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Is Your Field Team Following Up on Their Recommendations?

At our workshops, I strongly encourage field service professionals to follow-up on the recommendations they have made with customers.  It is a great way to uncover and revive opportunities. But much more importantly, it demonstrates exceptional customer service. 

I often ask the field professionals who attend my workshop if they have made any recommendations in the last six months that their customer has not acted upon and that they honestly don’t know the customer’s intentions about it.  Most hands go up.   

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3 Ways to Support Business Development by Your Field Service Team

More and more service organizations recognize the value their field service professionals bring when they make recommendations to their customers that will help them to be better off.  The challenge is to get the field team to embrace this business development mindset and maintain focus over the long haul. To achieve this, we would be well served by supporting business development by our field service team like any other service we provide. Here are three things we can do.

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Proactive Recommendations by Your Field Team Are a Big Business Differentiator – Three Actions You Can Take

Why Don’t More Service Firms Promote Their Field Team’s Efforts?
Before we look at the how, let’s consider the why. It is interesting to note that most firms in my unscientific sampling do not let their customers know that they have encouraged their field service professionals to look for and make recommendations to help them be better off.

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Building Personal and Professional Credibility

There is a lot of interest in teaching field service technicians to promote services. This makes sense as the field service professional is in the best position to recognize opportunities and to discuss these with their customers. To help them, many firms look to courses to train their field teams how to sell. But, if you’re serious about engaging your technicians in product and service promotion as part of your strategy to enhance service levels, then building personal and professional credibility are the most important skills needed for proactive service teams.

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Developing a Proactive Business Development Culture for the Time Strapped Service Manager

You believe that you can offer a better service by getting your field service team to make recommendations aimed at helping your customers to be better off. You have taken steps to support your expectations of a more proactive approach by your techs, including providing training and putting in place a process to capture leads and communicate progress on all opportunities.

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