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In this week’s issue, I’m eager to share with you some tips and tricks on how to navigate the challenges in customer retention as a marketer.
Customer retention is the ability of a company to cultivate loyal customers and increase customer satisfaction over time. It is a key factor for business growth and profitability, as well as customer advocacy and referrals. 🙌
By improving your customer retention, you will be able to:
- Increase your revenue and reduce your costs
- Build long-term relationships and trust with your customers
- Enhance your brand reputation and awareness
- Create a competitive advantage and differentiation
- Generate more word-of-mouth and positive reviews
Sounds amazing, right?
Unfortunately, many marketers struggle with customer retention. They face various challenges and obstacles that prevent them from keeping their customers happy and loyal.
The primary reason why many marketers fail at customer retention is a lack of customer feedback and data.
Without customer feedback and data, marketers have no way to understand their customers’ needs, preferences, expectations, and satisfaction.
There is no way to measure customer satisfaction and improve all the relevant metrics – churn rate, customer lifetime value, net promoter score, and customer effort score, etc.
Marketers cannot segment and target their customers with personalised offers and services.
They also cannot identify and prevent customer churn and dissatisfaction.
Other reasons why many marketers fail at customer retention are:
- Poor customer service and support
- Irrelevant and unengaging communication and content
- Low value proposition and differentiation
- Ineffective and outdated retention strategies and tools
But don’t worry, there is hope. I’m going to share with you some steps that you can follow to overcome these challenges and improve your customer retention as a marketer.
Step 1: Collect and analyse customer feedback and data
Use tools and methods such as surveys, reviews, ratings, testimonials, social media, analytics, and customer feedback and retention platforms to gather and act on customer feedback and data. By consolidating and aggregating this information, you will be able to understand your customers better and improve your customer experience and satisfaction.
Step 2: Provide excellent customer service and support
Platforms and channels such as email, phone, chat and social media can allow you to deliver fast, friendly, helpful, and human customer service and support.
Implement tools and techniques such as marketing automation, chatbots, FAQs, knowledge bases, and self-service options to make your customer service and support more efficient and convenient.
Deploy strategies and practices such as empathy, active listening, problem-solving, and follow-up to make your customer service and support more effective and satisfying.
Step 3: Communicate and engage with your customers regularly and relevantly
Invest time and effort on platforms and channels such as email, social media, blogs, podcasts, videos, and newsletters to communicate and engage with your customers.
Use MarTech tools and techniques such as personalisation, segmentation, marketing automation, and analytics to make your communication and engagement more relevant and appealing.
Develop strategies and practices such as storytelling, education, entertainment, and inspiration to make your communication and engagement more valuable and memorable.
Step 4: Provide and demonstrate value and differentiation
Improve your website, landing pages, sales pages, and product pages to provide and demonstrate value and differentiation.
Make your value and differentiation more clear and compelling with concise copywriting, design, testimonials, and case studies
Clearly communicate your value proposition, unique selling proposition, and positioning to differentiate yourself more distinctively from your competitors.
Step 5: Use effective and updated retention strategies and tools
Make your retention strategies and tools more fun and engaging with gamification, referral programs, loyalty programs and omni-channel experiences.
Build your customer retention activities from the entire customer lifecycle from activation, education, retention, and advocacy to make your retention strategies and tools more successful and impactful.
By following these steps, you will be able to navigate the challenges in customer retention as a marketer. You will be able to keep your customers happy and loyal, and reap the benefits of customer retention.