Great customer service is a prerequisite to keeping customers in the near-term. But to drive truly long-term loyalty, brands need to create a visceral, meaningful experience that connects with customer emotions. That extends across all customer touch points and interactions – from personalizing rewards to training service agents to deliver memorable interactions.
For most organizations, the stated goals of their loyalty programs are to drive customer engagement, increase purchase frequency and spend, and forge emotional bonds between the customers and the brand. Accomplishing these goals leads to improved customer retention and results in higher customer lifetime value. But, how do brands create the conditions to best accomplish these crucial objectives?
Strong customer relationships are critical to the success of your company, helping to build brand advocates that drive more revenue and, if needed, help weather a crisis. There’s no single-source solution for building relationships that last – and as customers’ expectations for personalized solutions increase, organizations will need to become increasingly creative and resourceful. Beyond implementing technologies like CRM and considering the customer experience for your sales or support process, here are some tips to take your customer relationships to the next level.
If you manage a loyalty program – large, small or somewhere in – you’re accustomed to looking at metrics like activation rate and breakage. You also likely read about industry best practices and review third-party research. And while it’s important to understand the performance of your loyalty program and the impact of its performance on your organization’s overall business goals, there’s another key source of insights loyalty program managers may be overlooking.
Every decision an organization makes has a cost – whether it’s as commonplace as sending email A or email B or as pivotal as choosing between multi-million-dollar software solutions. And while there’s no single right way to come to those decisions, program managers and executives open themselves up to inherent vulnerability when making strictly intuition-based decisions. When reinforced by data and analytics, however, decisions can be made on insight and sound guidance without relying on intuition alone.
Nearly all organizations do some kind of analysis or reporting that leverages data. As an outcome, countless decks are produced containing a myriad of charts and graphs, showcasing diverse metrics and results – but only some of them provide useful and actionable analysis that clearly and convincingly articulate “the story” behind those data points such that a broad audience can understand what they mean and act upon their valuable insights.
Loyalty program managers are often tasked with pulling together results decks and creating compelling charts and graphs to show off the health of their program. When done correctly, these reports can help tell the story of your work and provide insight into how to set your program up for success.
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Making headlines is one thing. Making headlines because of a massive data breach is another. It’s a scenario real enough to keep any program manager awake at night. With major national data breaches seemingly in the news every day, we’ve pulled together five ways loyalty program managers can keep their customers satisfied within their own service recovery process if (and when) a data breach occurs.