What web hosting customers want?
The internet is a “network of networks”. It is a global collection of high-powered computers that are connected to each other with network cables, telephone lines, microwave dishes, satellites etc. To make your website available to the internet community, the website files need to be hosted on the web server. A web hosting company is one that sells space on these web servers to individual website owners. They provide a full-time, high-bandwidth connection to the internet so that the visitors can access the websites easily.
Now a question arises about what the web hosting customers want?
• Firstly the customers want reliable service.
• Secondly they look out for reasonable price.
• The customers want some special add on features.
All the above points are true for all the customers but other than this a very important point that is overlooked is the ‘relationship’ of the web hosting company with the client.
Today the customer wants to do business with whom he is comfortable. It definitely means that the companies need to focus on building a relationship with the client as only then a customer will feel comfortable while transacting with him.
Client – relationship management is the order of the day. Providing services is important but the way and the time involved in providing services is also equally important. In case
the customer queries are patiently handled by competent staff of the web hosting companies with a lot of care then the satisfied customer starts relying on the expertise of
the web host. Reliance is one step in building a relationship.
Usually people like to do business when they like the response they get from mutual interaction. We like to make friends even while doing business and a professional friendship goes a long way in building a relationship. If all calls are received politely, mails are immediately addressed to it gives an impression to the client that his individual problem also is the concern of the business partner. The client definitely counts on the services received from his web host provider.
While we cannot ignore the services like uptime, server maintenance and security similarly the web host companies cannot ignore that the business is being done with real people who have their own problems, concerns and worries which also needs to be addressed. There should always be a humane touch while providing services even in today’s mechanical world. To better address the clients it is always important to know him personally. Apart from deriving goodwill for the business it also leads to some wonderful personal acquaintance.
Like in any other relationship, a client-relation deserves honesty. You need to be honest with your client when you don’t have a solution to any of his problem. It makes the relationship work better. It is always good to say no than to fake that you know when you don’t and it is the same with clients. Under estimating the intelligence of a client is a big blunder which should always be avoided.
If a web hosting company do like its clients and enjoy interaction with them it shows and it definitely pays in the long run.