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Winning Consumer Trust: When Launching a New Product 

As a business owner, you understand that your customers are the reason for your business. That is why it is critical to keep your customers in mind at all times. The demands of your customers should be at the forefront of your business.

This will not only drive more sales but also build customer loyalty in the long term. Here’s why getting the consumer to trust you and get them invested in your business is important, and a few tips on how to initiate customer trust and loyalty.

Customer loyalty is important for many reasons. Here are some of the major ones: 

  • Customers who return spend more than new customers. The amount consumers spend usually grows with the length of time they do business with your company. 
  • Loyal customers yield higher conversion rates. More value is gained from existing loyal customers visiting your site. 
  • Customer loyalty boosts profits. The more customer loyalty you have, the better your profits will be. 
  • Customer retention is cheaper than customer recruitment. While recruiting new customers is important, it can be expensive – around five times more expensive than retaining a loyal one.  
  • Loyal customers shop regularly. Because they’ve already had positive experiences with your brand, repeat customers tend to shop much more frequently than new customers. 
  • Customer loyalty helps you plan ahead. When you have loyal customers, you can make better anticipatory decisions and effectively plan your finances and marketing efforts. 

Here are five essential ways to win customer loyalty in the long term. 

1. Make customer experiences personal and authentic. 

Customer experiences always begin with being personal. First, try to understand your target customers, sending surveys to better understand their needs and analyzing carefully their buying behaviours.  

Once your company has identified the needs and tastes of your target customers, reach out to them in an authentic way. Contact them on their preferred channels, address them by name in all interactions, and deliver what they specifically want from your brand. 

2. Be proactive. 

Being one step ahead of your customers is a sure way to win their loyalty. The recent trend of conversational commerce is a great example of brands both simplifying and enriching the customer experience in a proactive manner.  

Simplifying the payment process, communicating availability hours on all channels, sending meaningful marketing offers ahead of time, and providing detailed shipping information are all ways to keep customers informed in advance. 

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3. Get creative with marketing tactics. 

Customer loyalty is also won when brands make experiences fun. Millennial customers are especially receptive to creative marketing tactics. Social media platforms are popular for customer engagement with this age group, with brands running contests, giving behind-the-scenes tours, and offering rewards to socially savvy customers with great success.  

Your brand might consider more social media engagement and marketing offers targeted to specific customer profiles, such as offering rewards on birthdays or after earning rewards points. Let customers have fun and reward them for their loyalty. 

4. Take responsibility for your actions. 

Customers value their time and are giving your brand business, so they deserve respect, appreciation, and convenience. Always accept responsibility in difficult situations, such as a delayed delivery or technical issue on the company website.  

Being apologetic, fixing the issue in a timely manner, and making a goodwill gesture are all essential to winning customer loyalty in tough situations. 

5. Encourage team spirit among employees. 

The human element of customer service is so important, and that includes the agents on the front lines. Empower your agents to be the best they can be for stronger service, greater confidence, and greater customer loyalty.  

Taking steps such as offering detailed and ongoing training, mentoring programs, and employee retreats are all vital to encouraging team spirit. Ask for agent feedback and include them when making decisions about contact centre practices. When agents feel appreciated, their enthusiasm for your brand will carry over into their service and win the loyalty of your customers. In our digital world, brands and customers alike can connect on more channels than ever.  

The critical task for brands is making sure that such engagement is always meaningful, efficient, and exciting for customers across all channels.  

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Silas Ugochi

Silas Ugochi is a Staff Writer and Content Creator at GetFundedAfrica. Ugochi is an educated content writer who relishes using her skills to help GetFundedAfrica's Media Team achieve the goal of sharing the success stories of African entrepreneurs. When she isn't writing articles, she can be found listening to music, reading, or DJing.

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