Tailored Strategies for Customer Churn Management

Articles, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, strategy
Customer churn in the services industry is still a growing issue, primarily because many consumers have little or no allegiance to a particular service provider. So, how do we solve this? The answer is knowledge: know your customers and know your prospects. As retailers are the customer-facing end of the sales cycle, much of the responsibility for producing customer loyalty has to lie with them. I know many companies who collect vast amounts of data for ensuring risk management procedures. However, this information can be converted into a powerful tool to reduce churn by helping to answer three basic questions: How do I sign up profitable customers? How can I enhance loyalty with my most profitable customers? How do I handle my existing customer base? (more…)
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Six key questions to audit a loyalty program

customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, word of mouth
These are the six key questions which you would use in an audit of a company's customer loyalty program: What virtues of your business have the largest impact on your customers' satisfaction? How do you divide and define your customer segments? Whose responsibility is customer service? What is your retention rate and what is the trend? What is the lifetime value of a typical customer? What percentage of new customers comes from recommendations and how has this changed over time? (more…)
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Ideas for stimulating your customers to recommend your service

customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, word of mouth
Let’s be serious. Nobody wakes up and decides to tell all their friends and family what a great place TOP’s Restaurant is! Marketers who want to take advantage of word-of-mouth communications need to take a more subtle approach. We take customers that arrive on personal recommendation but do little to cheer them to carry on the tradition of spreading the word. I have outlined few ideas you could use for stimulating your customers to recommend your service: Catchphrase - You can’t go wrong in asking customers who express satisfaction to tell their friends. They might be more inclined to do so if you ask them and it will surely do no harm. (more…)
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Keeping the pace with customer expectation

customer retention, loyalty, marketing, strategy
The significance of data is that you can see behaviour change daily. If a trend emerges from analysis of your data, it is appropriate to review marketing strategy and assess the success or relevance of the plan under way. The data and the insight they provide become an extremely precious indicator of customer satisfaction. Data linked to loyalty programs becomes a rich source of market research. It is not what people say they do but what they actually do. Naturally, market research still has a valuable role, it is still required to determine why customers have changed but its use has become even more focused. By analysing your loyalty program data, you can recognize which of your customers visit frequently (and spend a lot) which ones visit infrequently (but still…
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6 tips you need to know before choosing a marketing consultant

Articles, marketing, niche, strategy
Before turning your hard-earned business/brand over to a marketing consultant, you’ll need to schedule a sit-down and inquire some questions—from fundamental to painstaking. It probably goes without saying, but a face-to-face meeting which has a prospective consultant, advisor or marketing manager is a must. Relying only on recommendations from your most trusted friends and family members won’t suffice; it is ultimately up to you to make certain your business/brand are safe and being put to perform to fulfil your specific goals. So what do you need to know? Here’s a list of questions to allow you to prepare for the initial meeting: (more…)
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15 Marketing Tips for Finding New Customers

Articles, customer acquisitions, marketing, strategy
All companies fear instability and the possibility of a severe market downturn. However it is during these periods when the best companies show something better than simple survival skills. Downturn separates out the bad and mediocre, as a result leaving fewer companies standing in good stead to carve up the market when things get good again. So let's talk about a new and different way to seek new and different customers. These fifteen tips are really quite simple yet are so often missed. Pass the tips on. Better yet, put them in practice and be ready to handle the endless stream of new customers. Tip 1 Develop partnerships for your business. First, tally up all your marketing assets of what you can offer to a potential partner in terms of…
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Customer retention is not easy but it is rewarding

Articles, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, strategy
Customer retention programmes have historically had insufficient priority in most sectors, but then the forces affecting customer churn, and therefore the need for retention focus, have never been so great. The idea is not new. What is new is the approach. What is now being witnessed is a market increasingly commoditised and far more susceptible to competition - from other players and from new media. Customer knowledge and confidence have had a significant impact: it has become so much easier to compare and to swap products. Changing sales structures and wearing away of face-to-face interaction have helped to dilute or eradicate conventional 'loyalty'. What direction does this give the services marketer? It leads the way to a re-examination of profit drivers and a critical evaluation of current programmes. The business…
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10 Simple Tips for Avoiding Marketing Mistakes in the Future

Articles, customer acquisitions, marketing, strategy, word of mouth
In early 2010 Patrick (of course I have changed his name) a friend who manages few companies was frustrated with some of the marketing outcomes. I promised to help Patrick clear his frustration but only if he poured me a nice glass of red. We discussed as how time and again novice marketers, even marketing veterans, make costly mistakes that result in poor performance of their marketing campaign. You don’t need me to tell you this, but common marketing mistakes can be avoided with adequate planning, attention to detail, and ongoing measurement and evaluation. Personally I feel that marketing is critical to the success of every business. Unfortunately, many businesses discount the effect it can have, and they forego their marketing efforts for other activities. Or they make one or…
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Impulse buying – Boosting your bottom-line

Articles, marketing, strategy, word of mouth
Impulse buying has fascinated me for quite some time now. It is quite peculiar that most of the website and research around this topic highlights the negative impacts on consumers and none or very few people highlight how the impulse buying strategy actually can be exploited by businesses boosting their bottom-line. Promoting impulse buying behaviour The business implications are fairly obvious. If businesses wish to promote impulse buying, they should create an environment where consumers can be relieved of their negative perceptions of impulse. Businesses should stress the relative rationality of impulse buying in their advertising efforts. Similarly, they should stress the non-economic rewards of impulse buying. Additionally, businesses can make the environment more complex, further straining consumers' abilities to process information accurately. Such techniques as stocking more merchandise, creating stimulating atmospherics, and increasing…
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Stimulate Loyalty – Power of networks, data and convergence

Articles, customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, strategy
Loyalty schemes are an established feature of the retail and services landscape. They have become widespread and arguably ubiquitous. There are a number of major groups of loyalty schemes, including: retailer loyalty schemes, financial service loyalty schemes, online reward schemes, frequent flyer and other travel reward programmes, geographically based loyalty schemes, and coalition loyalty schemes. Businesses have been keen to enhance customer retention, to find approaches to increasing customer spend and encourage customers to act as advocates. When the first loyalty programs hit the market uptake was huge and rewards for marketers were high. Some years on, however, the market is overrun with these schemes, each with little point of difference from the next. As a result, consumers are evermore difficult to please, and uptake on offers is reducing. One…
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