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A Story of Willie and Aubrey - 2/8/22


The gift shop was a great experience!  Aubrey had bought items online from the shop for years, but she had never stepped foot in the store itself.  However, when travel plans took her on a trip to new surroundings, she took time out of her day to go to Read more

It Matters Who You Know - 2/1/22


The season ticket account holder has an issue, but he’s not too concerned about it:  I’m going to call my guy, and he’ll take care of it. The patient is confused about their bill.  The family member says: I know someone who can help. The husband discovers a problem in the Read more

Put an End to 1-Star Ratings - 1/25/22


If you ever had service performed on your car, I would not doubt it if you received the immediate e-mail asking for that 5-star rating. They want the big ratings because that makes them look good, and to get the big average rating you have to avoid the 1-Star Read more

Signs of Service Recovery Situations - 1/18/22


As we continue the slow trend of more and more customer interactions becoming in-person again, we need to remember those signs that we’re about to enter one of THOSE conversations.  It can typically take only 5-10 seconds to realize this is going to be a high-risk situation with the Read more

In Survey Development, Think in Reverse - 1/11/22


We often meet with clients interested in conducting a survey, and when we discuss the project, many clients come with questions in-hand.  They are interested, curious, even excited sometimes about the possibility of tapping into the voice of the customer! And when we review their questions and start to see Read more

Foster Positive Feelings - 1/4/22


I bet a lot of you all are like me - when you’re asked to share your feelings, it’s not always something that feels comfortable.  It obviously depends on the situation and who’s asking you to share your feelings.  So, many of us might hesitate in sharing our feelings. However, Read more

How to Make the Situation Right - 12/28/21


The manager in the field office felt that - when problems arose with customers - the company didn’t do an especially good job of responding effectively.  He felt like this was hurting customer renewals of annual service agreements.  The company developed many customer service and retention initiatives with little Read more

2021 Holiday Poem - 12/21/21


Breathe and rest and relax and rejuvenate. Close the eyes, and fill the lungs. Take a break, and be with friends. This is a time to begin. Renaissance is called a rebirth. Birth can bring new life. Life gives opportunity for living. Living gives opportunity for joy. We have so many outside factors, So many things that tug Read more

“I’m Sorry” Doesn’t Mean “I’m Guilty” - 12/14/21


Individuals and organizations mess up; that’s part of life… They told me that they were going to be at my home at a certain time; they were REALLY late.  The customer service representative said they would get a message to a co-worker, and the co-worker would call me back; I Read more

Apply Selfless Service - 12/7/21


Andrea had worked in human resources for years, and the company decided that it wanted to hire employees who were more customer service-oriented, regardless of the position.  After making that decision, they added some creative questions to the interview process. One of the most interesting questions that Andrea had to Read more

To Improve Customer Retention, Make Products Free?

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To increase its customer retention, Sprint announced that it’s discounting fees on their pay-as-you-go service. In the Fox Business article Sprint Looks to Boost Customer Retention With Lower repaid Bills, it’s noted how Sprint’s new Boost service “is $5 less than the starting price of the brand’s current lowest-priced plans.”

According to the article, “Sprint has had some success drawing customers to its Boost brand through a program that lets users lower their bills by $5 per month following every six on-time payments. Sprint’s prepaid customer rolls grew by 20% last year to 14.8 million, while its contract business shrunk.” In business school, that’s referred to as cannibalizing yourself. But I digress…

The interesting point here is that the company is trying to increase retention with a price drop (and also by pulling customers away from its other products).

Companies who truly understand customer retention strategies understand that a price drop is the absolute LAST thing you should ever have to do. This price drop retention strategy is for companies who have allowed customers to view them as a commodity, and some companies are thereby viewing themselves as commodities.

In virtually any industry, customers will stick with companies for many reasons, not just price. And those other reasons (product quality, wait times, customer service, responsiveness, relationships with the employees, affinity for the company, making customers’ lives easier/better/more hassle free, and on and on and on) provide the value piece that plays into decision-making far more in many customers’ eyes than price.

Before you do your next price drop to increase retention…before you start heading in the direction of free products…before you willingly cut your own profits in an effort to become more prosperous (if that even remotely makes sense), find out the specific factors that drive loyalty for specific customers, and do the best job possible of incorporating those into a 1-to-1 retention strategy.

Avoid the easy and (for the long-term) ineffective path to customer retention – avoid the price drop.

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