Over the years, Indian IT services companies have taken pride in building a service oriented mentality and perfecting the art of customer management. The term ‘customer handling’ has been used by countless number of people in their resumes and public profiles. The art and science of customer management has been perfected, as many people rightfully claim. Our genes, the socio-economic setup, the general Indian mild behavior and English speaking ability are a few factors that could have attributed to this.
With these unique attributes India.inc has turned out to be the perfect hosts for major MNC’s and other global companies. While the world moved ahead, these major customers got accustomed to the ‘perfect host’ behavior and expectedly, started asking for something more. Thus, the topic “Customer Expectation Management” came into picture.
The term ‘customer expectation management’ can be explained much better by quoting a scenario. Let us say we visited the temple city Varanasi on the banks of the holy river Ganges. It is not uncommon to see people offering their boats on hire. But, what’s amazing is the fact that none of them sell the usual and typical qualities that visitors usually expect of a boat ride – politeness, best prices, condition of the article being contracted, etc. Instead, boatmen are found busy explaining how the evening ‘aarti’ would look terrific if viewed from their boat at a particular distance, from a particular angle.
The boatmen knew exactly what the customers’ expectations were. They knew very well that for customers, the quality of their boats, their polite behavior, the rates or any other hospitality services were not the deciding factors. Customers are there to look at the divine experience of watching the ‘aarti’ live from a certain angle and are scouting for boatmen who can meet their expectations. Now, let us translate the same thing to our present day business.
All our softer aspects have…