Are online customers difficult? asks a person considering creating a course to be sold and delivered on the internet.
Your customer quality really depends on the level of qualification you use to choose your buyer.
People think copy's purpose is to convince the buyer to buy. They're wrong. Copy's purpose is to SORT the people you do want from the people you don't want.
Also, a higher price tends to attract people who value quality, themselves, the investment, and the transformative outcome...
...but of course your program needs to measure up to that price.
Another factor in customer satisfaction is setting correct expectations for both buyer and seller at the time of order.
Setting Expectations Will Determine Your Answer To "Are Online Customers Difficult?"
If you didn't tell a client they couldn't do something, you can't get mad at them when they do it.
Most of these situations are self-created: you take on someone you shouldn't; you don't make things clear enough at the outset; you make it seem like there's no work to be done but there is.
There will always be whiners and people who spend their last dime on your course, somehow getting the pennies together to do so, trying that last roulette wheel spin...and then crying when your program isn't work-free or requires something more like, I don't know, TRAFFIC (what a shock) to work. Despite your very best efforts, someone like this is going to come along once in awhile. Move on as quickly as possible and forget about them.
Keep an eye on your own energy. If someone is sapping that energy, disengage. No matter what the financial cost may be in the short term, that's a spit in the ocean. And the world has a funny way of filling open spaces pretty quickly...something about abhorring a vacuum. I saw this in the early 2000s with my branch managers. They'd be freaked out to get rid of time-consuming, energy vampire contractor customers, because they didn't want to give up the five or six figure a month spend that contractor was doing with the branch.
This spend was on credit and the customer was always behind on payments, so the company really didn't collect the cash for 60-75 days.
Are Online Customers Difficult And Are You Stuck With Them Forever?
I remember cajoling and explaining to one particular branch manager that he needed to find a replacement for that customer. He gave me all kinds of reasons why he couldn't "fire" them.
One day I went on vacation. A week later I was back and looking through my files...and saw something weird: the customer's account was locked down. I called the branch manager. "Oh yeah," he told me calmly, "I fired them." Like it was 100% his idea. "What about the revenue loss you were worried about?" I asked. "I replaced them with two better customers. Funny, it happened almost immediately," he said.
As soon as he made the room for a better customer by getting rid of the one that had been eating up his work life, they appeared.
You won't get rid of every bad egg. But you can definitely minimize them. I get a couple a year and they drive me nuts ("It didn't motivate me..." "...it's not MY job to motivate you! My job is to give you the tools to accomplish what you said you wanted to do--and here they are!" ... *mental dial tone*) but for the most part a simple price hike and some repulsive copy will do the work for you.
A Surprising Way of Answering Are Online Customers Difficult
Something else to remember is that most people who buy a course never open the box.
So the ones who do "complain"...take a real look at what they're saying. They may have a legitimate concern that will help you truly improve your product if you fix what they point out.
One IMer I admire has said for years that the help desk section of his sites is the most valuable...that's where all the action-takers are.
Don't be expecting to throw your course out there, have people buy and consume it, and never interact with them. Well, I guess you could hire a VA to do the interaction, but somebody will have to do it. And it may be very valuable interaction.
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