Think about your favourite customers. Close your eyes and bring those people to mind. You probably have a smile on your face. Isn’t that how you want to spend your day? Working with people who need exactly what you offer and who appreciate what you give them. People who fit your personality.
Your best customers make you the most money
The Pareto Principle says that 20% of your customers will give you 80% of your value and that the time and energy you spend on the other 80% will give you only 20% of your income/response/value. It only makes sense to focus on that top 20% right? The happier you make them, the more of them you will attract and the more they will spend with you.
Your worst customers cost you money
As you refine in your mind, your best customers, you will also become clear about who your worst customers are. These are the ones who make your heart sink when you see their number pop up on your phone because you know they want more of your time right now and that you won’t be able to bill them for it. Your time has value. It’s easy to find yourself giving too much time to a squeaky wheel. In the same way that you wouldn’t sell your products below cost, you shouldn’t sell your time below cost either. Fire them, or wean them off by not jumping to their finger snaps or by making it clear that you will be billing for time spent.
Your best customers provide you with more opportunity
When you are thinking about new products or thinking about marketing, think about your favourite customers and what they would like. Ask them what they want. Design for them. Bring them in on early trials.
Appreciate your best customers
Send them thank you’s and gifts. It costs 5-7x more to get a new customer than to sell to an existing customer. That leaves you some room to do special things for your best customers. Treat them like the special people they are.
Here is a worksheet to help you. Worksheet 1.1.1
All this starts with recognizing who your best customers are.
Tell us what you think. Do you have any best customer stories?