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What’s your typical customer worth?

What’s your typical customer worth?

most business owners don’t know

If I told you to buy each one of your current customers a holiday gift worth $50 at the end of this year, would you do it?
What if I said you should spend $100 for each customer? A $1,000?

You don’t know if you should or could do that, do you? Well here’s what I can tell you. It’s always a good idea to make a nice gesture to your customers. And there is a formula to approximate how much each one is worth. Let’s call it the Lifetime Customer Value formula.

The Lifetime Customer Value of a typical customer is important to your success for two important reasons:
1.) You have to KNOW where you are before you can determine precisely where you’re going. You need a baseline number so you can effectively track results, and…
2.) Until you KNOW EXACTLY what each new customer is worth to your business, you have no way of knowing HOW MUCH money you can spend in marketing to get that customer. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Take the time to calculate this! Master this simple but incredible concept, & you’ll have one of the least well-known tools in your marketing arsenal – & you’ll soon have added business, goodwill and referrals.

STEP 1: First, determine certain figures for your own business. If you’re new- make a projection.
Q. What is your “average sale?” (Add total dollar sales for a year, & divide that by the total number of sales transactions you completed (or expect to complete).
Q. How many times a year does an ‘average’ customer buy from you? (Take your total # of sales transactions for a year and divide it by the total # of customers).
Q. For how many “years” does an average customer buy from you? (Remember, 20% of the population moves every year, so this is typically less than 5 yrs, depending upon the nature of your business).
Q. How many people does your average customer tell about you? (A major factor). The most common average is between 3-12, but guess.
Q. What percentage of these people actually become your customers? (Usually between 20-70%).

STEP 2: Here’s the thing- the secret formula…

Fill in the blanks below (using the numbers you calculated in Step 1, to find out precisely what each customer is actually worth to you right now.
A. Average Sale = __________
B. Number of Sales per year per customer = __________
C. Number of Years customer buys from you = __________
D. Number of Referrals from customer = __________
E. % of Referrals who become customers = __________
F. Gross Sales per year per customer (A x B) = __________
G. Gross Sales over life of customer (F x C) = __________
H. Referrals who become customers (D x E) = __________
I. Gross Sales from referrals (G x H) = __________
*J.* TOTAL VALUE of Satisfied Customer ( G + I ) = __________________

Isn’t this dynamic & powerful information when you run the numbers? Trust me-it’s worth your time to sit down & figure this one out! I won’t do this for you, since each business will be different.

Plus, you get more benefit when you personally master the concept & do the math yourself. Try it – you’ll be astounded at the total “dollar” value of just ONE satisfied customer. I had vaguely ‘known’ it was high, but the numbers don’t lie.
Bottom line: From now on, when you feel even remotely discouraged or when a customer starts getting on your nerves. lol