Creating customers is problematic for many businesses. Doing so shouldn’t require luck. Here are a few simple tips.
Pay attention to market research.
Your company should aim to figure out what customers need and want through surveys, test groups and feedback on social media and reviews left on your website. If you notice certain issues that keep popping up, there might be a need for a new product to solve the problem.
Produce stellar content.
If you’re just starting out, your business should promote its new product and prove that it’s solving a problem currently plaguing consumers through informative and educational content. Determine your target demographic and do some research to find out where they are active on social media and elsewhere online. Your content should aim to entertain and inform your customers of the value of your products.
Release an explainer video that relates to your business or a humorous video they’ll want to share with friends (think Old Spice or Dollar Shave Club’s spots), an infographic that educates consumers about a pertinent issue, or a blog post written by your CEO that contains industry insights. By producing quality content on a regular basis, you’ll begin to build trust with your audience and ideally increase sales from this newly established relationship.
Feature customers’ reviews.
On your website, product pages and elsewhere, you should be featuring customer reviews. Customers are going to trust testimonials from their fellow shoppers. In a survey conducted by Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange, it was found that 78 percent of American customers aged 18 to 64 who shop online consult reviews before purchasing a product.
They won’t hesitate to purchase from your competitors if there’s a plethora of bad reviews about your products, which is why your employees should be apologetic to any customers who had negative experiences and respond quickly to any feedback that comes up. You also need to track their reviews and analyze them in order to improve products. Rating and review software such as Bazaarvoice, Re-Vu or Gigya will allow you to do just that depending on the size of your business and your budget. […]
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