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5 Tips on Getting to Know Your Customers Better

Any business is nothing without its customers!

Customers are incredibly important to all business owners. So it’s a good idea to take some time out to get to know them, especially those who are most engaged with your business. By knowing your customers well, you will be able to improve your offerings, make changes that will delight your customers, and set yourself apart from the competition. If you know your customers and ask them what they would like, they would feel special and will also play a role in increasing the audience for your brand.

Here are five powerful ways to get more familiar with your customers:

1. Get Analytical Across Touchpoints

In the digital age, when we are swimming in data you should make the most of your data. You can get to know about your customers’ habits, preferences, and behaviors through Google analytics or social media analytics. Using these statistics, you’ll be able to build profiles or personas that improve your marketing communications and help you measure social media ROI. You can always find touchpoints by putting yourself in your customer’s shoes and thinking about your product from their point of view.

2. Spark up a Dialogue

Starting a conversation with your customer is one of the simplest methods that business enterprises can employ to get to know their customers better. You can do this by carrying out polls and surveys on different social platforms, or you could ask for their opinions via a newsletter if you have one set up to send out.

Asking their opinion really goes a long way to making them feel like you value them and genuinely care about what they have to say. The questions must emphasize both ‘why’ as well as ‘how’ to get a clear picture of what has to be accomplished to provide a superior customer experience. This method can really help companies to find new opportunities and stand out from their competition.

3. Respond to Positive and Negative Reviews Personally

Business enterprises can get reviews from their customers through various channels, such as the comment box on social media platforms or testimonials on the company’s website. One of the best ways to get to know your customers is to pay attention when they speak up. If your customers take the time to make their voices heard on Google, Yelp, etc. you need to take time to read those reviews and reply. 

Write down both positive and negative customer feedback in a Word Doc or note on your phone, so that you can be encouraged by what you’re doing well and see where you need to improve.

4. Don’t Make Assumptions

Customers’ interests and desires always change, so you should not rely on old data to determine what they want or (worse) simply guess.

When you’re a customer, you want your interests and preferences to matter. Your customers feel the same way. They want to be known, and they want you to give them what they want. So stop guessing and just use surveys or have a conversation that will help you to understand what customers want. It will make your customers happy and also will be more interested in your brand and products.

5. Hold an Event

Business enterprises that have a physical location in a community, are recommended to host a suitable event that will provide an opportunity to interact with the customers. It is better to organize the event in a target market area. Companies may encounter customers who are happy or dissatisfied with the product or service and even interact with prospective customers.

For web-based businesses, a webinar can help the company to better understand their customers. The attendees must be given a chance to introduce themselves and questions must be put forth to understand their mindset.