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D & S Marketing Technologies Ltd
01392 435503
Upstairs
Exeter

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Marketing Centre International
01752 312140
12 Mary Seacole Road
Plymouth

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A Huelin
01271 340380
1 The Square
Barnstaple

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R P & M Jay
01392 874513
Rydon Lane
Exeter

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Bdi Marketing
01392 461972
11 Sheridan Road
Exeter

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Swim
08707 669716
St. Michaels Court
Plymouth

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Team Europe
08451 228451
13 Barn Close
Plymouth

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David Radford Marketing Ltd
01752 263222
29 Athenaeum Street
Plymouth

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01803 882277
1-3 Fore Street
Brixham

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01626 852030
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Ignoring customers and other ways to help your business fail

(First appeared in Second Opinion Marketing e-bulletin May 2010 - subscribe to the e-bulletin here ). 

Avoid the sin of ignoring your customers

I’m going to be controversial in this issue of Practical Marketing: you ignore your customers and prospects, and in doing so you miss massive opportunities to generate more business.

Ok – hopefully you’re still reading so that I can explain myself and provide you with some useful pointers for how to avoid this sin in the future.

How many of our businesses have a regular method for open dialogue with clients? How frequently do you communicate with them – both sending and receiving information – and I don’t just mean transactional communications? Have you ever bought, rented or used a mailing list of target prospects, mailed them once or twice and then abandoned them?

I’m sure we’d all be lying if we said we weren’t guilty of at least one of these sins.

You know how it is, when you first start the business you are close to all your customers, they get 1:1 attention from you, you speak regularly, you listen to their requirements carefully and you are able to respond easily and quickly to what they need. As your business grows and more people become involved, as both customers and members of staff, a divide grows between you and the client. Before you know it you spend 12 months without speaking to or writing to a client, and then you’re surprised to learn they are buying from someone else!

Research which looked at the reasons customer defect proves the point perfectly:

Why do customers leave?

  • Move away or die/become insolvent - 4%
  • Influenced away - 5% 
  • Get a better deal - 9% 
  • Unresolved conflict - 14% 
  • Perceived indifference - 68%

(Source: Michael LeBoeuf – How to Win Customers and Keep them for Life)

When I first saw those figures I was astounded. Customers leave because they don’t feel ‘loved’. We’ve ignored them! This is our life blood we are talking about, without customers we can’t survive, and we’re letting them leave, for some businesses in their droves.

The same research suggested that a customer thinks you’ve forgotten them if you don’t speak to them for 6 weeks or more. Wow. That’s a big ask for most businesses, but it does demonstrate why the modern keep in touch mechanisms via Twitter, Blogs, Linked In and so on, which put the customer or receiver of information in a position of control, have been so effective for some brands.

I always recommend to clients regular communications via e-newsletters, e-shots, mailings, service calls and face to face meetings with the most important customers. You can make the process as formal or informal as you like and of course it doesn’t have to be the business owner making the contact. As a business grows it’s important to not only delegate work t...

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