When a product is new and innovative, there are things customers live with because gains outweigh pains. But is there a future retention risk?
Marketing contribution is often overlooked when marketing is thought of as a cost center. It takes time and effort to demonstrate the real contribution to profits.
Customer Lifetime Value helps us understand a typical customer journey. Watching trends, or deviations from trend, can highlight points in time to improve engagement. Improving the value we both give and gain.
It happens. Buggy software. Late delivery. Escalations. Sometimes we disappoint customers. It happens. But then how do you protect and grow the account in these situations? How do you start a turn-around? There are strategies that can help.
Outside of your circle of long standing customers it can sometimes be really hard to get solid actionable feedback that can help improve our businesses. Yet, one of the best ways to get quick wins in business is to be able to quickly and proactively respond to constructive feedback before it turns into an escalation that also needs damage repair. It’s also important to not fall into the trap of only listening to the squeaky wheel.
Let’s step back and look at some common touchpoints – Acquisition, Onboarding, Adoption, Retention, Advocacy, and Growth. Each of them can spawn a separate post or series of posts in itself, for now let’s just look at them from a high level.
If you run any type of repeat or subscriber business, where you have an existing contract or agreed price, then your deals and marketing efforts to acquire new customers, can sometimes be perceived as negative marketing to existing customers if they aren’t offered any deals at all. Especially, if they are not happy or at risk of churn.
how do we know if our Customers are realizing these benefits? Do our Customers know they are achieving these benefits? And more importantly – do our Customers agree that these are the key benefits they want from our offering? To answer these questions we need to make the Value Proposition more than just a marketing statement. We need to make it a living breathing part of the business.