Your best customers are your Brand Lovers.
Understanding the needs of your Brand Lovers and serving them better than anyone else is critical if you want to outmaneuver the competition and grow a long-term sustainable business.
Here are ten reasons why your Brand Lovers are so important:
- Your Brand Lovers choose you more often than your competitors. To most Mac users, there’s no alternative competitor to choose from.
- Your Brand Lovers spread the word about your brand and create new customers for you. Basically, your best customers are the source of your word-of-mouth stream.
- Your Brand Lovers are by nature loyal customers. Customer loyalty is a better determinant of profitability than mass appeal. (Again, just ask Apple.)
- Focusing on your Brand Lovers and cultivating customer loyalty can help you double your return on assets (ROA).
- Similarly, serving your best customers can lead to explosive return on investment (ROI). Example: When Apple opened their retail stores they expected to generate $1,000/square foot. They actually generated $4,000/square foot.
Ultimately, your Brand Lovers drive the profitability of your business.
- In The Loyalty Effect, Frederick Reichheld explains how a 5% increase in customer loyalty can increase a company’s profitability by 40 to 95%.
- Think about what would happen if you turned just 10% of your occasional customers into Brand Lovers. For large enterprises, this shift represents billions in additional revenue and radically higher profit margins.
- By focusing on your Brand Lovers, your cost of acquiring a new customer decreases.
- Your marketing effectiveness soars as a result of building a stronger brand presence focused around the needs of your best customers.
- By focusing on your Brand Lovers you can build a powerful brand that stands for something meaningful to your special customers. This gives you clear differentiation and helps you organically attract more of your most profitable customers.
The bottom line is that serving your best customers is the surest way to grow a profitable business—in any economic climate.