Customer Appreciation = Customer Retention

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By Sarah Miller    2/13/2018

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How to begin a customer appreciation strategy.

A customer appreciation strategy can benefit all businesses and all departments who have contact with customers/clients. It is especially important for small businesses who need to be frugal with budget and time constraints. Keeping existing clients purchasing from you is less expensive and less time consuming than trying to market to new customers.

Your plan doesn't have to be overly complicated or cost a lot and a happy customer can also mean less stress on employees, which makes everyone happy!

So, how can we make customers happy? It takes a little more than just a great product or service because your competitor may have a great product/service too. But, if a customer knows they get unparalleled customer support or other meaningful benefits from your company, they will think of you when it's time to make their next purchase. Even better, they will also recommend your company to others!

If you don't have a customer appreciation strategy then where should you begin? One of the best ways to get ideas is from your employees. Why not ask them via a simple 2 question survey?

  1. What was your best customer experience and why?
  2. How would you like our company to show appreciation to customers/clients?

The answers you receive can help when you create or add to your customer appreciation plan. Here are some other ideas for making your customers feel special:

Now that you have compiled your ideas, it's time to examine the competition's customer appreciation strategies – not just to emulate them but to make your program even better.

You don't have to treat all your customers the same. As you finalize your plan, you can choose who to include in the various customer appreciation strategies you created. For example, you may have different tiers of customers based on their purchase history or product type.

Want more ideas for starting or improving your company's customer appreciation program?

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What's Next?
After Valentine's Day, the next big holiday isn't for another month. And for some of us, confidence in our New Year's resolutions and plans for 2018 might be starting to fade as we get bogged down in our never ending "to do" lists. People get behind because they procrastinate and they procrastinate because they are overwhelmed that they are so far behind! That's why our next issue tackles the topic of ways to end procrastination!

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Sarah Miller
President, Set Now Solutions and CorpNote

For over 20 years, Sarah has helped small businesses and nonprofits grow their business through email marketing. She specializes in email marketing, website design and SEO.

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