Source: Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor
Foot traffic is an important goal in buiness success. But more important than getting customers to the store, is getting customers through the store to the checkout.
Below are some tips to help you turn browsing shoppers into paying customers that come back over and over again.
Train Your Employees
When training employees in their work responsibilities, be sure to include the importance of the way they engage with customers.
Consider, for example, the difference between the questions, “Can I help you with anything?” and “What can I help you find today?”
The first question, “Can I help you with anything?”, makes it easy for shoppers to say, “no” and be left alone to continue browsing. The customer may even feel pressured to say, “no” because the question’s wording suggests that they would be inconveniencing the employee if they were to need help.
Consider now, how the second question may play out. A smiling, approachable, yet not-overbearing employee asks, “What can I help you find today?” While the shopper could still say, “nothing” and move on, there is a higher likelihood that the shopper will answer with a product they are looking to find, or a need they would like to fill.
Get the Customers Involved and Engaged
When customers feel that they are being treated with great customer service, they will keep coming back for more. If they feel that the employee is sincerely trying to help them fill a need, rather than just make the sale, they will be more likely to open up and ask questions.
Once an employee understands the customer’s shopping goals, that employee can get the customer engaged in learning about that product.
Create Repeat Customers
When customers have this type of engaging shopping experience, they will be more likely to make a purchase and return again. Shoppers love the individualized customer experience that small businesses provide. Be sure to give that experience, and you will create loyal customers, and increase your sales in the process. (Read about small business advantages here.)