Richard R. Shapiro is Founder and President of The Center For Client Retention (TCFCR) and a leading authority in the area of customer satisfaction and loyalty. For 28 years, Richard has spearheaded the research conducted with thousands of customers from Fortune 100 and 500 companies amassing the ingredients of customer loyalty and what drives repeat business. His first book was The Welcomer Edge: Unlocking the Secrets to Repeat Business and The Endangered Customer: 8 Steps to Guarantee Repeat Business, was released in February, 2016.
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I began my career at ADP, the largest payroll processing company in the world. Our customers were not consumers, but other businesses. We had a large sales force spending long hours to acquire new accounts. Immediately after a client signed on we had internal meetings to learn everything about the newest customer; its business history, …Continue Reading
Can e-commerce sites create personalized customer relationships? As a customer loyalty thought-leader, my answer is always, emphatically, “yes”. Unfortunately, most e-commerce sites are missing a human component and fail to make that critical personal connection. The strongest loyalty or bond is between two people and not a brand or retailer. Of course, there are exceptions …Continue Reading
“The customer is always right” is a mantra urging service staff to give high priority to customer satisfaction. The slogan was popularized by pioneer successful retailers like Harry Gordon Selfridge, John Wanamaker and Marshall Field. They thought that customer complaints should be treated seriously so customers did not feel cheated or deceived. Whenever I am …Continue Reading
Innovation that lets firms reach out and touch their customers is moving at warp speed, building on expectations that were unthinkable just five years ago. When today’s consumer has questions about your product, it is no longer acceptable to wait for the answers— they must be addressed in real time or the customer will turn …Continue Reading
2016 was an exciting year for the retail industry. A parade of innovative options, widgets, and new players wowed consumers and continue to drive a sea change in their preferences and expectations. Online and brick & mortar retailers alike found themselves scrambling to stay relevant and competitive. We’ll see more of the same in 2017, …Continue Reading