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Why SMB Owners Are the Chief Executives of Customer Care by Ron Rechan

How does the fiery upstart or established small business stand out in a landscape of industry behemoths? With their secret weapon: heart-centered customer service.

Leading with Heart Starts from the Top

Ever walk into a small business and just feel the good vibes? That’s no accident. For many owners, their business is an extension of themselves - their passion, their vision, their pride and joy. They set the tone not just through policies but with their attitude. When you genuinely care about each customer interaction, your team catches that spirit. Before you know it, the whole squad’s in on it, spreading good energy from the front door to the back office.

It starts with YOU, the owner.

The Secret Ingredients of Standout Service

A killer customer service strategy needs more than just a smile and a, “Thank you, come again!” It requires a special recipe of accountability, authenticity and respect. Admitting mistakes shows you’re responsible and human. Being your true self forges real connections. And treating every patron like your VIP guest builds lifelong loyalty. Mix together with honesty, patience and empathy, and you’ve got the foundations of five-star experiences.

The secret ingredient is YOU, the owner.

Why Stellar Service is an SME’s Secret Weapon

In a crowded marketplace, standout customer service is what sets thriving small businesses apart. Satisfied customers not only come back again but rave about their experiences to everyone they know. They leave glowing online reviews, provide invaluable word-of-mouth marketing, and gladly spend more. For SMEs with limited budgets, letting customer service shine is how you build a competitive advantage. By providing over-the-top experiences, you create a tribe of loyal brand ambassadors.

You want your company to provide over-the-top experiences? It starts with YOU, the owner.

The Takeaway

At the end of the day, killer customer service is what keeps patrons coming back for more. It’s not just about being polite - it’s about building real relationships, standing out from the competition, and creating raving fans. For small businesses with heart, prioritizing service is the key to cultivating community, boosting referrals, and hitting new revenue goals. It’s hard work but pays back tenfold in joy and profitability. So rather than investing in gimmicks, put your energy into doing right by each customer.

That’s how brands are built to last.

Ron Rechan, Business Consultant

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