Tips for creating a robust client retention strategy for nutrition business

Jamie Frew
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What is customer retention management?

Customer retention management refers to strategies aimed at improving retention amongst clients. It is related to both the number of new clients at a nutrition business and the number of clients that return to the practice. Understanding how to optimize retention at your business will not only lead to improved loyalty but will also help generate increased revenue. As such, understanding and consequently implementing customer retention strategies is an essential component of any nutritionist management guide. In this article, we’re going to outline why retention is important and the steps your practice can take to improve its loyalty, allowing you to put your best foot forward in optimizing your business operations!

Why is customer retention important for a nutrition business?

Having good customer retention will lead to various benefits for your nutrition business, including:

Helps increase ROI

Return on investment is one of the biggest concerns of managing the financial side of your business. As you know, you need to be making more money than you are spending in order to generate a profit, and clients that return to your business are significantly more likely to increase your ROI. 

Improves loyalty of existing customers

Loyal customers don’t only increase revenue, but also help establish positive relationships and improve your branding. If customers learn and appreciate the value of your services, they will keep returning, and also spend more.

Increases referrals

Unsurprisingly, a customer that is happy with the services they’ve received at your business are more likely to tell their family and friends. Whilst it is a good idea to have your own marketing strategies in place, never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth. Loyal customers are happy customers, and this will hopefully increase your referrals and broaden your clientele.

Lowers cost of acquiring new customers

Given the benefits associated with returning clients, they are significantly more affordable for a nutrition business than new clients. They are already familiar with your services, require less direction, and are usually willing to spend more. 

Tips to create a robust client retention strategy for nutrition business

So how exactly can you boost your client retention? Whilst these strategies will be dependent on your dietitian practice’s KPIs and individual preferences, we have compiled a list of top tips to implement into your business. 

Use new technological innovations

Staying up to date with new technological innovations is a fantastic way to differentiate your business from other competitors. When a client is thinking about whether to return to a practice or find someone new, they will compare different services, but also the methods used to deliver these. If you are using new, exciting, and advanced technology within your business, you will definitely stand out!

Leverage customization based on your client's needs

Customization is an essential aspect of developing trusting relationships with clients. When you are creating your treatment plans for your customers, it is important that these are based on the individual needs of each client. A common nutrition practice mistake to avoid is generalizing your treatments to all of your clients, as this doesn’t target individual goals and fails to show that you are genuinely interested in each client’s needs.

Provide easy-to-follow meal plans

Providing meal plans is a standard strategy for nutritionists, but it is important that these plans are easily followed. Clients often lead busy lives, and they want to be able to stick to a meal plan without extensive effort. 

Offer suggestions around recipes

Whilst cooking expertise is not a requirement for working as a nutritionist, having a good knowledge of recipes can go a long way. If your client is struggling to stick to their meal plan, you should be able to offer suggestions for recipes, including easy ingredient exchanges. If you have a trusting relationship with a client, they will feel confident in the advice you give and will be more willing to try new recipes.

Maintain a customer communication calendar

Communication is important with your clients, both before and after your treatment sessions. If you build a communication calendar, you will be able to stay on top of your follow-up messages, improving rapport and encouraging clients to return to your practice. 

Build trust with your clients

Unsurprisingly, trust is a massive factor when it comes to retaining clients. In order for a client to keep coming back to your business, you need to develop a good relationship with them. Transparency and communication are integral to this process, so you should follow up with them after sessions and ensure they feel as though their needs are being met. 

Capitalize on social advertising

Building an online presence for your dietitian practice is essential if you want to remain competitive with other businesses, and keep your clients coming back. Social media is a fantastic way to publish relevant content that keeps you at the forefront of your client's minds and promotes your business. 

Retention strategies to implement after appointments

After you have had an appointment with a client, there are various strategies you should implement to improve the likelihood of them returning and improving the revenue of your dietitian practice.

Schedule follow-up appointments

One of the best ways to guarantee retention is to schedule a follow-up appointment. This topic may be raised during your session with a client, or you may decide to send an email or text message soon afterward. 

Send reminder messages

No-shows are a particularly problematic issue for healthcare businesses, as they not only waste time but also lead to a loss in revenue. With the right software, you can set up automated reminder messages to be sent to your patients prior to upcoming appointments, reducing the number of no-shows and improving retention rates.

Ask for feedback

The best way to improve a nutrition business requires getting feedback from clients. You will be able to identify areas that require improvement and understand the client experience from their perspective. Having this information will allow you to develop specific strategies aimed at increasing client satisfaction and retention.

Offer freebies

Discounts and loyalty rewards are a fantastic way to increase client retention. Although you need to ensure you are still making money, using freebies as a marketing strategy will encourage clients to keep returning to your business. Good content strategies for dietitian practices can include publishing promotional information on your website and social media pages, ensuring clients are kept informed.

Send customized birthday messages

Building a trusting relationship with clients requires going the extra mile. Sending customized birthday messages, and even birthday discounts will show your clients that your business cares about them.

Offer discounts for your client's family and friends

You want your clients to leave your business eager to tell their family and friends about their experience. Because word-of-mouth is such an effective marketing strategy, you should think about offering discounts to the customers that your clients bring in for you. 

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Take home message

Client retention is a key component of generating revenue for your nutrition practice. Whilst every business will have its own preferred methods of achieving this, the strategies that we have outlined should help you put your best foot forward. The most important thing to remember when encouraging your clients to return to your business is the fact that you want to make them feel like valued customers. This means prioritizing transparency, communication, and customization, and ensuring their individual needs are consistently being met. Hopefully, this guide has indicated some of the best ways you can focus on increasing client retention, and your practice can enjoy the benefits of having a loyal clientele base.

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