by Ron Rosenberg
There’s a conversation that takes place far too often with attendees in my live programs. It goes something like this:
Me: What is the purpose of a customer?
Them: To get the sale.
Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that it’s quite the opposite: the purpose of the sale is to get the customer!
Most people follow a very rudimentary business plan: find a prospect, call the prospect, get the sale, move on to the next one. This sounds curiously like the instructions on the back of the shampoo bottle: wet hair, lather, rinse, repeat.
And it completely ignores one of the most important marketing principles we teach: lifetime value. In fact, when we do the lifetime-value exercise in our live programs, people are frequently shocked by the actual value a single customer, client, or member can bring to their businesses – value well in excess of the initial purchase – sometimes orders of magnitude higher!
So make sure you understand what your customers are worth over your entire expected relationship with them, and do everything you can to maintain a relationship that will let you benefit from this relationship while still delivering outstanding value to them.
In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up shopping carts and editing video, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!