Why the Best Clients Are the Ones You Already Have
how to increase profits by leveraging your existing clients

Our team applies many of the following practices with our own clients, some who’ve been with us for 20+ years. We have always taken a people-centered approach to the work we do and the clients we serve. In today’s fast and often chaotic world, building authentic relationships and sustaining loyalty has become a lost art among many businesses. 

 

Why does this matter? Because the best clients to grow your business are often the ones you already have. In fact, “Increasing customer retention rates by 5% increases can increase profits by more than 25%” Invesp

 

Benefits of Building Upon Your Existing Client Base

Repeat Business

Existing clients form the backbone of consistent revenue streams for businesses. Their repeat business is not just a testament to the quality of your products or services but also a reflection of the trust and positive experiences they’ve had with your brand. By nurturing returning customers’ relationships, you can keep them coming back.

 

Lower Acquisition Costs

Acquiring new clients can be a resource-intensive endeavor, both in terms of time and money. According to Forbes “On average, it can cost four to five times more to acquire new customers versus retaining current ones.” Leveraging your existing client base allows you to lessen costs associated with new outreach marketing campaigns, and to use other acquisition strategies. 

 

Adaptability and Feedback

Your existing clients have valuable insights that can drive improvement within your business. They are already familiar with your products or services and can provide feedback based on their experiences. Moreover, the trust and rapport you’ve established with existing clients often encourages them to be more forthcoming and candid in their feedback. By taking their insights into consideration, you can refine your products and services to better meet all customer needs.

 

Strategies for Nurturing Existing Clients

Regular Communication

Tailor your communication to resonate with your clients’ needs and preferences. Whether it’s through email newsletters or social media updates, you can ensure that your communications add value to your clients’ experiences.  When sending your communications, what would your customer like to hear? How can you benefit or service them? It’s also important to create two-way communication by inviting customers to share their thoughts, opinions, and concerns. 

 

Additional Value To Clients

Look for opportunities to provide additional value to your clients, whether through exclusive discounts, complimentary services, members only discounts, client appreciation events, points rewards program, free consultations, etc. By providing additional value beyond your standard offerings, you can enhance the overall customer experience and differentiate your business from competitors, and therefore deepening brand loyalty with your clients. 

 

Listen

Smart marketing includes actively asking for feedback from your clients and really listening to their input. This shows your customer base that you prioritize their satisfaction and are committed to continuous improvement. Automatic systems for collecting feedback are plentiful. Whether it’s formal surveys, informal conversations, or online reviews, prioritize gathering insights into your clients’ experiences.

 

By implementing these strategies you can create a foundation based on long term client relationships. The effort that you invest in nurturing your existing clients pays off in increased loyalty, reduced client acquisition costs, and valuable feedback that can help steer your business. When it comes to time and numbers, the best clients are the ones that you already have. 

 

Daphne Rothlisberger, Fractional CMO

As a Chief Marketing Officer, Daphne is a seasoned leader who has successfully navigated companies through various phases of growth and development for over 20 years. With her deep understanding of strategic planning and team dynamics, she has delivered transformative results that have reshaped organizations’ trajectories and improved their bottom lines. Having worked with top-tier agencies such as Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide, Daphne has collaborated with several iconic brands, including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Intel, American Express, Allstate Insurance, Starbucks, and many more. She is passionate about driving business growth and specializes in overhauling organizations at their core by crafting comprehensive plans that optimize operations and set them up for long-term success. Her collaborative leadership and relentless pursuit of excellence make her impact enduring and profound. Above all, Daphne is dedicated to revolutionizing businesses’ digital marketing landscapes. She champions strategic innovations that amplify team productivity, elevate brand visibility, and integrate robust, strategy-driven methodologies to drive performance.