One of the best ways to foster a great customer experience is to scope out your competition by becoming a customer of theirs. Pay attention to your own experience when you are at a rival company. What do you like, and what do you dislike? You can even (discreetly) take notes on your phone to remind yourself later of all of the little pet peeves you had at another business. Also keep in mind that your expectations may not be the same as someone else’s. Ask your friends and family how their experience could be improved in certain businesses, and try to take their suggestions to heart.
One of the most famous quotes by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is that when he first created his online book store, he put the customer’s needs above everything else, even if it meant losing money or breaking even. By giving a customer a great experience, they will come back for more. Most major corporations know that they need to spend money in order to advertise and acquire a customer, but if they have that customer’s loyalty for years to come, the efforts up-front will more than pay themselves off in the long run. Good luck in your journey, and remember that sometimes, the customer really is always right.