Finding new customers can be more time consuming and costly than retaining your existing clients. Bearing this in mind, care should be taken to invest resources in both the retention of your existing customers as well as finding new clients. We would like to share with you our top 5 tips which we found beneficial in our customer retention strategy.
Stay in Touch
In my opinion staying in touch with your customers is the single most important means of retaining customers. A scheduled phone call or a meeting in person twice or even once a year can ensure that you stay connected to your clients. Arranging such meetings helps you to focus on the provision of the service or products you supply to your clients. I have used these meetings as opportunities to present our clients with a summary of the number of calls we have handled on their behalf during the previous 6 months and in doing so provide some useful information in the process. Listening to your customer during your customer care meetings is really important. Valuable information can be gathered regarding the current events of your clients business. There may be opportunities to up-sell or to adapt the service you provide to make it more relevant or user friendly. Feedback from your customers is vital in the process of customer retention so you need to be prepared for comments which can be positive as well as negative. Acting on negative feedback should be welcomed and steps should be taken immediately to remedy the issue. This can result in an even better working relationship with your client as they recognise that you have listened to them and made the necessary corrections.
Keep your promise
A lot of companies use a by-line when advertising their products or services which incorporates superlatives such as ‘the best, ‘the fastest’, ‘the tastiest’ etc. It is vital therefore that the company lives up to it’s promise. A customer whether new or existing has bought in to this promise and will be quick to remind you if you are not true to your word. It is therefore critical that you continually remind all of your employees of the importance of their input in relation to delivering on that promise. Each contact your customer has with your company is an opportunity for you to re-inforce the USP of your company and your team need to understand the vital role this plays in the companies customer retention strategy.
Know your competitors
Keeping abreast of developments within your industry is also a very important aspect of customer retention. Knowing exactly what your competitors offer is crucial in retaining customers. By doing a regular competitive analysis, products or services which may