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May 13, 2024

Beyond Nice: Elevating Customer Advocacy from Luxury to Necessity to Increase your Return on Investment (ROI)

# Advocacy
# Cross Sell & Upsell
# Customer Marketing
# Customer Strategy
# Influenced Revenue
# Marketing & Sales Strategies

Increase your Return on Investment (ROI) by Elevating Customer Advocacy

Jennifer Susinski
Jennifer Susinski

Have you ever stopped to think about the benefits of retaining current customers rather than trying to fill the top of your funnel with new leads? Retaining current customers through advocacy is often more cost-effective than securing new ones for several reasons, which leads to why partnering with customers through value-led collaboration is crucial.

Continuing to grow the relationship with a customer after they sign a deal is essential for maximizing their lifetime value, building trust and loyalty, gathering insights, identifying opportunities for expansion, preventing churn, leveraging advocacy, and gaining a competitive edge in the market.

Here are some of the reasons why retaining customers is better for the company’s bottom line.

  1. Lower Acquisition CostsAcquiring new customers typically involves various marketing and sales expenses, such as advertising, lead generation, and sales team efforts. These costs can be substantial, especially when targeting new markets or demographics. In contrast, retaining existing customers requires less investment since the relationship has already been established.
  2. Higher Conversion RatesExisting customers are already familiar with your brand, products or services, and your value proposition. As a result, they tend to have higher conversion rates compared to new prospects who are just becoming aware of the brand. The familiarity and trust built over time makes it easier to upsell or cross-sell additional products or services to existing customers.
  3. Increased Customer Lifetime Value (CLV)Retained customers tend to generate more revenue over their lifetime compared to new customers. They are likely to make repeat purchases, resulting in a higher CLV. By focusing on retaining existing customers and maximizing their lifetime value, businesses can achieve greater profitability in the long run.
  4. Reduced Marketing CostsMarketing efforts aimed at retaining existing customers are often less expensive than those targeting new customers. Strategies such as email marketing, loyalty programs, and personalized offers can be more targeted and cost-effective since they are directed at a known audience with established preferences and behaviors.
  5. Referral and Word-of-Mouth MarketingSatisfied customers are more likely to refer friends, family, or colleagues to a brand, leading to new customer acquisitions through word-of-mouth marketing. Since these referrals come at no additional cost to the business, they represent a cost-effective way to acquire new customers.
  6. Mitigation of Churn CostsLosing customers, or churn, can be costly for businesses. Not only does it result in the loss of potential revenue, but it also requires additional resources to replace lost customers with new ones. By focusing on customer retention, businesses can mitigate churn costs and maintain a stable revenue stream.
  7. Improved Customer Loyalty and AdvocacyRetained customers are more likely to develop strong loyalty to your brand and become brand advocates. They may defend the brand against criticism, provide valuable feedback for improvement, and actively promote the brand to others. These loyal customers can be instrumental in driving sustainable growth through their advocacy and support.

Now that you know the benefits, here are several ways to increase your ROI with your current customers.

  1. Deliver Exceptional Customer ServiceProvide timely, personalized, and helpful support to address any issues or concerns promptly. Make customers feel valued and heard.Top tip: Strive to leave no customers behind, and this is where a solid community can help you scale.
  2. Build Strong RelationshipsFoster a genuine connection with your customers by engaging with them regularly through various channels such as social media, email newsletters, and personalized communications.Top tip: I encourage you to pick up the phone to simply say Hello, and see how their week is going!
  3. Offer Loyalty ProgramsImplement loyalty programs that reward customers for their repeat business. Offer discounts, exclusive offers, or freebies to incentivize continued engagement and purchases.Top tip: Providing your customers a seat at the table to help drive product or service innovation is the ultimate offering!
  4. Provide Quality Products/ServicesConsistently deliver high-quality products or services that meet or exceed customer expectations. Quality is key to building trust and loyalty with your customer base.Top tip: Let your customers help keep you ahead of the curve, their feedback is priceless!
  5. Seek and Act on FeedbackRegularly solicit feedback from customers to understand their needs, preferences, and pain points. Use this feedback to improve your offerings and enhance the overall customer experience.Top tip: The feedback customers provide is a gift, do not take it for granted!
  6. Stay CompetitiveKeep an eye on your competitors and continuously innovate to stay ahead in the market. Offer unique value propositions and stay relevant to your customers’ evolving needs.Top tip: Do not ever take how happy your customers are for granted, ask them what else you can provide to make them more successful!
  7. Create a Seamless Customer ExperienceEnsure a smooth and hassle-free experience across all touchpoints, from browsing your website to making a purchase and receiving support. Consistency and convenience are essential for customer retention.Top tip: Customers really do care about experience, and are likely to pay a higher price for a better experience and feeling personally connected to your brand.

In conclusion, the advantages of retaining current customers through advocacy are clear, offering significant benefits to a company’s bottom line. By focusing on existing customers, businesses can reduce acquisition costs, increase conversion rates, boost customer lifetime value, and benefit from cost-effective marketing strategies such as referrals and word-of-mouth marketing. Moreover, by mitigating churn costs and fostering customer loyalty and advocacy, companies can achieve sustainable growth and long-term success.

To maximize ROI with current customers, it’s essential to prioritize exceptional customer service, build strong relationships, offer enticing loyalty programs, provide high-quality products/services, actively seek and act on feedback, stay competitive, and create a seamless customer experience. By implementing these strategies, businesses can not only retain their customer base but also cultivate a loyal and engaged customer community that drives ongoing success.

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