Incentives and Their Impact on Magnified Customer Engagement

Brands want to use incentives that will entice consumers to engage with them and, ultimately, purchase their products. Incentives, when used correctly, can also go a long way toward building magnified customer engagement and brand loyalty.

Virtual Incentives released its first round of data from a new research study on consumer perceptions and preferences surrounding incentives. The study, “Incentive Research Paper,” also explored how the incentive itself impacts brand perceptions, while studying influencers such as gender, age, income levels, and political affiliation.

“The information we gathered for this study is vital in helping brands make informed decisions when it comes to incentivizing their target audiences,” said Jonathan Price, CEO of Virtual Incentives. “After all, we want the reward or incentive moment to truly resonate and create an engaging moment with the recipient – that means we need to be educated on what different consumer groups are really looking for when it comes to incentives.”
Data surrounding reward personalization revealed insights in to just how accustomed and willing consumers are in having personal information used in conjunction with incentive delivery:

Receipt of personalized reward: Only two out of every five respondents have received a personalized incentive and, of those, just over half said it increased their consideration of the brand.

Brand perception, general: 56% said that receiving a personalized incentive would improve their consideration of the brand

Brand perception, specific: While the vast majority indicated that use of personalization made a brand seem smart, unique and caring, a meaningful minority of 16% find it “creepy”

Trust: Most respondents felt that a personalized incentive made them feel respected as a customer, while 1 in 4 feel it is a violation of their privacy

Type of personalization: 63% prefer a reward based on purchase history, rather than the less popular reference to a purchase location (24%) or use of name (23%)

What’s more, the study found that more education and higher incomes drive interest in incentives programs. In fact, the more educated and higher income level the consumer, the higher participation across the board – for all incentive types. More importantly, incentives programs lead to more expensive purchases, larger quantities, and shifts in retailer choice for these higher-status customers. For example, 20% more of those with an income over $50,000 would purchase a more expensive item based on receiving an incentive.
Despite income or education level, one-third of respondents agreed on a preferred reward: A virtual gift card that could be used anywhere they wanted, such as Visa or MasterCard. 

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