Loyal customers choose you above others - others that could be offering them a better deal or discounted price.
Some loyal customers show their appreciation for your business by referring others, and most will talk about you openly and positively online or in the right conversation.
However, loyal customers need to feel that their custom matters to you. They expect to be remembered when they return to shop with you, e.g. you know their name and purchase history. They also want an enhanced customer experience to encourage them to keep spending money with you. These things keep the relationship alive.
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I like sticking with the same brands and companies because I know I can trust them.
Emma, loyal customer
How to get the attention of loyal customers
Give them tailor-made, loyalty offers, based on previous purchases.
Offer a simple and easy returns policy. Loyal customers will appreciate you being flexible, so they can buy and try with confidence.
Customers who want relationships with brands or businesses often research the relationships your business already has. Having reviews and spaces where other customers can talk about their experiences will make your brand more appealing.
Because loyalty stems from attachment and belonging, asking for input and feedback
about a customer’s likes and dislikes is a good way to continue a conversation and make them feel valued.
Help them purchase
If loyal customers engage with you, ensure you’re able to provide a personal response or interaction.
If they make a return, or if they stop returning to your site and store, try to tempt them back with an incentive. Also, provide them with the option to give you feedback on their reasons why.
Create profiles for your customers to help you remember key details about the individual, what you have spoken about or what they have purchased. This will help you to make them feel special.
How you will lose them
Your product or service does not match expectations.
They’re not recognised as a returning customer.
Too little money is invested in keeping them by making them feel special.
No tangible rewards for their loyalty.
Other customer types
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