startup ideas, marketing ideas, conversations, etc.



MARKETING IDEAS and TOOLS
Marketing Mileage
Business Card Design Ideas
Brochure Design Ideas
Die Cut Business Cards
Scented Business Cards
Cheap Business Card Ideas
Unique Business Cards
Unique Brochure Ideas
Cheap Advertising Ideas
Business Card Layout
Promoting Home-Based Business
Competitive Advantage
Email Marketing Tips
Selling With Color
Promotional Magnets
Brochures and Marketing Mileage
Christmas Marketing
Creative Marketing

STARTUP IDEAS and STRATEGIES
Home-Based Startup Ideas
Business Idea Brainstorming
Virtual Assistant
Event Planner
Wedding Consultant
Telecommuting Strategies
Freelance Job Strategies

Customer Feedback

Customer feedback is crucial to your business, but getting it can be a challenge.

Surveys, questionnaires, and filling out forms requires time that the vast majority of your customers don't want to spend. Without motivation, most of your customers won't bother.

Something as mundane as a "Tell Us What You Think" form isn't going to be a high priority on anyone's To Do List. It's just as likely that your request for feedback from your customer will end up in the recycle bin.

Give customers a tangible incentive to respond. Ideally, that incentive should give them a reason to send you their feedback now rather than later. The longer they wait, the less likely you are to hear from them.

Offer a gift certificate and make it time-sensitive. A $10 gift certificate on a purchase of $15 or more, for example, is incentive enough for most customers and a relatively small cost for you.

In fact, you may come out way ahead in many cases. Not only do your get their feedback, but many are likely to spend beyond the minimum purchase required to redeem the certificate.

Personalize your request. A customer is more inclined to believe that their unique opinion is important if your request doesn't come packaged in bulk form.

Hand-addressed with a stamp will get their attention and show them that they're not just a customer number.

Any feedback is valuable, but individual comments can be invaluable. Make it easy for your customers to respond.

Avoid general text such as "Please feel free to make any comments" or requests for unspecified suggestions. "Let us know how we can improve our service" is also vague and likely to receive a low response.

Instead, make detailed requests for feedback. Ask for opinions on certain products or specific services.

Phrase your text in a conversational manner as if you're talking to that one customer. The more you can engage a customer, the more likely they are to respond. Also, the quality of their responses will be improved.



MARKETING STRATEGIES
Differentiate Yourself
Information Marketing
Building Customer Loyalty
Getting Customer Feedback
Testimonials
How to Define a Niche
Discovering Niches
Finding New Customers
Indirect Benefits
The Consumer's Perspective
Promotional Marketing
Pricing Products and Services
Viral Marketing Magic
Marketing Mix
Website Niches
Cheap Advertising Strategies
Complementary Marketing

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