12 Jul 5 Ways To Understand Your Customers Better
If you don’t make an effort to get to know your customers on a personal level, your digital marketing efforts will be as useless as a white crayon.
If you fail to reach out to your customers with personalized messaging and tailored experiences, your brand’s credibility, as well as your audience’s, will suffer.
Consumers are the lifeblood of your business, and really understanding them is the only way to engage, inspire, and connect in a meaningful and valuable way.
At Charleson, we take the time to first understand our client’s target audience/ customer before embarking on any of the other details related to the project.
Our experts here at Charleson Group have put together 5 ways on how to understand your customers better, that we vouch for from years of being in the marketing space and partnering with so many brands. Let’s get started!
Make use of data analytics
We are literally swimming in data in the digital age. Are you making the best use of your data?
While Google Analytics is essential for extracting value from your various demographic insights, digging deeper into additional data sources will provide you with a comprehensive view of your customers’ habits, preferences, and behaviors.
You’ll be able to build profiles or personas that improve your marketing communications exponentially by combining social media analytics tools and mobile data platforms to capture a slew of in-depth insights across your primary consumer touchpoints.
Tailor your deals and discounts
If you offer your customers tailored deals and discounts, you are more likely to foster brand loyalty, which will allow you to get to know them better.
The vast majority of today’s consumers won’t interact with anything unless it is personalized.
What options do you have then? Make your deals and discounts more personal (they could be a window into your customers’ souls).
Respond to your reviews, positive or negative
Always respond to your comments in a timely and professional manner. Regardless of where the comments are posted, it’s important to respond to them in the public domain.
This humanizes your brand, shows that you are committed to their customer experience, and gives you more customer insights from the conversations that come up.
90 percent of consumers agree that online reviews have a direct influence on their purchasing decisions.
Since consistency is such an important trust signal, providing consistent responses is critical—and doing so will open you up to a wealth of new customer insight.
Start a conversation
Starting a conversation with your customers is without a doubt one of the most direct and priceless ways of getting to know them.
By meeting your customers where they are, you will be able to understand how they connect with their peers while asking them relevant questions in an organic rather than intrusive manner. And, if you ask the right questions, you will get the right answers—the kind that will significantly improve your brand experience.
From surveys and polls to social listening, there are numerous ways to engage with your customers and get to know them where they are most comfortable.
However, one of the most effective ways of sparking meaningful consumer conversation and speaking your customer’s language is by using user-generated content.
Use Your Competitors To Know More about Your Customers
You should definitely never simply mimic what your competitors are doing. They can, however, be a great – and relatively inexpensive – a source of information about your own buyers.
How are they positioned in the market? What do their customers buy from them? What do you know about their pricing? How much are their clients willing to pay? Would they be willing to pay more if you offered something extra?
What do their customers have to say about them on social media? What social media platforms do they use the most? Least, how do they describe their company and products?
What do their current and former customers, as well as former employees, have to say about them on review sites?
Is it a public company? Who do they identify as their key competitors, key markets, and growth opportunities
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