What if instead of paying hundreds or thousands of pounds to promote your business, your customers did it for you for free? What if they happily shared your content and their positive experience with you with every chance they got?
Think about the impact something like that would have on your bottom line – less money to spend on attracting new customers, more sales, and a passive stream of new business. Plus, the positive word-of-mouth generated by loyal customers is two times more effective than paid advertising and also drives 20-50% of all purchasing decisions.
But here’s the thing: grooming your customers into constantly sharing you with others doesn’t happen when your only focus is to sell more to many. It happens when you focus on who you’re selling to.
So it’s not only about making new customers happy, but going above and beyond to get to know those happy customers, their needs and wants, and turning them into loyal promoters or advocates of your business.
But like all aspects of marketing, word-of-mouth isn’t something that just happens. It’s the result of a series of steps you need to take to wow your customers so they come to love your brand and then share that love with others.
Read on for ten ways to do just that…
1. Offer amazing customer support
This one may seem obvious, but is it really, considering these stats:
•45% of customers can’t remember having a recent successful customer experience. Most failures were related to disappointing customer service.
•62% of global consumers have stopped doing business with a brand or organisation due to a poor customer service experience
2. Ask for feedback
Asking customers for feedback is one of the most effective ways to gain valuable insight into your business. After all, who better to tell you what you’re doing right and what you could do better than your own customers?
Also, asking them to share their thoughts on their experience with you shows that you care. It shows that you value their feedback and are interested in making changes to improve their experience and what you offer to them – a vital step in creating brand advocates.
3. Remember their name
Doesn’t it feel great when you go to your favourite coffee shop and the barista greets you by name? Doesn’t it make you feel special and reaffirms your worth? So why not use this tactic with your customers as well?
Obviously, this method alone isn’t enough to turn them into loyal customers or advocates, but it will help in the long run. It’ll make them feel like you care about them as a person, and that they’re not just a number in a spreadsheet.
So, when addressing your customers, whether it’s in an email, a phone call, or in person, always use their name.
4. Offer a loyalty program
You’ve probably heard about this tactic lots of time. That’s because it works. If a customer receives a reward, a discount or any kind of bonus for repeat business, most often they’ll return to the same company instead of going to a competitor.
The problem with this is that joining a loyalty program doesn’t guarantee that customers will actively use it.
So, to encourage customers to use your loyalty plan make sure you keep it simple. The simpler it is, the higher the chances they’ll use it.
5. Offer a referral program
This is another effective way to attract new customers as well as to turn your existing ones into brand advocates.
The idea behind it is simple: existing customers who talk positively about your business to their friends and family and send new customers your way get a reward. This can be anything from a discount to exclusive access to a new product or service.
Here are a few tips for running a successful referral programme:
•Give customers time to get to know your business and what you’re selling. You can’t expect them to make a referral if they’ve not had enough time to get acquainted with your business and the benefits of your products or services.
•Create a program that’s beneficial for both the referrer and the referee. This way you encourage both your existing customers as well as their friends and family, or whomever they refer to you, to do business with you.
6. Surprise them
Receiving a freebie for buying three products or for recommending a new customer is great. But receiving a freebie just because you’re a loyal customer is even better.
Everyone loves a surprise gift. Just imagine the last time your partner or a family member gave you an unexpected gift – just to show you’re appreciated and loved. Or when you were offered a coffee on the house at your favourite coffee shop. That probably made you feel happy and excited, even more so because there was no special reason for it, like a birthday or a promotion.
So why not apply the same tactic to your business? Show your customers that you appreciate their business by surprising them with a gift that they’ll enjoy (and hopefully watch as they talk about it online).
The surprise gift can be anything from upgrading them to next-day delivery to a free manicure.
7. Give out free t-shirts
T-shirts are a cost-effective but amazing way to promote your brand. You could even send them as a surprise gift or along with a purchase.
8. Remember special occasions
Try to find out as much as you can about your customers, including their birthdays, whether they’re married or have children. This kind of personal information can help you build a closer relationship with them.
When time comes, put this information to work. So if they’re celebrating a birthday, a wedding anniversary or Mother’s Day, be part of the celebration by sending a handwritten card, a discount or even a gift.
9. Ask for testimonials
Don’t be shy about asking customers to share their experience with you in a testimonial, and then displaying it on your website.
This helps you achieve several things, such as:
•Free, user-generated content that you can publish on your site
•It acts as social proof, encouraging potential customers to do business with you
•It makes that customer feel valued and special, increasing the chances that they’ll continue to be a customer and hopefully an advocate.
10. Don’t underestimate the power of “Thank you” notes
“Thank you” notes are a lovely and very personal way to surprise your customers, especially when they’re handwritten. It shows that you truly care about each customer and that you’re not a faceless brand who’s only about numbers and revenue.
When writing these “thank you” notes, make sure you not only use the customer’s name but also make a reference to their purchase.
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