Ref: Customer Trust

Collaborative map created by Robin Good's POP newsletter subscribers over the course of 48 hours - April 2009 - to showcase key ingredients, strategies and tactics to win your customer trust

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1. Help by suggesting alternative solutions

1.1. Brainstorm together

1.2. Throw the i Ching

1.3. Believe in serendipity

2. Always Give opportunities to try your product / service

3. Don't try to sell, focus on listening and helping out

3.1. Accept a NO as a NO

3.1.1. NO is still better then "let me think about" sometimes, you should incite the NO! No could be a good point to start and growht!Paolo Bottazzi

4. Give out as a gift something of great value

4.1. Examples: a guide, a tutorial, a digest, a special tool, something few know e.g. Great Multilingual Communication Tools like and for glossing 140 languages to build International Business Exchange, based on Tools to Enable Better Cross-Cultural Communication!

5. Reach out to suggest new ideas and solutions to your customers spontaneously

6. Ask lots of good questions before suggesting anything

7. Show HOW you do what you do

7.1. Customers and prospective ones LOVE to see how you actually create / edit / produce the product you offer

7.2. It allows them to see how much passion, skill and expertise you put into it

8. Make Your Customer Feel Special

8.1. Take time out for an informal skype text chat with the occasional link for goodies

8.2. Break bread together

8.3. Share a bottle of wine

9. Know your competition like your pockets

10. Let criticism flow in - welcome it - leverage it to make improvements

11. Allow Sharing of customer stories and Experiences

11.1. potential customer has a market view coming from others' experiences

11.2. mystery shop potential customers

12. Share not only your flow of data (search results, Digg, bookmarks, links...) = information - but also your network of contacts and valuable/trusted sources = people.

12.1. Contact me.

12.2. Philippe Borremans,

13. Give knowledge for free, but not always and not to everybody

14. Have a place where you publish regularly your sources, your insights (twitter, blog, facebook page, etc...) Freely share new Communication Tools vs hogging info to make yourself look better.

14.1. This will communicate your attitude towards knowledge sharing and collaboration to everybody else, and your potential customer will see it as a proof of your engagement in the area. Even more-so, of your willingness to HELP THEM SUCCEED! Be a Servant Leader, asking How Can I Help U vs. Me Succeed?

14.1.1. Tumblr

14.1.2. Facebook group/pages

14.1.3. Wordpress/blogger/etc...

14.1.4. Twitter/

14.1.5. ClaimID

15. Never advise one thing and then do the opposite!

15.1. Honesty is always the best policy

15.2. What you say should be still in harmony with what you do and what you are !!! Paolo Bottazzi

16. Give exchange in abundance - always deliver more than expected. This can be done in many ways - support, valuable info, better results, insights. It's the 'go the extra mile' philosophy.

17. Do all you can to provide guests to your site the peace of mind of conducting business or gathering information in a safe Internet environment.

17.1. Be graceful as well as efficient

17.2. Art is always a comfort

17.3. Appeal to all the senses

18. Know when to walk away. if you don't have what the customer needs but your competitor does, tell him

19. Know what should be free and what should not be free

19.1. Be willing to give away what you can't charge for, but don't give away what has value to you and should be paid for. Having said that, some fraction of your work can and maybe should be done pro-bono for those who can't pay. It's up to you. Be strategic for your own living, be generous for your soul and for your reputation.

19.1.1. The revenue sharing model seems one of best solutions to cut customer resistance and start a good relationship. Paolo/ deart

20. Always begin with the intention to serve and give. You will receive as a result.

21. Do not delay invoices thinking you are kind to the client

22. Show a Caring Heart

22.1. Build Caring Friendships with Good Listening Skills & Unconditional Love

23. Lead from beneath as a Servant: Share, Support, Inspire, Encourage, Guide.

24. BUILD DISCERNMENT of character and intentions before TRUSTING/RISKING!

25. Robin's experience about consulting is interesting in "timing". Before you start a personal relationship, then you give privately some good ideas. So, at the beginning, we must send free info worldwide, but a relationship is born by private "channels". Speaking, in other words. I have the same experience of Robin, even in Italy. Spataro

26. Give away something so valuable that speaks miles for your products

27. Lead by example. Apply your advice to your own blog, business and network. Be coherent with what you preach. e.g. Luigi inspires & leads others by sharing great online communication tools!

28. Cheer your customer up as you do with your dog

28.1. That is, cheer your potential customer up and make a party each time you meet, just like people do with their lovely dog when they get back home - it works!

28.2. Don't agree with the example, dogs greet you in any case, customers don't.

28.2.1. But should be a good way to make customer greetings you Paolo Bottazzi

29. Listen closely to real, hidden goals

29.1. Don't force your solutions on him/her - listen in between his phrases to what he is really looking for to obtain and find a way to get him there

29.2. Restate what the person is telling you to be certain you understand their perspective.

29.3. Listen for emotional messages, not just logic

29.4. No stereotypes