Building better client relationships

Alisha Lyndon | Momentum

Small Spark Theory® Episode 45: Alisha Lyndon

Back in April this year, Claire Beale wrote this brilliant Campaign article about the client/agency dynamic. It was a rallying cry for cultivating deeper working relationships built on partnership, trust and mutual support and a move away from the procurer/supplier mind set we know all too well.

I’ve been reflecting on this theme often over the intervening months. In my conversations with agency owners, account teams and new business practitioners I’ve sensed a polarising effect of the pandemic. It has been no surprise that the stronger the partnerships with clients, the better able both parties have been to communicate and problem solve. At the very least, for agencies that communication has been vital to provide the financial visibility required for scenario planning.

Whatever lies ahead, I hope this experience galvanises more clients into investing in the process of hiring agencies, but that’s a big, thorny topic for another day. What I’m interested in right now is how agencies can fulfil our part of the bargain. How can we actively shift our existing client relationships from transactional and reactive, to trusted and proactive?

In previous episodes with Jim Hawker and Iain Johnston we discussed the process of client development planning, but this time, we’re taking it to the next level and exploring client satisfaction audits.

My guest is agency powerhouse Alisha Lyndon, founder and CEO of B2B growth consultancy Momentum. Alisha and I worked together last year to re-invigorate Momentum’s client satisfaction programme and in this episode, we discuss the process, the outcomes and share some top tips for building trust and advocacy.

As always we’ll be giving away a copy of Alisha’s recommended read Insight, by Tasha Eurich. Join in the conversation on here or on Twitter using #smallsparktheory and we’ll pick a winner.

For details of Gunpowder’s client satisfaction audit consulting, get in touch at lucy@gunpowderconsulting.com

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