Jon Buscall on Be Good to Your Customers believes that most engagement related activities these days are actually lead generation activities and not really about customer engagement.
This article grabbed my attention as I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the whole customer engagement life-cycle for SaaS and other online services.
The main strategy Jon suggest B2B businesses should apply is to provide true value to loyal customers only.
I would argue even further; loyal customers of online services should get specialized treatment. They should receive personalized engagement by their B2B vendors.
This wasn’t possible few years back, when it took few months and even years to create products and later on deliver it to customers. This isn’t the case anymore, and customers do expect this level of service.
For example, SaaS companies basically have all the information required to provide to each and every one of their customer special treatment tuned directly to their needs:
- They know who they are
- They know what they are trying to achieve with their service and
- They have all of their interaction history
Genuine customer engagement is personalized, contextual and timely. This is what customers expect.