Even before its manifestation as a rare, costly and evocative product, luxury’s premise is that an individual must be shown respect and attention. There is a reason why the most perceptive customer service initiatives insist on the relationship with the customer, with every customer, and on the pleasant and professional treatment this customer must be given before, during and after the sale.
Of course the luxury industry is not a benevolent fund, yet it cannot ignore the qualities of respect, consideration and empathy that characterise the men and women who each day must attend to our most fundamental wishes. Because however curious it may seem, we each want to feel welcomed and acknowledged, and to know we can express our needs without feeling intimidated. This is true for any individual, from someone who never purchases luxury products to the most meticulous collector.
Someone who feels they have been treated in a genuine and warm fashion will tell others of this experience.
Surprisingly this humanist approach, which exactly reflects our natural inclination to make others feel welcome, not only benefits the customer: its effects are also felt by the person who extends this welcome, from staff on the sales floor to senior management. Someone who feels they have been treated in a genuine and warm fashion will tell others of this experience. Such word of mouth remains the best marketing there is, including for luxury, because it is rooted not in creating but in satisfying a need. A very human, very real fact.