Thursday, February 12, 2009

Check out!
Get Those Happy Customers Yakkin'
"[M]any companies hesitate to launch customer case studies because they worry about imposing on their best customers," say Barbara Bix and Olga Taylor in an article at MarketingProfs. "To their delight, however, companies often discover that decision-makers are happy to discuss their experiences and look forward to being featured in an article that positions them as a leader in their industry."

If a belief that case studies impose on clients has prevented you from showcasing your best work in public, you're missing out on a host of benefits that could speed a sale along. These include:

Associating your brand with those of high-profile customers.
Attracting reporters hungry for substantive narratives and sources willing to speak on the record.
Enticing prospects who discover case studies in Google searches.
Bix and Taylor recommend providing at least one case study for each product or service you offer in each industry you serve. "Each satisfied customer is a key to several others who are similar, want to be similar, or simply know of your customers," they say. "Can you afford to have them keep their story to themselves?"

The Point: "Customer success stories work by matching your prospects' goals, titles, problems, company characteristics, industry buzzwords, and so on to those of your successful customers," say Bix and Taylor. "That's because customers believe that their situations are relevant to companies that are just like them."