part – in life and in work. So, I decided to share with you what conclusions I have drawn and several stories I have come across in my conversations and research. Continue reading Small Businesses are Leaders of Innovation and Creativity

5 Tips and Tools for Business Communication On-The-Go

Mobile Business Contact Management Nowadays, it is very common to find yourself working with people from long distances. Everything is mobile. So, how do you maintain effective communication with people that you don’t work in the same office with or who are not physically present for extended periods of time?  
There is no doubt about it. Working from long distance with your boss, partners, colleagues, and/or team is not easy. But it’s do-able. Here are some very simple tips and tools to help you make your long distance working relationships work…
 
1) Meet in person (at least once if possible)
 
Meeting someone in person is the best way to establish a connection and a level of trust, which of course must be nurtured over time. If that is not possible, then be sure that the first meeting(s) are done through a video conference. Seeing a person’s face and gestures is very important in understanding a person and their wants and needs. I will go into more detail about video conferencing later. Be sure to also video conference at least once a week, and if you are working with a team of people, video chat with at least one or two members if not as a whole group every week.