Your brand cannot grow, much less survive, without your customers. As your main source of revenue, they provide you with the resources you need to continue delivering your product or service. Because of this, customer acquisition needs to be one of your top priorities as an entrepreneur.
What is Customer Acquisition?
It is the process of gaining new customers. This is done by either persuading new customers to do business with you or converting your prospects into paying clients. Customer acquisition is often closely tied to marketing.
As most endeavors in business, the focus in customer acquisition is to increase the number of your customers using the least resources. To do this effectively, you need:
- a thorough understanding of your customers’ psychology and behavior
- how they think and make purchasing decisions
- and how they are affected by their environment
You also have to know the best way to communicate with them on the channels they use.
Why is customer acquisition important to your business?
Customer acquisition is a requirement for rapid business growth. It is also one of the fastest ways to achieve short-term revenue goals. In a way, you could say customer acquisition keeps the wheels of your business turning.
It is a crucial start to having meaningful relationships with loyal and high-value customers who will stay with your brand for a long time.
What does customer acquisition cost (CAC)?
It’s hard to come by free things these days and the same can be said about increasing the number of your clients.
Customer acquisition cost (CAC) refers to how much you spent in order to convince people to become your customers. It is obtained by dividing all the money spent on acquiring customers by the total number of customers you gained during the same period the money was spent.
CAC is an important metric that gives you an idea of how well your marketing campaigns are performing. It can also help you save money.
For instance, if you determine that your customers’ average lifetime value is $20, spending $50 to acquire new clients would be detrimental to your business’ finances in the long run.
By keeping track of these figures, you will know to improve your marketing strategy so you can save money and even increase your profits.
What are some common customer acquisition strategies?
There are different strategies you can use to acquire new customers. Inbound strategies, such as content marketing, social media, and webinars, attract people by aligning the content you offer to the needs and interests of your prospective customers.
Outbound strategies, on the other hand, cover traditional ads and cold calls. Their goal is to broadcast your message in hopes of attracting customers. Depending on the nature and needs of your brand, you may discover that one or a combination of both types of strategies works best.
Here are eight strategies for acquiring new customers:
1. Identify your customers
Products and services cater to specific demographics. To acquire customers, you need to know which demographic is most interested in what you sell. Make sure your marketing campaigns target one or two market segments.
2. Be where your customers are
Apart from knowing who your customers are, you also need to discover where they hang out – offline and online. If they frequent Facebook, then engaging them on that social network may be a good decision.
3. Take advantage of unopened emails
Just because someone did not open your email doesn’t mean you can no longer convert them. About 48 hours after sending your initial email, check your email marketing software for those who did not open your email. Resend your email to these contacts using a different subject line.
4. Republish old content
Producing good content is one of the best ways to attract customers. Go over the content you have published in the past and choose some to update and repost. This can help boost your rankings in search results, as well as your visibility to search users.
5. Incorporate videos
Adding videos to your content can augment your engagement figures. Make sure the videos are interesting and provide value to your target customers. Put them in your website and blog entries and even make them part of your social media strategy.
6. Use ads
Ads aren’t cheap, but there’s a reason they’re still around. They are one of the best ways to reach out to as many people as possible. In fact, Facebook ads have helped at least 78 percent of American consumers discover retail products.
The best part about advertising, especially over the internet, is that it can be customized to target only your intended customers.
7. Make it easy to shop
Consumers love convenience. If you have an online store, you can add a shop section to your Facebook page. The products there can be tagged in the images and videos you post. Clicking on the products will take customers straight to your online shop.
8. Work with influencers
Find the personalities on social media admired by your target audience. Thirty percent of consumers are willing to buy a product that these influencers recommend.
You can reach out to your intended customers by collaborating with and having their favorite influencers vouch for your products.
How is analytics crucial to customer acquisition?
Customer acquisition can be more difficult than customer retention. After all, in the latter, you are appealing to people who already like your product and with whom you have already established a relationship.
There are simply way more uncertainties in customer acquisition. Because of this, you will need reliable and insight-laden data to succeed.
Analytics gives you a concrete picture of who your consumers are, what they want, and how they behave. With these insights, you will understand your clientele better and can fashion a marketing strategy that matches your intended customers.
You can personalize your messaging or deliver your offers in ways most likely to appeal to your target audience.
When gathered properly, data leaves very little room – if at all – for errors. If you simply cannot afford mistakes, analytics will guide and help you derive the best outcomes from your customer acquisition efforts.
Customer acquisition is crucial to your brand’s success. Get the most ROI from your efforts by gathering high-quality data and putting it to good use. By using these insights, you will understand your prospects better and how you can convert them into actual customers.
What customer acquisition strategy do you swear by? Tell us in the comments.
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