Creating the White Glove Client Experience
Creating a VIP experience for your clientele is key in developing a loyal client base, attracting new clients and referrals, and in strengthening your business and brand. By developing these practices, "white glove" service creates a lasting impression among your target market, and can create word-of mouth marketing that leads to a referral network of new clients.
But, how do you create a client experience that earns "white glove" status in a market where sellers sold their homes without an agent because they didn’t see the value in paying the commission?
Go Beyond Tech
Smartphones can turn any real estate buyer into an expert on neighborhoods, home values, and even real estate trends. Even these buyers, though, want an expert’s knowledge and experience as they embark on their real estate search. This is where your opportunity lies as an agent. Do you have the inside track on houses coming onto the market? Have you honed your knowledge of a neighborhood to the point that you know its schools, churches, local politics? Help your clients navigate the human aspect of neighborhoods and towns, where technology stops short.
- Make Your Network Their Network
"White glove" service means making your clients' lives easier. Do you know a home inspector? A good real estate attorney? Maybe you also know movers, painters, and decorators. Your clients will have needs throughout sales process. Make their lives easier by connecting them with a network of professionals who come pre-vetted by you.
- Individualize Your Service
Meet with clients one-on-one. Listen to their real estate needs. Assess their situation and design a strategy that can help them meet their needs today, tomorrow, and into the future. The key is to remove stress from the real estate equation. Give them real answers that will solve their problems, not canned responses. If you give your clients personalized service, instead of template-based, generic responses out of a box, you’ll gain their respect and their future referrals. People want to support and work with people they know and trust.
- Know Your Clients And Celebrate Their Milestones
Remember the important dates in the lives of your clients and prospective clients. Keep a list of their birthdays and also important milestones. Go the extra mile and send a card or an email, and remind them that you’re human too. You’re not just in this business for a commission. You’re committed to creating meaningful connections and building a reliable business. You can also follow up on referrals or completed sales with thank-you messages or client gifts.
- Be Responsive
"White Glove" service goes beyond just listening and being friendly – although that’s important too. Answer calls, texts, and emails from your clients with lightning speed. Be there when they need you. Keep clients updated. Don’t make them chase you to find out what you’re doing.
- Anticipate Your Client’s Needs
Clients ask questions about what they know they want to know. Use your experience, soft skills, and intuition to probe at the questions they don’t ask. Be patient. Anticipate the questions you'll know they’ll end up asking. Give them all the answers, even to questions they haven’t posed yet.
- Tell Clients What Sets You Apart
Do you specialize in a particular neighborhood, a certain type of real estate, a certain type of client? Make it clear how you’re different from the large number of other agents in your market. You can’t be all things to all people, but you can be THAT thing to someone to whom that’s really important. Focus on two or three aspects that differentiate yourself from competition in your local market.
- Teach Your Passion
Offer your knowledge to your clients and prospective clients. Financial literacy, how to stage a home, what improvements offer the best bang for the buck at resale, how to calculate property taxes, and so on. Offer classes, webinars, or blog posts showcasing your knowledge, and help empower your clients at the same time. You’ll build loyalty among your existing clients, increase engagement with new clients, and build your reputation and brand.
Most VIP experience tips boil down to humanizing your client’s real estate journey, and being an engaging, knowledgeable, and helpful companion as your client embarks on what will probably be the biggest purchase he or she has ever made. Offering white glove service builds loyalty in your clients, trust that leads to more referrals, and client equity that builds your brand, business, and reputation.