5 ways retailers can find and meet their customer’s needs

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By Brooke Chaplan

Building quality customer service is one of the most vital aspects of owning a business. Without clients, an organization could fail and lose out on profits. Retailers often have some advantages when it comes to meeting customer’s needs, as their physical locations allow customers to express their needs directly. In addition, it is easier for retailers to see which items are looked at the most, and they can organize their physical store to draw consumers to specific items. However, in this age of in-store pickups and social distancing, it can be a bit more difficult to know what your customers really want. Below are some strategies that can help you determine your consumers’ needs and ways to meet them.

Listen to employees

Your staff is the best way to find out what customers need because they interact with clients the most. Host regular meetings with team members to get their opinions and always listen to the feedback they receive from customers. You can use that information to create a positive marketing strategy that helps you retain loyal clients. Employees will be more able to recognize when customers struggle and what items seem just barely priced out of the range of those who need them. They also are going to be your front line for upselling products and memberships to customers.

Be realistic

If you set your expectations too high, you could fail to meet the needs of your clients. Once you have set realistic goals, make sure all of your employees know what they are and ways to achieve them. It would also be a good idea to pay attention to your competitors and see what they are doing to cater to consumers. You can also read what customers say about other brands when visiting message boards or reading the company’s product and service reviews.

Conduct surveys

One of the best ways for a business to determine how consumers feel about the company is to ask. Speaking directly to each customer is not plausible for most companies, even for smaller businesses; however, conducting online surveys can be a significant outreach and give organizations credible feedback from current clients and future customers. When choosing a survey management system, try to find a business that offers various services, such as emailing strategies and custom surveys. Your business should conduct these surveys regularly to ensure the feedback is accurate and up-to-date.

Introduce new products

Retailers need to stay ahead of the competition while meeting their customers’ demands, and introducing new products is an excellent way to get this done. It is essential to go over your company’s data pertaining to product demands. By expanding subcategories and producing new services and products, you can meet current customers’ needs and attract new buyers.

Customer appreciation discounts and deals

Consumers need to be rewarded for their loyalty; failing to do so could cost you money and cause your business to decrease. By offering discount programs and frequent giveaways, you can satisfy your clients while building a good reputation amongst potential consumers, which helps increase your customer base.

As a business owner, you should use some of the strategies mentioned above to meet your customers’ needs without compromising your business’s success. The objective is to achieve customer satisfaction while staying competitive in your industry.


Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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