Customer Intimacy

I heard a really great term this week: “Customer Intimacy.” Now, I know this is not an original term, nor is it new, so I did a quick Google search and of course I received about a million hits on the term, so allow me to share with the ToddCohen.com sales community my “in the moment” thoughts on customer intimacy.

I have written many times about the idea that we as members of the sales community must create awesome relationships with clients and prospects. I have also postulated that this is perhaps the most important part of being a great sales professional. In a recent conversation with a sales professional, I noticed that he used the term customer intimacy in the context of creating a great relationship with his clients! He takes great pride in having meaningful conversations and interactions with his clients that are about more than business and the issue of the day. I have to admit I really like this phrase because it truly implies that a higher level relationship has developed. To me, this means that a sales professional and his or her client have truly developed a trusting, communicative, and durable relationship.

I began to really think about the professional relationships I have developed over the years. I know that as a sales professional, I have often taken the approach that clients could be friends. Now, it is obviously not practical that every client or prospect we have encounter over the years could be a great friend as well; I have met and worked with some amazing and wonderful people (and yes, some at the other end as well) and take great pride in having developed lifelong friendships with some of them. To me, that is one type of customer intimacy. The client and I have developed a level of trust and caring that made it easy and fun to do business – and we wanted to be friends as well. That is when selling is fun.

Customer Intimacy also means the ability to understand every aspect of a client’s business and challenges, and that you have the respect and trust of the client to do the right thing. No questions asked. They take your calls, answer your emails, and will happily engage in any conversation and you enjoy doing business with them. As sales professionals, don’t we want to do more for the clients whom we have achieved a level customer intimacy with? Further to the point, don’t you think that those clients want to do more to to help you succeed?

Good Selling!

-Todd

2 thoughts on “Customer Intimacy”

  1. Todd,

    Your articles continue to “speak the truth” – sales is a simple process of earning respect through trust and integrity. “Customer intimacy” is a direct result and truly is a phrase which captiures it all. Thanks!

    Jerry Block

  2. You have really “hit the nail on the head”. Customer Intimacy occurs when you are considered a friend on the personal side and trusted advisor on the business side. I like to develop relationships beyond the customer himself/herself. For example, taking interest in the spouses occupation or the childrens’ activities and offering up any ideas on how you may be able to help with their career success or personal growth. (referring them to prospects, helping them land a new job, getting the children involved in cool community events, etc. etc..) In my opinion this is where it really hits close to home and will take your sales relationship to a new and powerful level.

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