Repeat Sales Murdered! Look For These 6 Suspects

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Killing repeat salesThere are many reasons customers will take their future business to one of your competitors instead of coming back to you… Are you aware of potential murderers lurking around your business that will kill your repeat sales?


Many businesses are not… which is a huge mistake.


What Makes Customers Choose NOT to Come Back To You?

  1. You are not staying in touch with them – your customers come in and make a purchase… then they’re gone. Is that how you want the relationship to end? Of course not. What you really want is for them to come back over and over again to purchase more.  The only way to achieve this is by staying in touch with them. Whether it’s via email, text messaging, direct mail, phone, mobile app, or other forms of technology, establish some type of connection with your customers for an on-going relationship.
  2. Your staff was not attentive or they were rude – no one likes to be treated unprofessionally when doing business with a company. If a consumer experiences unprofessional, rude behavior by one of your staff members, they’re as good as gone in most cases. Rude behavior is almost like a slap in the face.  Therefore, top-notch customer service must be stressed and practiced by everyone in your company.
  3. You were pushy or hard-selling – whenever a customer feels like they’re being “sold-to,” a red flag goes up immediately.  Put yourself in their shoes – do you like aggressive sales people? Therefore, make sure your employees do not pressure your new customers to purchase your products/services – otherwise, they won’t return. (That doesn't mean it's ok to pressure your existing customers!)

Obviously, acquiring brand new customers is always a good thing. But your ultimate goal should be geared towards converting them into long time loyal customers who will buy from you over and over again. Keep these repeat customer killers away from your business and you're on your way to getting more repeat sales.


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Rob Calhoun

Backend Specialist at R. Calhoun IE
+ Rob Calhoun Helps small to medium businesses succeed by building systems for them that help them get new customers, retain customers, and re-energize past customers. Rob helps clients and marketers maximize the return they get from their online marketing efforts.

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Lubano Lim says

Hi Rob,

I guess it also depends on your competitors. Ultimately, as consumers, we are always trying to find the best deal.

If your competitors are providing better products and services, people will probably stop buying from you.

    Rob Calhoun says

    Consumers are not always buying based on price. The reality is only the bottom 10% of the market is hard wired to buy based on low price.

    You’re right in that when you provide less value (real or perceived) than your competitor, you lose your customers. Check out How To Stop Selling Based On Price for how to add value and differentiate yourself from your competitors.
    Rob Calhoun recently posted..How To Stop Selling Based On PriceMy Profile

Rich Witt says

Oh yes, those can definitely lead to the end of the purchase cycle. the first one (keeping in touch) is actually the easiest one to solve.

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