Is Loyalty a type of customer behaviour?

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It is a known fact that having a loyal customer base helps an organization in several ways, such as reduction in costs and an increase in profits. It’s true that a customer’s average consumption increases over time, hence bringing in more sales revenue. Also, a loyal customer base enables the organisation to cost reductions through reducing sales cycles, fast-tracking order processing, and increasing customer referrals. But, the question is, is Loyalty a type of customer behaviour? I am of the view that loyalty is a customer behaviour which is influenced by many different factors that cannot be easily identified or captured in a single satisfaction survey. For example, loyalty can be driven by: (more…)
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Pros and Cons of Rewards Programs

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Nearly everyone has or wants to have a customer loyalty rewards program. Rewards programs operated by large businesses are fairly successful. But, this does not apply to majority of small and medium businesses. I believe that every positive aspect of a rewards program almost always has a negative side. Here are the major pros and cons of rewards programs. Pros Consumers are aware how rewards programs work - you spend and collect points. It is simple and easy to understand. Rewarding points will enable you to reduce price discounting. (more…)
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9 Cs of Client Retention

Articles, customer retention, strategy
The fastest way to grow your business is to reduce the number of clients who leave you. Thus, looking after existing clients should become your top priority. You would have to do more than just service your clients if you want to retain them for a long period of time – for which you would have to transform the business into a client driven organisation. There is a big difference between focusing on service and being client driven. Follow these 8 Cs for Client Retention to avoid the 9 C – Cancellation: (more…)
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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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