Customer

 

Retaining Customers

Customers for Life

 

By: Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is one of America’s leading authorities on the development of the human potential. He is the best selling author of 23 books, has trained 2 million people in 23 countries and his clients include IBM, Verizon Wireless, Bank of America and thousands of people just like you.

Customer Success 360

 

What is the purpose of a business? Every time I ask this question during a business seminar, the immediate answer that I get back is,  “To make a profit.”

The Real Purpose of A Business

 

But this answer is wrong. The purpose of a business is to create and keep a customer. If a business successfully creates and keeps customers in a cost-effective way, it will make a profit while continuing to survive and thrive. If, for any reason, a business fails to attract or sustain a sufficient number of customers, it will experience losses. Too many losses will lead to the demise of the enterprise.

Yin-Yang of Customer Value Creation

Why Businesses Fail

According to Dun and Bradstreet, the single, most important reason for the failure of businesses in America is lack of sales. And, of course, this refers to resales as well as initial sales.

So your company’s job is to create and keep a customer, and your job is exactly the same. Remember, no matter what your official title is, you are a salesperson for yourself and your company. And the best way to increase your value as a salesperson is to build your customer base.

The Art of Selling: 3 Pillars

Why Businesses Succeed

The two most important words to keep in mind in developing a successful customer base are Positioning and Differentiation.

Positioning refers to the way your customers think and talk about you and your company when you are not there. The position that you hold in the customer’s mind determines all of his reactions and interactions with you. Your position determines whether or not your customer buys, whether he buys again and whether he refers others to you. Everything that you do with regard to your customer affects the way your customer thinks about you.

3 Strategies of Market Leaders

The Key to Competitive Advantage

Differentiation refers to your ability to separate yourself and your product or service from that of your competitors. And it is the key to building and maintaining a competitive advantage. This is the advantage that you and your company have over your competitors in the same marketplace the unique and special benefits that no one else can give your customer.

Creating Customer Value: 10 Lessons from Konosuke Matsushita

Select Your Customers Carefully

 

When you begin to think about acquiring and keeping customers for life, you need to think about the particular types of customers for whom your competitive advantage is so important that they would be poorly served by using anyone else’s product. You need to then emphasize again and again that the special features and benefits you offer are so important that they should not even think of going somewhere else. If, for any reason, you fail to do this, you may lose the customer and all the work you’ve done in building that relationship in the first place.

Action Exercises

Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, determine exactly what your current positioning is today with your customers. How do they think about you and what do they say? How could you improve your positioning?

Second, determine your exact competitive advantage, your area of superiority in what you do. How can you increase in your area of excellence and then convey it better to your customers?

Winning Customers (Ten3 Mini-course)

 

The Tao of Customer Value Creation

Customer's Perspective of Quality

Customer Care

Knowing Your Customer

The Tao of Value Innovation

Add More Value for Your Customer

Customer-driven Innovation: 7 Practice Tips

Customer Partnership

Competitive Strategies

Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Strategies of Market Leaders

Make Your Competition Irrelevant

Marketing Strategies

22 Laws of Marketing

Creative Marketing

 

Effective Selling

Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

Customer Value Proposition

4 Secrets for Selling Value Instead of Price

Selling by Coaching

Become an Irresistible Sales Communicator

Retaining Customers

4 Levels of Customer Satisfaction

Customers Will Usually Come Back If...

Relationship Marketing and Selling

Customer Service

Listening To Your Customer

Customer Satisfaction

Service-Profit Chain

Customer Intimacy

 

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Winning Customers

 

 

 
 
 

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