When acquiring a new customer costs up to 5 times more than keeping a current one, it’s no wonder the topics of customer retention and loyalty are at the forefront of ecommerce conversations. But, what are the differences between customer retention and customer loyalty and how can businesses ensure consumers will return time and time again? Let’s find out!
What’s the difference between a customer loyalty and customer retention strategy?
Before we get into the details of how to gain customer loyalty, let’s define what customer retention strategy and loyalty actually mean. Customer retention is a measure of whether an existing customer continues to purchase from your brand. Sounds great, right? But, if your brand has the extra edge of customer loyalty — the measure of a customer’s predisposition to select a brand every time, tending to resist competitors — your business has the upper hand when it comes to a customer’s final purchase decision every single time!
Knowing that your loyal customers will choose your brand and not consider competitors is pretty powerful. With this in mind, you might be thinking about how you can obtain this level of loyalty from your existing customers. If so your customer lifecycle and customer lifetime value must be considered.
Customer loyalty, lifecycle and customer lifetime value (CLV)
Where Customer Loyalty sits within Customer Lifetime Value.
How to gain customer loyalty and keep it!
Customer loyalty from the beginning of the customer journey
The long-term impact of brand marketing.
Driving consistent customer loyalty revenue
When a brand message is loud and clear, getting your existing customers to continue converting is the next step. When you are an established ecommerce brand it can be assumed that you have a clear database of existing customers who receive special offers, email campaigns and are even part of a loyalty program.
Diving deeper into this database to explore your diverse customer cohorts is the next step in showing why your customers are (or aren’t) loyal. This tactic is called RFM (Recency, Frequency, Monetary) analysis and is used to rank and group customers based on their recent interactions with the brand, allowing you to target specific marketing campaigns toward them.
Example audiences for an RFM campaign, showcasing potential size of segments.
Increasing Your Customer Loyalty with Reload
With a specialist team of brand and customer loyalty experts, Reload is ready to help your ecommerce business increase customer lifetime value and gain true, loyal customers for the long-term.