Why Customer Loyalty Is More Important in 2022 Than Ever
December 23, 2021
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In these unprecedented times, COVID-19 has taken a huge toll on the world, and put global communities under immense pressure. From an economic point of view, not since the 2008 global financial crisis has the world economy been hit so hard.
Meanwhile, the aviation industry all but ground to a halt for a while, with 90% of the global fleet sitting idly in hangars and dormant airports during 2020. As such, the tourism sector shrunk drastically.
However, as restrictions begin to ease around the world, businesses everywhere have reopened their doors.
Your existing customers can help your business bounce back
Any loyalty marketer will tell you that retaining customers is far more important than acquiring new ones. This is truer now than it ever has been before.
Merchants that make it easy for existing customers to support their business will bounce back faster than those that don’t. This is where a good loyalty marketing plan can be the difference between success and failure in a post-COVID-19 economy.
So, how can businesses entice their existing customers back to the shelves?
The pandemic has taught countless business owners some harsh lessons, but perhaps none has been more important than this: go digital, or go home empty-handed!
Businesses with little to no digital presence immediately lost all contact with their customer base. On the other hand, businesses with a digital connection to their customers (be it social media, email marketing, a digital loyalty app or other means) have maintained a direct line of communication throughout this coronavirus outbreak.
When communities started going into lockdown, not every company was in a position to shift its business to an ecommerce platform – for example, hair salons, dental clinics and other hands-on service providers really had no choice but to cease all operations.
However, many of these businesses have managed to keep their customers engaged with helpful tutorials, exclusive offers to be redeemed upon reopening, and other content that keeps the brand front of mind and strengthens the customer’s emotional connection.
These are the businesses that can count on familiar faces returning to their businesses now that the world is spinning again, because they managed to continue providing customers with a personalized brand experience even in the face of adversity.
In 2022, a good customer loyalty program has never been more important.