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5 Ways to Generate More from Existing Customers

Written By: Catherine Morgan | No Comments

It’s much easier – and usually more profitable – to generate money from existing customers. Yes, you can find new customers, but there is a cost to acquire them.

In “Five Ways to Make More Money Without a Single New Customer,” Carol’s recent post on the Bank of America Small Business Community, she shares some tips on how to leverage your existing customer base. Carol begins:

You’ve probably heard that it costs about five times more money to acquire new customers versus retaining existing ones. Obviously, the expense and effort of acquiring new customers can be worthwhile. That said, are you doing everything that you can to maximize profits based on your current customer base?

 Your customers already value your product or service, so it’s extremely cost-effective to try to get them to buy more from you. Follow these 5 tips to get more from the customers that you already have cultivated.

 1. Add higher revenue and margin items to your offerings.

Whatever products or services you offer, you probably can add some extras that provide greater perceived value to the customer while maximizing your profits.

 There’s a reason why fast food chains ask, “Do you want fries with that?” With a profit margin of around 75 percent, they are probably the most classic example of high-margin product add-ons. Your sales staff can easily increase profits by forming the habit of offering an extra pack of batteries or other related items when they sell electronic devices or a yearly website audit when creating a new website. So, when customers and clients make a purchase, have related products and services to suggest.

 2. Incentivize more frequent purchases.

Sometimes, regular customers will buy your products or services more frequently if you just remind them that you’re out there. For example, when a personal trainer calls customers to suggest that more frequent visits will help them reach the fitness goals that they’ve nearly achieved, the extra business can be significant.

 Don’t forget the value of loyalty programs, either. Caffeine-driven customers often stop by more frequently to get their cards punched when a free latte is in the offing. As a small business owner, you know your customers well. Target their current buying habits and untapped potential to identify the incentives that might encourage more sales.

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Catherine Morgan is the editor of Business Unplugged ™, an engaging speaker, and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant and former employee of three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines strategy development with accountability coaching. Her productivity tips and career transition advice have been featured on WGN AM 720 and WIND AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, and on WCHE AM 1520 in the Philadelphia area. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, small business, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.