Are Today’s Customers Harder to Reach?

Are Today’s Customers Harder to Reach?

The competition today is humongous!

In our history as a nation, for example in the 1800s, all selling was face-to-face. Store owners studied customer purchases to determine their likes and not so likes of goods and services. Sounds simple, because it was, then.

Now fast forward to the present. It is difficult to get a grasp on why and what a potential customer would buy. There is a loss of useful, outmoded communication channels seceded by the internet and all things technology.

Further, the competition today is humongous. Customers shopping at stores is low, B2B company industry shows are trying to make a comeback, trade publications are disappearing or bought out, and a small business is erratic with selling goods or closed for good.

The timing is right getting back to the basics.

When I put my thoughts together for this post, I realized how much has changed since the pandemic reached our shores in the first quarter of 2020. Companies, big and small, had a very difficult time on how to communicate with prospects and customers. Try this, do that, or even maybe this will work.

Hopefully, the time is right for a change. The pandemic may wind down as we approach the summer of 2021. Fresh cases of Covid-19 are at their low and in single digits of deaths in Illinois. People vaccinated twice are slightly over 50%.

Selling to people in the 1800s.

The biggest takeaway from the 19th Century was face-to-face selling. In the B2B industry, a person may sell a high-cost product or service. The salesperson usually receives a lot of objections. A good salesperson studies his customers and their company. He must know how to react to the objections.

With negotiations, both people must know as much as possible about each other. Each person wants to walk away as a winner.

So, what is different today? We have the technology to meet face-to-face. For example, any good salesperson would say, “I need to set the table on why my product or service is better.” A small ticket price salesperson must also set a table to get a sale. It is not what you know or who you know, it is what you know about the person you are selling to. What does he know about you?

Look at what other companies are doing.

To become a useful tool, you must transform data into information that can help drive strategic direct marketing and selling programs, financial decisions, and product development. To minimize manual data collection and conserve resources, a company should focus on metrics for readily available data.

In today’s direct and digital marketing, data will capture information needed to drive decisions. The idea of having a good marketing automation tool to capture more data at a reasonable price is a worthwhile investment. The Pareto Principal comes into play when you collect data. Twenty percent of your customers usually provide eighty percent of your revenue. Buy a CRM or database and build one today.

Adding value-oriented work habits.

When you summarize feedback in charts, graphs, or simple to understand language, you’ll always know the score. You know if you’re winning or losing–and to what degree. 

Go get’em slugger!

Useful methods of setting a table for a sale.

  1. Printed Materials. If you have not printed marketing materials in sometime, there are many knowledgeable printers to help you with paper ideas, paper types, color, black and white, sizes, postal requirement and so forth. Look up a direct mail company who process mail for delivery is a logical choice.
  2. Contact List. Every business needs a customer and prospect list. The average list may lose 20% of contacts each year. You can count on over 20% based on the present pandemic. Before you do any mailing, search your current customers from accounting. Compare each list and update your mailing customer list. That is just a start. See #5.
  3. Direct Marketing Mail. Whether a large or small business direct mail can deliver. For example, get creative with printed materials. Get creative with the envelope or other size package, so when it reaches the person’s hand and eyes, they have creative printed material, such as a call-to-action.
  4. Communication Channels. Besides mail you should add additional communication channels such as email, landing pages, your website, telephone, zoom, video such as You Tube and other digital marketing techniques. Your choices are many, but it all depends on what your contacts prefer.
  5. Data Management. Personalization assumes that you know something about the people to whom you are mailing, emailing, or sending to a landing page and so on. It is an effective way to keep customers spending their money on your products and services.

Summary

Yes, there are more. However, without having a good contact list, your results are not always what they could be. The key point in any of the communication channels is personalization. You need to collect customer data, such as what channel (email, mail, etc) is the best revenue channel.

A database, such as a CRM, will disclose more about your customers and prospects. Think about using segments in your CRM. Start simple. For example, what buyers are in the top 20% of revenue. They may have different copy than the other 80%.

Here is a collection of articles and posts for each of the five tactical tools from the list above.

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Pick A Marketing Communication Channel, But Not Just Any Channel

Pick A Marketing Communication Channel, But Not Just Any Channel

Then share the most important ideas with the ones that make you money. 

There are numerous tools of the trade you’ll find when using direct marketing and mail. If you have read a few of my posts on using both within a direct to customer strategy, there are an incredible amount of tactical tools to help you reach your end game. 

Considering your customers can be challenging to determine what makes them buy, because one day this, another day that, but sending the same marketing message again latter, you get a different result. Who would of thunk it? 

These are just a few ways the pandemic has uprooted our daily lives to earn a living. Unemployed people and empty company locations will leave your marketing message unread, unseen, or unheard. 

Marketing, advertising, and selling professionals, must remain vigilant to stay connected. For instance, build a customer list of recent purchasers and even others who have not recently made a purchase. Do not be salesly with your conversation but show concern about your contact and their company. Offer to help by stretching out customer payments, free shipping or whatever benefit people love about your product and service. Saving money never goes out of style. 

Small businesses restaurants or a fitness center, and many other companies, are under siege via mask mandates, times or days allowed to be open, losing quality employees or letting them go because of the lack of funds. I am sure you get that point. This is not a good situation.

 So what do you want to do? Stay on the same path and hope for           better results?

 Now is the time to plan your attack but first, read on for other ideas. But   while you study all channels of communication to reach your   audience, write personalized messages n your blog like there is no   tomorrow about on what is to come down.

There’s so many channel preferences people have at their disposal, but the most important ones are what communication channels your desired audience may use. Unless you are one of the few waiting to determine peoples desired channels of choice, I am sorry to inform you, it is up to you to make that happen. 

In the past 25 years or so, I preached to many audiences everywhere to spend time to learn your customer’s habits, needs and wants, and to enter your results in a customer-contact management system. Or, if you sell a product or service, then into your busy book. When the information you collected is entered in a database, you first move is to develop customer segments. Start small and add on what else you learn. The knowledge you get from studying this data will make your marketing messages more relevant.

I created a lot of marketing and sales tools to help a business like yours learn how to analyze the data you collect. For example, how to segment your customers and prospects, start by building an easy form to help you see the big picture for achieving marketing and selling success.

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The choice is theirs. 

Clients have more choices to buy than just your company. If your business is in everyone’s busy book, how do you stand out? So for instance, a direct marketing strategy is one of the more valuable tools in building an offer. An offer is vital for success. Still, many businesses assume their product is good enough to sell as is without an offer. Guess what? Wrong. 

Why? In one quick answer, the offer causes a person to stop and give your message a second look, a second thought. Is that the way your mind is rolling?

Now, many of you reading this may consider an offer of lower prices. But, if you took the time to learn more about your customers, you may have found a certain percentage of customers and prospects have other values when making a purchase. At the heart of any direct marketing message will always be an offering, whether you’re selling a product, promoting a service, driving traffic to a Website, or taking people to a retail location.

What is an “offer”?  

It is not to love and cherish a product for the rest of your life, but it can be. And no, it is not a discount, but it can be. It could be any number of other things as well.  

On the simplest level, an offer is the “terms of the deal.” It is you saying, “Here’s what you can get. And here’s what you have to do or pay to get it.” It’s the combination of several elements that make up the “deal.” 

Individuals who operate in the direct marketing and mail business understand the importance of creating a sense of urgency in a marketing offer. The value of having the sale happen now is that if it does not, it may not happen at all.  Condition that the sale happens now, it increases the likelihood that another sale will happen later. 

These are just a few tried-and-true strategies to help your customers and prospects overcome the dreaded disease of delay! 

Want to learn more about direct marketing?  For a limited time only, I have placed our most requested white paper, “The Right Notes in Your Direct Marketing, Make Beautiful Music for Your Customer’s Ears and Your Accounting Department”, on our report sending website free for the asking.  

This powerful report can change your opinion on your direct marketing strategy and realize, there is a better way to communicate with your audience – when you spend some time to get to know them! Your messages become more relevant and your customers feel more appreciated. And we both know what that means! 

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