One of the best uses of your marketing dollars is to protect your existing customer base. You’ve worked hard to earn their loyalty. Now you want to keep it. Consider the benefits of utilizing customer surveys.
Let’s look at an example. A regional grocery store chain was experiencing increased competition from a large national chain and wanted to preserve its most valuable customer relationships. The chain sent two personalized surveys to its top 400 customers: one in the fall and one in the spring.
The first survey included six personalized questions and a letter addressed to the shopper, signed by the store manager of the location they frequented most. In the second, questions were designed to see how well the chain had addressed the issues raised in the first survey. Recipients also received a personalized cover letter from the store manager.
The surveys received a 52% response rate. While specific data on customer retention was not provided, a research study conducted by Rice University and published in Harvard Business Review found that, over the course of a year, customers who received similar customer surveys were twice as likely to continue their relationship with the company than those who did not.
There are no surprises here. Once people have made a purchase from you, they are your customers to lose. Show them that you care what they think, that their opinions are valuable, and you will act on information they share with you. They will reward you with their loyalty.
Why not talk to us about incorporating a customer survey into your next mailing?
 “Sending out a Survey to Customers Can Double Sales,” by Vivek Bhaskaran, www.questionpro.com.
Quick! Name a marketing channel that does the following amazing things:
- Offers a massive 8.5” user interface — double the size of a tablet — and is expandable to 15”.
- Provides crystal clear images that load instantaneously. No lag time!
- Requires no cables or wires.
- Comes pre-installed with thousands of applications.
- Has infinite battery life.
- Can be read from any angle, even upside-down!
What is it? It’s a book!
The ingenious ad campaign comes from IKEA. The home furnishing giant is promoting a YouTube video for what it calls its book book. In the words of the on-screen idea engineer, it is “an idea so simple, it seems familiar.”
In the campaign, the IKEA spokesperson teases the audience with this highly versatile medium that offers benefits that “wow” the audience. Imagine! You can view multiple pages at a time, allow different users to bookmark pages in a simple, intuitive fashion (colored Post-It notes), and despite its power, the battery never, never runs out! It’s a brilliant, entertaining video that every marketer should see.
Best of all, the benefits of this “book book” are real— and they can be applied to direct mailers, postcards, newsletters, and other traditional print marketing, too!
What do you think of this campaign?
What is your company’s brand identity? Do you even know? Whether you realize it or not, all of the choices you make, from the colors on your business card to the graphics on your mailer, create a brand identity in the eyes of your customers and prospects. Let’s look at a few of the brand elements you should be paying attention to.
Color. The colors you choose for your marketing materials should reinforce your brand. Think UPS brown, IBM blue, and John Deere green. Color triggers an emotional reaction, so color is a powerful tool. Red elicits excitement. Blue is associated with faithfulness and trustworthiness. Black connotes luxury. What colors best represent you?
Image. Your presentation should be consistent with your industry. If your business is in a conservative field, such as accounting or financial planning, for example, your visual image should be businesslike. Would you trust your money to someone who gives you a florescent orange business card covered with cheap clip art and grunge fonts?
Distinctive. Your colors and logo imagery should be appropriate, but at the same time distinctive so they stand out from the crowd. “Distinctive” doesn’t mean complicated. In fact, many of the most recognizable logos are simple. Think about the McDonald’s Golden Arches or the Nike “swoosh.”
Quality. When you are producing your print materials, spend the extra money to produce high-quality work. You can talk about quality products and great customer service, but if your print marketing looks like it was done on the cheap, that is the image that will stick in your customers’ memories. Spend the extra money on “extras” like gloss coatings and heavier-weight paper when appropriate.
Once you have a solid handle on your brand image, be consistent. Whether it’s your business card, your corporate identity materials, or a presentation folder, all of your print communications should have a similar look and feel. Continually reinforce your brand image in the minds of your customers.
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