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Why Should Your Business Calculate Customer Lifetime Value?

May 28, 2018

Customer delight, customer satisfaction, user experience, and customer relationship have been the focus of every marketer in this new age. But why are marketers so obsessed with those terms instead of capturing new customers? For starters, it is predicted that it is many times more expensive to get a new customer than to retain the existing ones. Then, there is also the fact that these customers do not generate revenues for one purchase. They generate revenues over their lifetime as long as they are with the brand. Calculate a $20 revenue every month for 20 years, and the figure suddenly looks gigantic. However, calculating customer lifetime value is not an easy task as it all depends on factors such as expected churn rate, discounted rate, and profit margin per customer. Many organizations still go through the pain of making all such calculations to estimate customer lifetime value (CLV). So why is calculating customer lifetime value so important?

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Generate ROI on Customer Acquisition

Calculating customer lifetime value gives you insights on your most profitable customers. It helps companies redirect their marketing budgets to channels, which boost the lifetime value of a customer rather than gross profit on the initial purchase. As a result, companies are looking to maximize customer value against the cost of acquiring them. Focusing on CLV will dynamically change the economics of an acquisition strategy. It frees up the budget from acquiring unprofitable customers, which can be used to acquire profitable long-term customers.

Create Effective Messages and Targeting

A thorough CLV analysis paves way for effective customer segmentation. Segmenting customers based on customer lifetime value can increase the relevance of your marketing communications, which, in turn, brings about a higher degree of personalization. Also, a company can gain insights into what category of product each particular segment of customers prefers.

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Define Business Objectives and Metrics

Calculating customer lifetime value is very important to create a benchmark for future growth and expansion. It is also an excellent metric to determine the worth of your business. It can, therefore, help businesses define growth, turnover, future sales, and net profit. Additionally, the CLV computations can be tweaked to figure out lifetime gross margins and costs based on the average order value. Also, other KPIs such as acquisition cost, growth in average shopper value, churn rate and repeat purchase growth can be balanced with CLV computation.

Enhance Retention Marketing Strategies

Evaluating the causes of a marketing campaign is a pretty dicey thing. Mostly marketers commit the mistake of factoring in the instant revenue of a marketing campaign to calculate ROI of the campaign. However, it does not value the subsequent revenues bought by the customer along the way. One good way to assess marketing campaigns is the impact it made on the average CLV of the customer segment you were targeting. Consequently, it aligns the marketing department focus to improve customer retention.

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Cross-selling and Up-selling Opportunities

CLV calculation provides a business with deeper insights into customer behavior. Based on the individual pattern of buying, businesses can accurately cross-sell and up-sell the right product to the right customer. Such opportunities directly increase the revenue base of the company.

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