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No. 1 Reason Existing Customers Leave: Ways to Keep Them Buying

Keep your most valuable buyers with these low-cost tactics

Why do customers leave a business, even after years of buying? A research project conducted in Washington D.C. revealed the following reasons:

  • 1% Death
  • 3% Move
  • 5% Buy from a friend
  • 9% Swept up by competitors
  • 14% Price
  • 68% Perceived indifference

Why do so many customers feel as though they’re treated indifferently? They aren't reminded often enough that their business is valued.

Proven, low-cost ways to show appreciation: letters, cards, phone calls and email.

Consider using these messages and times to reach out:

After a customer says ‘no’

Thank them for giving you the opportunity to win their business again, and remind them to keep you in mind for future needs – as you’re always adding new products/services.

Following a referral

Thank customers and reassure them that their colleagues will receive the same respect and attention they’ve always received.

After a conversation

Tell them how much you were able to learn about their business needs, and let them know when and how you’ll contact them again.

At Thanksgiving/other occasions

Remind customers that your company’s thankful to have them on board. It’s also a good time to tell them the ways you’ll continue to serve them in the future.

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Reprinted with permission from The Marketing Report, 370 Technology Drive, Malvern, PA 19355, 800-220-5000

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Hattie Bryant
Small Business School