Unexpected Customer Appreciation Hits the Spot

Written by  August 19, 2009

Today I went to the post office to check the mailbox and found a nice albeit unexpected surprise waiting for me.

Let me briefly set the stage. I write and contribute a number of monthly articles for both online and offline publishers and have been doing this for sometime now. One of those online publishers EzineArticles.com knows a little something about customer appreciation.

EzineArticle.com Expert Author GiftI get to the post office and along with the other mail I find a small square box with the Ezine Articles logo on the outside. My curiosity is piqued by now and I’m wondering what I ordered?

I open the box and to my surprise I see a nice coffee mug, a bag of coffee, and a note thanking me for being a part of the community and contributing to Ezine Articles.

Ecommerce store owners take note—this type of pro-active customer interaction works! I’m not saying you have to send free gifts to all your customers, but I have said in previous posts that a simple and unexpected hand written note or “bonus” here and there won’t hurt. It builds loyal customers not to mention happy customers.

Not that I needed it to keep writing for them, but it certainly cemented my relationship with Ezine Articles.

Do you reward or surprise your customers? If so how? If not, why? Part of customer retention is keeping your current customers happy. What would happen if you sent an unexpected gift to your current top customers? I’m sure the impact of that small gesture would reach far beyond what you think.

Just look at this case, EzineArticles.com probably had no intention of getting mentioned for their efforts. But their simple gesture of appreciation did just that.

Thanks guys!

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5 Responses to “Unexpected Customer Appreciation Hits the Spot”

  1. Sally-Anne on August 19th, 2009 1:24 pm

    Piqued. Your curiosity is piqued, not peaked. 😉 Peaks are for mountains and meringue pies.

  2. Eric on August 19th, 2009 2:24 pm

    Good point. I guess it could be either, but for correctness it should be changed. Consider it done!

  3. Jamie on August 19th, 2009 3:48 pm

    It makes me feel like I should be sending you a thank you too! Perhaps a measure of Irish Whiskey to help with the coffee? 😉

    All the best

    Jamie (Sunny ireland)

  4. Eric on August 19th, 2009 3:52 pm

    Not a requirement but certainly nice! Really though, no need. Glad you like what you see. Looking forward to our next phone conversation. I hope all is well and business is brisk!

  5. Matt on August 26th, 2009 1:21 am

    100% agree, the Christmas hamper to your most valuable clients goes a long way. I received a large Christmas hamper from one of my suppliers last year, they were the only company i dealt with to do this (they weren’t the largest account either). It was very unexpected but just gave a nice boost to the business relationship and definitely created extra loyalty.

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