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March 10 2010

Long Term Value of Facebook Advertising Customers

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This week I have been speaking to a new client who is interested in doing facebook advertising for their large online company. The usual questions come up, and I have been answering them.

In a world of affiliate marketers many companies think, “well we could just turn this over to affiliates and the affiliate can take the financial risk of covering the cost of clicks?”

It might work out, and it might not. Once you (or I in this case) have things going decently financially, the idea of risking large amounts of your capital for the possibility of making sales for another company, may not be that attractive.

A really important concept came up in my discussing ROI for the company. That is the concept of lifetime value of the customer. A good example of this is Travian. Travian is a game you play online where you get to build a village, raise sheep, build armies etc. etc.

When a customer signs up to play Travian I make around 2 bucks. It is free for the customer to sign up. Why in the hell would Travian pay me $2 plus what my affiliate company is getting when Travian doesn’t get a cent when the customer signs up? Well Travian knows that over time the customer will end up buying currency online so they can buy more sheep, or a wall around their town.

In my chiropractic office, the lifetime value of a customer is high, because we take extremely good care of them.

On the other hand if you are selling the customer something for free, but in the process tricking them into an illegal, or unethical monthly rebilling of their credit card then you may still be able to get a good ROI, but only because you are cheating the customer.

I predict that as we mature as a group of people marketing on the internet, and the customer becomes more savvy, we will be able to scam them less and less. (Thank God). This means that the real value will be by creating a lifetime relationship with the customer, and making your money off of them long term. This increases the value of the customer acquisition, and also increases what some of us are willing to pay for clicks. Facebook will dig this, because it increases the cost per click.

  1. Fajar said on March 11th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Good blog DK!. Not only it is good for repeat business but also for word of mouth, which equal to free adverstising…;)

  2. purposeinc said on March 12th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Good point. Yeh, it’s a cycle that can repeat itself forever. As you know, we take extremely good care of our customers in all of our businesses. I wish all businesses did that.

  3. Fernando Correia said on April 7th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I agree with your assessment. Platforms like Facebook created a lot of innovative business opportunities in what seemed to be a free-for-all, wild-west style land. This market is getting more mature and professional now.

  4. woma08 said on April 8th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Hmmm I sadly don’t think the sites with the best customer relations will end up on top, it’s the sites that manage to get customers addicted that will become rich. Look at WoW and the amount of money they make off of addicted gamers.

  5. stefmkd said on April 8th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I completely agree with you. No one in this world would do something for free. Even you get some profit off this blog.

  6. Rachm said on April 11th, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Everyone is always trying to get something for free. Its inevitable because we are human. I am hopeful as you are that people will be more mature & websites will be more professional.

  7. Kris Roley said on April 11th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Works cross platform, as well. Take a look at in app purchases for folks who have the iPhone/Touch/iPad. Apps that have added content for a small fee will do well long term, so long as the base content is of a quality that users want.

  8. Layne said on May 3rd, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Wish there were more people who would do things for free : /

  9. Tiffany said on June 21st, 2010 at 3:54 am

    That is true on all means, scamming the customer will only cease to exist. As times go on they are more activey able to sperate the bad from the good.

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