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Half of consumers are deterred from joining loyalty programs, according to a newly released study from Kobie Marketing. When asked what barriers prevent them from joining a program, 26 percent of consumers reported that brands ask for too much information or the enrollment process takes too long, and 22 percent reported they won't join if it takes too long to earn and redeem points.
The "Loyalty in the Age of the Connected Consumer" report reveals that consumers value convenience and flexibility in loyalty programs, and the opportunity to earn and redeem points drives their decision to join. In fact, 86 percent of consumers reported that they primarily join programs to collect and redeem points for rewards, and 36 percent said they join programs specifically to redeem points for discounts and prizes. With one in four shoppers refusing to join a program that requires too many purchases to earn and redeem points, there is an opportunity for brands to make programs more appealing for consumers by offering smaller rewards earlier and more frequently after sign-up.
When signing up for a program, the report found that simplicity in program format is the driving factor for consumers' decision to join. Almost one in four (22 percent) said they would be most willing to join a loyalty swipe card, 15 percent said they would most likely sign up for store credit cards, and 11 percent said they would most want to join a points-based mobile app program.
While points and discounts most influence the decision to join a program, the report found that price is a driving force in the context of customer retention. More than a third (35 percent) of consumers ranked price as the most significant factor in whether they would return to a brand or shop elsewhere, indicating there are more opportunities for brands to keep customers engaged if they offer free or discounted products as part of their programs to elevate the customer experience around the point of sale.
"Consumers now have more options at their fingertips than ever, and they want products and services whenever, wherever and however they've come to expect them," said Dave Andreadakis, chief strategy officer at Kobie Marketing. "While we found price to be a driving factor in consumers' decision to make repeat purchases, the customer experience is paramount before, during and after the point of sale. With this in mind, marketers should focus on engaging early and often, delivering tiered rewards with earlier, smaller redemption opportunities and encouraging simple sign-ups in the beginning."
Other key findings from the report include:
For the "Loyalty in the Age of the Connected Consumer" report, Kobie surveyed over 1,000 consumers on the elements that impact their shopping behaviors and purchase journeys, including timing, information and delivery channels. Respondents were evenly distributed across age ranges, which were defined as Generation Z (ages 19-21), millennials (22-37), Generation X (38-52), baby boomers (53-71) and the Silent Generation (72+).
To learn more about the preferences and behaviors of today's shoppers, download "Loyalty in the Age of the Connected Consumer" here.
Kobie is a loyalty marketing company that designs, builds, optimizes and supports customer experiences for many of the world's most successful brands. Kobie believes in building relationships by deepening the emotional and behavioral connections brands have with their customers. Their integrated and innovative loyalty solutions deliver the most impactful results for their clients' bottom line. To learn more, visit kobie.com.
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