How to Better Serve Manufacturing Industry Distributors

October 08, 2019 |   2 minute read


How to Better Serve Manufacturing Industry Distributors

Your manufacturing business has a long-standing and successful customer base. One of the easiest ways to increase your sales is to sell more of your product line to your existing customers. By better serving your current distributors, you will save time and money compared to obtaining new leads and customers.

5 Reasons Why You Should Sell to Existing Distributors

There are benefits to focusing on existing customers versus finding new ones. Here are 5 statistics that show why it’s best to better serve your current distributors:

  • There is a 60-70% chance of selling to existing customers versus a 5-20% of selling to new clients
  • 80% of a business’ future sales will come from 20% of their existing customers
  • Repeat customers spend 33% more than new customers
  • 82% of customers stop doing business with a company because of poor customer service
  • 68% of customers will no longer do business with a company, if they feel the company is indifferent to them

How To Keep Your Existing Distributors Delighted

It is evident that people now expect a very high level of customer service. At the end of all interactions, your sales team’s goal should be going above the customer's expectations. If customers have an exceptional buying or service experience, odds are they will happily return and become repeat customers.

image30One of the most effective ways to ensure a customer-centric approach that best serves your distributors is to incorporate inbound marketing principles. Inbound marketing focuses on ensuring that the customer is delighted all the way through the sales process. One of the easiest ways to delight customers is to reduce friction in the buyer’s journey. Reducing friction could be as simple as improving online payment methods or as complicated as tailoring marketing emails to specific client needs.

A large part of inbound marketing is having a content creation strategy in place that provides help, information and resources for all parts of the buyer’s journey. To focus your efforts on the existing customers, you could:

  • Provide tips on how to better sell the products they do distribute
  • Suggest complementary products that sell well together to increase their revenue
  • Share about process improvements you’ve made to the sales process, saving them time and money
  • Describe lean manufacturing industry processes you’re employing to make your products more affordable for distributors

Learn How to Better Attract Customers

Keeping existing customers happy is a large part of the puzzle, but learning how to pitch your products to new distributors is also key.

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