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How to Handle the Situation: Difficult Customers

Author estreamdesk
#1 | Posted: 16 Dec 2013 04:55 
Customers come in many types. You, as a salesman or a businessman, will get to see lot (we hope so) and if you know a thing or two about selling, you know that you should treat your customers individually. Now, they all might be different, but yet, there are some type of customers which you will meet once in a while - the difficult types. You know, the clients that give you the headache. Here is how to handle the different types:

1. The Copycat - these customers will make everything in their power to get you to write an in-and-out offer for their company. They will want everything explained to the smallest detail. Then they will use your offer as a blueprint for their own project, which they'll present to the CEO. And you will get no further than that. How to handle the situation? Never give details without something in return (a part of the payment or at least a meeting with the CEO);

2. The Investigator - this one cooperates as much as it is possible and claims to love your company and what you do, but just can't seal the deal, because there are some more options and companies he wants to investigate and see what they have to offer. How to handle the situation? Explain that time means money and the more he delays the deal, the more money he or his company looses;

3. The Slow and Furious - this type of customers puts deadlines like "yesterday" or "in an hour", claiming he doesn't have time to wait for you, so you need to step your game up and be fast. Then, when it's time for him to make a decision on your work or you need something done from his side of the deal - he takes his time. He takes all the time in the world. How to handle the situation? Set a schedule upfront. Pinpoint the critical dates and the deadlines in the contract;

4. The Oz - he claims to be the main man, making all the tough decisions, sealing deals and all that, when actually he isn't the decision maker in the company, although he might believe he is. How to handle the situation? Ask him how his company makes those types of purchase decisions;

5. The Player - he/she thinks that harmless flirting isn't something that's out of the business books, so he/she uses it whenever possible to get additional details on the offer, discounts or everything else that can put him/her on top of the deal. How to handle the situation? A cold stare with a "Really?" face will do the job just fine.

Author AustinDJudge
#2 | Posted: 22 Oct 2014 19:08 
Hi! Thanks for this ideas. I can share it to my co employees. At least they would be able to know and know easily how to handle any customers. [url=http://www.customerserv.com/]Customerserv[/url]

Author ofertarca
#3 | Posted: 9 Mar 2015 04:49 
Numbers 2 and 3 are most that we deal

Author Maureen_Szlemp
#4 | Posted: 23 Mar 2016 08:16 
Great advice on how to handle the different types of difficult customers, who can often put agents in tricky and uncomfortable situations. In addition, I did want to share a few tips on how you can improve overall customer satisfaction in the call center. Hope these tips help!

1. Develop customer service communities
2. Treat customers like you would want to be treated (seems like a no brainer, but it's often overlooked)
3. Provide multichannel support
4. Make employee satisfaction a priority
5. Encourage agents to take ownership of problems
6. Turn customer survey data into action
7. Figure out what the customer really wants
8. Focus on company culture
9. Stay current on customer reviews
10. Offer proactive customer service
11. Personalize
12. Slash wait times
13. Put a social media plan in place
14. Rethink the approach to doing business and building relations

Author Viralkothawale
#5 | Posted: 7 May 2016 10:48 
Good observation..
You have really got almost all types covered..

Author MTI
#6 | Posted: 12 Aug 2016 08:12 
Thanks for this post. We deal with 1-3 quite often. I have found to "kill them with kindness" is the best approach. There really is no reason to treat anyone with unkindness and respect. If they prove to be just unreasonable, we just don't deal with them again.


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Author Weent19
#7 | Posted: 12 Oct 2021 05:32 
Quality assurance is also utilized to ensure that the product meets regulatory and compliance requirements.

Author Ryan42
#8 | Posted: 19 Dec 2021 21:44 
You forgot to mention customers whose nature is to constantly bargain prices even without making up their mind whether or not they actually want to buy your product/service.
We often term such prospects as «window surfers»; trust me, there is an overwhelming number of such individuals who are ready to waste your time.
Solution: Try figuring out their actual motive as quickly as possible. Are they actually willing to buy now or later.

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