The Guide to Customer Retention, Loyalty & Referrals

While surely everyone knows the famous quote that acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one, it’s strange why so many brands still focus so much on acquiring new customers instead of focusing on their existing ones. Because improving the experience for existing customers will not only increase customer retention and the bottom line, but also create satisfied customers that can become brand ambassadors to help acquire new ones.

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The Trend for 2021: Brands will embrace Organic Discovery, like Airbnb has, to avoid paying the Facebook and Google Tax.

The Trend for 2021
 

About this time of year, we normally turn our attention to future-gazing and predicting the global trends that we think will define customer acquisition strategies in the year ahead.

As you may remember, last year we identified five key trends that we predicted would shape advocacy marketing in 2020. And, while admitting that predicting anything in the age of Covid-19 is fraught with risk, this year we are predicting just one macro-trend:

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Our latest guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

1. The top 12 most reliable marketing channels for entrepreneurs

Keeping existing customers happy while gaining new ones is key to any business’s success. And the best way to do that is to connect with your target audience–those customers that won’t just buy your product, but might also spread the word to their friends. But, how do you figure out the best channel to reach them? While it naturally depends on your consumers and your product, we also might have some ideas. For example, creating personal connections with consumers is key, and referral marketing is the best at that. What separates you from the competition isn’t just your product, but the feeling you leave your customers with. Referral marketing allows you to leverage your happy customers’ trust to elevate their experience. Another top marketing channel? Word-of-mouth. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there’s no better marketing channel than a happy customer, and one happy target customer can lead to many more. Interested? Check out 10 more top marketing channels that might just help you find your target audience.

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How to get customers to become Brand Ambassadors

How to get customers to become Brand Ambassadors

When it comes to trying to market a brand or product, there is no asset more valuable than a Brand Ambassador; those who evangelize you, your brand or your product or service to their friends,  family and colleagues. No matter how well you personalize your messaging, no matter how much data you pour into your targeting, and no matter how much effort you put into reaching niche audiences, you simply can’t compete with the power and credibility of a trusted friend, family member or colleague.

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How do leading telecoms brands stand out from the crowd?

Smarty referral programme

Working in marketing in telecoms can be challenging – it’s quite simply that all telecoms brands are competing for the same customers, who can get more or less the same thing from a long list of providers. And, not only can those customers can also get the same iPhones, Xiaomi or Samsung phones, they can also get a new 5G service from almost all of them too. And the price wars never stop. In other words, in a such a competitive market with little product differentiation, you have to know how to stand out from the crowd if you want to be the best.

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