Tag Archive: Customer Loyalty

Advocates MUST convince “themselves” first…

Think about your own situation when it comes to being an Advocate for someone else.  Before you risk your reputation, credibility, position, you have to have convinced yourself that this person or group is someone you are truly passionate about and want to tell others about. If you haven’t convinced yourself, you won’t share it. …

Quantifying “Advocacy” from your Advocates

I was talking to the business owner of a mid-sized company this past week and he said something that really struck me as not only true for him, but is probably true for most of you as well. He said… We all know the proverbial 80/20 rule where we get 80% of our revenues from…

“Minority” Rules…

I was having a conversation the other day with the CEO of a well established company about business strategy for his company and how social media could play a role in helping them grow. There was a part of the conversation that really struck a chord with him and I think it will with other…

“Advocates” and “Satisfaction” don’t go together…

During my 8 years spent at Arthur Andersen (may they RIP) I lived in the world of “Customer Satisfaction” – both from providing it as a consulting service and as a measure of our own value to the clients.  It was HOT. And it was needed at the time.  People were clamoring to understand more…

Have you “THANKED” your ADVOCATES today???

This is the time of year we think more about “giving” than most any other time of the year.  It is when we are most generous with both our time and our wallets to friends, family , colleagues, and customers.  Our natural tendency seems to be answering the question, “What can I get them this…

Loyalty vs. Advocacy – Which is best?

This is a question I get asked quite a bit, “What is the difference between Loyalty and Advocacy, don’t you get one with the other?”  Unfortunately, the answer is no the majority of time. Loyalty is awesome.  Companies and organizations have put a lot of effort into trying to create Loyal Customers that will buy…

Advocates DON’T have to be Customers…

There is a key differentiator when it comes to Advocacy over anything else.  The interesting part of Advocacy is that someone doesn’t have to be a customer or even done business with you to be your Advocate.  This makes advocacy the most leveraged form of word-of-mouth available to any business. In the customer world, we…

Who are they?

One of the most helpful activities a business can undertake is to identify who they feel are their ADVOCATES.  While this may seem pretty straight forward, try it and you will find it isn’t as easy as you thought. Why is it so difficult?  Two primary reasons.  First, you have to identify the characteristics you…

When CRISIS can build LOYALTY…

One of the blogs I regularly follow is Seth Godin.  Why Seth?  He has a very no-nonsense way of putting things in plain english for all of us to understand about marketing, customers and a host of other interesting topics.  I was thinking the other day about a particular topic to talk about – how…

Social Media isn’t about the Marketing Department

OK, I know there will be lots of people jumping on this one but someone had to say it. Social media in my world is helping companies get “more of the right people talking more about them – proactively” – this is true Word-of-Mouth. Social media takes this concept and puts it on steroids –…