Lisa Robbin Young

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As a business owner, you probably don't want one-time customers. I mean, you probably won't turn them away, either! But, having loyal repeat buyers creates stability in your business. Plus, it helps you build your credibility and establish your reputation in the marketplace.

If you’re feeling a bit stuck when it comes to client retention and customer happiness, here are a few ideas to stimulate customer loyalty.

Travel & Visit Them in Person

Visiting your clients in person and have a conversation with them as often as possible. Catch a plane, hop in your vehicle and travel around to meet with them individually and get to know them better. Be sure you're staying safe out there. You don't want to end up calling a lawyer or a tow truck after a fender bender on your road trip.

Reward & Thank Them

Another way to keep happy and loyal clients is to reward and thank them often. A thank you will go a long way in helping you to make certain that your customers continue to choose to do business with you over the competition. There are many ways to reward your customers such as by offering special promotions or even sneak peeks of what products or services you may soon be rolling out before they go public. It may also help to acknowledge your customer’s birthdays and to send out a holiday card.

Solve Problems Quickly

If you’re going to have a profitable and sustainable business then you must be a good problem solver. Make sure you train your customer service team and that they know how to handle a wide variety of matters that may arise. It’s important that you not only address these complaints but that you find suitable solutions in a timely manner too. You should avoid pushing issues aside for another day or hoping that they will just go away. You’ll have happier customers when you tackle matters head-on and can collect more positive online reviews for your business as well. 

Maintain your premises and equipment

Of course, if you want your customers to want to return to your business, ensure all keep your equipment (and premises) well-maintained. That means anything your customers might interact with - websites, countertops, door handles... all of it! It's a detail often overlooked, especially when all that equipment is shiny and new. For example, if you're an ophthalmologist, maintenance means timely ophthalmic equipment repairs as well as basic computer updates. Prioritizing equipment maintenance demonstrates your commitment to delivering quality service or products, thus safeguarding your business's long-term success.

Be A Good Listener

Your customers are eager to be heard and want to know they have a voice when it comes to how they’re feeling about your company and your products or services. Therefore, make it a point to be a good listener and give them the platform they need to let their thoughts, opinions, and insights be shared. Ask the tough questions and then lend an open ear so you can gather some tips as to what you can be doing better at your company going forward. Use this information you gather as a learning opportunity to fix what might be broken in your business. These are valuable tips and pointers from your customers that you can’t afford to overlook as a business owner.

[Creative Freedom S5E4]

Sales coach and author, Jeffrey Gitomer, famously said, "Customer satisfaction is worthless... do you want your wife to be satisfied or loyal?"

It's a little crude, but the point is well taken. As a creative entrepreneur, having a loyal following means you've got Raving Fans who love your work, support you financially, and you can make great money doing what you love. If they're not loyal, they'll drop you like a hot rock as soon as someone new hits the scene.

So how do you build customer loyalty?


It's an acronym for the 4 actions that draw your audience closer and help you build meaningful, loyal relationships with them.

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Podcast Show Notes

  • 2:30 The best way to stimulate the Know, Like, and Trust factor with your audience
  • 7:33 Why your audience will say one thing publicly and do the opposite.
  • 9:11 The simple approach one recording artist used to crowdsource more than one hot-selling record.
  • 13:50 Why I think surveys are a waste of time for creatives.
  • 15:24 An example of how I used my social media "listening station" to create engaging content for my audience.
  • 18:10 How being a "creature of comparison" can be helpful (and hurtful) to your business.
  • 23:34 How one artist created a line of potential buyers for a collage before it was ready for sale.

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