How to create loyalty among your most valuable customers! by loe13858


									        Fostering Loyal
     Customer Relationships

          Duarte B. Morais, Ph.D.
Assistant Prof. of Recreation, Park and Tourism Mgt.
       Presentation Outline

1.   Introductions

2.   Why talk about loyalty

3.   What is a loyal customer

4.   How to foster loyal relationships


     Why talk about Loyalty

• Mature Industry
  – increasing competition

• Focus on getting more customers
  – Market share Vs. share of customer

• Competitive advantage
  – Price
  – Service quality
  – Loyal relationships
                The bottom line
• Reduction of 5% of defective customers may result in
  80% increase in profitability (Reichheld & Sasser, 1990)

• 60% to 80% of lost customers were satisfied (King, 1996)

• 90% of customers who love a company will repeat but
  only 30% of customers who like the company will
  repeat (Opinion Research Corp.)

• 20-40% of your customers bring 80% of your profits
  What to expect from loyal customers

• Behaviors:
  –   Come back frequently
  –   Buy most expensive products
  –   Recommend provider to friends
  –   Give important suggestions

• Emotions:
  –   Are attached to the provider/staff
  –   Trust the provider
  –   Resist changing despite competitors’ persuasion
  –   Willing to forgive mistakes

   What is a Loyal Customer

• Definition: customers with a long
  record of purchases from a preferred
  provider caused by their psychological
  and emotional bond with that provider

• Are there various types of loyalty?
Types of Loyal Customers
                   +      Frequency of Purchases     -

                       High loyals     Latent loyals

                   Spurious loyals      Low loyals

     Differentiated Strategy to                               3.
         Loyalty Segments
     “Not all customers were created equal”
• High loyals – most profitable, make them feel like family
  (20% of your customers)

• Latent loyals – find out why they can’t come more often,
  find other ways they can help, don’t discount

• Spurious loyals – come but don’t care, make them
  connect with you, make them wish for special treatment

• Low loyals – don’t get distracted with them, but make
  sure they are satisfied (approx. 40-60% of your
  customers)                                                  ?
 How to foster loyal relationships

• Current loyalty programs
  – Ineffective in creating a bond
  – Most are simply frequency programs
  – Make people shop around and look for deals
  – Make customers price sensitive
  – Erode profits

 We can identify loyal customers but we don’t
    know how to generate customer loyalty
  The Love Triangle
           Social Network


Provider                    Customer
                                                                               4. RIM
         Resource Investment Model

                    Retribution to                       Protect customer’s
                     the provider                              equity

    Provider’s                          Customer’s                            Customer’s
  investment of                        investment of                           loyalty to
special resources                    special resources                          provider

                            Loyal relationships facilitate
                                 special treatment

                                               Morais, Dorsch, & Backman (2004)
                                        4. RIM


               Types of Resources

 Information                        Goods

                                                               4. RIM
              Types of Investments
Give – to your valuable customers
1.   Make sure that your special customers receive special treatment
2.   Send cards for birthdays rather than just for the holidays
3.   Make them feel unique (use name, compliment them for helping)
4.   Educate them about front and back stage

Receive – from customers
1.   Give them opportunities to get to know you (your staff)
2.   Help them become advocates of your company (merchandize, web)
3.   Seek their opinion
4.   Allow them to commit to you with a long term program            ?
                                              4. BC
           Brand Communities

• Definition: group of individuals united
  through the consumption of your products
  – Harley-Davidson’s “HOGs”
  – Club Med’s “Gracious Members”

• Characteristics
  – Communality – help and expect help from others
  – Brandfests are used to share history
  – Keep consuming to stay connected
                                                              4. BC

            Building a Community

1.   Use a newsletter to share news about customers
2.   Develop an online forum for customers to stay in touch
3.   Organize annual events “by invitation” for VIP customers
4.   Facilitate picture / story sharing
5.   Help customers help each other
6.   Give a name to the community
7.   …

                       Action Outline
1. Select your market segment
     –   Identify most valuable customers (what criteria?)
     –   Identify customers who might become valuable

2. Design a relationship-building service culture
     –   Identify what type of treatment promotes customer loyalty
     –   Identify what loyal customers want to give to you
     –   Identify potential for the development of a brand community

3. Implement a loyalty treatment
     –   Design specific communication strategy and message
     –   Train staff to understand the importance and the process
     –   Create opportunities to invest and receive investments
     –   Generate a sense of community among your customers

4.   Measure effects of program and redesign
     –   Maintain constant communication with your loyal customers
     –   Monitor costs and results of your program
  The Love Triangle
           Social Network

Provider                    Customer

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