Six key questions to audit a loyalty program

customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, word of mouth
These are the six key questions which you would use in an audit of a company's customer loyalty program: What virtues of your business have the largest impact on your customers' satisfaction? How do you divide and define your customer segments? Whose responsibility is customer service? What is your retention rate and what is the trend? What is the lifetime value of a typical customer? What percentage of new customers comes from recommendations and how has this changed over time? (more…)
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Ideas for stimulating your customers to recommend your service

customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, word of mouth
Let’s be serious. Nobody wakes up and decides to tell all their friends and family what a great place TOP’s Restaurant is! Marketers who want to take advantage of word-of-mouth communications need to take a more subtle approach. We take customers that arrive on personal recommendation but do little to cheer them to carry on the tradition of spreading the word. I have outlined few ideas you could use for stimulating your customers to recommend your service: Catchphrase - You can’t go wrong in asking customers who express satisfaction to tell their friends. They might be more inclined to do so if you ask them and it will surely do no harm. (more…)
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15 Marketing Tips for Finding New Customers

Articles, customer acquisitions, marketing, strategy
All companies fear instability and the possibility of a severe market downturn. However it is during these periods when the best companies show something better than simple survival skills. Downturn separates out the bad and mediocre, as a result leaving fewer companies standing in good stead to carve up the market when things get good again. So let's talk about a new and different way to seek new and different customers. These fifteen tips are really quite simple yet are so often missed. Pass the tips on. Better yet, put them in practice and be ready to handle the endless stream of new customers. Tip 1 Develop partnerships for your business. First, tally up all your marketing assets of what you can offer to a potential partner in terms of…
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10 Simple Tips for Avoiding Marketing Mistakes in the Future

Articles, customer acquisitions, marketing, strategy, word of mouth
In early 2010 Patrick (of course I have changed his name) a friend who manages few companies was frustrated with some of the marketing outcomes. I promised to help Patrick clear his frustration but only if he poured me a nice glass of red. We discussed as how time and again novice marketers, even marketing veterans, make costly mistakes that result in poor performance of their marketing campaign. You don’t need me to tell you this, but common marketing mistakes can be avoided with adequate planning, attention to detail, and ongoing measurement and evaluation. Personally I feel that marketing is critical to the success of every business. Unfortunately, many businesses discount the effect it can have, and they forego their marketing efforts for other activities. Or they make one or…
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Stimulate Loyalty – Power of networks, data and convergence

Articles, customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, strategy
Loyalty schemes are an established feature of the retail and services landscape. They have become widespread and arguably ubiquitous. There are a number of major groups of loyalty schemes, including: retailer loyalty schemes, financial service loyalty schemes, online reward schemes, frequent flyer and other travel reward programmes, geographically based loyalty schemes, and coalition loyalty schemes. Businesses have been keen to enhance customer retention, to find approaches to increasing customer spend and encourage customers to act as advocates. When the first loyalty programs hit the market uptake was huge and rewards for marketers were high. Some years on, however, the market is overrun with these schemes, each with little point of difference from the next. As a result, consumers are evermore difficult to please, and uptake on offers is reducing. One…
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Marketing Trends for 2010

Articles, customer acquisitions, customer retention, marketing, strategy, word of mouth
Accommodating these trends will require a paradigm change on the parts of some companies. But whether a brand does something about it or not, the future is where it’s going to spend the rest of its life. How long that life is up to the brand, determined by how it responds to today’s reality. This year is poised to be an exciting year for marketers; trends that have been taking shape over the course of the past decade are creating new opportunities for business owners. Marketing Trends for 2010: (more…)
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A Customer

Articles, customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, marketing, niche
Sam Walton founder of Wal-Mart nicely describes A Customer... A customer is the most important person in any business A customer is not dependent upon us. We are dependent upon him/her. A customer is not an interruption of our work. He/she is the sole purpose of it. A customer does us a favor when he comes in. We aren't doing him a favor by waiting on him/her. A customer is an essential part of our business--not an outsider. A customer is not just money in the cash register. He/she is a human being with feelings and deserves to be treated with respect. A customer is a person who comes to us with needs and wants. It is our job to fill them. A customer deserves the most courteous attention we can give him/her.…
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Viral Marketing… to do or not to do

Articles, customer acquisitions, loyalty, marketing, viral, word of mouth
What is viral marketing? The intended result of viral marketing is word-of-mouth marketing, which is when people tell other people about the great new video on YouTube, or application on Facebook. Viral marketing is something that has been created by the company themselves to promote their products, in the hope that people who see the campaign will be so impressed that they will pass on the message to their friends and family. Hundreds of companies, large and small, are coming up with ingenious ways to promote themselves, by posting videos on YouTube, inventing adver-games, and even employing “connector agents” who spread the buzz about a new product or sale through their own social networks. Inc. Magazine recently reported that 82 percent of the fastest-growing private companies are using these kinds…
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Customer loyalty – managing, understanding and profitability

Articles, customer acquisitions, customer retention, loyalty, niche, segmentation
[caption id="attachment_39" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Know your customers"][/caption] It is of vital importance that organisations understand what drives both value and delight for their customers. Adopting a customer centric vision enables an organisation understand their customers, deliver customer delight and drive for loyalty. One fundamental issue we forget is that different customers have different requirements and will be delighted in different ways. Segmentation and data analysis are critical if an organisation is to generate loyalty from different customer segments. (more…)
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