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Your Top 20%

May 17, 2022

Your top 20% of clients give you 80% of your sales. They trust you the most, and they want a relationship with you.

Your bottom 80% of clients only give you 20% of your sales. They are not as interested in having a relationship with you, and they see you as a transaction.

Build your business around the needs, fears, and desires of your top 20%. Be curious and ask these clients their opinions. Remember that we have two ears and one mouth, and we should use it in that ratio. Listen to them. Survey them. Call them.

The greatest mistake is to treat your top clients as a transaction. If you do, they will treat you like a commodity. Instead, strive to show them how much you appreciate them. Tell them how important they are to you and your team. And include them in everything you do. Build relationships with these clients. Write them a handwritten note.

On the flip side, treat your bottom 80% more like a transaction unless you can ascend them to your top 20%. Give them good deals, and give them good service. Instead of a handwritten note that takes a lot of resources, send them a batch email, text, or video instead.


Your resources to invest in your clients are not endless, and you must deploy your resources in meaningful ways where you are going to get the greatest gain. And that is always in your top 20% of clients. Four Seasons is known for the saying, “systemize the ordinary so you can personalize the extraordinary.” This is excellent advice. And you could extend it to systemize the transactions (bottom 80% of clients) so you can personalize the relationships (top 20%).


 Whatever you do, make sure your best clients feel appreciated, important, and included. These are the three most important ingredients to any good relationship.


Have a great week, my friends!


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