The $64,000 question… How do I keep my customers? Right now, more than ever, holding on to the customers we have is priority number one. Believe the adage, it costs 5X more to gain new customers than hold onto current customers.
So what’s the answer? We keep them, in part, by ensuring they know we care about them and their business. Just like at home we often take those around us for granted and we forget to say please or thank you. Giving a customer a simple “thanks for continuing to do business with us; we really appreciate it” goes a long way.
Regular communication and building a relationship is key to creating customer loyalty. We all know it’s true: Out of site, out of mind. Don’t let your customers forget you or soon they’ll be someone else’s customers. For many, a quick – but personal – card is a perfect way to stay in touch. Cards are seen as personal mail – not solicitations. But don’t be misled – the ability of a greeting card to market you and your organization is enormous. The cost is small, and whether you mail them or hand them out personally, the receiver is excited to see it. The mere size makes it clear it is not a bill, not junk mail, but a greeting card.
As the holidays approach, don’t fool yourself into thinking that sending cards to your customers, vendors and staff isn’t important. It is! A greeting card is a gift. The exchange of greeting cards is one of the most popular and widely accepted customs in the United States. Sharing that tradition with customers shows them just how special they are to you. And again, it is an effective marketing tool for your business.
But of course, all cards are not equal in their marketing effectiveness. How many pretty wreath cards or winter scenes do you think your customer will receive? To market effectively you must stand out from the pack. You must give your customer something that will make them take pause, smile and think of you.
Don’t miss the opportunity to market your business with an industry specific Christmas card. A clever card that depicts your industry in a positive way ensures your customer associates that card and the smile on their face with your company. Adding your logo or company name to the front of the card tops the deal. House of Cards, and www.Cardscheaper.com provides inexpensive but clever and unique cards for many industries and allow numerous options to best suit the needs of each customer.