Soaring Eagle, Rising Sale

Soaring Eagle, Rising Sale

I just read the following at Mr Harvey Mackay’s column and believe everyone in marketing should know this

The Research Institute of America conducted a study for the White House Office of Consumer Affairs, which found:

  • Only 4 percent of unhappy customers bother to complain. For every complaint we hear, 24 others go excommunicated to the company—but not to other potential customers.
  • 90 percent who are dissatisfied with the service they receive will not come back or buy again.
  • To make matters worse, each of those unhappy customers will tell his or her story to at least nine other people.
  • Of the customers who register a complaint, between 54 percent and 70 percent will do business again with the organization if their complaint is resolved. That figure goes up to 95 percent if the customer feels that the complaint was resolved quickly.
  • 68 percent of customers who quit doing business with an organization do so because of company indifference. It takes 12 positive incidents to make up for one negative incident in the eyes of customers.
  • I prefer to do my very best to make my clients happy from the beginning. If they are unhappy for any reason, I’ll resolve the issue as soon as possible. Not heeding a client’s constructive feedback – or if you prefer, complaint – can be a suicidal act. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee, it’s your clients that ultimately pay for your bills.  So if you intend to kill the goose that lays gold eggs, it’s your decision, your choice. No one can make you serve customers well. Providing great service, or lousy service, is a choice.

    I read another interesting article from Mr Harvey Mackay about a taxi driver that make it a point to provide top notch service.

    Harvey Mackay was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey.

    He handed my friend a laminated card and said:

    “I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.”

    Taken aback, Harvey read the card. It said:

    Wally’s Mission Statement:
    To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

    This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

    As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, “Would you like a cup of
    coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.”

    My friend said jokingly, “No, I’d prefer a soft drink.”

    Wally smiled and said, “No problem. I have a cooler up front with
    regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.”

    Almost stuttering, Harvey said, “I’ll take a Diet Coke.”

    Handing him his drink, Wally said, “If you’d like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.”

    As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card. “These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to listen to the radio.”

    And as if that weren’t enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of day. He also let him know that he’d be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.

    “Tell me, Wally,” my amazed friend asked the driver, “have you always served customers like this?”

    Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. “No, not always. In fact,
    it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I
    spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day.

    He had just written a book called “You’ll See It When You Believe It”. Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, ‘Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.'”

    “That hit me right between the eyes,” said Wally. “Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.”

    “I take it that has paid off for you,” Harvey said.

    “It sure has,” Wally replied. “My first year as an eagle, I doubled
    it. You were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.”

    Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I’ve probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn’t do any of what I was suggesting.

    Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. He decided to stop
    quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles.

    How about us???

    If we chose to fly like eagles, we better start getting to know other eagles. Create an eagle network and not a duck network.

    8 Replies to “Soaring Eagle, Rising Sale”

    1. Hi Vivienne

      Great post. To be an eagle you first have to WANT to be an eagle, then BELIEVE you can be an eagle and then START THINKING AND ACTING like an eagle. As you suggested, getting with other eagles is a great way to get you started. However, everything else has to come from within.

      Thank you

      With heart

    2. Great post!
      Yes, I have heard this cab storey before, but I read it again just as this not only inspires but also reminds one to be an Eagle Yes, customers World over demands and expects more than a smile.
      Great value additions do matter in the long run.

      Coming on to the consumer affairs “If you cannot solve a problem you are part of it.” and if ignored we pay a heavy price on the loyalty factor.
      Ravi Shivram

    3. Yup, Lionel, it’s the”BE. DO. HAVE” concept. The toughest part is to be one before you actually becomes one. Belief, Confidence, Perseverance and a burning desire to excel are probably requisites to be an eagle.

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      Hi Ravi
      Thank you because I learn something today: “If you cannot solve a problem you are part of it.” :)

    4. Hi Vivienne,

      I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful article, here !
      How true is this thought in life. Often, we complain and whine and forget how to change a situation for better.
      A great analogy of duck and eagle. Very interesting way of telling something. And the anecdote of the Cab Driver.
      I wish all of us are like the cab driver -Wally, who can go the extra mile thinking about what we should and can give our clients and customers.
      It’s INGENUITY at full play with Wally.
      The greatest thing in life is: Anticipating others’ problems, likes and dislikes … and taking a suitable action to fulfill them, far before they air them.
      I always try to (:0) anticipate peoples’, clients, spouses, children’s’ (sometimes, woefully misjudge them of course :0) ) wishes and problems.
      Thanks for the wonderful post!

    5. Hi Solomon
      Serve first and reap later is Wally’s way. Sounds really simple but not easy when comes implementation. Sometimes, we are blinded by our own issues, challenges, problems to put others before us. Yes, Wally is a great mirror.

    6. The toughest part is to be one before you actually becomes one. Belief, Confidence, Perseverance and a burning desire to excel are probably requisites to be an eagle.

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