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Published:May 4th, 2007 04:00 EST
Do you know who your customers are?

Do you know who your customers are?

By Joel G. Block (Mentor/Columnist)

Do you know who your customers are? Once you know what product or service you are offering and the niche you want to own, you need to zero in on the people who are going to buy from you. You aren`t going to sell many skateboards in a nursing home " unless the residents are buying them for their grandchildren.

You must develop clear pictures of your customers, whether they are companies or individuals. Age, income, and other demographic characteristics can all be useful for defining Mr. or Ms. Ideal Customer, though not all characteristics will be of equal importance. The better you understand your customers, the more compelling you can make your promotional materials, advertising campaigns, and sales pitches.

You may also find that your products or services appeal to more than one demographic group " and you`ve got twice the opportunity (or more) to make sales. Although products or services may cut across several demographic groups, different groups may buy from you for different reasons. You are much more likely to succeed in selling to each of these groups by tailoring your sales material and your sales approach to suit each group.

So, as you are working hard every day to build your company, or as you`re building your career, always start out by defining who your target markets are and why they buy from you. Do this, and you`ll know how to make the sale.

About Joel G. Block, President of Growth-Logic, Inc.

Often dubbed a Growth Architect " by his clients, Joel Block advises companies on explosive growth strategies by driving revenue and sales. Well known in the capital markets, Joel is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and advisor. To bring Joel into your company, please visit www.joelblock.com or www.growth-logic.com.