Some of the best marketing you can do for your business is to say thank you to your customers (even before they become your customers).
There are a few reasons. For starters, it's the nice (and right) thing to do. Saying thank you expresses gratitude, acknowledges their time, and demonstrates humility as you're acknowledging your customers have a choice when they consider or choose your product, business, or service.
We like hand-written notes, like Gran always told us to do. Another way we've seen it done is to put it to music and thank them from the stage of your live event, a la Brian Walter and Extreme Meetings. Whether big or small, the act is what counts, not necessarily the method.
Saying thank you allows you to offer reward options to your loyal customers, too.Whether celebrating an anniversary of their last purchase or visit or giving deep discounts or insider access to a highly-coveted product or service, you can use this value-driven thank you outreach through phone, email, or other channel to demonstrate how much you really appreciate your customer (and their loyalty!).
Another option is rewarding your staff or customers is hosting them at an incentive event. These exclusive trips allow your brand to motivate, reward, and encourage your participants to reach a specific goal.
Finally, did you know that saying thank you motivates people? Loretta Breuning, author of Meet Your Happy Chemicals, says that we're drawn to "happy highs" that boost our natural feel-good chemicals. Being thanked feels good, which in turns motivates us to continue to repeat the action which made us get thanked.