Web Exclusive: Master Marketer - Reward Loyal Customers ... And Yourself
Most multichannel sellers have a small group of extremely loyal customers who buy year in, year out, or come back annually making substantial purchases. These are your biggest fans, and you'd be surprised to realize how much more they spend than your other customers, and thus how important they are to you.
Yet often these customers are treated no differently than the balance of your housefile. The point: Customers who aren't loyal can occasionally be swayed by being treated as best customers, but most of the time it makes you look asleep at the wheel to do so. They know, as you gush about their loyalty, that they're not.
But if you cut out the bogus "loyalty" messaging to those who don't deserve it, instead targeting your truly best customers with meaningful messaging, that investment in time and money would not only be more honestly conveyed, but also more profitable for you.
The critical issues with respect to customer loyalty are twofold: First, how do you determine who's REALLY loyal? Do once-a-year customers slip through the cracks if their purchases are high? Do small-purchase customers get ignored, even if they order five or more times during the year?
And second, what do you do to make your best customers feel appreciated? Let's look briefly at both of these points.
Determining your best customers. Depending on the condition of your marketing database, you may have a hard time determining your different classes of customers - including a few different criteria for "best customer" - without literally handpicking them from your list. Who has time for that?
If you want to mine the golden opportunities available in remarketing to your biggest fans, have a true appraisal of this. This means using a solid relational marketing database to make it faster, easier and more accurate.