Little Things Make a Difference for Customers
Posted by Becky Carroll on February 21, 2007
What can you do for your customers that adds a memorable touch to their experience? At Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado, they bake cookies!
Beaver Creek Resort is a sports destination offering golf in the summer and skiing in the winter. It is geared to the vacation traveler who is looking for a luxurious place to hang their hat for the week.
Beaver Creek Resort thought through the customer experience of someone coming to ski for the day. What are their challenges, and how can we help?
“My skis are heavy.” Beaver Creek Resort has people who can carry your equipment for you.
“I have never skied here before, and I don’t know where to go.” Beaver Creek Resort offers free Mountain Welcome Tours to newcomers.
“I can’t find a table at lunch, and I’m starving!” Beaver Creek Resort has ‘Greet and Seat’ hosts, dressed in Western garb, who use radios to help you find an open table.
“Wow, that day of skiing was fun, but I am tired and a little cold.” Beaver Creek Resort has a special Cookie Time. At 3 pm each day, skiers are offered warm chocolate chip cookies by volunteers as they come off the slopes. They even sponsor an annual contest for the best chocolate chip cookies. The winner’s recipe becomes the signature cookie recipe for Cookie Time that year.
Yes, some of these ideas require extra staff to accomplish; Beaver Creek uses both paid and volunteer mountain hosts. Some of these ideas are as simple as providing cookies. All together, however, these “little things” make a big difference to anyone skiing at Beaver Creek Resort. Potential problems have been addressed for them in advance, and skiers can come and have a memorable day in the snow.
Usually, there are small things we can do for our customers that can have a large impact on their current experience, as well as on future experiences when they come back for more. How do you want your customers to remember their experience with your company? What customer need can you meet? What is your “chocolate chip cookie” that you can provide to make their experience more positive?
I challenge you to build a “chocolate chip cookie” experience into your strategic plan for interacting with customers. Be specific about it. Don’t just let it happen randomly. Deliberate planning makes good customer service into a great customer experience.
(Photo: Beaver Creek Resort)