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Happy Client Show Podcast

Happy Client Show

Podcast hosted by Andrew Dymski & Ben Butler

5 Client Conflicts and How to Handle Them

We're running straight into the fire with this episode of the Happy Client Show walking through how to handle situations like:

  1. When a client hires another agency behind your back, to complete the same work at the same time, and demands a refund
  2. When a client doesn't pay the final invoice, but asks for the final files
  3. When client verbally abuses a team member
  4. When you provide a quote for additional work and a client tries to strong arm the price down
  5. When a client gets upset when you don't allow scope creep

You might be sitting there, reading this, and saying, "Eh, nothing like this will ever happen to us." For these, it's not a matter of if, but when.  And when these situations do happen, they have intense fall out in one form or another. 

It's important from a business perspective to protect yourself and your team. 

Overview of this Episode

In this episode we discuss:

  • Specific methods for dealing with each of the five conflicts
  • The importance of documenting protocol and relationship norms in the contract

Big Thoughts

  • When it comes to conflict like these, it's important to have an approach ready to address them.
  • Contracts could not be more important. Write them with detail, situation outlines and be sure to explain them to your clients.
  • Don't kiss the feet of the client who just kicked your team member in the face. Take team member disrespect seriously.
  •  Have a pricing strategy. Don't just make up numbers. When a client pushes back into them, you have to have a reason behind the pricing.


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Ben Butler

Ben Butler

I take my coffee black, my cars manual, and my experiences by the handful. Through these experiences, I've had the opportunity to manage client relationships and projects for marketing agencies. I'm excited to share stories from the trenches to help you lead and manage more fruitful client partnerships.