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How to Create an Unforgettable B2B Customer Experience
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In the past year, customer relationship management on social media sites,
such as Twitter, has dominated the conversation around customer service.
However, social media is just as vital for the customer experience as it is for
managing the customer relationship. A customer relationship begins with the way
you treat them during the sales process.

Forbes Magazine, in an article about how customer experience should meet the
experience promised by the marketer, explains customer experience as, “how
customers perceive their interactions with your company.” It’s one thing to
manage customer relationships in relation to tracking prospects’ online and
offline behavior, but monitoring their experiences with your company as you make
a sale requires a whole other set of tools.

Listen

The simplest starting point to any positive customer experience is listening to
the prospect. Customer intelligence can help you understand who they are, what
they want and how your products or services can help them. If you immediately go
into automatic mode each time a new customer comes along, you’ll lose them.
Listen attentively and improvise your sales pitch based on their needs.

Follow through

If you promise to do something during a sales meeting, do it. Keep track of the
interactions you have with prospects so you make note of what you promise in
your CRM. Plenty of apps also exist for mobile devices or home computer systems
that offer simple ways to create prospect profiles. Make sure to update each
profile as information changes and log it into an easy-to-navigate database
system or software.The last thing you want to do is forget to follow up on an
issue a prospect brought to you.

Match the marketing with the experience

If your company promises a specific experience, then make sure you’re doing
everything you can as a sales representative to guarantee your prospect receives
that experience. Forbes listed United Airlines as an example of a company not
meeting the customer experience promised to potential flyers. The company ran a
series of ads promising those who flew on the airline would be treated as kings
and queens, but United had difficulty living up to that promise.

Forbes wrote: “United does itself a disservice by setting the bar so
unattainably high; the gap that customers perceive between promise and reality
has become a deep chasm.”

Remember why the customer experience matters

When you find yourself tired of going through the same old pitch, remind
yourself that a positive customer experience can equal an opportunity for
renewal business, and renewal business always equals more money earned in the
long run