Gaylord Opryland ‘WOWs’ a Repeat Customer

 By: Gordon Conner

Here is our next example of how you have a distinct advantage over your larger competitors? You can do unique and strange stuff to WOW your customers. You don’t have any corporate red tape to stop you. You’re right there in the trenches, or on the phone every day. If you want to do a favor for a customer, it’s your call.

So over the next few weeks we’ll continue to take a look at some of the more creative ways that may help you go that extra mile to knock your customer’s socks off. And, at the same time, perhaps add WOW! to their buying experience. We hope these will give you and your support team some added inspiration. Enjoy!

It doesn’t take a slew of consumer data (although we’ve shared plenty of it) to support the argument that your regular customers are your rock. As such, taking care of them is not just the right thing to do. It’s also good for business.

Gaylord Opryland Radio & LetterConsider the case of regular Gaylord Opryland hotel customer Christina McMenemy, who stayed at the resort three years in a row for the annual BlissDom conference.

During each stay McMenemy found herself entranced by one of the features in her hotel room—an alarm clock that played light music; as in, the kind that you’d experience in a high-end spa.

McMenemy says, “You probably think I’m insane to obsess over a clock radio.” But, her rationale for her fondness for this item was that she had never slept better than she did while using it.

For three years McMenemy tried to find the exact model clock from her hotel room, but to no avail. McMenemy had nearly given up hope when she messaged the company’s Twitter page during her most recent trip to Opryland.Gaylord Opryland Twitter

Resigned to her fate, she attended the conference and let the alarm clock hunt go. But upon returning to her room she was surprised to find not one but two spa clocks and a letter with her name on it.

Opryland recognized an opportunity to make sure a long-time customer had one of the best experiences ever. And they didn’t just win a customer for life; they also bought plenty of goodwill with folks at the conference (and beyond) who subsequently heard about the story.

Christina Mcmemeny“You reaffirmed that there are still companies out there focused on great service, and you’ve made a lifelong fan out of me.”–Christina McMenemy





About the Author

 Gordon at St. JohnGordon Conner is a copywriter, content writer and blogger who writes “Snappy Copy That Sells Stuff”. He has been providing advertising, marketing, branding and copywriting services for 39 years and lives in Midlothian, Virginia. He can be reached at or

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