We hear a lot of talk about customer centricity. Still, making profit is what pays the bills. So how do customer centricity and profit correlate? That's what most organisations wonder. And until there is a clear answer, many of them would want to be customer centric, but can't push forward because of the unclear results in currency.
The credo that we live by at Hello Customer is one by Sam Walton, who founded WalMart:
'There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
Ultimately it’s the customer that pays the bills, because he chooses to spend money in your business, that’s the ultimate correlation! Influencing the customer means influencing revenue. I can hear you thinking, ‘yeah, that’s what we’re trying to. With sales and marketing and advertising’. I can already tell you this: that’s the opposite of customer centric.
Not one person has ever been happy about the constant commercials and advertising. Not one person has ever loved a sales pitch without being heard themselves. Not one person has ever recommended a company with sleazy marketing tactics just to sell goods.
A customer-centric approach means figuring out who your customer is, what he or she wants and needs, what he or she likes about your brand, products, services and apply all of your internal departments to catering to that customer.
That’s how you make a customer happy and that’s how you ultimately influence revenue:
That simple. But is it?
Well, as it turns out, it’s not always easy to know what it is precisely that makes your customers happy. So the influencing part is a challenging one!
And to influence for the better, starts with understanding. Only by having a clear insight on that can you steer your operations, marketing, sales, hr, strategy into working together for the benefit of the customer happiness.