In the book titled, Double Digit Growth author Michael
Treacy identifies a handful of factors that have been associated with double
digit growth. One of the factors is customer retention. Probably, not a
surprise to most of you. However, the question is how do you retain customers
and which customers do you retain?
I, for example, tend to be brand loyal. For some
unknown reason to me, I believe that if I purchase products of the same brand the
products will be compatible with one another. Moreover, it’s my ridiculous
belief that if I were to have a support issue, somewhere in the company’s CRM, I will be noted as a brand loyal customer thereby entitling me to preferential treatment or dispensation. Silly me!
In the past few months I bought a HP Widescreen laptop model 9700 with all the bells and whistles. Recently, I noticed one the little rubber a foot on the bottom of the
laptop is missing. I promptly called HP
for a replacement little rubber foot. Go ahead and flip your laptop over and
take look. All laptops have these little
Guess how much HP charged me for the replacement rubber
feet. Go ahead… I want you to guess.
HP wanted $99.00 US dollars to replace those little rubber
feet. Not the bottom of the computer. Just the little rubber feet.
Do you think I will ever buy another HP product? No way!
Knowing myself, I now harbor the belief that HP couldn’t care one bit about
customer retention. Gas is a deal at
$4.25 US a gallon compared to the price of little rubber feet replacements.
What are you thoughts?
Been gouged lately!
Dan Feliciano – Lean Six Sigma Rock Star
M (802) 316-4063