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Customer service is free

By 6 Dec 2021Jan 24th, 2022Customer Service2 min read

The money you spend on customer service isn’t simply free. It actually repays you many times over…

Great customer service is so rare these days, that when we do receive it, we love to share it with others.

That is the power of word of mouth marketing, and I really believe that companies underestimate the value of a happy customer out in the world.

We’ve experienced it for ourselves here at Wamly, and for all the businesses going through tough times out there at the moment, I wanted to share something inspirational with you today.

Small actions can make a massive difference in your customers’ lives, and December is the perfect time to do that.

If you have a business friend who would appreciate some inspiration today, I encourage you to forward them this article.

Customer service is free

Most large organizations would disagree.

They hire cheap labor to answer the phone. They install recordings to mollify people who are on hold for hours. They measure the cost of the call center and put loopholes in the warranty.

When you see customer service as a cost center, all of these steps make sense. Any money spent lowering costs seems to raise profits.

But customer service is actually a profit center, for four reasons:

First, because the customer who calls you or shows up at the adjustments window is fully enrolled. Unlike just about every other moment you’ve had with them, in this moment, they are paying attention, leaning into the situation and on high alert. Everything you do here, unlike just about every other marketing interaction you have, will go on your permanent record.

Second, because your competitors have foolishly decided to treat this interaction as a cost, the chances that you can dramatically overdeliver are pretty good. You can’t make a car that’s ten times better, but you can easily produce customer service for your car customers that’s ten times better than what most manufacturers deliver.

And third, because in our industrialized economy, people love to tell stories about service. And so the word spreads (or doesn’t) based on what you’re about to do.

Finally, it’s been demonstrated again and again that the most valuable customers are the loyal ones. While your promotional team is out there making noise to get you new customers, you’d be much better off turning your existing customers into repeat customers and ambassadors.

And so, the money you spend on customer service isn’t simply free. It actually repays you many times over.

Read the original on Seth’s blog here.

Francois de Wet

Ever heard of an Industrial Psychologist? Well now you have! Francois de Wet is the founder of Wamly, talent expert and former coach to many high profile corporates and CEO's. Fran is super passionate about recruitment and believes people are the heartbeat of every business. Read our founding story.