Relationship marketing is the new currency.
What makes Zappos special is that from the beginning they created a corporate culture with core values like WOW customer service, embracing change, and creating fun that permeate every aspect of the company. The company was so successful that it was bought by Amazon in 2009 for a cool $900 million, and later Zappos Insights was launched “to help businesses with their cultures…and deliver happiness around the world”.
If you’re not already familiar with Zappos, take a peek at this video – it’s a glimpse of what it’s like to work in an environment that’s a little bit crazy. CEO Tony Hsieh introduces his book called “Delivering Happiness” which is based on the Zappos customer service model.
In a world where it’s often about the bottom line, it was refreshing to see Jon speak passionately about how they value their people – both staff and customers. And how treating people exceptionally is seen as a positive and worthwhile investment.
We’re all in the customer service and sales business.
In this new age that mixes traditional and online marketing, one aspect that is stronger than ever is building and nurturing relationships. I’m a big advocate of relationship marketing which emphasizes customer retention and satisfaction, rather than a dominant focus on sales.
No matter what business you are in, whether you are an entrepreneur, a small Mom and Pop shop, or a corporate giant, providing exceptional customer service should be the cornerstone of your brand. From shaking hands at networking events, to your website and social networks, to the voicemail message on your phone – every touchpoint where clients or other businesses can hear and feel “Brand You”, it’s important to leave a good impression.
Jon said it quite simply: How do you define your culture? It’s a huge question. At the heart of it is “who are you really?”
p.s. Thanks to Accelerate Okanagan for putting on another great ignITE event.