Understand Your Ideal Customers, and Make More Sales

See how taking the time to get to know your audience can save you time, money, and energy while boosting sales and improving ROI.
Written by
Roman Randall
Published on
May 4, 2018

April 19th is a very special day for me. Why? Because on April 19, 2014, this happened:

Roman and Abby Engagement Photo

Good times :) Once you’re engaged, a big part of wedding planning is determining your wedding venue. One of our favorite venues was a farm in western Illinois, so we called the venue to ask them a few questions. They shared some information on the phone, but for other information (such as the price, catering information, and other specific details) they asked us to drive up for a meeting to discuss our remaining questions. We agreed, and drove on up for a meeting the following week. When we arrived at the venue, we were very impressed. The scenery was stunning, and the venue was beautiful. It had tall ceilings, a massive fireplace inside, and overall had good vibes. However, when we sat down to talk details, things changed. Eventually, we realized that we couldn’t bring our own caterer, and that the price was more than we were wanting to pay - two deal breakers for us and a major bummer. Our time and energy (as well as the venue's) was wasted, both parties left the meeting feeling disappointed, and the wedding venue didn’t close a potential $10,000+ sale because they were spending time with the wrong prospects. This wedding venue failed to realize from the beginning (during our initial phone call), that my wife and I were not qualified prospects for their business. They should have asked some questions on the phone when we originally called, in order to have figured this out. Had they been aware of this fact - that we were not qualified prospects - they would not have invited us out to the venue for a tour and a meeting.

Frustrated and Disappointed

Understand WHO Your Ideal Customers To Attract & Convert The Right Prospects

Bottom line: Understanding who your ideal customers are allows you to easily qualify prospects, attract the right customers, and make more sales. When you know and understand your ideal customers, you know what to offer them, how to speak to them, and how to best reach and serve them. (Click here to tweet that!)

Plus, when you understand who your ideal customers are, you automatically understand who your business/product/service is NOT for - thus, saving you (and the other person) from wasting time, money, and energy. A business does not serve every single possible market. As the marketing axiom goes, "If you try to be everything to everyone, you won't be anything to anyone." For example, had the wedding venue (mentioned above) known who their ideal customer was, they would have realized from the beginning that my wife and I were not qualified prospects, because we wanted to bring our own caterer, and we were looking for a price lower than what they were asking for. With this information, they would not have invited us out to the venue, since we were not ideal customers for their business.

What Kind of Customer Information To Gather and Collect

So what kind of information do you want to know about your customers? Here’s a good place to start:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Income range
  • Budget
  • Location
  • Interests and Affinities
  • What websites they read, and social networks they use
  • Values: what do they care about?
  • Problems: what do they need?
  • Desires: what do they want?
  • One burning question they are trying to answer
  • One obstacle they are trying to overcome

With this kind of customer information, you can now make informed marketing decisions. You now know how to speak to your prospects and customers, what to offer them, how to write compelling website copy, what keywords to target in your search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, what locations to target in your Google Ads and Facebook advertising, and much more. How do you get this kind of information?

  1. Talk to your customers: Ask your customers questions, listen, and collect their responses. Collect the questions they ask, their feedback, and record the wording that they use.
  2. Quick Survey: Create a quick 60-second (or 2-3 question) survey and ask your customers questions (using TypeForm, HotJar, or SurveyMonkey). Include a reward for 2-3 randomly selected winners who participate, to incentivize more responses.
Talking To Customers

Action Step: Write down (in a place you can reference again and again) your ideal customer information. Use the information above as a starting point, but gather as much information about your customers as you feel is necessary, in order to make informed marketing decisions and write compelling copy. If you are stuck, start talking to your customers more, and consider sending out a short survey to kickstart your audience research.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding who your ideal customers are allows you to easily qualify prospects, attract the right customers, and make more sales. When you know and understand your ideal customers, you know what to offer them, how to speak to them, and how to best reach and serve them. (Click here to tweet that!)
  • If you want or need to gather more customer information, talk to your customers, or send out a short survey.

And if you’re wondering what wedding venue my wife and I ended up getting married at, we chose the Ellis House and Equestrian Center. They were exactly the outdoor/indoor venue that we were looking for, and they provided phenomenal service. We highly recommend them if you are planning your wedding in the Chicagoland area.

Wedding Party and Celebration

Just married! Here's my wife and I with our awesome wedding party

ImagesCharity White PhotographySarah Barlow Photographymiscgifs.tumblr.com

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