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Ukan Marketing Ltd
01748 823510
11 Finkle Street
Richmond

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01642 224706
Multi Media Exchange
Middlesbrough

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Sundial Ltd
01207 528704
3 Parkhead
Stanley

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The Connection Ltd
01833 690700
21 Galgate
Barnard Castle

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Danesmoor Marketing Ltd
01325 250000
Danesmoor House
Darlington

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Martin Wright Associates
01325 369919
16 Coniscliffe Road
Darlington

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Finn Copywriting
01642 787529
32 Albert Road
Stockton On Tees

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Dreamland
01642 677005
80-82 Norton Road
Stockton On Tees

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0191 5126366
Unit 16 Ymca Enterprise Centre
Houghton Le Spring

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01748 884777
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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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