Written by Stu Kushner

10 Tactics For Increasing Your Customer Lifetime Value and Loyalty

By Sean Work

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We live in an age of growth hacking and rock star startups taking the world by storm. As a result, many of us focus on new customer/user acquisition, even though it can cost 7x more than customer retention.

While there’s nothing wrong with working hard to grow your customer base, it’s important to remember the value behind customer retention and brand loyalty. Internal research from social analytics platform SumAll shows:

“25% to 40% of the total revenues of the most stable businesses in the SumAll network come from returning customers. Even better, steady customers help businesses weather lean economic times; businesses with 40% repeat customers generated nearly 50% more revenue than similar businesses with only a 10% repeat customers.”

Brand loyalty is one of the most difficult assets for a business to attain. Or, at least it was. We used to have to rely on customers having a great experience with our product/service, or with our employees. Now, we can give them a great experience, but most businesses still haven’t figured out how to do it.

Before we get into specific tactics that you can use to increase brand loyalty with your customers, I recommend checking out the Global Loyalty Sentiment Report from Nielsen. It’s filled with insight into what customers from different international markets and different verticals care about most when it comes to the brands/products they buy. This data could/should influence how you use each (or any) of the suggestions below.

Feature Your Fans in Your Content

Embed social media posts from fans who have shared your content or said something great about your brand to their followers. Put them in the spotlight and let them know how much you appreciate them. Once they see the reciprocity, they’ll make your brand a priority and become one of your most valuable …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

5 Easy Steps to Maximize Conversions From Your International Audience

By Sean Work

 online marketing, management ,SEO

Imagine you are traveling in a faraway country, outside of your comfort zone. You are enjoying the sights and sounds and smells, but you know you are a stranger in a strange land.

Then, you hear someone speaking your native language. Immediately, you turn to see who it is, and you smile, because you feel at home with this person who knows your language.

How Will Translation Help My Conversion Rate?

Our native language can affect our behavior and influence our purchasing habits. Indeed, language has been proven to affect our behavior considerably.

In research published in the Harvard Business Review, it was found that 72.1% of consumers spend most or all of their time on websites in their own language. This means that, by providing a site in only one language, you automatically are ruling out a huge potential client base.

The research also found that 72.4% of consumers would be more likely to buy a product using information in their own language. With so many products available, consumers increasingly are undertaking their own internet-based research before committing to a purchase. If your product information isn’t in their native language, chances are they won’t buy it.

In fact, 56.2% of the consumers in the study said the ability to obtain information in their own language is even more important than price. Thus, while price reduction is an obvious tactic in a competitive market, the use of language may have a bigger impact than you might think.

Another report, published by the European Commission, revealed that 90% of internet users in the EU always visited a website in their own language, when given a choice of languages. In today’s competitive world, no business can afford to ignore the possibility of adding 90% of a country’s internet users to their sales figures!

Start Small with One Language

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Written by Stu Kushner

Deliver the Content Your Customers Want

video (1)Providing your customers with quality content is essential for online marketing success, but failing to provide the type that your connections are looking for can result in missed opportunities.  You need to create content that is related and relatable to your product or service in order to have the greatest impact with both your current customers and prospects.

Prior to pouring every bit of your online marketing efforts into a single medium you’ve got to take the time to figure out if that medium will be the most effective means of reaching your target customer.  Step outside of the business owner mindset and view your approach to

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Written by Stu Kushner

Use Your Blog to Educate

online marketing, content writing, blogIt can be awfully tempting to use all of that available real estate on your blog to compose another sales pitch to try and secure a sale, but that isn’t the wisest strategy for online marketing success.  As a business person your first inclination is to sell your product. But too much promotion can have the opposite effect on your business blog traffic.

If you’ve got an e-commerce site set up, it provides current customers and prospects with the opportunity to make a direct inquiry about your product or to place an order. 

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Written by Stu Kushner

Every Interaction is Important – Social Network Marketing

SEO-Business-Blog-in-DCUsing a business blog and multiple social networking profiles for online marketing gives your customers and prospects a multitude of options for connecting with you in an instant.  While this can be a huge asset to the growth of your business you’ll only really reap the full benefit if you do everything you can to ensure that each interaction with a customer is satisfying. If you don’t regularly monitor your social network profiles for questions from customers or take the time to respond to reader comments on your blog you could be doing serious damage to your image.

Consider how fast word of mouth can travel even without the aid of technology.  If you take too long to respond to questions and requests or if you don’t promptly resolve any

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