Sales training programs regularly teach us about Making Customers Win. It is all about Thinking Win – Win. But how do you really do it? I saw a wonderful example of really making your customers win.
The author is a real-estate broker called Purva Brown from Sacramento – somewhere in the United States I think. At the moment, US real-estate market is under pressure with foreclosures, the subprime crisis, falling prices and the works. Probably the worst time to be in the real estate broking business. You will see most people resorting to signs like the one on the right.
But not Purva.
Being a property broker, she is really a medium of exchange between the buyer and the seller (remember my first post on BRIDGE?). So in effect, both the buyer and the seller are her customers. Conventional wisdom would have us think, if the seller wins then the buyer looses and vice versa. So then, which of her customers does she focus on? The one which approaches her first? Or the one who is paying her the commission?
I found that she makes both of them win!!! Don’t believe me? Then check out her URL.
She has worked out a beautiful way of making both her customers win. On her blog, she often writes about “Adding Value to your real estate”. She regularly shares tips on home improvement, green homes, water conservation, landscaping tips, interiors etc. She is helping customers about finance options. She writes about ways of saving property taxes. She updates her readers (future customers) about local property legislations, property facts and much more.
Now this lady is no expert on any of these topics. So how does she offer these tips? By painstakingly researching articles and stories on the internet and elsewhere which her customers will like and benefit from. This is her homework to prepare for her business.
So how does this make both the sellers and buyers successful?
The Seller can get a better price for his home by implementing many of the tips which Purva passes on. So he is thankful to Purva and would like to consider selling his home through her since she “helped him improve the value” of his home.
The Buyer on the other hand looks at Purva as an expert, and expects that Purva will show him the homes with the best amenities, design, decor etc. So they too would like to approach her, and buy the most valuable property she recommends.
Now that’s what I call really making your customers successful and winning more business!!!
Importantly, at a time when many real estate brokers are probably morose and witless, Purva is investing in building hope, value and confidence in her customers. As the market begins to recover, she will be the first person prospects will reach out to.
You can check out Purva Brown’s blog on http://sacramentorealestategal.blogspot.com/