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5 Practical Tips for Decreasing Customer Churn

Susie Kelley
By Susie Kelley on April 08, 2016
5 Practical Tips for Decreasing Customer Churn
5 Practical Tips for Decreasing Customer Churn

5 Practical Tips for Decreasing Customer Churn

Susie Kelley
By Susie Kelley on April 08, 2016


It's a relatively simple word. It has five letters, one syllable, and will get you at least 10 points in Scrabble.

But you're not playing a board game. You're building a business. And that's why "churn" isn't so simple for you. Its causes are complex. Its effects keep you up at night. It has the power to paralyze your company's growth.

Every business has to cope with customer churn. For a myriad of reasons, some customers decide to cease their relationships with companies. It could be because they're unhappy with your product. It could be because they are unhappy with your customer service or the way your website works (or doesn't work). It could be cost, communication, or quality. It could be a combination of all of these reasons – or something you could never imagine.

The bottom line is that churn happens. And your job is to do everything possible to reduce it.

Here are five practical tips for decreasing customer churn:

1) Treat your customers like people

In the era of the Internet, software marketing has become more important than ever. If you're like a lot of companies, you have employees who specialize in improving link popularity, testing keywords, and working to improve search engine optimization so customers can find you. Don't forget to treat your customers like people once you've connected.

Frequently add fresh content. Make sure it's relevant. And always, always be improving your website's usability. These are the things that make your website accessible to people who are more likely to remain customers.

2) Say thank you

If one word ("churn") can be so incredibly powerful, imagine what's possible if you use two words: "thank you."

Saying thank you to loyal customers is incredibly easy and important – and often overlooked. According to the White House Office of Consumer Affairs, it is six to seven times more expensive to acquire a new customer than it is to keep a current one. So why not work hard to keep your current customers by thanking them for their loyalty with special offers, discounts, and access to your company?

3) Listen

Once again, the White House Office of Consumer Affairs comes through with an astounding statistic: For every customer who bothers to complain, 26 others remain silent.


That's a lot of people who will likely leave you – unless you listen. Use your software marketing efforts to solicit customer comments. Pay close attention to the feedback your customers provide. Don't dismiss it. Act on it, and you just might be able to decrease churn.

4) Make it easy for customers to give you money

The average attention span is 8.25 seconds, so if people can't figure out how to quickly and conveniently give you their money in exchange for a product or service, they're probably going to go bye-bye.

Make sure you make it as easy as possible for customers to pay. The easier it is to pay, the more people will do it. Make sure the links in your software marketing go directly to the payment page. Make sure your site is built to remember and auto-fill user names and billing addresses. Make sure to make it easy.

5) Give great service

It's so simple yet so easy to overlook. Delivering consistently great customer service is the hallmark of every company that is able to defend against churn and keep their customers. Customers are fickle, and if you don't give great service, they'll likely be gone – and then tell all their friends.

And you don't want that.

So address issues quickly, courteously, and with the customer's best interest in mind. Give great service.

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Susie Kelley
Published by Susie Kelley

Spot On co-founder and partner Susie Kelley is dedicated to leveraging technology to advance innovative solutions in highly regulated industries. Driven by the opportunity to elevate brands, she co-founded Spot On in 2012 after having spent 15 years honing her marketing skills in an agency. Susie leads business development with a personal touch, focusing on building lasting relationships with clients to meet — and exceed — their goals for business growth.

To learn more about Susie, visit our Company Page.

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