Why customer retention is the new acquisition
If there's anything the recession of 2009 taught us, it was the importance of investing in our customers, but when was this any different? So says Joseph Jaffe, bestselling author of Life After the 30-Second Spot and Join the Conversation, and a leading expert and thought leader on new media and social media. In most businesses, it costs roughly five-to-ten times more to acquire a new customer than it does to retain an existing one, and yet companies continue to disproportionately spend their budgets into the "wrong" end of the funnel – the mass media or awareness side.
What we haven't paid enough attention to is the "right" end of the funnel-the word-of-mouth component that essentially acts as a multiplier for future business. The economic impact of an active, engaged and loyal customer is tremendous.
And the same is true of the opposite scenario, namely the impact of angry customers and negative word-of-mouth or referrals. It is this thinking that Jaffe has channeled to challenge marketers to "flip the funnel" once and for all. With a renewed focus and energy on customer experience, it is possible to grow your sales, while decreasing your budget – in other words, getting more from less. Engaging a few customers to spread the word to many.
Using this new "flipped funnel" model, together with a set of new rules of customer service and a revolutionary customer referral and activation process, you'll learn how to transform your existing customers into your best salespeople. In addition, Jaffe will explain how to best introduce and combine both digital and social media tools to boost your loyalty arsenal, deploy "influencer marketing" and implement word-of-mouth strategies that inspire your loyal, opinionated, and most vocal customers to become credible, persuasive, and influential endorsers of your products and services.
- Explains how to cut your marketing budget AND grow sales!
- Illustrates practical ways to use existing customers to reach out to new prospects
- Outlines the authentic role of social media
- Demonstrates key ideas with rich, real life examples including Comcast, Apple, The Obama Campaign, Dell, Panasonic, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola and many, many more
- Written by one of the most sought-after consultants, keynote speakers, and thought-leaders on new marketing change and innovation; renowned blogger and podcaster at Jaffe Juice (www.jaffejuice.com) and host/presenter of web video show, JaffeJuiceTV (www.jaffejuice.tv)
Visit www.flipthefunnelnow.com to join the conversation.
'...[Jaffe's] fresh outlook on the changes facing the marketing environment provide an insightful read...' (BusinessandLeadership.com, July 2010).
From the Inside Flap
When you consider customer acquisition for your business, think about this question for a moment: how much of your sales come from repeat business versus first-time customers? Now contrast that against how much money you spend against each segment. If you are embarrassed by the gaping disconnect, don't worry; you are not alone. But what if you did something about it? What if you turned everything on its head and instead of ending with a customer purchase, you began with it? What if you focused the lion's share of your effort, energy, and budget on keeping customers versus attracting them? What if you could correct this imbalance and, in doing so, not only get your customers to keep coming back for more, but tell others to do so as well?
Joseph Jaffe loves to take on such sacred cows in business practice, turning them on their heads and shaking them up to see what falls out. Building on what this prolific thought leader started in Life After the 30-Second Spot and Join the Conversation, Flip the Funnel brings you a radically new, radically common sense look at customer experience as the key to business success.
Get ready to do a 180 on everything you thought you knew about marketing as Flip the Funnel:
Explains how to cut your marketing budget and grow sales by focusing on what really matters— your customers and employees
Outlines the real role of social media
Reveals the hidden potential of influencers and evangelists
Illustrates practical ways to use existing customers to reach out to new prospects
Shows how retention can be the new acquisition
Demonstrates key ideas with rich, real-life examples including Comcast, Apple, the Obama campaign, Dell, Panasonic, American Airlines, Zappos, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and many, many more
Using his newly introduced "flipped funnel" model (A.D.I.A.), together with a set of new rules of customer service (customer service 2.0) and a revolutionary customer referral and activation process, you'll learn how to transform your existing customers into your best salespeople, discover how to strategically differentiate your brand, save money, and forge lasting customer relationships along the way.
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