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Strategic Planning Kit For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Erica Olsen

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Getting to Know Your Most Valuable Customers

Not everything in this world is created equal, and neither are your customers. Most companies lose about 25 percent of their customers every year for a variety of reasons. Recognizing that you'll lose customers is important, yet maintaining existing clients instead of acquiring new ones is substantially cheaper. With this in mind, organizations get trapped in a continuous cycle of trying to fill a leaky customer bucket.

Here are two reasons for customer leaks:

  • Businesses spend a disproportionate amount of money trying to keep all their customers happy.
  • Businesses try to hold on to every customer, which isn't statistically possible, while constantly seeking new customers and neglecting their best customers.

image How can you stop your customer bucket from leaking? The key is to focus your time and money on the 75 percent of the customers who're likely to stay with you and are profitable.

Do you need more convincing to keep your current customers happy? Check out these statistics from The Center for Customer Focus that just may persuade you:

  • For every one complaint, there are 26 silent or dissatisfied customers.
  • Your buyers aren't complaining; they're just not buying from you.
  • Sixty-three percent of silent customers will switch suppliers.
  • Unsatisfied customers will express their dissatisfaction to at least nine other people.
  • Roughly 65 percent ...

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