Tag: loyalty

Communities can be a sharp knife, both useful and dangerous

Some industries foster communities. If you sell surfboards, blenders, or crafting tools, you already know your customers talk to each other. In these communities they share ideas, help each other, and recommend products and services. They also report on bad products and experiences. More and more communities are forming now as there is no technical …

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Too busy for customer retention

I heard from a Shopify store that they are too busy for customer retention because all their time is focused on customer acquisition. They didn’t realize that they were the ones creating the problem with their business. When you ignore customer retention, customers will leave. Some might stick around but those will be the minority. …

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Should you ever take 0 profit on orders to build customer loyalty?

I was thinking about something the other day. Is it ever worth taking zero profit on an order for a repeat customer? For a new customer it’s different (e.g. loss leader strategy). It’s riskier as you don’t know if they’ll reorder or have customer service issues that end up costing you. It can work, but it …

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Is it cold in here?

It’s starting to get cooler here as we get into autumn. Cool, but not quite cold yet. You know, that borderline area where you might turn the heat on for a bit but it’s not quite needed all the time yet. This year we also replaced our central heat with per-room heaters. They’ll be more …

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Talk to your VIP customers

Here’s a quick tip today to help keep your best customers. Find your top 10 customers. You can use your memory, their total spent, or the segmenting in Repeat Customer Insights (the VIP segment is great). Write a 2-3 sentence email to each of them, sending it from your individual account. Something like: Hey Jerry, …

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During low trust times, work on your customer retention

With the low levels of consumer trust right now, one metric you should be watching is your repeat purchase rate. This is the time to focus on retaining as many customers as you can as you don’t know if they’ll ever come back otherwise. You can start with a simple email campaign or get as …

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The two types of brand loyalty

Loyalty is such a loaded term in ecommerce. A lot of the advice given to stores is about finding loyal customers. A.k.a., customers who come back and give you money for your products. (Even I write about loyal customers this way too) But loyalty is a two-way street. You want customers who are loyal to …

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