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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.

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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Your children are precious. More precious than gold? Absolutely! Just ask Lesley Ann Davis, owner of Lesley Ann Jewels, an independent jewelry store that — until the end of 2023 — had quite a following in Houston, Texas. To spend more time with her four sons, all in high school, she decided to close her store. Luckily, she was familiar with Wilkerson and called them as soon as she knew she wanted to move on to bigger, better and more family-focused things. Was she happy with her decision? Yes, she was. Says Davis, “Any owner looking to make that life change, looking to retire, looking to close, looking for a pause in their career, I would recommend Wilkerson. Hands down!”

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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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She Wanted to Spend More Time with Her Kids. She Called Wilkerson.

Your children are precious. More precious than gold? Absolutely! Just ask Lesley Ann Davis, owner of Lesley Ann Jewels, an independent jewelry store that — until the end of 2023 — had quite a following in Houston, Texas. To spend more time with her four sons, all in high school, she decided to close her store. Luckily, she was familiar with Wilkerson and called them as soon as she knew she wanted to move on to bigger, better and more family-focused things. Was she happy with her decision? Yes, she was. Says Davis, “Any owner looking to make that life change, looking to retire, looking to close, looking for a pause in their career, I would recommend Wilkerson. Hands down!”

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