Just to fill our stomachs, or to fill our stomachs and to be taken care of, to be catered to? We can get food anywhere but why do we go to a specific restaurant? Or a specific business, regardless of what type it is?
Because we feel good when we go there. Because of how they make us feel welcome. Because they make us feel special.
If you don’t feel special why keep going back?
Good question. Now let’s see these 2 examples…
Has great food but terrible service. Service that makes you feel as if you weren’t appreciated, or it didn’t matter if you spent your money there or not? Wait staff that never checked back with you during the meal; silverware that was spotty; food that was usually prepared wrong and not the way you wanted.
Has average food but the hostess and manager knew your name, greeted you as if you were family, and even remembered the table you liked or the specific drink you always requested. The waiter was always very attentive, you never had to ask for your beverage to be refilled and he proudly stated that his main focus was that you had a great evening.
Which restaurant would you want to go back to time and time again?
Which restaurant would you recommend to your friends?
Which restaurant DESERVES your business?
The answer is Restaurant #2.
So what is different in these 2 examples? CUSTOMER SERVICE.
It starts with a mindset that you will take care of every guest that walks into the door as if they are your family and has just come to your house for a holiday dinner. If that was the case would you ever let them feel unwanted or unappreciated? Made to feel that you didn’t care if they left happy or not?
Would you ever treat your grandma that way? Of course you wouldn’t. So don’t treat your guests that way either.
Oh, another question or two:
Which of these two restaurants do you think is busier and makes more money?
Which restaurant would you want to work in?
In which restaurant do you think the waiters make bigger tips?
Which restaurant do you think has the happiest employees?
Ok, so you don’t run a restaurant, well what if it was a shoe store, or an insurance business, or a carpet cleaning company, does it really matter? Of course not.
Treat your customers like guests at your house party. They will notice the difference and reward you with repeat business, referrals and increased revenue.
It’s a win-win situation.
So I ask you again, which restaurant would you choose?