While doing business in today’s world continues to be focused primarily on efficiency and production, it is crucial to remember to personally connect with each and every one of your customers to ensure their satisfaction. When your customer is emotionally invested and feels personally connected with the business and the product, they are more apt to feel satisfied and confident in the work you deliver.
Why is Emotional Connection So Important?
There are a handful of specific reasons why connecting with the customer emotionally is beneficial to them and you. These include but aren’t necessarily limited to:
Understand Your Customer’s Needs: It’s easier to gain insight into your customer’s needs when you connect with them on an emotional, personal level. With this in mind, you will find yourself able to produce effective marketing communications that reflect a relatable personality, passion, and motivation that they will appreciate.
Build Trust and Confidence: A sense of mutual trust between both parties is established when you establish an emotional connection with your customer. When producing work within this trust, you’ll find you can more accurately and intimately communicate the message that they originally desired to convey to their consumers.
Establish Loyalty Between You and Your Customer: It’s likely that your customers will use cost as a rationale to constantly go back and forth between you and your many competitors. But don’t be alarmed! Since you are connecting personally and emotionally with your customers, you will instantly create a clear loyalty compared to your competitors who will appear more motivated by money than fostering a personal relationship.
This will keep the customer coming back to your business for future purchases and may even motivate them to provide referrals to your business. We’ve found as we’ve helped give our customers the personal care they deserve, that they don’t feel they can trust anyone else to provide comparable care.
How can Your Business Make Emotional Connections?
So, how can your business build this important emotional link with your own customers? Here’s some important advice to consider:
Don’t Make It All About the Money: One of the huge mistakes many business owners make is interacting with their customer only during a sales transaction.
Customers have the need to feel like they matter outside of just sales. Using marketing tools such as rich and detailed catalogs, direct mailers with coupons or special deals, and social media engagement and contests can be extremely instrumental in fostering a continued relationship with your customer outside your normal place of business. They’ll feel in the loop and even maybe like “part of the family.”
Use Personal Language: It’s not hard to create flashy ads that only mention sales and promotions. But, it is better to communicate with personal language that they’ll recognize is more than just a sales pitch. Customize your marketing communications with individually personalized content (like inserting their first name into a order confirmation email, or communications from your marketing campaigns) as this is exceptionally effective. Other options include sharing relatable and humorous stories that relate back to your business and products but in a way that elicits an emotional personal reaction in the reader. Develop some case studies from past customers and testimonials about how much they loved their product or service from your company and how much of a difference it made for them and how it helped them. Then, share these stories for everyone to enjoy and understand how you can help them and satisfy their needs.
Listen to Every Customer: After personalized communication strategies have been implemented, don’t forget to listen. Your customer may reply to certain online posts or send you emails with questions or comments. Your customer needs to know they are heard so make sure to reply quickly. When they communicate about concerns, this is, in fact, the customer opening themselves up emotionally, which presents an opportunity to connect, engage, and provide relief. This will lead to improved customer satisfaction and trust.
These are only a handful of the numerous opportunities that a company like yours can take in order to emotionally connect with customers. Make sure to consider these constantly or customer satisfaction will start to become more and more difficult.