The famous American Proverb, “to keep a customer demands as much skill as winning one” proves itself to be true for companies like McDonald’s, Starbucks and Domino’s pizza. All these restaurants have built their success on returning customers and they still thrive on this same factor today. They keep their customers happy, satisfied and willing to exchange their money for the service they offer over and over again. Here are a few tips on how to turn people into loyal and returning customers.
Customers want to know that they are being heard and that their opinions matter. This can be online through social media channels where you can ask for feedback on changes you’ve made or their experience with your service. You can also have in-person conversations. Do not be afraid of small talk, a small input from even one customer can make a huge change to your business.
People want to know that you care about them coming back. There’s no better way to say thank you to your loyal customers than a reward. Something as small as a 10% off voucher on meals over a certain price range or discounts on recurring orders could show that you’re tracking each person’s sales and that they’re being rewarded for them. Take it a step further by offering birthday or anniversary packages.
One huge turn-off any restaurant can have is a reduction in the quality of their dishes. Set standards and don’t go below that. The main service you’re offering is food and if people notice there’s a decline in quality over time even the most loyal of customers will take to their heels. Control your portions, and retain the taste.
There should be a proper structure set for giving feedback about everything you offer, this includes your menu, customer service and staff. You can have suggestion boxes placed in strategic but conspicuous places in your restaurant. Make sure you also have platforms set online where customers can leave reviews, appraisals, and criticism.
It’s always a good idea to change items on your menu, add new ones or give fancy and catchy names to existing ones. You can have special items that are only available during a particular season, you can even offer unique dishes for special events.
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