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Customer complaints can permanently damage your business and reputation.

WHY IT IS TRUE: According to advertising guru Roy Williams, on average of 25 customers won’t complain for every one who will. Each of these 25 unhappy customers will tell an average of 16 other people about their bad experience with your store. They are some big numbers.

PLAN OF ACTION: NWhen people complain, don’t become defensive. You need to communicate with an attitude that indicates you clearly want to resolve the problem. Here are three questions you can ask to bail you out every time:

1. “What has happened?” Ask this question calmly and with genuine concern.

2. “What should have happened?” You must clearly understand the customer’s expectations before you can attempt to correct the problem.

3. “What can I do to make it right?” This will calm even the angriest customer. — D A V I D    W .    R I C H A R D S O N

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The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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Sales Truth: Head Off Customer Complaints

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Customer complaints can permanently damage your business and reputation.

WHY IT IS TRUE: According to advertising guru Roy Williams, on average of 25 customers won’t complain for every one who will. Each of these 25 unhappy customers will tell an average of 16 other people about their bad experience with your store. They are some big numbers.

PLAN OF ACTION: NWhen people complain, don’t become defensive. You need to communicate with an attitude that indicates you clearly want to resolve the problem. Here are three questions you can ask to bail you out every time:

1. “What has happened?” Ask this question calmly and with genuine concern.

2. “What should have happened?” You must clearly understand the customer’s expectations before you can attempt to correct the problem.

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3. “What can I do to make it right?” This will calm even the angriest customer. — D A V I D    W .    R I C H A R D S O N

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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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