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English term or phrase:customer base vs client portfolio
English translation:All customers vs a shown selection
Entered by: Maria Luisa Dell'Orto
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12:55 Nov 26, 2008
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Bus/Financial - Business/Commerce (general)
English term or phrase: customer base vs client portfolio
Could somebody be so kind as to explain the difference between the two terms?

Thank you in advance!
Maria Luisa Dell'Orto
United Kingdom
All customers vs a shown selection
Explanation:
Customer base: The group of current clients and consumers that a business serves. Can be a huge amount. Most often this base is business confidential.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customer_base

Client portfolio: A selected examples of customers that is shown in order to brag. Sorry, let me be more serious: ...in order to show the world (potentially new customers) that the person/company is experienced. Often the most well known companies are shown in order to make potential customers think like "if they buy your service, I can buy your service". The portfolio can be shown on the homepage or elsewhere.


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Note added at 51 mins (2008-11-26 13:46:44 GMT)
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The customer base normally has information like customer's name, address, phone numer, email address etc.

The portfolio can be a selection of work, or it can include the work you have done for your customers/clients.
"selected examples, such as drawings or photographs, that show an artist's recent work "
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/portfolio
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Egil Presttun
Norway
Local time: 08:19
Grading comment
Thank you very much, Egil!
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All customers vs a shown selection


Explanation:
Customer base: The group of current clients and consumers that a business serves. Can be a huge amount. Most often this base is business confidential.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customer_base

Client portfolio: A selected examples of customers that is shown in order to brag. Sorry, let me be more serious: ...in order to show the world (potentially new customers) that the person/company is experienced. Often the most well known companies are shown in order to make potential customers think like "if they buy your service, I can buy your service". The portfolio can be shown on the homepage or elsewhere.


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Note added at 51 mins (2008-11-26 13:46:44 GMT)
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The customer base normally has information like customer's name, address, phone numer, email address etc.

The portfolio can be a selection of work, or it can include the work you have done for your customers/clients.
"selected examples, such as drawings or photographs, that show an artist's recent work "
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/portfolio


Egil Presttun
Norway
Local time: 08:19
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Native speaker of: Norwegian
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Thank you very much, Egil!

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