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How to gain customers? 5 tips

Why is gaining a permanent customer base important?

Customers are the driving engine of any business, and startups are no exception. It's clear that they provide the revenue that keeps the company afloat, and their feedback is essential to developing and improving products and services. Still, there are many other reasons why customers are so important to startups, such as:

• idea verification - interactions with potential customers, such as conversations or surveys, are an excellent way to estimate whether there is a real demand for a given product or service,

• product development – by understanding what customers need and want, startups can make the necessary changes to create products that will be more successful, which is why customer feedback is so valuable in improving products and services,

• building a community – startups can build a strong community around their company, establishing contact with consumers, which in turn can lead to increased brand loyalty and a more engaged and permanent customer base,

• financial support – if we want to find investors who would be willing to finance the development of our startup, it may be necessary to demonstrate that we have a solid customer base, which will secure financing for our company,

• building a reputation - a satisfied customer base is the key indicator of a successful startup, and positive opinions will attract people willing to purchase our services,

• data-driven decisions – customer feedback provides valuable data that can be used to make informed decisions about product development, marketing strategies and customer service,

• feedback as fuel for development – customers can provide startups with valuable information about what works and what can be used for continuous improvement and adapting to changing market conditions.

In short, customers are the backbone of any successful startup. By understanding and responding to consumer needs, companies can significantly increase their chances of survival and success. What actions should we take to acquire the desired customers or retain those who have already encountered our products?

The team should develop a strategy that will faciliate the process of acquiring customers.


1. Define your target group

This is an issue that should be considered both before officially starting your business and while running the company. Market preferences and demands are constantly changing, which is why it is so important to monitor them and adapt our marketing strategies and new products to them.

Firstly, it is worth considering what group will be the main recipient of our company's services. You should pay attention to factors such as age range, gender, place of residence and profession. Once we receive the most important information, we can focus on our advertising strategy, which will be based on the collected data about potential consumers.

2. Create a good ad

Although this step seems obvious, nowadays, when many companies have the latest technologies and experienced marketing specialists at their disposal, startups must put a lot of effort into it if they want to reach the level of the competition or even exceed it. So what does good advertising look like? A successful advertisement is one that effectively reaches its target audience and achieves its intended goals. Advertisements should have a number of features that will make them stand out from the crowd, including:

·         transparency – effective ads have a clear and specific message that is easy for recipients to understand, and describe in an interesting way what a given product is for and why someone should buy it,

·         relevance to the target group – good ads are tailored to the interests, needs and problems of the target group, so they understand the demographics, lifestyle and shopping habits of the recipients,

·         attracting attention - advertising should attract viewers' attention and make them want to learn more, so a good way is to use visual effects, catchy slogans and emotional appeals,

·         persuasion – good ads are clear and use strong arguments, references and social evidence to convince viewers that they need the product or service,

·         creativity – an effective ad stands out from the crowd of generic ads by using unique concepts

In addition to these characteristics, effective ads are also ethical and respectful of their audience. By incorporating these features into their advertising campaigns, companies can create ads that are effective, memorable, and contribute to their overall marketing success.


3. Focus on your online visibility

In today's digital age, an online presence is crucial for any business that wants to succeed. This especially applies to products intended for teenagers or young adults. A company that is visible online has a much greater chance of reaching potential consumers and acquiring new ones. Therefore, it is worth spending time to implement strategies aimed at increasing the visibility of our startup on the Internet. What actions are the most effective?

·         Website – a well-designed website containing the most important information is the showcase of our company. You need to make sure that the website is easy to navigate, visually appealing and contains valuable content that is intended for your target audience.

·         SEO – involves optimizing the content, structure and technical aspects of a website, making it easier to find by search engines. SEO includes keyword research, content creation, link building, and technical optimization. It is crucial to regularly monitor SEO effectiveness.

·         Social Media Marketing – social media platforms provide an effective way to connect with your target audience, share product information, and drive traffic to your website. Create engaging content, interact with your followers and run ads on social media to reach a wider audience.

·         Email marketing – remains a highly effective way to generate leads and build customer relationships. Creating email lists and campaigns is a great way to acquire customers and connections.

·         Paid advertising – advertising platforms such as Google Ads, as well as social media advertising, can help reach a wider audience and quickly increase traffic on our website. Use targeted campaigns and closely track results to optimize your finances.


4. Make sure to provide a good customer service

Although at first glance this advice also seems obvious, the way customers are treated in many companies still leaves much to be desired. However, remember that excellent customer service is the basis of a successful business. It strengthens customer loyalty, builds brand reputation and encourages people to keep buying our products. Here are some key practices that will help us gain audience recognition:

·         good communication – team representatives should communicate clearly, concisely and professionally, adapting their communication style to different situations, regardless of whether they are dealing with a frustrated customer or providing proactive assistance,

·         availability – the company should actively provide assistance to customers, both by e-mail and by phone, always being ready to contact and provide assistance,

·         knowledge and ability to solve problems – team representatives should have in-depth knowledge of the company's products or services, as well as the ability to think creatively and find solutions that meet the customer's needs,

·         feedback analysis – the company should show customers that their comments, praises and objections are carefully listened to and considered, which will strengthen trust in the brand and contribute to improving the product,

·         promotions and discounts – it is worth meeting customer expectations and focusing on seasonal price reductions, and the bonuses offered by the company will certainly attract a wider audience.

5. Take part in roadshows

Roadshows are a series of marketing and promotional events that involve traveling to various locations to meet with potential customers, partners and investors. It is a way for companies to reach a wider audience, build brand awareness and generate leads. Particularly valuable during these events are direct contact with the audience and the possibility of personal interactions.

Roadshows give startups a chance to present their products or services in a dynamic and engaging way. Interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and educational workshops can capture the attention of potential customers and leave a lasting impression, and the flexibility of these types of meetings allows companies to choose the format that best suits their strategies and target audience.

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