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Marketing / Customer service

The importance of communicating with clients

There’s a simple email you can send to your clients or customers that they are guaranteed to love. If you want to be perceived as switched on, reliable and trustworthy, then read on to find out more about the importance of communicating with clients.

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In my article on business commitments, we discussed how people are used to business suppliers letting them down. Missed deadlines, project delays, unexpected costs, being late for appointments… they’re all par for the course.

If simply doing what you say you’ll do sets you apart, what if you could take that up a level? Keeping your clients in the loop with regular update emails allows you to do just that. For example:

Dear Jo,
Just a quick update on your [product/service/project].
It’s all coming together well and will be delivered on Tuesday by 5pm as promised.
Kind regards,

Simple as it seems, this proactive action of communicating with clients has a big effect. It reassures those worried about deadlines. It communicates with you clients that you’re organised, thorough and focused on their project. It confirms that you’re not rushing it at the last minute. It delivers certainty.

"If simply doing what you say you’ll do sets you apart, what if you could take that up a level?"

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You don’t need to change the way you work, just how often you communicate. Regularly touching base with your clients elevates you from just another supplier to a reliable partner.

When people buy, it’s never just about the products or services. Clients want a supplier that makes their life easy. A supplier that makes them look good in front of their colleagues. One they don’t have to stress about. And many clients, particularly corporates, will pay a premium for that peace of mind.

It’s like they say about getting ahead in the business world: it’s not enough to do a great job, you have to make sure that the boss knows that you’re doing a great job too.

Tell them you’ll do it. Tell them you’re doing it. Tell them you did it.

Guess who they’ll ask to do it again next time? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the importance of communicating with clients.

Peter Crocker

looks after content at Flying Solo. As part of Business Copywriter he partners with digital agencies and corporate clients on websites and digital content. He's the co-author of Flying Solo Revisited: How to go it alone in business.

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