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Marketers need to look beyond loyalty points and freebies, reveals DMA research

by on March 21, 2019 in Business, Digital Marketing, Latest News, Lead Article, London & South East, News you can use, Nuggets, Research

Marketers need to look beyond loyalty points and freebies, reveals DMA research

Marketers are under-valuing a number of loyalty tactics, as highlighted by the DMA’s latest research infographic.

According to the ‘Customer Engagement 2019 – Marketers’ view’ survey, which asked consumers and marketers for their opinions on the most effective loyalty/rewards programme tactics, there are a number of contrasting views.

Marketers and consumers were split on which benefits generate greater loyalty. Some 77% of consumers like being given points to use, but only 54% of marketers chose this type of reward as being the most effective.

In fact, consumers were more enthusiastic about a range of benefits: priority access to sales (57% compared to 40% of marketers); exclusive member discounts (67% vs. 38%); and free gifts (71% vs. 33%).

There are some clear opportunities for marketers to tap into these preferences to better engage their loyal customers.

There was a 46 percentage point gap between customers who wanted easier visualisation of their points balance and marketers who thought this was effective, a 43 percentage point gap for offering location-based rewards, a 35 percentage point gap in the desire for personalised product emails and a 30-point difference for gamification.

Paying heed and responding to consumers’ needs and desires could make all the difference in boosting customer retention.

Scott Logie, Chair of the Customer Engagement Committee at the DMA and Customer Engagement Director at Read Group, said: “Great customer engagement should result in loyalty.

In turn, those returning customers want to be rewarded, and it’s clear from the results that a surprising number of marketers could be overlooking loyalty tactics.

The report provides deep insight into the current state of customer engagement and much food for thought about the differences between what brands deem to be successful customer engagement strategies and what consumers say engages them – or not.”

Amazon named most engaging brand by marketers and consumers
Like businesses, marketers are well aware of the effect Amazon is having on the industry.

One in ten (10%) named the ecommerce giant as the most engaging brand they had seen in the last 12 months. Although that fell slightly short of the 14% of consumers who rated Amazon the best and most engaging brand.

Other favourites cited by both marketers and consumers were: John Lewis (ranked third by both groups, named by 4% of each); Apple (4% of marketers, 2% of consumers); and Asda (3% of marketers, 1% of consumers).

To read more about the DMA’s Customer Engagement research, including the full report, visit:



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