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585: Optimizing For The Wrong Customer

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Hey, we all do it.

If you’re a cause-driven or sustainable business, if you hear the cries of an unhappy client, you race to their aid to make things better. To do all you can to improve their situation and move them forward.

You refine your work to avoid that problem in future.

This has a name. It’s called, Optimizing for the wrong customer.

Here’s why:

The loud ones who never seems quite satisfied

You’ll have these. Sometimes the problems are yours to resolve. They’re opportunities to refine your work.

Other sometimes–and this is a hard pill to swallow when you care a lot–sometimes the problems aren’t yours to fix.

Sometimes, the problems are unrelated. Maybe they’re just complaining to get free stuff. Maybe they’re just in a bad mood. If you attempt to refine your marketing or your products for these people, you’ll simply move further away from the people you should really be focusing on.

So who are they?

The quiet ones doing good work and need your help

You’ll have these. They’re the customers who need a hand, but don’t necessarily make a fuss.

They need what you offer. They would respond very well to your marketing message if only you were brave enough to speak to them directly, rather than worrying about trying not to exclude the others.

When you learn to listen for–and respond to–those who are uniquely positioned to derive maximum advantage from your work… you’ll find your customer satisfaction rockets. The joy of serving increases. The difference you create in the market balloons.

Why not just focus on them, then?

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678: Getting What You Ordered

We get what we order. Sometimes we don’t order well, sometimes we don’t order specifically enough. Sometimes we’re not brave enough to send it back if it was genuinely wrong. But we always get what we order.

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677: Anticomfort

Doing the right thing isn’t usually very comfortable.
It may not be comfortable, but there’s comfort to be found in the knowledge that you’re building a better future.

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676: We Need You To Do It

Delegation and systemization is really important for growing teams. Those activities should help reveal what we need you to do more than anybody else.
What does your team need you – and only you – to do?
Do that today. We’re relying on you.

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675: Mediocrity vs Creativity

Creativity might not work.
Social media posts that routinely share awards and team members favorite coffee won’t get you any attention. Nobody cares. But it’s safe and easy. You can pay anybody to make these.

You are creating what matters.

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sell it better & make more impact?

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