What is the value of a new customer to your business? In the industrial and manufacturing sectors it can be huge. It is common to develop lasting relationships based on repeat business. Depending on your industry, a single new customer can easily account for anywhere between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands in gross sales over the lifetime of the relationship. With these numbers in mind, how you find these new customers becomes an important question.
Everyone loves a referral, and it can certainly simplify the process, however, a new customer is often the result of a lengthy sales operation that can last months or even years. In these cases, a qualified lead can often be valued at well over $1000, and an actual customer may be significantly higher than that. tweet
Another option is to enter new markets altogether. A new vertical or geographic market can open the door to additional customers, and if done correctly, can be a goldmine. However, this can be a costly undertaking and carries a certain amount of risk.
Given the cost and risks associated with finding new customers and markets, it makes sense to use the tools available to improve efficiencies. Today’s marketing technology provides companies with an amazing amount of information, allowing businesses to make the right decisions in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.
Consider this: If a system using marketing technology generated a customer with an average lifetime value (LTV) of $250,000, then it would make perfect sense to invest $1000 a month to get one new customer, correct? It seems like a no-brainer.
To understand the impact marketing automation can have on your business, run your numbers through our return on investment calculator.
The numbers are important, and we encourage you to do your own calculations if you want. The reality is that finding new customers and entering new markets is a challenging and costly process. Automated marketing technology can help with both, saving you time and money, making it a worthwhile investment.
About Fred Yee
Fred Yee is the founder and CEO of ActiveConversion, a company specializing in industrial online marketing, marketing automation, and demand generation. His work with ActiveConversion has helped hundreds of businesses succeed online and expand internationally. Fred was voted by the SLMA as one of the Top 50 Most Influential in Sales Lead Management for two consecutive years, and continues to gain recognition for his work in online marketing.