Alarm dealers take steps to keep their customer bases with open communication, going the extra mile
Are you concerned about letting your customers walk out the door? If you’re not taking steps to maintain your customer base, you have good cause to worry. It’s commonly accepted that it’s harder to get a new customer than it is have a current customer return. Because the foundation of any security company is its customer base, it’s extremely important to keep your customers satisfied.
Satisfying Customers Isn’t Enough Anymore
While true attrition may be difficult to determine, when competing services are similar, alarm dealers gain and lose customers based on the quality of the service and their relationship with their customers.
Keep Relations Up Long After Closing the Deal
For customers to rave about your company, you must develop a relationship between your company and your customer. Communication is imperative and can help solve problems before they arise. Communication means keeping your customers informed (in language they can understand) and listening to them.
It means explaining the product, the service and the cost and then assuring your customer that any problems that arise will be handled. Alarm dealers should begin to develop the relationship even before selling the system.
Make Follow-Up Calls for Added Feedback
Keeping in touch with customers is essential to a long-term relationship.
Many dissatisfied customers never complain to the company. Most customers tell more people about bad service experiences than they do about good ones. Customers, whether or not they complain to you, when left unhappy, can hurt your business.
Don’t Just Pay Clients Lip Service; Take Action
Knowing that a problem exists gives alarm companies an opportunity to be proactive. A customer’s satisfaction will then be directly related to how long they must wait for service and the company representative’s patience in explaining the problem.
Correcting the Error Can Earn Back Trust
Problems can be a blessing in disguise, because it offers your company a chance to prove itself.
This type of personal service is what has given smaller alarm companies an edge over the bigger national firms.
Pure Economics Can Cause Client Decline
Sometimes even in spite of great service, losing customers comes down to simple economics.
In reality, we are all consumers. Alarm dealers should put themselves in the position of the consumer.
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