Are You Doing The Right Thing, Just Because It’s Right?

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Recently I had to replace my 2 rear snow tires in my front wheel drive car. Shortly after, I noticed that the front end seem sloppy when cornering and suspected that possibly I had a problem with my front tires as well. A visit to my local tire shop resulted in them assuring me my front tires were fine — good tread, good pressure and no wear or balance issues. But the sloppy feeling persisted.

So I went to my dealership and had them look at the front end — and they also indicated that everything was fine. However, they suggested that the new rear tires might be the issue.

So back I went to the tire store, explained the situation and was pleasantly surprised by their response.

First they indicated that sometimes the match of tires with cars doesn’t always work — who knew? Possibly the tires they had recommended were not a good match for my vehicle — although they were an excellent tire.

Secondly, they indicated that they would install a different, more expensive, tire they felt might be a better match.

Third, they refused to accept any money for the new, more expensive, tires — even after I insisted that I should pay for the difference. They felt the inconvenience of having to return a couple times had already cost me enough.

My Perspective: I felt that the tire shop had gone above and beyond in looking after me. They could easily have told me I owed the difference between my original purchase and the new tires. Instead they choose to my interests ahead of their own — and created a positive obligation.

The made me feel like it was important to them that I got the right tires for my car — making me feel like I was a friend versus just another customer.

The world is based on reciprocity and they created a positive imbalance based on the excellent customer experience which I wanted to balance by telling my friends about the great service

What are you doing to create a positive imbalance with your customers — so they feel a positive obligation to tell their friends about your exceptional customer experience?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Bill Hogg
Bill Hogg works with senior leaders to inspire and develop high performance, customer-focused teams that deliver exceptional customer service, higher productivity and improved profits. Sought after internationally as a speaker and consultant, Bill is recognized as the Performance Excelerator because of his uncanny ability to create profound change and deliver extraordinary results with the most demanding organizations.

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