Eight ways social engagement can transform your engagement strategy

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SOCIAL media platforms and concepts are all interdependent and can combine to change the way small and medium business create and harness customer loyalty. 1. Totally wired What happens when everyone in your target audience has full, fast internet access? Or, maybe more interesting, what about when your prospects/customers are actually making their purchase decision? The increasing bandwidth and greater availability of mobile computing make these questions increasingly relevant. To take advantage of this ease of access to information, business (especially SMEs) will need to change their prospect and customer engagement to emphasise synthesis and other higher order activities. (more…)
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9 Cs of Client Retention

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The fastest way to grow your business is to reduce the number of clients who leave you. Thus, looking after existing clients should become your top priority. You would have to do more than just service your clients if you want to retain them for a long period of time – for which you would have to transform the business into a client driven organisation. There is a big difference between focusing on service and being client driven. Follow these 8 Cs for Client Retention to avoid the 9 C – Cancellation: (more…)
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Customer retention is not easy but it is rewarding

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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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Engagement marketing – It’s about time

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Engagement marketing aims to engage people. It encourages them to participate in the evolution of a brand. Customer engagement and conversations are what marketing is all about. Rather than looking at consumers as passive receivers of messages, engagement marketers believe that consumers should be actively involved in the production and co-creation of marketing programs. Recently I read an interesting article "Brands fail to follow rules of engagement" in Marketing Week. I was always aware of engagement marketing but I needed to dig a bit deeper to write something about it. Engagement is a marketing approach that—in contrast to traditional brand and direct marketing strategies—allows a brand’s customers and prospects to shape the company’s marketing. People choose what messaging they will receive, and in what channels. Engagement marketing begins at the moment…
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