The 10 Commandments of Successful B2B Customer Retention

Act-On

It’s the age of the customer. Whether you’re talking about marketing that’s “customer-centric” or “customer first,” or discussing “the. customer experience,” “customer success,” or “customer retention,” there’s no shortage of buzzwords about the customer.

Want More Profits? Focus on Your Best and Worst Customers

Act-On

Does your customer management strategy need an upgrade? Super customers can 16x your profits - and so can firing your "super awful" customers. Customer Marketing customer lifetime value customer management customer marketing

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This is What Customer-Centric Marketing Really Looks Like

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Customer experience is a top priority for many companies. See how to create marketing that puts the customer first. That’s true customer-centric marketing. Advocacy & Loyalty Customer Marketing customer centric marketing customer marketing expand marketing

Customer Lifecycle Optimization: Why It Matters And How To Improve It

Act-On

Customer lifecycle optimization is thinking of your sales funnel as a whole, not just disparate parts. Advocacy & Loyalty Customer Marketing customer lifecycle customer lifecycle optimization customer marketing

Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

Tony Zambito

Compounding the issue today is the prevalent use of the term buyer persona to describe customer segmentation and buyer profiling efforts. The issue I am referring to is the confusion that can surround distinguishing between customer segmentation, buyer profiling, and buyer personas today.

The Perfect Customer Marketer Job Description

Influitive b2b

Customer marketing is on the rise. According to Koyne Marketing’s 2017 State of Customer Marketing Report, 93% of organizations agree that customer marketing is important or very important to their revenue, and more than two-thirds are planning to boost their investment in customer marketing over the next year.

How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

The voluminous nature of marketing and sales content is making it harder for organizations to get through to customers and potential customers today. The bar has now been raised for marketers to make it through the eye of the needle of customer attention. by Creative Stall.

Should Customer Data Platforms Be "Marketer-Controlled"?

Customer Experience Matrix

Thomas Wieberneit argues in a thoughtful blog post that companies need one platform for consolidated customer data, but that Customer Data Platform isn’t it because the CDP is “marketer-controlled” by definition, and thus doesn’t support other departments.

Ten tips for customer reactivation

Biznology

Are you looking for the best ways to reactivate dormant customers and reduce churn? Consider which of these may be the most applicable to your business, your customers, and your objectives. The longer a customer is inactive, the more likely an eventual defection.

Singing the Customer Data Platform Blues: Who's to Blame for Disjointed Customer Data?

Customer Experience Matrix

Many surveys present a familiar tune: most marketers want unified customer data but few have it. Better tools, like Customer Data Platforms, can help by reducing the expertise needed.

3 Top Trends in Customer Experience

Type A Communications

Business Customer Experience Innovation Marketing Sales Technology Carla Johnson CX MME17 Modern Customer Experience Modern Marketing Experience ModernCX Oracle Type A CommunicationsMay 9, 2017 by Carla Johnson I remember seeing the first Terminator movie.

New Approaches To Understand Customers Needed In A Digital Transformation World

Tony Zambito

Strikingly, in these same few years, you will also find developing customer understanding also on the list of CEO priorities. What becomes clear considering these surveys is that many CEOs see growth resulting from a strong understanding of customers. Illustration by Nikita Kozin.

The case for customer reactivation

Biznology

As marketing advances, most professionals are well aware by now of the importance of retention and reactivation in optimizing the value of the customer base. Retaining an additional 2% of customers has the same effect as cutting costs 10% ( Davidow and Malone , The Virtual Corporation ).

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Customer Experience Simplified

Modern Marketing

However, as much as we overcomplicate things, there is no overstating the importance of providing the best customer experience possible each time, every time and across all channels. According to Gartner, 89% of all businesses will compete on customer experience this year.

B2B Marketers Are Buying Customer Data Platforms. Here's Why.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m currently drafting a paper on use of Customer Data Platforms by B2B SaaS marketers. I think the reason is that banks, airlines, and telcos all capture their customers’ names as part of their normal operations.

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Use Buyer Persona Research To Improve B2B Customer Experience

Tony Zambito

Customer experience has been and will continue to be one of the major influences on how buyers make choices. The idea that customer experience is of significant importance has been around for a couple of decades. State Of B2B Customer Experience Is Unhealthy. by Creative Stall.

Marketers Are Struggling to Keep Up Customer Expectations: Here's Proof

Customer Experience Matrix

How pitiful is this: My wife left me alone all last weekend and the most mischief I could get into was looking for research about cross-channel customer views. Let's start with a truth universally acknowledged – that customers have rising expectations for personalized treatment.

BlueVenn Bundles Omnichannel Journey Management, Personalization, and Single Customer View

Customer Experience Matrix

The company offers what it calls an omnichannel marketing platform that builds a unified customer database, manages marketing campaigns, and generates personalized Web and email messages. The system can also look up information about a specific customer in real time if an ID is provided.

How customer-hero stories help you connect better

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Do you focus on capturing product stories or customer-hero stories? In this interview, we talk about the power of customer-hero stories to connect emotionally with buyers to facilitate their buying journey. Who do we envision our best customers to be?

The 10 Best Customer Service and Customer Engagement Platforms

Webbiquity

The emergence and spread of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has dramatically changed the game for both B2B vendors and customers. But it also means a dramatic leap in customer expectations. Professional customers (i.e., Customer Service Management Tools.

97 Customer Experience Stats Marketers Need to Know

Type A Communications

December 1, 2016 by Carla Johnson By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product and the key differentiator between brands. Customer Experience B2B Carla Johnson Customer Service Digital Customer Experience Mobile Customer Experience Type A Communications

Marketing: New architects of the customer experience?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

There seems to be a theme emerging on {grow} over the last few months and it is this: How can be effective marketers and have any influence over what has become a very strange and complex The customer journey (my friend Krista LaRiviere of gShift called this the “ dark funnel “).

Why (and How) Your Team Should Personalize the Customer Experience

Act-On

We all have good intentions when it comes to customer experience and treating our customers well, but sometimes there are disconnects. But some recent research suggests some companies, and their customers, are having exactly that kind of experience. Customers disagree.

Five Strategies for Improving Customer Experience

Webbiquity

As a marketing professional, you understand customers are your firm’s most valuable assets. However, dialing into customer loyalty and determining what it takes to improve customer retention isn’t always easy. Does it encourage customers to stay, browse, and purchase?

The Art Of Asking For A Customer Reference

Influitive b2b

Evaluations are done, sales reps are in closing mode, and all that stands in the way of a killer three months are a few customer references. Asking for a customer reference. The scenario: it’s nearing the end of the quarter, and your sales team is within reach of their number. Panic time? Of course not.

The One Thing That’s Better Than Knowing Your Customers

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Knowing your customers is a never-ending quest for most marketers. Understanding the customer helps marketers position the product, and sales teams persuade consumers to buy. However, there’s one thing that is even better than knowing your customers.

3 Insights to Help Build Your Unified Customer Database

Customer Experience Matrix

The Customer Data Platform Institute (which is run by Raab Associates) on Monday published results of a survey we conducted in cooperation with MarTech Advisor. All central customer databases are not equal. The most common answers are personalization and customer insights.

How B2B CMOs Can Achieve Customer-Centric Marketing With Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

A recent survey by B2B Marketing, in conjunction with the UK-based agency Tomorrow People, indicated only 38% of marketers considered their content to be “very customer-centric.” Strengthening The Common View Of Customers. 10 Essentials Of Becoming Customer-Centric With Buyer Personas.

Why Customer Experience is the Hot New Thing in Marketing

Act-On

“The customer experience is the next competitive battleground.”. It’s old-fashioned, but it works: Be good to your customers. Be good from the first time they encounter you to years after they’ve become your loyal, return customer. And of customer advocates?

Meet The New Rising Star In B2B Marketing: The Customer Marketer

Influitive b2b

When it costs 6X more to attract a new customer than it does to keep an existing one, does it still make sense for marketers to focus mainly on generating new leads, rather than nurturing current customers? Nope!) As more and more companies turn their focus away from short-lived marketing campaigns, and towards building ongoing.

Customer Data Platforms Revisited: The Future of Marketing Data

Customer Experience Matrix

It’s nearly two years since I introduced the concept of a Customer Data Platform , defined as a marketer-controlled system that builds a multi-source customer database and exposes it to external execution systems. more developments in cross-channel customer tracking.

Customer success: 3 Off-beat tools for small businesses

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

So on that same day, I also became the company’s sole customer success agent. I thought my time working at Geek Squad and Apple would assist me, but there’s a difference between being a customer-facing employee and guiding the whole company’s policy toward customers.

The 30 possible ways you can create customer value

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

30 ways to create customer value. Companies that could claim four or more value elements had, on average, three times the NPS of companies that focused on just one customer value, and 20 times the NPS of companies with none. By Mark Schaefer.

Here's Why Airlines Treat Customers Poorly

Customer Experience Matrix

Last week’s passenger-dragging incident at United Airlines left many marketers (and other humans) aghast that any company could purposely assault its own customer. This is not an excuse for treating customers poorly but it does explain how easily airline leaders can focus on other concerns.

suitecx Offers Industrial-Strength Customer Journey Maps and More

Customer Experience Matrix

Customer journey mapping is now the buzziest of buzz words. None of this affects me personally, but if I were a real customer experience expert I'd be annoyed at cartoon versions being presented as the real thing.

Why (and How) Your Team Should Personalize the Customer Experience

Act-On

We all have good intentions when it comes to customer experience and treating our customers well, but sometimes there are disconnects. But some recent research suggests some companies, and their customers, are having exactly that kind of experience. Customers disagree.

How AI Can Improve Customer Experience

Modern Marketing

This is especially the case when one of the biggest customer complaints is the lack of personal interaction and care. However, there are other issues that impact a customer experience as well, including response time. Accelerating AI Integration Into the Customer Experience.

What Does The Future Hold For Customer Marketing? Here’s 11 Predictions for 2017

Influitive b2b

There’s no denying that the importance of customer marketing is growing. The 2017 State of Customer Marketing Report indicates that over the next year, 93% of organizations expect that their customer marketing efforts will take on greater importance, and 62% will increase their staff or budgets in the customer marketing area.

3 Things Customers Expect from Your Videos for Customer Support

Vidyard

Most customers share these sentiments and with the ubiquity of instant customer service options from live-chat to SMS, email, voice, and social, customers have been trained to expect things to just work and if they don’t, they want immediate, seamless support.

13 Customer Loyalty Best Practices for B2B Companies

Act-On

Marketers are often laser-focused on one thing: Get new customers. It ends up being such a focus that any other part of the customer lifecycle gets second-shrift. This can cause a bit of tension, as most of us know keeping customers is nearly as important as getting them in the first place. And then there’s the quotes and statistics about the benefits of customer loyalty , aka customer retention. How many of your customers buy from you more than once?