WHY THE FUTURE OF LOYALTY PROGRAMS  WILL BE POWERED BY SOCIAL MEDIA              September, 2011              www.SimpliFl...
Methodology         Based on a survey of over 200 Frequent Fliers who fly at least 5 times a year         Survey by Cranfi...
Frequent Fliers are heavy Users of Social Media                    0%   20%          40%            60%            80%   1...
And these numbers are steadily increasing!www.SimpliFlying.com
So why do they follow airlines in Social Media?    Mostly, they just want the    latest updates from the    airline about ...
Frequent Fliers are very active online!            Compared to the average            consumer, frequent fliers           ...
What do they do on social media?                                       0%          15%           30%              45%   60...
Where do they look for tickets online?          Almost twice the number of people are booking tickets on the airline’s    ...
Factors that influence the decision to fly a                         particular airline         Reading about friends’    ...
We just changed the game. Again.          1.                          2.                                                  ...
Frequent Fliers are mostly enrolled in                 multiple loyalty programs!                             0%         1...
BUT there are problems!                                          0%   15%   30%   45%   60%  Difficulty in redeeming/earning...
How are loyalty programs faring in the social age?      Even though the first      Airline Twitter account      has existe...
So what REALLY drives loyalty?         Cheapest fare is the least         important of factors like         customer servi...
Would they join a social media loyalty program?                              No                             28%           ...
How would they like to earn                       loyalty points via social media?         Check-ins and         recommend...
Email: contact@simpliflying.comTwitter: @simpliflying
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Here's why the future of airline loyalty programs will almost certainly be powered by social media. Based on an infographic produced by SimpliFlying.com.

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  1. 1. WHY THE FUTURE OF LOYALTY PROGRAMS WILL BE POWERED BY SOCIAL MEDIA September, 2011 www.SimpliFlying.com
  2. 2. Methodology Based on a survey of over 200 Frequent Fliers who fly at least 5 times a year Survey by Cranfield University offline with travelers, online on SimpliFlying.com, Flyertalk.com, Airliners.net and other aviation forums Number of airlines on Twitter from EezerDataLabs Figures from 2007, ladder and descriptions adapted from Forrester’s ACTAS Q4 2006 Devices and Access Online Surveywww.SimpliFlying.com
  3. 3. Frequent Fliers are heavy Users of Social Media 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Facebook Youtube LinkedIn Twitter TripAdvisor Blogs Wikis FlickR FourSquare Other MySpace None Gowalla Digg GetGlue Loopt However, Twitter and Foursquare still small...www.SimpliFlying.com
  4. 4. And these numbers are steadily increasing!www.SimpliFlying.com
  5. 5. So why do they follow airlines in Social Media? Mostly, they just want the latest updates from the airline about either news or the latest deals and competitions.www.SimpliFlying.com
  6. 6. Frequent Fliers are very active online! Compared to the average consumer, frequent fliers are much larger consumers and creators of online content!www.SimpliFlying.com
  7. 7. What do they do on social media? 0% 15% 30% 45% 60% Sharing photos/videosProviding feedback and ideas Checking in to locations Writing reviews Playing games None of the above Ripe for crowd sourcing photos, videos and ideas!www.SimpliFlying.com
  8. 8. Where do they look for tickets online? Almost twice the number of people are booking tickets on the airline’s website compared to those checking out tickets there!www.SimpliFlying.com
  9. 9. Factors that influence the decision to fly a particular airline Reading about friends’ experiences and ability to earn points/vouchers via social media sites affect the flying decision most heavily.www.SimpliFlying.com
  10. 10. We just changed the game. Again. 1. 2. 3. 4. Challenge yourself Learn how other Share and challenge Ask us how we can with one question each airlines are driving your team to incorporate help, anytime you hit aweek about your airlines business goals through an idea in your strategy. roadblock social media strategy. social media innovation. Click to The SimpliFlying iPhone App. download Download now from the App Store.
  11. 11. Frequent Fliers are mostly enrolled in multiple loyalty programs! 0% 15% 30% 45% 60% 2-5 1 More than 5 None >70% are part of more than two loyalty programs!www.SimpliFlying.com
  12. 12. BUT there are problems! 0% 15% 30% 45% 60% Difficulty in redeeming/earning points Too many conditions/restrictions Rewards which have no value Points which expire Not enough rewards Too much spam/junk mail Joining free No personalisationwww.SimpliFlying.com
  13. 13. How are loyalty programs faring in the social age? Even though the first Airline Twitter account has existed for a quarter- century less than loyalty programs, the number of airlines on Twitter is larger than those with loyalty programs.www.SimpliFlying.com
  14. 14. So what REALLY drives loyalty? Cheapest fare is the least important of factors like customer service, earning loyalty points and onboard experience.www.SimpliFlying.com
  15. 15. Would they join a social media loyalty program? No 28% Yes A resounding yes! 72%www.SimpliFlying.com
  16. 16. How would they like to earn loyalty points via social media? Check-ins and recommending the airline to a friend score the highest!www.SimpliFlying.com
  17. 17. Email: contact@simpliflying.comTwitter: @simpliflying
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