Gamification is a buzzword that keeps growing in popularity around customer engagement and brand loyalty. As a result, many brands are asking the question, “Is gamification worth the hype and should I invest in a gamification strategy?”
Loyalty in the banking sector is typically driven through credit cards. According to a recent Bankrate study, there are approximately 2 billion credit card holders in the USA alone, and each person carries four credit cards on average. Additionally, the rise of fintech start-ups is threatening the share of wallet for even the largest of banks. The competition is real and intense! To differentiate themselves, banks need to center their offering on core customer needs and evaluate their loyalty strategy to draw synergies from these emerging start-ups.
As CPGs continue to navigate the direct-to-consumer landscape and finding ways to improve their customer experience and campaigns, loyalty continues to be the primary tactic to enable personalization, increased engagement and customer growth.
Successful brands use data to direct business strategy, optimise customer journeys and craft relevant content to build long-term relationships. The beauty of loyalty is it’s the most influential mechanism for capturing customer data while operating within data privacy regulations because the fundamental principle of loyalty is a customer willingly volunteers their data in exchange for benefits. As they opt-in to the terms of the program, marketers can serve up offers and content that helps emotionally bond the customer to the brand. However, many brands are struggling to pull insights from their data from which to build the strategy and campaigns to make their data come to life for them.
To start their data and insights strategy, marketers should consider their primary goals, likely personalisation, comprehensive view of customer, customer growth, churn reduction, etc., from which to establish KPIs that align with business needs. These KPIs go beyond loyalty program mechanics and metrics to affect all business units, from operations carrying out customer experience to merchandising determining the products to feature to marketing as a whole in making acquisition more cost-effective.
The point to remember is that the goal of both technology and strategies is to make data useful. This may require that some data is pared away or left unused. As such, the platforms and strategies that brands choose to adopt should focus on structuring data into unified, accessible views that will enable the team to design successful strategies.
As personalization becomes more important to customers, marketers are searching for the holy grail of delivering individualized experiences to customers. Content, experiences, offers geared toward one person are significantly likely not only to increase customer spend, but their emotional bond with a brand.
To go beyond brand is a sure path to habituating your business within your customer’s daily lifestyle. And doing so requires you to think outside your main product and service offerings by stretching your content and offers and partnering with “extender” brands.
Marketing across digital and physical channels today is not easy. There are so many aspects for marketers to consider and manage - from brand building to acquisition to retention, from mobile to social to communities, and from customer satisfaction to customer experience and more. Gartner does a great job of documenting all the marketing touchpoints in this daunting transit map:
Today’s customer wants preferential treatment and is willing to pay a premium for it. In a recent study, 37% of customers are willing to pay more for a tier that unlocks preferential benefits. This percentage increases when looking at younger generations segments: 47% for Gen Z and 46% for millennials. And we can see the benefits resulting from paid loyalty, with winning examples such as Amazon Prime.
Unfortunately, we’ve all seen what can happen when our favorite brands fall into the discounting cycle. Every day is a sale that fails to differentiate the brand from the other stores that are all having 40% off, which continually erodes margins and can cut into the quality of the product at best, severe liability and disenfranchisement at worst. The discounting approach typically attracts the low value customers who are likely to jump to another brand as soon as a comparable sale comes around.
The loyalty statement has long been a staple for programs. However, the monthly direct mail statements of old are being replaced by real-time trackers and email statements that use the principles of human motivation to influence customer behavior.
Most people don’t know how many points they have with their favorite brand, therefore they’re not aware of how close they are to that next tier, next reward, next status.
Incorporating the right elements into your loyalty statement plays upon the motivational cues that drives member behavior and keeps them engaged with the brand, while continuing to build that one to one relationship with the customer through recognition. Every brand has its own design for statements, but the most effective statements leverage the psychological motivators behind goal setting to keep members hooked and driven toward moving to that next milestone.