Knowing your customer base is a crucial component of a successful business. A customer database is a collection of information about all the customers that have made a purchase from your business. It is the most powerful tool at your disposal. After all, what’s better than repeat business? If you’re not taking advantage of your customer database you’re missing out on potential sales. Here are the top 5 benefits to using your customer database for your marketing efforts.
Create Brand Affinity
Today’s customers want to buy from businesses they know and love. When armed with a customer database, you have the ability to build brand affinity by sending out marketing emails to people that have opted to receive them. Reaching out to customers by sharing new products, special offers or company news can help them feel connected to your business and nurture a relationship of trust.
Develop Customer Loyalty
A customer database allows your business to identify the most loyal and profitable customers. You’ll be able to target and give the red carpet treatment to this segmented audience. An effective way to reach these customers is through email marketing that takes the preferences of the customer into account. This engages customers, building further brand loyalty, and can inspire them to share your brand with friends and family. Not to mention, sending them special discounts and offers is a great way to encourage new purchases.
Provide Better Customer Service
Happy customers equal good business. Database marketing allows you to develop a stronger relationship with your customers. Having information like buying behavior, post-purchase feedback and reviews allows businesses to take a consumer-centric approach to customer service. Keeping up to date with the wants of your customer base allows the insight necessary to personalize communication so you can serve them better.
Direct Channel to Customers
One of the key benefits of a customer database is that it is a collection of actual customers that have purchased from you in the past. The foremost benefit of leveraging these names is that because they are verified customers, they are already interested in your product or service. The desire to purchase from your business is higher than it would be if you were prospecting for new customers.
Launching New Products
Rolling out new products to a small segment of your audience is a great way to test the water before launching it on a wider scale. You can target an audience based on information from your customer database. Selecting a group of your most trusted customers can allow a business to gather constructive feedback that can help improve later versions of the product. Keeping a pulse on what customers think and want is a great way to enhance the products you offer and how you offer them.
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Trending for a Reason: Gillette Goes Viral
If you haven’t seen Gillette’s newest commercial “The Best Men Can Be” then you are missing Gillette’s view new take on male role modeling. This commercial is definitely getting people talking and there is a lot of controversy about whether the ad is modeling good behavior in men or simply attacking their masculinity. The ad talks about bullying, cyber bullying and sexual harassment by men but also shows men standing up for one another. So, what is your view on this ad?
What Makes a Man Masculine Anyways?
Many men are raised to believe that being tough is about showing strong masculinity. This is partially true; however, Gillette’s commercial displays a different view of masculinity. Men can still be tough, have strong masculinity AND model good behavior. Standing up for what is right and being at your best can exhibit the strength of a man’s character while still sustaining his masculinity. This ad simply shows men modeling bad behavior as well as men modeling good behavior, and I think the message here is that we need to see more of the latter. Being a mom of two boys, I can say the scenes with the mothers hugging their boys hit home with me. It’s a mom’s gut instinct to always protect her children, and I know I am not alone when I say that bullying is out of control. The man in the video helping that child being bullied is what all of us should be doing, man or woman. However, Gillette does make razors for both men and women, and if they wanted to settle the score with the perceived attack on masculinity then they could have made the ad modeling good behavior in both genders. But, with that being said, it wouldn’t have made such an impact nor would it have gone viral. The ad was intentional, controversial and impactful.
See the Good in All Things
If you ask me, I think that we see enough bullying, sexual harassment and overall bad behavior in the news and not just from men. Getting a little reminder that it is okay to stand up for the underdog and that it’s okay to model good behavior should be seen a little more often. I have two boys that I would gladly show this video. It displays the overall goodness of men’s values and character and is what I try to instill in them every day. Gillette’s commercial gets a five-star review from me. It covers many controversial topics and provides an insight on how some problems can be resolved all while preserving a man’s masculinity, but that’s just my take on this commercial. Any commercial that sparks this much conversation is a win in my book.