What Do Buyers Really Want?

Lauren Krause
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A key element of buyer needs is quality customer service, and consumers have changing expectations that businesses need to know. Technology has enhanced the way companies can gauge customer satisfaction, measure demographics and solicit feedback. Attract and retain customers with strategies that focus on relationships and determining what buyers want.

Consumers have much more access to online tools and research to educate themselves than they did in years past. They are seeking information about companies before considering purchases. Make your company's mission, goals, products and services easily accessible to cater to the needs of potential customers, recommends Christopher J. Bucholtz with CRM Buyer. Customer service initiatives should focus on easy access to representatives, online business data and contact through social media platforms. Think like a consumer and address buyer needs by evaluating the usability of your website, mobile access, marketing materials and call center to simplify the buying process for customers.

Train employees to be present during each and every interaction with potential and existing clients. Ease the consumer journey by focusing on developing relationships. Customer service representatives who take the time to inquire about the consumer's wants and needs have the tools to better recommend suitable products and services. Listen to the clients' feedback about services and products they have tried in the past and recommend options and alternatives to better meet their needs. Be active and present when interacting with clients to show that their business is valuable and appreciated. Consumers feel more comfortable purchasing products and services when they have developed relationships with the company's representatives. As a result, loyalty to the company is established, which encourages repeat business.

Companies should also compile and collect data from clients to retain and refer to during repeat interactions and transactions. Buyers do not want to have to repeat their personal information and data over and over again. Ease the buying process by securing solid contact data that automatically updates for each and every transaction. Consumers want the process of buying to move along quickly. Avoid delays by automating the buying process for repeat customers to provide optimal customer service and retain buyers.

Buyers want to work with representatives who are confident and knowledgeable. Show that you believe in the products and services offered and be ready to sell when the customer is ready to buy. Focus customer service initiatives on determining the likes and dislikes of consumers and be prepared to offer product and service lines that are in line with what the buyer is seeking.

Businesses often spend thousands of dollars in marketing and advertising. The money may be well spent, but without a clear focus on customer service and catering to the needs of each and every buyer, even the most elaborate marketing plans become ineffective. Focus on the buyer, create relationships to secure repeat business and provide products and services that are high quality.

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