by Carolyn Edlund
How your customer – and your creative business – can benefit when you offer customization.
I recently published an article about the benefits of offering turnkey elements when selling art. Turnkey means streamlined, ready to use, complete in every detail. And that’s important, because a purchase should be straightforward and easy for the customer. When customers are confused, you lose them. Fewer choices and fewer concerns can be a very good thing.
However, as an entrepreneur, you have a lot of flexibility when you decide what you will offer to collectors. That means that you have the ability to give extraordinary customer service and go the extra mile by adding custom elements, too. This could include personalization, private commissions, special orders, and so forth.
Wait a minute … isn’t this a conflict? Because customized is the opposite of turnkey.
Actually, these can be “blended” by offering custom elements, but putting it in a turnkey package or system. This offers even more value to the customer. How might this look in an art business?
- Original art created for the customer on a commission basis, and delivered ready to hang as soon as it is unpacked.
- A step-by-step easy guide on your art website for placing special orders, and set prices for them that include everything (perhaps even shipping.)
- A menu of add-ons with a simple pricing structure. For example, if you are wholesaling, include a line item for a display to be drop-shipped that fits the size of the order placed by the customer.
Versatility can be an important part of what you offer to your customers, but putting it in a simple, easy context is what can blend it with that turnkey approach that leads to closing more sales.
What types of customization do you offer in your own creative business? Do you make it easy for customers to take advantage of them?