Customer Service: Your Advantage

Written by Bryan Marye

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This is where your advantage as a small company comes into play. While you may not enjoyrepparttar volume of these sites, you can create a higher percentage of repeat visitors/buyers with superior CS. Generally, when you hear people talk about improving CS, you hear things like: "make yourself available" and "give good contact information." This is true, but it goes beyond that. What people really want is speed. People want their questions answered now. People want their CS issue resolved in a hurry. Providing a phone number is a must, but chances are, people don't want to go off-line and call you forrepparttar 109076 answers to their questions unless it is a last resort. Inrepparttar 109077 e-world, people want an i-response: Immediate, internet response.

Of course, you can't be everywhere at once. Managing a small business or website is already a full-time job. But making CS a focal point of your website can pay immense dividends for your traffic and or profit. Think of it this way, if you can respond to a customer's question within 24 hours, you are beating about 50% ofrepparttar 109078 large e-companies already. If you can respond within 12 hours, I would estimate that you would be beating somewhere around 80%. If you can respond within 6 hours, you are providing customer service that most e-commerce giants only dream about.

A quick list of ways to improve your customer service:

1. Speed: We all know as customers, that few things are more valuable to us than time. Standing in line is no fun atrepparttar 109079 supermarket, and waiting for a response from a CS center is no fun either. 2. Contact information: Make it easy to find. Make it an address that you or an employee checks on a regular basis. Don't makerepparttar 109080 customer work to find you. 3. Live chat: Offer your customersrepparttar 109081 opportunity to use instant messaging software to contact you. MSN Messenger and ICQ are two widely used formats that work on almost all platforms, and it's 100% free. 4. F.A.Q and search options: Make them thorough. Not all sites need F.A.Q (frequently asked questions) pages, but if your site does, then make it thorough and easy to understand. If your site has an search box, be sure that it gives adequate results. Test it out. It's surprising how many high-profile websites have inadequate in-site search functions. 5. Customer is always right: We all know that this is bull, but,repparttar 109082 old adage still standsrepparttar 109083 test of time. Whether or notrepparttar 109084 customer is "right," our job as CS managers is to put out fires. Quick, pleasant responses to evenrepparttar 109085 most irate customers will almost always coolrepparttar 109086 situation. In fact, an efficient CS agent can turn evenrepparttar 109087 most irate customer into a loyal customer

Takerepparttar 109088 work out of it for your visitors. Encourage them to ask questions and reward them with quick, friendly responses. Your customers and visitors arerepparttar 109089 most important asset you have. Make them feel that way.

Bryan Marye, IMR Receive articles like this every week free, by signing up for the IMR Resourceletter:

"How to Earn $19 a Month From Every Subscriber to YOUR newsletter!"

Written by Wayne Ford

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Another idea is to negotiate or joint venture with other marketers to offer a product or service that your subscribers would be interested in for a large discount (50% off or above).

What seems to have workedrepparttar best for other successful paid subscription ezines inrepparttar 109075 past?

To start out as a free ezine and then switch to a paid subscription or later start a paid version of it.

For example, Wayne Yeager started out with a free version of his Trafficology newsletter ( last year. In which he offered over $1,300 each month in cash forrepparttar 109076 best traffic generating ideas. After he built his subscription base up to over 20,000 he released Super Trafficology a paid newsletter that he includesrepparttar 109077 best tips and tricks submitted. So far he has 325 subscribers paying $20 a month. 325 x $20 = $6,500 monthly. A pretty nice profit and more than he would have probably made sticking in a few ads inrepparttar 109078 free version or promoting an affiliate program paying 30%.

Monique Harris makes over $20,000 a month per month with her paid newsletter. If fact she even wrote an ebook (along with Terry Dean) onrepparttar 109079 subject called Paperless Newsletters (

As you can see it is possible to charge your ezine subscribers but you must go about it delicately and make sure it isrepparttar 109080 right step for you to take. Will you be able to create solid enough content to attract enough paying subscribers? Would you make more money from 25,000 unpaid subscribers or 300 paying subscribers?

Wayne Ford is the owner of where ANYONE can learn how to quickly and easily build a opt-in mailing list and milk it for everything it's worth! Subscribe to his free weekly Web Of Success Journal by sending a blank email to

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