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Relationship marketing is a valuable strategy to foster greater brand loyalty and increase customer retention. Here are some tips to get you started.
, loyalty or affinity are really just terms used interchangeably to describe trust. While all brands strive to build trust with their customers, trust is earned and not given.
According to a recent survey by Edelman, 88% of respondents stated that trust was an important factor in buying decisions, one percentage point less than the financial value of the products.
To build trust with customers, brands need to demonstrate value as well as foster interpersonal relationships with their customers. That’s why marketers need to prioritize strategies that focus on retention as much as acquisition, and I’ll demonstrate how.
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Relationship marketing is a strategy designed to build strong relationships that foster greater brand trust over time.
Relationship marketing may differ from most traditional push marketing strategies that prioritize one-time and customer acquisition. However, most marketers today prioritize relationship marketing as an integral component of both customer acquisition and retention, as it saves them costs and boosts profits over time.
While the old rule of thumb that acquiring customers costs five times more than retaining them may not be entirely correct, research has demonstrated that a 5% increase in could compound to a 25% in profits over time.
The traditional Pareto Principle asserts that most of your revenue tends to come from a small minority of customers who are most loyal to your brand.
Fostering loyal relationships not only increases sales from a single customer–free of additional costs, but also leads to additional opportunities, such as increased word-of-mouth advertising and upselling opportunities.
Nevertheless, the data clearly shows that customers demand greater trust from brands, which is why relationship marketing should be considered as part of any push or pull marketing strategy.
Overall, relationship marketing provides a multitude of benefits, including:
Of course, if you want to do relationship marketing right, you need to know how to influence and win over your customers.
Related: 3 Best Practices for Build Lasting Customer Relationships
The first stage of any relationship is getting to know each other; this is no different for brands and customers.
Conduct detailed demographic and psychographic research to build a buyer persona of your ideal customer. For example, if you sell SaaS products, your ideal avatar might include people with a manager-level job title, a high salary or an occupation in a technical-related field.
I’ve found that tools like Meta’s Audience Insights and keyword research tools, such as Ahrefs, SEMrush and Keyword Planner, help me the most when building a customer avatar.
Understanding your customers is the first step toward fostering a healthy relationship. Now, you need to find ways to make your brand indispensable to their lives.
Cultivating a brand image is not entirely about meeting the demands of your customers through a valuable product; it’s also about forging an emotional impact with them. While many people don’t need dozens of pairs of shoes or purses, these brands evoke an image essential to their customers’ personalities and lifestyles.
There are several ways brands can forge deep emotional impacts with their customers, such as:
Projecting a global brand image relies on seamlessly cultivating a uniform brand image through your marketing and distribution process. Here are some tips to consider:
Related: Why Building Relationships Is the Marketing Secret No One’s Talking About
Every brand has a social media account and its own discount programs, but there are ways you can gain an edge using these creative ideas:
Most importantly, if you want to foster strong relationships, you need to improve one-on-one relationships with customers. Here are a few quick tips to improve your customer service:
Related: 5 Creative and Fun Relationship Marketing Ideas to Increase Sales Without Selling
Finally, your brand needs to be authentic if you want to build trust with customers.
To be authentic, your brand needs to:
To promote these qualities, invest in brand storytelling that shows the actual people behind your company and showcases its mission. Market any social responsibility initiatives your brand is undertaking and do so tactfully.
Fostering relationships with customers is not hard, but it does require your brand to think outside the box. Gimmicky sales promotions and using the same old marketing strategies as everyone else will ensure your brand is nothing but forgettable in a sea of endless choices.
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