By the Numbers: Chamber Word-of-Mouth Marketing
Word-of-mouth is so powerful because “we trust each other so much more than we trust businesses.” – Jay Baer
Word-of-mouth-marketing (WOMM) is defined as: An unpaid form of promotion in which satisfied customers tell other people how much they like a business, product or service and is triggered when a customer (member) experiences something beyond what is expected.
- 83% of Americans have recommended a product or service to someone else.
- 55% of Americans make product or service recommendations to others at least once per month.
- 48% of Gen Zs have made a recommendation because they’ve heard good things about the product, service, brand, or company from a friend or family member
- 30% of Gen Zs have made a recommendation because they’ve overheard someone praising the product, service, brand, or company.
- Word-of-mouth drives 13% of sales.
On average, 10% of customers drive over 50% of word-of-mouth marketing.
Take extra time for your chamber advocates—anyone who has shown clear affection for your chamber—making sure to add value by bringing them closer to your organization. Ask for their feedback, invite them to do a chamber member case study, and make them feel involved (without having to commit their time).WHERE
Word-of-mouth is different than social media. Be careful about confusing the two. WOMM happens everywhere. It encompasses a variety of sub-categories so it can include social media, but overall, it’s about human interaction.
Do what you said you would do. If you haven’t fulfilled the promises that were made to members, WOMM will turn on you, becoming your greatest foe. Chatter about a negative chamber of commerce experiences is incredibly damaging.
It has been said that brand perception is half product, half customer experience. For chambers of commerce, the product is the experience, so there is no chance to get it half right. It’s all or nothing, so do it all.WHEN
Piggybacking off of a successful event or after positive media coverage are no-brainers for generating buzz. But for any other time, have you simply asked?
You’ve probably asked members to donate and volunteer their time. Have you directly asked chamber members to tell friends about the organization? It probably hadn’t occurred to them that letting people know is helpful. It’s a great option for those that can’t donate or volunteer.
Pay attention to all of your members, but go above and beyond for your advocates. It will come back to you unequivocally.
Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on June 21, 2019. It has been updated.