Communication doesn’t happen when a message is sent. It happens when that message is received and accurately understood.
Learning how to effectively communicate with your customers is essential for business success, especially in today’s world where more companies are competing for the attention of consumers.
Here are some tips for making sure your company’s messages are being received by your target consumers:
Define your Target Market
You can’t possibly know how to communicate with your customers if you have an inaccurate view of who those customers are. Learning more about your market is the first step to communication success.
Analyze your sales data to learn more about the age, locations and other details about your past and current customers.
Obtain additional consumer demographic information from your business’s social media pages and other outlets. Gather as many of these details as possible and compile the information to gain a more accurate image of your target market.
After you’ve hammered down those details, you can begin to select the methods of communication preferred by those target consumers.
Select Communication Methods for your Market
Are the majority of your consumers young or old and where do they live?
These and other demographic details impact the ways that you should be communicating with your target customers.
For example, younger consumers prefer to interact with companies through social media, text messaging and other online platforms. Older consumers often prefer face to face interactions or phone calls.
As the following article looks at, it is important that you “Get to know your customers’ communication preferences” so that you can select the proper communication platforms.
Determine the Accurate Frequency
Choosing the proper communication platforms is the first step.
The next step is to determine how often you should use those platforms to communicate with your customers. Send out messages too frequently and your customers will quickly tune you out. Communicate too little and they’ll forget about you.
A first step in determining the accurate frequency of communication is to research frequency standards within your industry and within your target market.
You can then adjust the frequency of communication based on future data.
Track and Analyze Data
After you’ve selected communication platforms and frequencies based on industry standards, you must then begin tracking data linked to your sales messages.
For example, if you’re using social media to connect with consumers, begin tracking how often they’re engaging with your posts as well as the comments that those posts are receiving.
If email is your primary method of communication, track and analyze open rates, click through rates and other details.
By analyzing the data, you can more finely tune your communication tactics to the specific interests of your customers.
Create a Conversation
In addition to tracking data linked to your communication tactics, one of the best ways to hammer down your customers’ communication preferences is to ask them.
Consumers love to give their opinions and will appreciate being able to voice how and when they’d like to receive information from your company.
Of course, if you ask customers for their communication preferences, be sure to follow through on their requests and provide updates on your progress in this realm.
Matching your consumers’ communication preferences is essential to business success.
By knowing how your customers want to interact with your company, you can more accurately tailor sales messages to ensure that they’re received and understood by target consumers.
About the Author: Shayla Ebsen is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional writing experience both in the corporate and freelance settings.