Behavioral loyalty is at the core of most loyalty programs today. Customers make a purchase or provide information in exchange for a reward. This is as valuable today as ever, but it’s also no longer enough. In addition to rewarding customers for transactions and information, companies also need to reward customers for interactions—specifically, social interactions that translate to engagement and advocacy. In other words, organizations must find creative ways to use their loyalty programs to foster attitudinal loyalty; to build and capitalize on the emotional connections engaged customers have with their preferred brands.
This presentation discusses the benefits and drawbacks of rewarding customers for such behaviors and transactions and information sharing, as well as the challenges and opportunities of rewarding customers for actions that show genuine engagement and advocacy. It also examines the competitive advantage companies can create by building a loyalty program that rewards customers for all three, as well as how to do so