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3 Steps to Creating an Effective Customer Loyalty Program

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If you’re on the receiving end of loyalty programming, how do you ensure that your own company is delivering a compelling customer experience that drives revenue?

1. Personalization

In a digital age where interactions translate into insights, breaking through the clutter with targeted messaging is not only easier than ever — it is essential. Utilizing data on customer preferences and behavior allows you to tailor an experience that is relevant, meaningful and engaging.

Don’t know where to start with all those numbers? Enlist the right services. Advanced technology has made real-time marketing more prevalent, allowing you to make quick decisions that improve the personalization and timeliness of messages and offers. Don’t be afraid to connect with your customers on a deeper level — the right approach pays off.

2. The right rewards

If you are truly executing a personalized approach to loyalty marketing, providing the right rewards will usually come naturally. Getting it right means that rewards should be both unique to the brand experience and tailored to customer behavior. And remember that monetary-based rewards like gift cards are both expensive and generic. Reward with creative intent, providing a touch point that will differentiate your brand in the minds of the customers.

3. Seamless experience

Tie the customer experience together with cohesiveness; every touch point should have a united look and feel to eliminate confusion and elevate content. Achieving consistency has been deemed a real challenge, however, due to all the moving parts that have to align. Obstacles like internal silos and a large volume of channels (emails, social media, website, direct mail) can disrupt a marketing plan by fragmenting the experience.

To help foster consistency, take time to map out the customer journey, make sure there is fluidity and flexibility in your internal organizational structure, and create guidelines or checkpoints with the purpose of unifying flow. Of course, the first step is understanding the benefits of a seamless customer experience. Make it a priority, and process will fall in line.

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