Here’s an interesting statistic: the probability of selling to an existing customer is approximately 60 percent, while the probability of bringing a new client on board is somewhere in the 10 percent range.

With this in mind, it’s clear to see why customer retention is so important. It’s much easier to keep a client in the fold than it is to find a new one. This is why you never want to learn that your customers are leaving for the competition.

If you’ve come to find that entirely too many customers are jumping ship, just to end up with a competitor, it’s time to find out why. Here are some of the more common reasons:

1. They Don’t Feel Valued

It’s your job to ensure that your customers feel valued at all times. There are many ways to do this, including but not limited to:

  • Industry leading customer service (more on this below)
  • Regular discounts for future products and services
  • Check-ups to ensure that everything is going well

When your customers feel that you truly care about them there’s less chance they’ll leave for a competitor, even if you drop the ball.

2. Overpriced

How does your pricing structure stack up to the competition? If you don’t know the answer it’s time to find out.

Even if everything else is equal, there will always be customers who shop around for a better price.

This doesn’t mean you should lower prices as a means of holding onto business. However, you should understand how your prices compare to your competition, as it will help with sales and marketing, as well as retention.

3. Lack of Quality

Simply put, you must provide customers with what they expect. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling food, a professional service, or a physical product, quality is the name of the game.

Your customers know what to expect in regards to quality, and you can’t let them down.

4. Poor Customer Service

This goes hand in hand with point #1 above. Show your customers you care by providing the best service possible. Go above and beyond to show all customers – not just new customers – that you value their business and want to maintain a relationship over the long run.

Conclusion

Now that you know why your customers may leave for your competition, you can adjust your approach to protect against it in the future.

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