Things are rough today for online businesses. The economy is struggling to get back on track. Spam is clogging up inboxes of everyone, making email marketing less effective. And anti-spam software seems delighted to target legitimate email as junk.
Today, you must step up your tactics to keep your customers buying and away from competition next door on cyberspace highway.
Study your competitor's marketing and advertising. Sign up to their email list. Can you offer more than they can? Does your competitor have a weakness that you can exploit? Use it as your main selling point.
Previous customers are 5 to 10 times more responsive to your marketing than people who have never done business with you. It's definitely worthwhile to put in some extra time to keep customers happy.
Here's a few ideas that can help.
1. ) Become a "solution-provider" instead of a merchant. Send out a short, personalized email to customers who haven't bought anything for awhile and ask how they're enjoying last product they bought. Offer to answer any questions or help out if they're having a problem. The more you become a friend rather than just another business, more likely they'll buy from you again.
2. ) Cross-sell. Make sure customers know about your other products. Give a discount for your best customers to purchase your other items.
3. ) Send an email to customers only and tell them about your "Customer Appreciation Sale." Create a coupon or special order code that gives a product discount, gift or rebate.
4. ) Use offline marketing methods to supplement your online sales tactics. Create simple postcards on your computer. Postcards are cheaper to mail than first class letters. (For more info on how to use postcards for marketing, get my article on subject. Send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org)