June 14, 2011

Business Tip Tuesday - Seven Tips to Make Your Customers Love You

These days when every customer counts, what are some steps you can take to keep your customers in your corner ? Over the next 7 weeks I will post 7 ways to make your customers love you. Tip No. 3

Repeat business or behavior can be bribed. Loyalty has to be earned.
Janet Robinson

You don't earn loyalty in a day. You earn loyalty day- by-day. 
Jeffrey Gitomer

Don’t forget the loyal customers.

While new customers are critical to the growth of a business, you must not forget about the importance of keeping long standing customers. Nothing is worse than for the loyal customer to see products or services they bought at full price discounted to entice new customers. This can be turned around by offering exclusive loyalty programs or specials geared specifically to your best loyal customers. While statistics show loyal customers only make up 20% of a typical customer base their purchases make up 50% of sales. So in terms of growing a business, you can see how important it is to treat your loyal customers like royalty.

6 comments:

Celine Blacow said...

Good tip ... who doesn't like to be treated well by a company .. it definitely makes you want to be a repeat buyer!

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

Yes,it pays to treat repeat customers well. Thanks for stopping by Celine - you always have nice input.

innerearthsoaps said...

I love this tip Michele. I always make sure to include extras for my loyal customers, but you've just inspired me to offer a special loyalty discount as well :)

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

Thanks Erin. I think often people get into the rut of trying to constantly recruit new customers-when in fact they are overlooking the real source of income. :))

Tara said...

I was thinking about this just the other day, Michele. Although still new to the soap selling business, I have started keeping track of those who regularly buy from me and intend to give them a special little treat -- one free bar of soap after buying 10 bars. I love businesses who treat loyal customers well and realized I wanted to do the same thing. Besides, everyone loves getting a little treat.

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

Tara, a free bar is excellent. Nice treat! Great idea.