If you think customer relationship management is just a piece of software, you’re dead wrong. Customer relationship management is about understanding your customers. It’s about really knowing them as individuals, knowing what they mean to your business, and most of all, knowing what you need to do to keep their business.
Ideally, you need a profile for each of your customers. Most customers will gladly give you the information you need especially if there is a small incentive. Offer them a coupon, a special discount, a gift certificate or even movie passes.
What do you need to include in the profile? Other than personal information, data you track can be as detailed or as simple as you can manage. The key point is to use a process or system. Here are some basic categories of things you want to know for sure:
Customer Value – How much do they spend with you in a month or a year?
Top 10 or 20 Percent – Who are the top 10 or 20 percent of your most valuable customers? These are your “gold” customers. Know who they are and treat them accordingly!
Why They Choose You – Why do they keep doing business with you? If you’re not sure about what you’re doing right, how will you know what to keep doing? Ask them!
Where They Came From – How did they find you? If you know where they came from you can go back for more customers just like them!
Who They Brought With Them – What new business have they brought you? Who have they referred you to? Referrals are like automatic deposits in your bank account. Find out who is making the deposits!
How You Thanked Them