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Monday, April 2, 2012

The problem with pleasing customers

Observation:   According to a recent report by Forrester, when you exceed a consumer’s expectations, that level of satisfaction becomes the new minimum expectation.  That’s according to an article in today’s Marketing Daily newsletter.  Megan Burns of Forrester is quoted as saying, “People get used to a level of service very quickly, so you’re constantly shooting at a moving target.”  Click here to see the story.

Implications:   In this day and age, standing still is the new falling behind.

This story suggests that companies should constantly be asking (consumers) how they can do even better.  And as a collection of service or satisfaction improvements is developed, it might be wise to roll them out incrementally, so that the consumer notices.  If you bring a huge collection of improvements to market all at once, it might leave the consumer asking “what have you done for me, lately” just a few months down the road.

Are you innovating to the point where you have something new to offer and talk about frequently… as the customer expects?

Mike Anderson, for the Elm Street Economics consumer trends blog. A service of The Center for Sales Strategy, Inc.

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