As I was toweling off a few last sprinkles, I felt a little extra bounce in my step. There was a little more pride driving around town in a shiny vehicle. Even walking up to it, I thought my Pilot winked at me in the sun. The car was cleaner. I felt better. More pride.
Yes, a clean car is a happy car.
I felt the exact same way a few weeks ago. The cottonwood trees had slowed down enough for us to put a fresh coat of paint on the front of the store. Coincidentally, our business skyrocketed 20% after the paint job.
A clean store is a happy store.
I'm smart enough to know that our success the past three weeks is not just because we painted the building, but never underestimate the power of a simple cleaning job.
- It puts you and your staff in a happy mood. A happy staff delights your customers more.
- It sends a signal to your customers that you care about your business and, likewise, that you will care about them.
- It sends a signal to your customers that you are fresh and new and on top of things.
Those last two are the kickers. A fresh coat of paint on the outside of your building is often a much cheaper and more powerful marketing tool than a month of billboard and newspaper ads.
PS Landscaping, painting the inside walls, moving the merchandise around, mopping/shampooing the floors, and updating the signs all have the same effect. The inside stuff, however, doesn't send those signals to the outside world, only to the current customer base who already love you despite your messiness.
PPS None of that cleaning matters, however, if you aren't first taking damn good care of your customers. Otherwise it's just a band-aid on an amputation. If you don't have a capital fund for repairs and improvements, take the money from your advertising budget, not your customer service training budget.