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5 things you can do to build trust with your community and clients



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5 things you can do to build trust with your community and clients

It doesn't matter who you're talking to, a good relationship is built on trust.  People need to trust you before they send you leads, purchase from you, contact you for a partnership, etc.  Businesses succeed due to just building trust among everyone they come in contact with, so your main goal should always be to build trust with everyone you come across. 

Building trust among people won't just increase your sales due to potential customers purchasing without giving it a second thought.  You can build trust between you and your employees who will work longer hours and be more willing to come in on their days off if they trust and look up to you, which will prove that if you go the extra mile they will to.  You might also save on advertising if you're building trust between you and a website you want to advertise on at a later date.  You might be building your business relationship with them, and once you're ready to advertise, they will come back with a much lower number than before because they trust you more than a random person contacting them for a spot.

You need to build trust whenever you can and below are my top 5 ways I build trust when talking with someone new or even an old business friend.


Always be honest
If you're holding back in a conversation, people will feel that you're withholding information and they will begin to not trust you.  Trust is a two way street and needs to be nurtured over time.  You won't gain trust from anyone if you're always holding a trump card up your sleeve when it comes to a business relationship.  I'm not telling you to put all your cards on the table and show people exactly what you're doing, I'm saying you should let your potential business owners and clients know exactly what they want questions to, without giving away all your little secrets.

You can't have people on the defensive, and if you're withholding information, they will feel like they need to be.  Give them a decent amount of information about yourself, and your company, and you will see that you are going to build a good amount of trust over time.


Communicate with them often
You can't leave people in the dark when you're running a business, so you need to be doing various things in order to communicate with them as often as possible.  I'm not saying to spam them with emails multiple times a week, I'm saying that you should probably be posting content to your blog in order to communicate with everyone.  They will see you as trying to reach out with quality content and you will be talking to the masses without having to email them all one by one. 

You will need to open up the curtains and let people into what you're doing.  People will see you're letting them in and they will begin to trust you more and more every time them come back for another read 5 things you can do to build trust with your community and clients


Build the right alliances
Talk with people who are within your industry but don't contact the ones who do exactly what you do.  If you stick within your industry, you will build credible relationships that every visitor to your website will know.  If you're talking to potential allies, you will need to be honest with them and that means they need to know your intentions.  You can let them know you think they would be one of the best allies for you, and you think both parties could benefit immensely. 

Having great businesses partner with you will show the world that you can be trusted.  This goes a long way, just like any of the other methods in this list, and should be worked on from day 1.


Mend any fences you can
We all know that businesses run into problems, sometimes with other businesses and customers, and these conflicts need to be mended.  If they are not mended, they could be a cancer that could inevitably take down your company in the long run.  This isn't a difficult thing to do, you just need to talk with all your customers that had a bad experience and let them know you're willing to do whatever it takes to make them happy.  The same thing goes with bad business relationships, you need to contact all of them to build a better relationship and mend any fences that may have been broken.

If you can mend all the fences, you'll be much better off when it comes to becoming successful 5 things you can do to build trust with your community and clients


Have amazing customer service
When you're selling something, you need to pair it up with stellar customer service so you can keep everyone trusting you.  If you're not there to fix any problems, you're killing your long term business relationships from dedicated customers.  You don't want people to think that you've got their money and now you don't care what happens, they need to know you're there for them and want to help in any situation that arises.

A good customer service system says a lot more than a good product or service.  You could pair an ok service or product with stellar support and people will praise you for it.  If you pair a great product with bad support, you will see more people talking down about your company because you're not building any sort of trust with them.  This speaks a lot when it comes to trust because people want to talk with you in order to put themselves at ease.  They want to be help by the hand and led through the entire process, even after they make a purchase, so you need to be there to answer any questions that come up pre and post sale.



In Conclusion
You need to build trust over time, it won't be something that you can just buy or get as soon as you put a great looking logo on your website.  You need to build trust over time through great relationships and amazing customer support, which takes time and needs to be managed all the time.  Just telling someone to trust you isn't going to be the same as if you actually build trust with them.  It doesn't matter if you're working with business partners or talking with a potential client, you need to answer everything they ask and be professional and friendly at the same time in order to build trust.


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overcast

I think being transparent and honest can be a good way for the community to develop. I have seen some of the people making the most out of the community through the honesty. And they giving away stuff can be a good start. I guess on that note you can see that people come together towards other who are more open and honest. That seems to be the way for anyone to adjust as well. It may not be easy and understanding part there. But you get the idea.




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JoeMilford

It's funny--almost every time someone says, "Just trust me", I automatically am skeptical. Maybe that says something negative about me, but I've been burned before by manipulators, so I am bit skeptical and careful about who I invest in and who I business with. It is a great thing to be open and transparent with your business partners, collaborators, and customers--in this way, people will continue to keep coming back to you for your products and services because you are dependable , and they feel safe and secure doing business with you and giving you their money.




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overcast

I think by reducing the client risk one can earn the trust of the client. And that seems to be something that is working out for many people. Also being transparent and honest helps a lot too. It may not be easy for many people but it can be easily done. If you know how to work with the people this skill definitely pays off.




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Corzhens

Honesty never fails although transparency is also important because your network of people sometimes can be varied with different cultures. Branding yourself in the community is a long process that you have to continue showing who you are in terms of your honesty and other positive virtues. I remember in the olden days that a businessman is also called a cheater. You have to erase that stigma with your honesty.




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overcast

I think honesty is painful because you go for the honesty and it never gets noticed. And you have to work harder and wait till it makes sense to you. I have seen some of the people who focus on honesty and they do what they can in such case. You can see that building trust among clients is a bit harder.




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Martinsx1

Honesty gets you trust in anything you are involved with. It's just the watch word for me. I always take an honest person to heart without having to worry much about dealing with the individual. Dealing with an honest person gives you peace of mind and you always will want to keep dealing with such person because finding such person hardly comes by these days. Also finding a way to incorporate swift support channel in your business would help build trust among your customers to your business.




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JoeMilford

I think you are so right about establishing trust with customers and clients. That is the most important thing you can provide no matter what type of business you are conducting, be it personal or professional. When I find an honest person, in my personal or professional life, I am usually vert attracted to them and what they are doing simply because I DO feel as if they can be trusted with my money or concerns. I agree with you that honesty is a tough trait to find in people, and it can definitely be pretty rare.




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kgord

Many of the most succesful people are trusted people. People want to do business with those they think will give them a fair deal, a square deal and an honest deal. They want someone they can talk to if somehting goes wrong. It is important to have that open communication with customers.




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JoeMilford

kgord,
What you are speaking to hear, I think, if you will allow me, is just the ultimate value of truly good and decent customer service. If we do not respect our customers and clients, how can we ever expect them to respect us in return and to give us their hard-earned cash. I think people want to deal with a "real" person when something goes wrong and not a digital call menu or a bunch of robots. I think that good, personalized customer service can really go a long way in cementing awesome customer communication and financial returns.




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Adesuwa08

Honesty is the major attributes which earns you trust from both clients, boses and business partners, it should be like your daily motor. Without honesty you won't earn trust, and verse versa so they kind of work hand in hand. Nice write up.




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JoeMilford

It seems to me that ALL of the great suggestions which you are making here all center around the importance of professional and mature communication techniques. Our clients need to feel and to know that they are being told the truth and that they can trust us with their money, and, if something goes wrong, and it always will, they also need to know that they are in good hands in terms of you handling their investments. I have found that, in the past, when I was not honest, that it always came back to haunt me. If you establish trust in your business practices, your customers will keep coming back, and they will also refer you to their friends and family because of your trustworthiness.




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Corzhens

The saying that honesty is the best policy is still valid until this day. In one tv program where a cab driver returned a big to the owner who left it in his cab, the bag owner said that it pays to be honest – he gave the cab driver a big amount of money for a reward. Likewise in the business, being honest has a payback in terms of customer loyalty because some persons go for reliability more than the price.




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Soulwatcher

I had an awesome Minecraft community and I was probably the most active and down to earth forum owner that you ever met. I always treated everyone fairly and I was honest with everyone. But the sad simple fact is owning a forum nowadays is super stressful. Not only do you have spammers trying to ruin your website, but you have regular members trying to do the same thing posting useless and nonsense posts. It stressed me out so bad that I ended up selling the forum part of my website and keeping the blog part of my website. I sold my forum script and my forum database to two different people and my day to day stress level dropped at least 90%! And now I am just going to run a blog and be happy!




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JoeMilford

Wow. I am sorry to hear this. I frequented your forum, as you know, on the regular, and I got a whole lot out of it. I know that, at times, you were not happy with my posts, but I was being genuine and really trying to learn and respond to others. I guess that forums can disappointing for the admins for a variety of reasons. I am glad your stress level is diminished and that you could sell your hard work for a profit. I reckon that spammers are a regular issue for all of us, and that would have worn me out as well.




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vinaya

I agree with the points mentioned here. I think communicating with the people and building the right alliance is very important. You should be in touch with the people in your industry so that you know what they are doing and how they are doing. You should talk with your potential clients. You should communicate to spread the message. Being honest matters in every walks of life. If you are honest, people will trust you more. When you gain trust, it is easy to sell.




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flyinwashi682

wow man kinldy expressions which you have there! pleas keep it up




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keen2write

Honesty is the best policy, also keeping them up to date and also promotional freebies from time to time and contests.

To gain the trust you also need the respect what goes with it if you are open with them from the word go then everyone will be happy and including you.




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