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The Ultimate
Guide to
Customer
Loyalty in 2017
Your field guide to making more money by
increasing customer happiness
Table of Contents
Why Customer Retention
• Retention vs. acquisition
• What is loyalty really worth?
Why most “loyalty programs” fail
• Customer experience shortcomings
• Lack of data
Big Data for Brick and Mortar
• Personalization
• Stop customer churn
• Identify VIP customers
Feedback rules all
• Getting responses that matter
• Why Net Promoter Score is the industry standard
Your customer loyalty adventure
awaits
If you’re looking to drive more revenue this year, you’re in luck. We’ve
crunched the numbers and there’s a surefire way to do it — and it all starts
with the customers you already have.
We analyzed over 50 million transactions, and we compiled the most
interesting information about customer loyalty and guest behavior. Dollar for
dollar, it’s always worth investing in incentivizing loyal behavior — but how do
restaurants, retailers, car washes, and other brick-and-mortar businesses go
about doing it?
Consider this your field guide.
For every 10 customers who walk into your
business, only 3 of those customers are likely
to return. Restaurants, retailers, car washes,
and other brick-and-mortar businesses invest
money into advertising to new customers, but
when those new customers only come in
once, it’s hard to justify the cost of acquiring a
new customer. 



That’s why it costs 5-7x more money to
acquire a new customer than to drive an
additional visit from an existing customer.
Dollar for dollar, it’s more lucrative to invest in
your existing customer base — especially
when, according to research from Harvard
Business School, increasing customer
retention rates by just 5 percent increases
profits by 25 percent to 95 percent. A customer
who already knows and loves your brand
might be willing to come by again just from a
personalized message. This is why targeting
people who've already visited your
business is easier and more cost effective.
Why Customer Retention?
Part 1
Bottom line: New
customers are expensive.
It costs 5x more to attract a new
customer than it does to retain an
existing customer.
TWEET THIS
Why does retention have such a dramatic impact? Because, in addition to being a better value, loyal
customers behave very differently than first-time customers in three main ways:
1. Higher spend: According to Small Business Trends, customers spend less on their first purchase
because they see new brands as "risky." After building a relationship, customer spend grows
alongside trust. Eventually, loyal customers spend 67% more than new ones
2. Increased Frequency: Customers involved in a loyalty program increase their visitation
frequency to a particular restaurant by an average of 35%.
3. Better word-of-mouth: Retained customers are more powerful sources of referral business. A
Bain & Company strategy brief reported that, on average, a first-time apparel shopper refers three
people. After 10 purchases, that same shopper refers seven customers. Referred shoppers
spend more money and are more loyal themselves.
Customers enrolled in a loyalty program visit 35%
more frequently
Part 1: Why Customer Retention?
What is customer loyalty worth?
2017 Goal #1: Start building a customer
retention engine to keep your customers
coming back.
Why “Loyalty Programs” Fail
Part 2
Despite knowing how valuable loyal customers are, most loyalty programs
don’t actually do much to inspire loyalty. They make customers jump through
hoops, they aren’t fun, and they don’t always deliver measurable results for
merchants. We once heard of a restaurant who had purchased 10,000 plastic
loyalty cards for their POS-based loyalty program… and after they’d handed
them out, only 300 were registered, and only 76 of them ever ended up being
used.
The idea behind loyalty programs remains sound; give customers a reason to come back and
recognize loyal customers with a reward. However, there are the main failures with traditional loyalty
programs:
1. It demands too much of the customer: Making a customer carry around an additional piece of
paper everywhere isn’t just inconvenient — it flat-out doesn’t work. While the typical consumer is
a member of more than 27 different loyalty programs, they actively participate in less than half of
those. Why? Because nobody is carrying around 27 loyalty punch cards!
2. It requires the customer to take an action every single time they transact: That’s a poor
customer experience — when trying to build brand loyalty, you should aim to make the customer
experience BETTER to increase repeat visits, not worse. Yet, brands continue to come up with
complicated schemes like QR codes, additional hardware at the POS, or even making customers
write their phone numbers on the back of their receipts. 

3. It fails to differentiate between customers: If I go to my favorite coffee shop every single day, I
should be treated differently than someone who comes in twice a month. This is why some of the
most successful loyalty programs in the world are status-based, like airline and hotel programs:
They recognize that their “big spenders” drive a disproportionately high amount of revenue, and
treat them like rockstars.
Loyalty Pitfalls to Avoid
Part 2: Why “Loyalty Programs” Fail
2017 Goal #2: Get rid of friction when it
comes to your loyalty program. Make it
effortless for customers to use.
Data is power… but most offline
businesses are seriously lacking in
actionable customer data.



When it comes to getting to know your
customers better, data unlocks all of the
secrets: who your customers are, where
they like to go, how much they spend,
and what types of marketing will convert.
Online retailers have been using big data
to help them build brand loyalty through
extremely targeted messaging and
advertising. It’s time that restaurants,
offline retailers, and car washes start
using big data to their advantage.
Big Data for Brick and Mortar
Part 3
“In the online world, businesses
have the opportunity to develop
very deep relationships with
customers [by] observing their
purchase behavior over time so
that you can get individualized
knowledge of the customer…
Then the customers are going to
feel a deep loyalty to us, because
we know them so well.”
Jeff Bezos
CEO Amazon
So, how do offline businesses gather customer data? One great way is
through a digital customer rewards program that ties to customer
transactions. Without one, your customers are open season for competitors.
With a good one, you’ll have your single biggest competitive advantage. Here
are some of the most profitable ways to utilize customer data…
Use your data intelligently (and profitably)
Part 3: Big Data for Brick and Mortar
Personalize every
interaction
In a world where customers receive
countless promotions every day—the
only way to cut through the noise is
personalization. And the only way to
improve personalization? Better data.
Email blasting your entire mailing list
with an offer for 20% off of their next
purchase isn’t a smart marketing
technique — in fact, broadly
discounting product can diminish the
perceived value of your product. Send
your customers timely, personalized
communication when it matters. Send
them offers when it counts, not just
whenever your company is planning a
generic email blast.
Stop Customer Churn
Customer data can help you prevent
once-loyal customers from slipping
through the cracks.
Identify “at risk” customers by using
your data to understand which
customers were once loyal, but are
now less frequent. You could do this
by tracking customer behavior over
time, and then setting up systems that
alert you to any significant change in
behavior.
CALCULATE CUSTOMER CHURN
AT YOUR BUSINESS →
merchant.thanx.com/churn-
calculator
Launch customer
“winback” to convert at-
risk customers into
regulars
In a world where customers receive
countless promotions every day—the
only way to cut through the noise is
personalization. And the only way to
improve personalization? Better data.
Email blasting your entire mailing list
with an offer for 20% off of their next
purchase isn’t a smart marketing
technique — in fact, broadly
discounting product can diminish the
perceived value of your product. Send
your customers timely, personalized
communication when it matters. Send
them offers when it counts, not just
whenever your company is planning a
generic email blast.
Identify and retain your
VIP customers
One of the primary functions of a
loyalty program should be to identify
and retain your very best customers.
ALL businesses have their superstar
customers, but few can identify
exactly who these big spenders are.
With 66% of sales coming from just
25% of customers, take action to
identify and segmenting out VIPs —
the top 10-25% — and then develop
targeted VIP marketing that ensures
these loyalists never churn out of your
business.
LEARN HOW TO LAUNCH
PERSONALIZED VIP
EXPERIENCES → thanx.com/vip
2017 Goal #3: Start collecting customer
transaction data and running automated
marketing programs with it.
Customer Feedback is a compass
for your business
Happy customers drive most of your
revenue, so it’s important to be able to
keep your finger on the pulse of customer
sentiment. As your company grows, it
becomes harder and harder to gauge the
happiness of each and every customer.
Aside from polling every single person
that comes into your store, how do you
get a sense of your performance in the
mind of the customer? That’s where it
becomes essential to have a feedback
program that customers actually engage
with (is anybody actually filling out those
paper feedback forms?).
The simple act of asking for feedback has
a pronounced effect on customer
frequency. Across 100’s of thousands of
feedback responses, customers who
completed a non-intrusive mobile survey
returned 7% faster than those who didn’t.
The customers who received merchant
responses to their feedback returned 14%
faster. The reason, of course, is that
customers love to feel heard. So, ask
them! That’s how to build deeper
relationships.
Part 4
How to get customers to respond to your
feedback survey
Part 4: Customer Feedback is a compass for your business
Paper feedback forms don’t garner significant amounts of responses, and it’s impossible to know
exactly who you’re speaking to or what feedback merits a response.
Collecting responses via mobile survey is a great solution to both of those problems — not only is
feedback tied to individual customers (with their entire customer history available for perusal), but
also it’s easy for customers to respond. That means that you’re getting to hear from people who
wouldn’t typically leave feedback, and you’re actually getting enough valuable feedback to make
data-driven decisions with it — from location-level tune-ups to company-wide initiative.s
Why all businesses should know their
Net Promoter Score®
Part 4: Customer Feedback is a compass for your business
It’s called “the ultimate question” for a reason: NPS, or Net Promoter Score, is arguably the most
accurate way to measure customer happiness. NPS boils customer satisfaction down to one
question: From 0–10, how likely are you to recommend this business to a friend ?
The reason people call NPS “The Ultimate Question” is that Bain and Company, the innovators
behind Net Promoter Score and Net Promoter System found that businesses with a higher score
grow 200% faster than their competitors — just by knowing the answer to one question!
2017 Goal #4: Make feedback easy to collect
and easy to interpret
Bonus: Customer Usership Survey
How do customers actually use loyalty
programs?
Only 7% of people
who have loyalty
memberships
actually
participate in all
of them.
48% of customers
would prefer to
receive credits
automatically
applied to their
credit or debit
statement
The biggest
inconvenience of
loyalty programs?
Remembering to
bring your card
every time!
If there’s one
thing customers
love, it’s feeling
appreciated. 37%
of customers
think top
spenders should
earn more
rewards.
About Thanx
Thanx helps offline businesses drive deeper, data-driven relationships with their best customers.
Thanx's turnkey solution collects critical customer data and uses it to deliver automated marketing campaigns that
deliver real ROI. While the vast majority of loyalty programs today are languishing, Thanx has the highest retention
rate in the industry thanks to its frictionless customer and merchant experience. Founded in 2011 and based in San
Francisco, Thanx is financed by Sequoia Capital and other elite Silicon Valley investors. Thanx has thousands of
customers across more than twenty retail verticals.
Thanx for reading.
Want an all-in-one loyalty, data, and feedback
platform for your business?
Contact us at success@thanx.com, or visit us at
www.thanx.com
Thanx, Inc.
180 Redwood Street, Suite 200
San Francisco CA 94102
888-233-1939
sales@thanx.com
© Thanx, Inc. All rights reserved.

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The Ultimate Guide to Customer Loyalty in 2017

  • 1. The Ultimate Guide to Customer Loyalty in 2017 Your field guide to making more money by increasing customer happiness
  • 2. Table of Contents Why Customer Retention • Retention vs. acquisition • What is loyalty really worth? Why most “loyalty programs” fail • Customer experience shortcomings • Lack of data Big Data for Brick and Mortar • Personalization • Stop customer churn • Identify VIP customers Feedback rules all • Getting responses that matter • Why Net Promoter Score is the industry standard
  • 3. Your customer loyalty adventure awaits If you’re looking to drive more revenue this year, you’re in luck. We’ve crunched the numbers and there’s a surefire way to do it — and it all starts with the customers you already have. We analyzed over 50 million transactions, and we compiled the most interesting information about customer loyalty and guest behavior. Dollar for dollar, it’s always worth investing in incentivizing loyal behavior — but how do restaurants, retailers, car washes, and other brick-and-mortar businesses go about doing it? Consider this your field guide.
  • 4. For every 10 customers who walk into your business, only 3 of those customers are likely to return. Restaurants, retailers, car washes, and other brick-and-mortar businesses invest money into advertising to new customers, but when those new customers only come in once, it’s hard to justify the cost of acquiring a new customer. 
 
 That’s why it costs 5-7x more money to acquire a new customer than to drive an additional visit from an existing customer. Dollar for dollar, it’s more lucrative to invest in your existing customer base — especially when, according to research from Harvard Business School, increasing customer retention rates by just 5 percent increases profits by 25 percent to 95 percent. A customer who already knows and loves your brand might be willing to come by again just from a personalized message. This is why targeting people who've already visited your business is easier and more cost effective. Why Customer Retention? Part 1 Bottom line: New customers are expensive.
  • 5. It costs 5x more to attract a new customer than it does to retain an existing customer. TWEET THIS
  • 6. Why does retention have such a dramatic impact? Because, in addition to being a better value, loyal customers behave very differently than first-time customers in three main ways: 1. Higher spend: According to Small Business Trends, customers spend less on their first purchase because they see new brands as "risky." After building a relationship, customer spend grows alongside trust. Eventually, loyal customers spend 67% more than new ones 2. Increased Frequency: Customers involved in a loyalty program increase their visitation frequency to a particular restaurant by an average of 35%. 3. Better word-of-mouth: Retained customers are more powerful sources of referral business. A Bain & Company strategy brief reported that, on average, a first-time apparel shopper refers three people. After 10 purchases, that same shopper refers seven customers. Referred shoppers spend more money and are more loyal themselves. Customers enrolled in a loyalty program visit 35% more frequently Part 1: Why Customer Retention? What is customer loyalty worth?
  • 7. 2017 Goal #1: Start building a customer retention engine to keep your customers coming back.
  • 8. Why “Loyalty Programs” Fail Part 2 Despite knowing how valuable loyal customers are, most loyalty programs don’t actually do much to inspire loyalty. They make customers jump through hoops, they aren’t fun, and they don’t always deliver measurable results for merchants. We once heard of a restaurant who had purchased 10,000 plastic loyalty cards for their POS-based loyalty program… and after they’d handed them out, only 300 were registered, and only 76 of them ever ended up being used.
  • 9. The idea behind loyalty programs remains sound; give customers a reason to come back and recognize loyal customers with a reward. However, there are the main failures with traditional loyalty programs: 1. It demands too much of the customer: Making a customer carry around an additional piece of paper everywhere isn’t just inconvenient — it flat-out doesn’t work. While the typical consumer is a member of more than 27 different loyalty programs, they actively participate in less than half of those. Why? Because nobody is carrying around 27 loyalty punch cards! 2. It requires the customer to take an action every single time they transact: That’s a poor customer experience — when trying to build brand loyalty, you should aim to make the customer experience BETTER to increase repeat visits, not worse. Yet, brands continue to come up with complicated schemes like QR codes, additional hardware at the POS, or even making customers write their phone numbers on the back of their receipts. 
 3. It fails to differentiate between customers: If I go to my favorite coffee shop every single day, I should be treated differently than someone who comes in twice a month. This is why some of the most successful loyalty programs in the world are status-based, like airline and hotel programs: They recognize that their “big spenders” drive a disproportionately high amount of revenue, and treat them like rockstars. Loyalty Pitfalls to Avoid Part 2: Why “Loyalty Programs” Fail
  • 10. 2017 Goal #2: Get rid of friction when it comes to your loyalty program. Make it effortless for customers to use.
  • 11. Data is power… but most offline businesses are seriously lacking in actionable customer data.
 
 When it comes to getting to know your customers better, data unlocks all of the secrets: who your customers are, where they like to go, how much they spend, and what types of marketing will convert. Online retailers have been using big data to help them build brand loyalty through extremely targeted messaging and advertising. It’s time that restaurants, offline retailers, and car washes start using big data to their advantage. Big Data for Brick and Mortar Part 3 “In the online world, businesses have the opportunity to develop very deep relationships with customers [by] observing their purchase behavior over time so that you can get individualized knowledge of the customer… Then the customers are going to feel a deep loyalty to us, because we know them so well.” Jeff Bezos CEO Amazon
  • 12. So, how do offline businesses gather customer data? One great way is through a digital customer rewards program that ties to customer transactions. Without one, your customers are open season for competitors. With a good one, you’ll have your single biggest competitive advantage. Here are some of the most profitable ways to utilize customer data… Use your data intelligently (and profitably) Part 3: Big Data for Brick and Mortar
  • 13. Personalize every interaction In a world where customers receive countless promotions every day—the only way to cut through the noise is personalization. And the only way to improve personalization? Better data. Email blasting your entire mailing list with an offer for 20% off of their next purchase isn’t a smart marketing technique — in fact, broadly discounting product can diminish the perceived value of your product. Send your customers timely, personalized communication when it matters. Send them offers when it counts, not just whenever your company is planning a generic email blast.
  • 14. Stop Customer Churn Customer data can help you prevent once-loyal customers from slipping through the cracks. Identify “at risk” customers by using your data to understand which customers were once loyal, but are now less frequent. You could do this by tracking customer behavior over time, and then setting up systems that alert you to any significant change in behavior. CALCULATE CUSTOMER CHURN AT YOUR BUSINESS → merchant.thanx.com/churn- calculator
  • 15. Launch customer “winback” to convert at- risk customers into regulars In a world where customers receive countless promotions every day—the only way to cut through the noise is personalization. And the only way to improve personalization? Better data. Email blasting your entire mailing list with an offer for 20% off of their next purchase isn’t a smart marketing technique — in fact, broadly discounting product can diminish the perceived value of your product. Send your customers timely, personalized communication when it matters. Send them offers when it counts, not just whenever your company is planning a generic email blast.
  • 16. Identify and retain your VIP customers One of the primary functions of a loyalty program should be to identify and retain your very best customers. ALL businesses have their superstar customers, but few can identify exactly who these big spenders are. With 66% of sales coming from just 25% of customers, take action to identify and segmenting out VIPs — the top 10-25% — and then develop targeted VIP marketing that ensures these loyalists never churn out of your business. LEARN HOW TO LAUNCH PERSONALIZED VIP EXPERIENCES → thanx.com/vip
  • 17. 2017 Goal #3: Start collecting customer transaction data and running automated marketing programs with it.
  • 18. Customer Feedback is a compass for your business Happy customers drive most of your revenue, so it’s important to be able to keep your finger on the pulse of customer sentiment. As your company grows, it becomes harder and harder to gauge the happiness of each and every customer. Aside from polling every single person that comes into your store, how do you get a sense of your performance in the mind of the customer? That’s where it becomes essential to have a feedback program that customers actually engage with (is anybody actually filling out those paper feedback forms?). The simple act of asking for feedback has a pronounced effect on customer frequency. Across 100’s of thousands of feedback responses, customers who completed a non-intrusive mobile survey returned 7% faster than those who didn’t. The customers who received merchant responses to their feedback returned 14% faster. The reason, of course, is that customers love to feel heard. So, ask them! That’s how to build deeper relationships. Part 4
  • 19. How to get customers to respond to your feedback survey Part 4: Customer Feedback is a compass for your business Paper feedback forms don’t garner significant amounts of responses, and it’s impossible to know exactly who you’re speaking to or what feedback merits a response. Collecting responses via mobile survey is a great solution to both of those problems — not only is feedback tied to individual customers (with their entire customer history available for perusal), but also it’s easy for customers to respond. That means that you’re getting to hear from people who wouldn’t typically leave feedback, and you’re actually getting enough valuable feedback to make data-driven decisions with it — from location-level tune-ups to company-wide initiative.s
  • 20. Why all businesses should know their Net Promoter Score® Part 4: Customer Feedback is a compass for your business It’s called “the ultimate question” for a reason: NPS, or Net Promoter Score, is arguably the most accurate way to measure customer happiness. NPS boils customer satisfaction down to one question: From 0–10, how likely are you to recommend this business to a friend ? The reason people call NPS “The Ultimate Question” is that Bain and Company, the innovators behind Net Promoter Score and Net Promoter System found that businesses with a higher score grow 200% faster than their competitors — just by knowing the answer to one question!
  • 21. 2017 Goal #4: Make feedback easy to collect and easy to interpret
  • 22. Bonus: Customer Usership Survey How do customers actually use loyalty programs? Only 7% of people who have loyalty memberships actually participate in all of them. 48% of customers would prefer to receive credits automatically applied to their credit or debit statement The biggest inconvenience of loyalty programs? Remembering to bring your card every time! If there’s one thing customers love, it’s feeling appreciated. 37% of customers think top spenders should earn more rewards.
  • 23. About Thanx Thanx helps offline businesses drive deeper, data-driven relationships with their best customers. Thanx's turnkey solution collects critical customer data and uses it to deliver automated marketing campaigns that deliver real ROI. While the vast majority of loyalty programs today are languishing, Thanx has the highest retention rate in the industry thanks to its frictionless customer and merchant experience. Founded in 2011 and based in San Francisco, Thanx is financed by Sequoia Capital and other elite Silicon Valley investors. Thanx has thousands of customers across more than twenty retail verticals.
  • 24. Thanx for reading. Want an all-in-one loyalty, data, and feedback platform for your business? Contact us at success@thanx.com, or visit us at www.thanx.com Thanx, Inc. 180 Redwood Street, Suite 200 San Francisco CA 94102 888-233-1939 sales@thanx.com © Thanx, Inc. All rights reserved.