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How important are existing customers to your business? Do you know?

How important are existing customers to your business? Do you know?

Who doesn’t want a good base of individuals or businesses who are loyal, regular, repeat customers. We all do surely, it makes sound business sense.

But do you know how important existing customers are to you business? Are you confident that you are placing enough emphasis on retaining existing customers compared to attracting new customers? Perhaps now is the time to find out by calculating your Returning vs New Customer Metrics.

These metrics will help you understand the real value of these two groups to your business and enable you, as with any good metric, to make decisions on how much time and money you should put into your marketing for the different groups.

• Start by calculating your Total Number of Customers either at a specific point of time e.g. 1st January or over a point of time e.g. in 2018. Now split these into new customers and repeat customers to see your new customer to repeat customer ratio.

• Next work out the Value of an Average New Customer to your business vs that of a Returning Customer over the lifetime of your relationship. We generally recommend it’s worth also considering the costs you incur with attracting new customers e.g. advertising and retaining existing customers e.g. loyalty incentives. You can now see the costs of generating business and how the business generated between the two groups varies over time. Does that value change over the period a customer stays with you?

• Finally look at calculating the Average Time a Customer Remains Loyal to your business. This is a good indicator of your customers views towards your organisation, how good you are at maintaining existing customer relationships and their likely purchase intentions.

What next?

With this understanding conduct a review of what you do to attract new customers and keep existing customers. Think about the time, money and effort you put into these two groups. Have you got the balance right? Should you for example amend your advertising spend or customer relationship management approaches? Should you consider incentives to either attract new customers or keep existing customers? Perhaps if you discover customers aren’t particularly loyal you should consider loyalty schemes or enhancing the quality of your customer service.

Whatever you do with this knowledge you’ll be in a much stronger position as a business to maximise the benefits from both groups and drive your business forward.

About the author

Richard Milton is founder of e-nexus Ltd – a Marketing Consultancy based in Bournemouth specialising in Strategic Marketing Planning and Performance Measurement. He is a career long marketer, holding numerous senior marketing positions throughout his 20 years in the profession. Describing himself as a marketing strategist, performance and measurement specialist, Richard spends time working with business owners, managers and marketers to help them improve their marketing decisions, investments and impact by harnessing the power of data and insights alongside his strategic experience.

Richard’s biggest passion is to help marketers show the value of their efforts and give them the confidence and skills to be able to share the story with their senior managers. Richard helps organisations understand the importance of measurement and metrics as well as appreciate the breadth of data available to them in todays marketing world.

To find out more about e-nexus and the services we provide please visit www.e-nexus.co.uk

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How loyal are your customers?

What do your customers think of your business? Would they recommend you, your products or services to their family and friends? Calculate your Net Promoter Score (NPS) and gauge your customer’s overall satisfaction with your business and their loyalty to your brand.

Net Promoter Score is used by many companies to gauge the loyalty of a firm’s customer relationships and serves as an alternative to traditional customer satisfaction research. What’s more, it’s felt by many that there is a strong correlation between a high Net Promoter Score and company growth. Your NPS can be as low as −100 (everybody is a detractor) or as high as +100 (everybody is a promoter). An NPS that is positive (i.e., higher than zero) is felt to be good, and an NPS of +50 is excellent.

Calculating your Net Promoter Score

To calculate your Net Promoter Score ask your customers, most likely in a simple survey how likely they are to recommend your company to a friend or colleague, using a scale of zero to 10, with 10 being highest. Then work out the percentage of responses that scored your company between seven and 10, then zero and six. Subtract the zero-to-six percentage from the seven-to-10 percentage, and you have your Net Promoter Score.

You can also take the opportunity when surveying your customers to ask some further questions on how and what you can improve to potentially push your NPS even higher.

Measure4Success is the blog for e-nexus Ltd.  We are a Bournemouth based Marketing consultancy specialising in Strategic Marketing Planning and Performance Measurement.  Learn more about what we and get in touch by visiting our website at www.e-nexus.co.uk

Quote of the day

“Measure what can be measured, and make measurable what cannot be measured.” Galileo Galilei

Who are your top customers by Profit or Life Time Value?

Have you ever stopped and calculated who are your best customers?  It sounds simple but how often do you identify and rank the customers who drive the most profit for your business?

Ranking these customers from highest to lowest by Profit or Life Time Value lets you see which individuals or groups drive an outsized portion of your business results.  When you can look at a single list and see your main customers you have the power to identify the unique characteristics of your customers and work hard to attract more.  Is it who they are, where they live, or what they buy?

Knowing that answer can be more valuable than just making a sale. By focusing your customer service, marketing, promotions and sales offers you can build the long-term value of these customers.  You can also find more existing and new customers who share the same characteristics as well as empower these customers to become advocates of your business.

Measure4Success is the blog for e-nexus Ltd.  We are a Bournemouth based Marketing consultancy specialising in Strategic Marketing Planning and Performance Measurement.  Learn more about what we and get in touch by visiting our website at www.e-nexus.co.uk

Supporting & nurturing business in Bournemouth

We are delighted that our MD & founder of e-nexus Richard Milton has been invited to speak at the next New 2 Business Networking event in October.  Taking place on Wednesday 17th October at the Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth, Richard will be speaking about how to use Web Analytics to grow your business.

Why not come along and join us for some great networking as well as hear Richard speak.  To book your place visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-2-business-networking-sponsored-by-outset-tickets-41308021404?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Measure4Success is the blog for e-nexus Ltd.  We are a Bournemouth based Marketing consultancy specialising in Strategic Marketing Planning and Performance Measurement.  Learn more about what we and get in touch by visiting our website at www.e-nexus.co.uk

6 questions to ask your marketing team

As a business owner, what are the key questions you should be asking those responsible for your marketing? What should you ask to get a better understanding on how marketing is contributing to the success of your business?

1 – How are we measuring the performance of our activities?
Show me the results. How many leads or sales were generated from each marketing campaign and how were they were tracked. If the question can’t be answered because the tracking is non existent or isn’t accurate, you can’t be confident that your campaign was a success.

2 – Who are we targeting in our marketing?
Sales and marketing go hand in hand as marketing leads to sales. If your marketing audience e.g. visitors to your website or your followers on social media are different from your target customers then your efforts may be wasted and you will be missing opportunities to reach out to future clients.

3 – How are we retaining existing customers?
Many marketing strategies focus on gaining new customers at the expense of keeping existing ones. Both are important, but keeping current customers engaged with the business is just as essential as building new clients in order to generate sales for the business.

4 – Who are our top customers?
How are you identifying the customers that drive the most profit for the business. How do you rank them and how impactful are they for the business? You want to find out which individuals or groups drive an outsized portion of your business results. When you can look at a single list and see your main customers you have the power to identify the unique characteristics of this group and work hard to attract more.

5 – What should we stop doing?
It’s far to easy to get into a marketing routine and do things just because you’ve done them in the past. By reviewing data and challenging your marketing efforts it is possible to identify those things you should stop doing and those efforts you should do more of to provide a greater return to your business.

6 – What metrics are we monitoring to measure success?
There are so many different metrics that you can measure. The rule when deciding what to measure is:
• Does this metric help me make a decision?
• When I view this metric does it help me understand how to get closer to my business goals?
• If you answer ‘No’ to both questions you are looking at a vanity metric and need to ignore it and repeat steps to identify better metrics to monitor.

Measure4Success is the blog for e-nexus Ltd.  We are a Bournemouth based Marketing consultancy specialising in Strategic Marketing Planning and Performance Measurement.  Learn more about what we and get in touch by visiting our website at www.e-nexus.co.uk

Quote of the day

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.  Quote – Albert Einstein.

Quote of the day

The price of light is less than the cost of darkness.
Arthur C. Nielsen, Market Researcher & Founder of ACNielsen

Marketing on a shoestring: e-nexus marketing workshop

No matter the size of your business every penny you spend & every hour you commit to your marketing has to count towards you achieving your business goals. At our next e-nexus marketing workshop taking place on Monday 29th October  in Southbourne, Bournemouth, we will enable you to boost the effectiveness of your marketing without spending a fortune by:

• Considering why marketing fails
• Looking at other key areas of marketing as well as promotion
• Giving you ideas on how you can better measure the impact of your marketing

Who should attend?

This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to get more out of their marketing, whatever the size of business or budget.

The workshop is hosted by Richard Milton – a career long marketer who specialises in marketing strategy, performance and measurement. Richard spends his time working with business owners, managers and marketers, supporting them to improve their marketing decisions, investments and impact.

BOOK NOW to claim your ticket – space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

18.00 – Registration & networking
18.30 – Seminar
19.30 – Q&A
20.00 – Seminar closes

Location:

Brewhouse & Kitchen – Southbourne
147 Parkwood Road
Bournemouth
BH5 2BW

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