5 Ways to Make Your Customers Say “WOW”
Before you dive in, ask yourself this: What are you doing to make your customers say WOW? If you find it difficult to answer this question, your business might be missing out on the opportunity to keep your customers coming back for more.
According to the Chron, “The “WOW” factor is a commonly used slang term in business that most often depicts what a company does to go above and beyond customer expectations in delivering a great product and service experience.” As a small business you actually have an advantage of size and mobility when it comes to the WOW factor. It is much easier to add a personal touch or go above and beyond for every single client when you have a smaller customer base. This will give you a leg up against your big brand competitors.
Even more so, the WOW factor is so important for small businesses that it needs to be incorporated into your customer relationship and marketing plans. Why? If you can genuinely WOW your customers, they could be loyal customers for life. They could also become brand advocates on your behalf, referring new customers by bragging about your brand.
So what does it take to make your customers say “WOW!”? The first step is to let those creative juices flow. You know your customers, so you will know what will WOW them. Here is some inspiration that might help you to develop your own WOW factor.
1) Signed and Sealed
What shows your customer that you went that extra mile? A handwritten note! We don’t get enough (or any) handwritten notes these days. But remember when you used to receive a letter or postcard in the mail from family or friends, and how excited that made you? I got that same feeling when I, recently, ordered an item online. The product came with a handwritten and personalized “Thank you, Robert. I hope you enjoy your purchase!” My first reaction was “WOW!” My second reaction was to grab my phone and Snapchat it. It was the first time I had ever received a handwritten note from a company, so I kept it. For the business owner, it means adding a little extra time to every order, but the effect is worth it.
2) Packaging is Half the Product
In 2016, shoppers were making 51% of their purchases online. With all these online purchases, products need to be shipped to the consumer which requires a whole different way of packaging a product. Use the excitement of the package to create a memorable moment. For example, when I ordered a bracelet for my mom, it arrived in a small drawstring bag placed in a sleek-looking box. It also came with a small brochure about the company and a few stickers. Everything was carefully curated, making the unboxing experience for mom almost as fun as receiving the product. Thinking outside the box (or inside the box) when it comes to package delivery can help to create your WOW factor.
3) Trust Your Customers
Sometimes simply trusting your customers can be a great way to WOW them. I have a friend who purchased a set of ceramic cookware from a home goods company. After unwrapping it, she noticed one of the handles was slightly damaged. She contacted the company, already dreading the fact that she would have to repackage and ship it back. But to her surprise, they simply sent over a new set and told her to keep the damaged one. Now that’s customer service! The company didn’t even ask for proof, they just made it as easy as possible for their customer. Who wouldn’t be left feeling “WOW”? And even more important, who wouldn’t come back for more?
4) A Gift Says a Thousand Words
People love free stuff, but even more impactful is receiving an unexpected and thoughtful gift. My fiancé, recently, had her wisdom teeth taken out. While the wisdom teeth extraction wasn’t the most fun, the experience was a pleasant one. But what really impressed us, was the card she received in the mail the following day. In the envelope was a $10 gift card for frozen yogurt. The note from the dentist said frozen yogurt would help to sooth her gums. You can imagine our reaction, as this was the perfect gift for the occasion.
5) And Then Some
The WOW factor happens when you choose to turn ordinary into extraordinary experiences. We’ve all undergone the frustration of a beloved product breaking after using it for a while. An ordinary experience would leave you looking for the receipt and determining whether it is still covered under the warranty. But a local knife company in San Diego – set up by two veterans who build knives for the military – takes a different approach. They take absolute pride in their handmade product, therefore guaranteeing it for life: “Your life depends on your blade, so we guarantee our blades for life.” The ordinary experience of buying this product is made extraordinary by its lifetime guarantee, allowing customers to feel more comfortable with their purchase. Adding the “and then some” to your product or service can produce that “WOW” factor.
Satisfied customers are nice, but delighted customers are the fuel to your business growth. Incorporate your own unique “WOW” factor, going above and beyond, to earn yourself some raving fans. The most important thing to remember is that consistency is the key. Delivering an experience that consistently satisfies and delights customers will help you rise above your competitors.