How to use customer incentives to dramatically increase customer loyalty
What is the best customer incentive any company can give?
This is really the vital question. The customer incentives need to be structured right in order to maximize the revenue they bring to the companies.
Customer incentive programs are not new; they have been around for 100's of years.
In the 1930's stamps were given to customers with purchases from certain merchants and were redeemed after they had collected up to a specified value. In the 1960's supermarkets started giving straight discounts to their consumers.
It is currently estimated that over 50% of the population use at least one customer incentive program, and many do not spend unless there is some kind of incentives program involved in their spending. According to some analysts U.S. companies spend more than $1.2 billion on customer incentives programs.
Consumer’s perspectives on customer incentive programs play a very important role in whether they are profitable and successful. Customer incentive programs are on the rise, the market used to be cornered by airlines credit card companies and hotel rooms, but recently many other companies have found ways to use customer incentive programs.
Customer incentives when used right can generate loyal consumers and attract new ones. One thing that is clear is that these customer incentive programs need to offer incentives based on consumers spending habits and profitability.