Do you know if there are things that your customers are tolerating today that they might not tolerate tomorrow? Do you have a way of finding out? Or do you just think because a customer continues to pay today, that there is no risk for the future? Or are afraid to poke-the-bear and rattle a customer about something you can’t address today.
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.
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.