One of the most effective ways for a business to gain long-term customer engagement and loyalty is through a tiered recognition programme.
A tiered recognition programme works by inviting customers to enjoy a range of benefits directly related to their level of support to the business. The more a customer spends or advocates for the business, the better the benefits at stake.
Here’s why tiered recognition is such a powerful relationship builder and revenue grower
1. Tiered programmes can level up your business relationships
Tiered programmes offer an excellent foundation for building long-term relationships on an emotional level. We all love to have our efforts acknowledged and by offering big spenders greater benefits than a one-time purchaser, this is exactly what you’re doing. In return, these valuable stakeholders feel seen and respected and are more likely to invest even further in your business. The evidence is clear; A study by CapGemini revealed that 70% of emotionally-engaged customers spend up to twice as much on the brands they are loyal to. The higher the tier, the more ‘part of the club’ your customers will feel. This also increases their likelihood of interacting with your brand and becoming a brand evangelist – the best form of marketing you can get!
Additionally, by segmenting your customer or consumer base you can more effectively monitor and analyse performance and use your insights to engage meaningfully with them via targeted communications that can deepen your relationships.
2. Tiered programmes promote long term growth
Tiered programmes lay the groundwork for long-lasting customer and consumer relationships. That’s because individuals see and experience the increasing benefits of repeated custom. By tiering your recognition, customers constantly strive for the next level of reward and continuously boost your business performance in the process. Once they’ve reached your top tier, they’ll want to do what they can to stay there and continue reaping the benefits.
Looking after engaged customers in increasingly exciting ways is also much more cost effective for your company. Research shows the cost of retaining a new customer can be up to five times as much as holding on to an existing one, so looking after the loyal customers you already have really is your fast track to growth. Similarly, when you have a tier with benefits that a customer can access without using points, such as free shipping or automatic discounts, you’ll be in a better position to defend customers against your competition.
3. Tiered programmes play on our human desire for exclusivity
Using tiers enables businesses to offer an attractive mix of points and benefits; the higher the tier, the higher the value of each. Businesses often review membership to these tiers on a six-monthly or annual basis to ensure their customers continue to spend with them and maintain their status. This is a powerful means of driving customer behaviour.
At Incentive Solutions, we are experts in bespoke tiered loyalty programmes and, collectively, have over 100 years’ experience in helping companies grow. Our data insights team can review your customer data using our state-of-the-art technology systems and identify the right tier bands for your customer base. We know no two businesses are exactly the same, so we’re committed to crafting a tailored programme that’s 100% bespoke to your strategy and brand.
If you have big growth plans for your business, consider a chat with us to discuss how we can help you deliver enough growth through a bespoke tiered-programme to make your investment cost-neutral!