You may think that prioritizing your customers is a no-brainer. Without them, you have no business.
But that’s not what we mean. We don’t mean putting them before other business matters. We mean prioritizing particular customers over others.
Experts predict spending on customer relationship management tools will hit $55.2 billion in 2019. Using them is a great way to streamline your marketing and outbound sales calls.
Wondering why and how to prioritize customers? Read on to learn more.
Why Prioritize Customers?
You may think that all customers are important. That’s true – up to a point. You’ll reach a stage where you should start paying attention to particular customers.
You’ll find your sales calls become much more efficient when you have a goal for the call. For example, which customer would you devote more time to:
- the customer who spends $200 every six months or
- the customer who spends $3000 every fortnight?
The first group you should prioritize is your highest spenders. They’ve shown their loyalty to you by always buying from your company. Showing them some loyalty turns them into customers for life.
Then you can start focusing on customers who used to spend a lot with you. But their spending has slowed or reduced.
If you didn’t prioritize customers? You might not reach them on your outbound calls until they’d switched to a new company.
Dedicate staff to contacting customers on a regular basis. Being proactive cuts down reactive service calls from angry customers.
Should You Use Special Software?
The best way to prioritize customers is by using a CRM system. That stands for Customer Relationship Management.
It lets you add extra information about leads, so you can qualify them before you contact them.
How to Prioritize Customers Using a CRM System
Make sure your sales staff add details about fresh leads when they gather them. Connect your CRM to your sales database so you can see at a glance how much customers spend and when.
Use this data to filter your customers. Assign the results to different parts of your team.
Does your customer hold a senior post in their organization? They’re closer to making business decisions so your sales conversations can bear more fruit. Give them to your best sales reps.
Identify your most valuable customers. Which customers have spent the most with you in the last six months? Then check if they regularly spend these amounts.
Nurture customers who spend a lot with you and give them the VIP treatment. Assign service managers to touch base with them.
Some customers will find fault with everything. If a customer repeatedly spends long periods of time on calls with your customer service staff?
Tag them in the CRM so that your sales staff don’t prioritize the customer over other customers.
Manage Your Customer Relationships
Now you know why and how to prioritize customers. You can cut down on marketing by focusing on customers who will already spend with you.
Contacting clients to touch base also cuts down on negative sales calls. That’s simply because you took the time to reach out.
Checking in with clients based on their spend also lets you head off problems before they happen. It’s a great way to keep accounts fresh and active.
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