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The Holidays Are Here

I use a credit card for many business purchases. Since I travel a lot, this means quite a bit of money is charged throughout the year.

Therefore, I was pleased when my bank had a local hotel deliver a ‘basket of goodies’ to our home during the holidays.

The card attached thanked us for our support, and looked forward to another year of providing beneficial service.

Unfortunately, the basket included abalone, chocolate cake and cookies. I am vegetarian (no abalone), we don’t eat much chocolate (no cake), and we try to avoid extra sugar (bye-bye cookies).

I’m sure the hotel has other options: nuts, flowers, a voucher for dinner – any of which I would have appreciated more.

In fact, I would have loved a phone call saying, ‘Hello Mr. Kaufman. On behalf of your bank, we would like to send you a gift of your choice. Would you like wine, chocolate cake and cookies? Or would you prefer nuts and a large bouquet of flowers? Or perhaps a voucher for dinner at one of our fine restaurants? Or shall we donate the cash value to a charity of your choice?’

The cost to the bank would have been the same. The difference would be a phone call…and the desire to give customers what they want, not what you think they should want.

Key Learning Point
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Don't assume you know what your customer really wants. Find out. It doesn't take much effort: just a phone call, and the right desire.

Action Steps
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Before launching your next customer promotion, call your customers first and ask them what they think. Then, give them what they want.

Ron Kaufman is an internationally acclaimed educator and motivator for partnerships and quality customer service. He is author of the bestselling "UP Your Service!" and founder of "UP Your Service College". Visit www.UpYourService.com for more such Customer Service articles, subscribe to his Newsletter, or to buy his bestselling Books, Videos, Audio CDs on Customer Service from his secure Online Store. You can also watch Ron live or listen to him at www.RonKaufman.com.

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