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Holiday Shopping - Was It All About Giving or Receiving?

Posted by Sean Claessen

Jan 16, 2015 3:09:18 PM

There is no debate. Retail has largely been an anonymous and aggregate game. The public sale is pervasive and perpetual, and the arms race to deeper discounts was in full swing during the holidays. But, some of this past season’s sales results suggest there may be fatigue in this model. Our recent Holiday Study suggests that good old brand loyalty may play a more important role in holiday shopping than previously believed. With over 40% of a retailer’s sales happening during the holidays, it’s a critical time to attract new customers, but also key is to focus on retaining existing customers who often account for 55-70% of sales.

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, Retail, Loyalty Solutions

5 Ways to Leverage the Crucial Holiday Shopping Season

Posted by Scott Robinson

Dec 12, 2014 9:07:48 AM

It’s a truth that retailers have lived by for decades: To have a successful year, you have to have a successful holiday shopping season. And sales figures tend to bear this out. While it can vary widely by category, across the board a retailer can expect 20 percent of annual sales to come from the holiday shopping season.

As featured in Quirks Marketing Research Media.

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Topics: Brand Loyalty

The Love Matrix White Paper – What CMOs Need to Know

Posted by Scott Robinson

Oct 16, 2014 12:22:39 PM

Scott Robinson leads our loyalty consulting and solutions discipline, and is our thought leader for consumer loyalty strategy engagements. His focus is enabling clients with the best possible solutions for their specific objectives and environments, and ensuring Bond Brand Loyalty maintains market leadership in terms of loyalty and CRM innovation, technique and approach.

Q: What is it about brand love vs. program love that is important to CMOs?

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, Brand Alignment

10 Things to Know from the 2014 Loyalty Report

Posted by Bob Macdonald

Sep 29, 2014 11:11:31 AM

Loyalty is a hot topic today for brands that are looking to differentiate themselves from the competition. But, many brands are unsure how to approach loyalty beyond a rewards card or timely discount. The Loyalty Report, which surveyed over 6,000 consumers on over 160 loyalty programs, captured key insights about consumer attitudes, behaviors and interactions with brands. Though the report is rich with insights and trends, here are the top 10 takeaways from the 2014 Loyalty Report.

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, Loyalty Program

The Fickleness of Youth: Are Millennials Loyal?

Posted by Jeff Swystun

Sep 17, 2014 2:35:00 PM

While in high school my stepdaughter appeared stamped from a mold. She and her fellow clones would wear reassuring uniforms commonly accepted in the suburbs. American Eagle, Hollister, Lululemon, and Abercrombie & Fitch among others were accepted suppliers within her peer group. These girls also adopted the same hairstyle so when clustered together I would often fail the stepfather test of locating her in a crowd (she often used that to her advantage).

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Topics: Brand Loyalty

Why Loyalty is the Best Form of Acquisition

Posted by Sean Claessen

Jun 18, 2014 9:55:00 AM

All of Marketing is caught up in ‪#CannesLions —but what’s the celebration really about? When we say that ‘All Marketing is Loyalty’—we mean it. Every step in the loyalty lifecycle that begins with acquisition and *must* continue in the form of an ongoing relationship, are equally important. Brands who do well by their loyal customers, offering them new and innovative experiences, are more profitably succeeding - if those experiences are good, they will tell others for you. We see this ideal in the submissions for this year’s Direct Lions and we are offered a close up look at what triggers bonding with a brand beyond the monetary.

 

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, Loyalty Program, Customer Experience, Experiential Marketing, Digital Platforms

Personalization & Brand Loyalty: Agency and Relevancy

Posted by Christy Moffat

Jun 9, 2014 11:22:00 AM

Increased mobile presence is one of the most important shifts in the brand loyalty market right now, other than millennials, which we’ll talk about later! In fact, 65% of Americans want to engage with their loyalty programs through their mobile device (2014 Loyalty Report).

As people interact with brands more intimately, we are seeing a hunger for personalization—a step away from mass production and a movement towards agency and relevancy. This desire for engagement supports the 4-Drive Model of human motivation approach to brand loyalty, with regards to the drives to create and to bond—both of which in turn foster a deeper emotional connection between consumer and brand. 

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, Customer Experience

Loyalty Program Builds – A Market Differentiator

Posted by Carlo Pirillo

Jun 4, 2014 8:57:14 AM

Your organization has come to the conclusion that a brand loyalty program would provide a marketable differentiator and strategic advantage for your business and now it’s up to you to make it happen.

The first steps are to assess your in-house capabilities, determine the operating model you would like to move forward with and how figure out how much expertise you need to hire on. You definitely don't want to start from scratch!

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, Digital Platforms

It’s About “Likes” After All

Posted by Paul McCallum

May 26, 2014 5:10:00 PM

Perhaps not the ones you were thinking of, rather it’s the likes you acknowledge every moment of the day: the car you eyed on the way to work, the way your barista translated your request into the perfect coffee, the phone in your hand as you glance away from this post or maybe it’s the sign on the building that reminds you why you come to work each day. The reality is that likes are a core part of what we do every day and what we like has a huge impact where we invest our time, energy and money.

Let’s begin with a difficult truth; it is increasingly difficult to differentiate yourself in the marketplace by product alone.  Chances are, if you have a product that someone else makes just as well, a consumer could choose your product or your competitor’s and not make a bad decision either way.

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, Employee Engagement, Customer Experience

7 Success Factors for Implementing a Loyalty Program

Posted by Maria Pallante

May 26, 2014 3:02:00 PM

You’ve designed a brand-aligned and customer relevant loyalty program. You’re excited about how the program will help you acquire, retain and engage customers in a long-term relationship. Now what? It’s time to turn your strategy into reality. How do you ensure that you’re successful? What important goals do you need to set? Who needs to be involved? After 15 years of successfully implementing and operating loyalty programs, I continue to rely on these 7 success factors.

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Topics: Brand Loyalty, Loyalty Program