Give something for the inconvenience
To appease dissatisfied customers, managers generally rely heavily on refunds and exchanges – to their own peril! While providing a refund or exchange may fix the problem, it does nothing to fix the relationship. Exchanges and money back guarantees don’t fix relationships – people do. That means employees need to express empathy about the customer’s frustration, sincerely apologize and then offer something (in addition to the exchange or refund) to compensate the customer for their inconvenience. That way you turn an upset customer into an advocate.
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