- engage with
- worry about
- communicate with
- listen to, etc.
(if you have a subscription model that actually works or another model that makes money)
(if your target audience in internal
- Leads / Prospects
(if your target is aquisitional)
- and a bunch of others....
But I've use this term mainly because its simple, is the one I use most commonly and also the one you're most likely to try to engage and influence. Also according to last week's IMRG statistics, online sales are still showing double-digit growth, so its probably no a bad thing to give them a high business priority right now.
However, the internet has done more than simply change the way users experience and swap information, its created a new type of customer. To quote Alex Jefferies of Aberdeen Group in his recent report on Customer 2.0:
These customers expect to interact with peers and businesses when they want, how
they want, and in the channel of their choosing.
There's no longer the chance to turn a blind eye to this developing type of consumer. They have: an opinion, a voice and increasingly have the power to wield it. The company that doesn't facilitate and listen to all these touchpoints may find the conversation going on without them.