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Loyalty360 Customer Loyalty Statistics Database

Based on feedback from our Loyalty360 community and members, as the association for customer loyalty, Loyalty360 is excited to help our audience stay up to date on the latest in customer loyalty and customer experience with the latest and most relevant topics, trends, and data points through the Loyalty360 Customer Loyalty Statistics Database.

For our Customer Loyalty Statistics Database, we collect relevant information from our own research, member research and reports, as well as industry statistics that are listed below, in one place, to help inform our audience.

As new data points are released, we will do our best to keep a running list of the latest and greatest research available here.

As mentioned, these statistics have been aggregated from a vareity of sources and there is a link provided with each one that may take you to another page on Loyalty360, to one of our members, or to an outside source.

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STATS: MEETING RISING CONSUMER LOYALTY EXPECTATIONS POST-PANDEMIC

July 07, 2021 | Clarus Commerce

More than three-quarters (79%) of respondents say they don’t want to accumulate points anymore, and retailers’ loyalty programs should provide immediate benefits to maintain their loyalty. 68% of consumers agree that their loyalty is more difficult to maintain than ever before. 76...

More than three-quarters (79%) of respondents say they don’t want to accumulate points anymore, and retailers’ loyalty programs should provide immediate benefits to maintain their loyalty.

68% of consumers agree that their loyalty is more difficult to maintain than ever before.

76% of consumers would pay for a premium loyalty program.

81% of traditional loyalty members say they would join a premium loyalty program at their favorite retailer, assuming that the benefits were valuable.

79% of consumers say they don’t want to accumulate points anymore, and retailers’ loyalty programs should provide immediate benefits to maintain their loyalty.

90% of consumers say they’re likely to choose a retailer where they’re a premium loyalty member over another one offering a lower price.

73% of premium loyalty members shopped more with their favorite retailers during the pandemic.

More than twothirds (68%) of customers agree their loyalty is more difficult to maintain than ever before, up from 64% in 2020. At the same time, consumers are increasingly willing to pay for the benefits they want from retailers. More than three-quarters (76%) would pay for a premium loyalty program.

Seventy percent of 2021 respondents currently belong to a premium loyalty program, compared to 66% in 2020 and 58% in 2019.

Gen Zers are actually more likely to have premium loyalty memberships (70%) than traditional loyalty memberships (63%).

Three-quarters (75%) of current premium loyalty program members are likely to join additional premium loyalty programs in the next 12 months, compared to 69% in 2020. And more than a third (37%) definitely would join an additional program.

90% of retailers said the launch of Walmart+ influenced their decision to consider a premium loyalty program.

Ninety percent say they’re likely to choose a retailer where they’re a premium loyalty member over one offering a lower price. And 88% of premium loyalty members say they’re likely to recommend a retailer with valuable premium loyalty benefits to a family member or friend.

Almost half (49%) of consumers tried shopping with a new brand since March 2020, as the shift to online shopping made it easy to order with a single click.

Nearly three-quarters (73%) shopped more with retailers whose premium loyalty programs they were part of during the pandemic, and 41% shopped significantly more with those retailers.

As in 2020, 94% of premium loyalty members in 2021 shop with their favorite retailers at least once a month. But the percentage of members who shopped even more often — once a week or more — actually grew from 58% in 2020 to 67% in 2021.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of consumers said it would entice them to invest in or renew a premium loyalty program. Other benefits are also important to the mix, including instant discounts that customers can conveniently use whenever they shop (53%) and free giveaways (47%) that cater to customers’ needs for instant gratification.

Premium loyalty members’ desires for instant gratification are just as strong as they were last year. Nearly three-quarters (72%) expect to see benefits within the first week or immediately, compared to 70% in 2020.

Of consumers who belong to traditional loyalty programs, a majority (68%) belong to 1-4 programs, and almost a third (31%) belong to 5 or more programs.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of respondents use 50% of those programs or less on a monthly basis, and 5% don’t use any of those programs on a monthly basis.

Of respondents who belong to traditional loyalty programs, 81% say it’s likely they would join a retailer’s premium loyalty program if they were already part of its traditional loyalty program, assuming the benefits were valuable. This is an increase of 14 percentage points from 2020 (67%).

Of consumers who don’t belong to a premium loyalty program, almost half (44%) said it was because they don’t see the value — the most popular answer.

we surveyed 300 marketing and loyalty professionals and found that 51% of respondents who work with a vendor experienced ROI within the first six months of starting their program, compared to only 41% of those that manage their programs in-house.

 

STATS: International research reveals marketing potential of voice tech, as users move from awareness to purchase

July 06, 2021 | Strategy Analytics

91% of users of voice assistants search the internet with their voice – highlighting how it is now a platform for SEO and SMO marketing and comms41% of American users are making purchases with their voice assistantsThose who don’t use the tech yet state that privacy concerns are the...

  • 91% of users of voice assistants search the internet with their voice – highlighting how it is now a platform for SEO and SMO marketing and comms
  • 41% of American users are making purchases with their voice assistants
  • Those who don’t use the tech yet state that privacy concerns are the main reason they don’t use it (42% stated so), followed by a lack of trust for the assistants (32%)
  • Only 27% of voice assistant users in the US feel comfortable using them in public

STATS: NEW DATA: Budget-Minded Consumers Pick QSRs With Loyalty Programs

July 06, 2021 | PYMNTS.com

Thirty-four percent of all consumers say that they are on shakier financial ground than they were prior to March 2020, and more than a third of them believe their finances will only grow less stable over the course of the next year. 84% share of customers who beilieve their finances will improve...

Thirty-four percent of all consumers say that they are on shakier financial ground than they were prior to March 2020, and more than a third of them believe their finances will only grow less stable over the course of the next year.

84% share of customers who beilieve their finances will improve within the next year.

49% portion of resturant customers with slipping finances who use loyalty programs.

34% share of customers who finances are improving from March 2020 who would spend more on food orders placed online.

Forty-nine percent of consumers with this financial outlook are signed up with at least one restaurant’s loyalty program, compared to 42 percent of consumers whose finances have remained largely stable throughout.

Thirty-six percent of restaurant customers whose personal finances are slipping say they would feel encouraged to spend more on their orders if their restaurant offered them loyalty programs, in fact, as would 39 percent of restaurant customers whose financial outlook has been consistently negative since before March 2020.


 

STATS: More than Half of Retail Professionals Say Pandemic Accelerated Tech Product Launches

July 02, 2021 | National Retail Federation

Approximately 58 percent of retail professionals say the pandemic accelerated new technology-related product launches at their company. Brands have leveraged technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality to connect with consumers, with 31 percent of consumers using these technologies...

Approximately 58 percent of retail professionals say the pandemic accelerated new technology-related product launches at their company.

Brands have leveraged technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality to connect with consumers, with 31 percent of consumers using these technologies to buy household items and furniture this year.

nearly 30 percent of consumers purchased through this medium in the last month. China recorded a high adoption usage at 63 percent; in the United States, while recording a relatively lower figure at 29 percent, popularity will likely continue as the concept takes hold.

Almost 40 percent of consumers point to scan-as-you-go, smart cart, and walk-in, walk-out technologies as top desired features.

More than 42 percent of consumers are comfortable with in-store assistance from robots, and one in five are open to the idea of microchip implantation to enable payments.

STATS: Report: Scams Accounted for Nearly 60% of User-generated Malicious Content in Q1 2021

June 29, 2021 | Sift

Scams accounted for 59% of blocked user-generated malicious content within Sift’s network during the first quarter of the year. The other most common blocked content fraud types include irrelevant content (22%, not related to the topic at hand), toxic (18%, includes foul language...

Scams accounted for 59% of blocked user-generated malicious content within Sift’s network during the first quarter of the year.

The other most common blocked content fraud types include irrelevant content (22%, not related to the topic at hand), toxic (18%, includes foul language, harassment, hate speech or bullying) and commercial (1%, solicitations against terms of service).
 

Decreased transaction volumes, new digital shopping methods and services, and rising attack volumes across many markets throughout the pandemic contributed to a 77% surge in blocked content fraud in Q1 2020 over the same period in 2019.

However, with an additional 18% increase in Q1 indicating that fraudsters remain committed to leveraging user-generated content to ensnare consumers and steal from businesses. 

 

  • Content fraud encounters abound: Approximately 27% of consumers surveyed report running across fraudulent content on a daily or weekly basis. According to respondents, the most common types of fraudulent content encountered are spam (51%) and scams (50%) with misinformation and 'fake news' rounding out the top three (43%).
     
  • COVID-19 vaccine misinformation widely reported: Half (50%) of consumers surveyed say that they’ve come across COVID-19 scams or misinformation. Within this group, 61% say the scams encountered involved misinformation about the efficacy or side effects of COVID-19 vaccines; 61% say they involved misinformation about vaccines containing tracking technology; and 28% came across fraudulent vaccine cards or passports.
     
  • Fraudulent content has a direct impact on consumer loyalty: More than half of consumers surveyed say they would stop shopping at a business if malicious content was discovered on the brand’s website. Specifically, 56% say they’d stop using the site or service if fake or misleading content was discovered, while 54% say they’d stop use if they were scammed into sharing personal information.
     
  • The web’s top spammiest and scammiest places: Those surveyed also identified the places online where they encounter the most content fraud. These include: social networking sites (61%​); classifieds (28%​); dating sites (24%); marketplaces (21%); and crowdfunding sites (15%).

STATS: Survey: Nearly Half of Americans Quickly Lose Trust in a Brand If Exposed to Toxic or Fake User-Generated Content on Its Channels

June 29, 2021 | Business Wire

Over half (54%) of respondents have witnessed this rise, with 36% seeing instances of inaccurate, fake or even toxic UGC multiple times a day, and an additional 15% saying they see this type of content daily. More than 40% of respondents will disengage from a brand’s community after as...

Over half (54%) of respondents have witnessed this rise, with 36% seeing instances of inaccurate, fake or even toxic UGC multiple times a day, and an additional 15% saying they see this type of content daily. More than 40% of respondents will disengage from a brand’s community after as little as one exposure to toxic or fake UGC, while 45% say they will lose all trust in a brand.

“It is in the best interest of organizations to deploy strong content moderation tactics and technologies to combat this material when it appears on their channels as nearly 70% of survey respondents stated that brands need to protect users from toxic content and 78% said it is a brand’s responsibility to provide positive and welcoming online experiences.”
 
  • The most frequently encountered unwanted content includes spam (61%), fake reviews and testimonials (61%), and inappropriate or harmful images (48%).
  • Consumers report finding these types of content so impactful that it has affected the quality of their day, with 38% saying it has made their day worse, and nearly 30% reporting it ruined the entire day.

On the flip side, when a brand engages with a customer online (e.g. liking a social media post or responding to a review/comment) it has a positive effect on their relationship with that company. More than half (53%) said it makes them more likely to purchase from the company again, while 45% said it makes them more likely to post additional UGC and increases the likelihood they would recommend the brand.

With 83% of Americans surveyed saying they have posted UGC - most frequently, images (52%), reviews or testimonials (51%) and comments in forums/social/online communities (44%) - brands that turn to social listening and community management practices in addition to addressing unwanted content will have a stronger chance at positively impacting the online customer experience.

Today’s consumers are willing to help combat toxic or misleading UGC, with 66% reporting having flagged instances to brands. Respondents also indicated that many companies can provide a more timely response as less than a third (32%) of people received a response within 24 hours. In terms of actions they want to see taken by brands, 69% of those surveyed said they want the brand to remove the content, while 46% want a direct response about the actions the brand has taken and 40% want the offending user banned, at least temporarily.

 

STATS: Online Grocery Shopping and Store Pickup Trends Accelerated by the Pandemic are Now Slowing

June 25, 2021 | Business Wire

About 50% of grocery shoppers began buying online and picking up in store during the pandemic, but only half of those customers will continue this behavior in the future. shoppers want to be in control - 54% prefer to pick items out in person and 40% want the experience of shopping in a physical...

About 50% of grocery shoppers began buying online and picking up in store during the pandemic, but only half of those customers will continue this behavior in the future.

shoppers want to be in control - 54% prefer to pick items out in person and 40% want the experience of shopping in a physical store.

Nearly half BOPIS shoppers won’t buy meat / seafood, about 40% avoid dairy, produce and frozen products, about 35% won’t order deli or bakery and 31% get t heir healthcare/personal care items through another channel.
 
  • 40% of people report waiting 10 minutes or more for their BOPIS orders
  • 90% of shoppers still go into store when picking up an order
  • Walmart, Target and Kroger are delivering best experience for BOPIS shoppers
  • Shoppers have become highly reliant on retailer apps for both a better in-store and BOPIS/delivery experience
Amongst 1,000 consumers between the ages of 18-54 who buy groceries online for pickup in-store, curbside pickup or home delivery. 
 

STATS: Paytronix and PYMNTS Report: 47% of Restaurant Customers Use at Least One Loyalty Program

June 24, 2021 | PayTronix

47% of restaurant customers use at least one loyalty program. The share of consumers using restaurant loyalty programs increased 12 percent. In fact, 42 percent of all restaurant customers had been using at least one restaurant’s loyalty program on January 22, and that figure increased to...

47% of restaurant customers use at least one loyalty program.

The share of consumers using restaurant loyalty programs increased 12 percent. In fact, 42 percent of all restaurant customers had been using at least one restaurant’s loyalty program on January 22, and that figure increased to 47 percent by April 22.
  • QSR Growth -- The increase in restaurant reward program usage is most pronounced among consumers who order from quick service restaurants (QSR). Twenty-four percent more chain QSR customers reported using at least one restaurant’s loyalty program on April 22 than did on January 22.
     
  • Top Loyalty Users -- Millennial and bridge millennial restaurant customers use more loyalty programs than the rest. They are also signing up for new loyalty programs faster than all other age groups.
     
  • Loyalty Drives Spend -- Demand for restaurant loyalty programs soars after the first sign-up. Fifty-seven percent of consumers who already use at least one restaurant’s loyalty program would spend more on food orders from other restaurants if the latter offered loyalty programs as well
Fifty-seven percent of restaurant customers who are signed up for at least one restaurant’s loyalty program would be willing to spend more on food orders from other restaurants if they could use loyalty and rewards options.



 

STATS: Order To Eat Tracker

June 10, 2021 | PayTronix

McDonald’s closed most of it dining rooms, yet the fast food titan reported that same-store sales rose more than 13 percent year over year in Q1 2020.  Roz Brewer, former chief operating officer of Starbucks, called drive-thru the industry’s most productive model. The coffee...

McDonald’s closed most of it dining rooms, yet the fast food titan reported that same-store sales rose more than 13 percent year over year in Q1 2020. 

Roz Brewer, former chief operating officer of Starbucks, called drive-thru the industry’s most productive model. The coffee giant’s same-store sales fell by 5 percent in Q4 2020, but locations with drive-thrus saw revenues rise.

Transactions at QSRs may have fallen last year, but check size has increased by more than 14 percent to an average of $11.

Overall transactions fell by 9 percent in 2020, but the rise in check sizes was due to restaurant operators responding to slowing sales with incentives such as rewards and family meal deals to help maximize ticket sizes.

Delivering on Restaurant Rewards revealed that 92 percent of vaccinated customers plan to keep ordering online as often as they do now, and only 8 percent of consumers will return to dining in restaurants.

Americans spend an average of more than $1,200 on drive-thru food each year, and researchers reported that drive-thru trips grew by 26 percent in Q2 2020 to make up 42 percent of all restaurant visits. Nearly three-quarters of Americans have used a restaurant’s drive-thru since the start of the pandemic, moreover — up 43 percent since April 2020.

37% Share of single parents who said they would spend more on food orders if they could place them via mobile app.

34% portion of married parents who would spend more on food orders if resturatnts offered drive-thru pickup.

33% portion of married parents who would spend more on food orders if they could order from a website on a mobile device.

9% segment of occasional diners who said they would spend more on food orders if they could pick up their food at a drive-thru.

9% share of convience diners who said they would spend more if they could place their orders via mobile app.

Americans have long been fans of remote food ordering and pickup options, with the most recent data revealing that they spend an average of $1,200 annually on drive-thru purchases.

Recent research showed that 60 percent of consumers would feel safe dining out — the highest rate since last spring. This share has been on the rise this year, but it never exceeded 42 percent in 2020. Consumers’ comfort with dining outdoors still remains higher than with dining indoors, however, at 68 percent and 57 percent, respectively.

Restaurant sales increased by 32 percent in March compared to the same month one year prior as more consumers ventured out to dine, with QSR transactions leaping by 29 percent and full-service restaurant sales skyrocketing by 210 percent year over year. 

Paytronix, recently revealed that 92 percent of consumers who have been fully immunized plan to keep ordering online after the pandemic eases as often as they do now, while only 8 percent will return to dining in restaurants.

Additional survey findings noted that 32 percent of vaccinated diners would spend more if they could pay online, 40 percent would do so if they could earn rewards and vaccinated consumers’ desire to use loyalty programs is highest among bridge millennials, millennials and Generation Z consumers.

the average size of each check increased by more than 14 percent to $11 in 2020, according to a recent report. The rise in check sizes was a surprise to researchers, given that overall transactions fell by 9 percent, but restaurant operators had been responding to slowing sales with incentives such as rewards and family meal deals to help maximize ticket size.

Closed dining areas and consumer demand for low-contact visits to eateries also pushed drive-thru sales up by 28 percent, and drive-thrus comprised 82 percent of customer spending — up from 69 percent in 2019.

The average drive-thru order at McDonald’s took six minutes and 18 seconds in 2019, and last year it was reduced to five minutes and 49 seconds as drive-thru orders picked up.

Uber Eats said last year that its year-over-year revenue had increased 152 percent to nearly $5 billion.

90 percent of customers prefer curbside pickup over going inside a restaurant location to get their orders.

The average U.S. consumer will spend more than $1,200 on drive-thru food every year, according to reports, and drive-thru trips increased 26 percent in Q2 2020, representing 42 percent of all eatery visits. Drive-thru visits also rose by 13 percent last July when restaurants began reopening — the highest rate of all the service models, including dine-in, carryout and delivery.

Given customers’ priorities How Drive-Thrus Became The Lifeline Of The QSR Space 16 | © 2021 PYMNTS.com All Rights Reserved Order To Eat Tracker® DEEP DIVE of convenience and safety, some national chains reported sales swelling by as much as 70 percent

67 percent of consumers saying in one survey that a wait of six minutes or more is too long for in-store pickup. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said drive-thrus were the safest way of engaging, followed by curbside pickup at 21 percent and in-store pickup at 9 percent.

 

STATS: Delivering on Restaurant Rewards: Super-Connected Consumers

June 08, 2021 | PayTronix

27%: Share of superconnected consumers have shifted to ordering online from at least one restaurant.  The average superconnected restaurant customer spent 26 percent more on food orders than average in the last 12 months.  Two-thirds of all 'connected-me' consumers use...

  • 27%: Share of superconnected consumers have shifted to ordering online from at least one restaurant.
     
  • The average superconnected restaurant customer spent 26 percent more on food orders than average in the last 12 months.
     
  • Two-thirds of all 'connected-me' consumers use at least one restaurant’s loyalty program.

 

STATS: Capco Study: 72% of Customers Rate Personalization as “Highly Important” in Today’s Financial Services Landscape

May 26, 2021 | Business Wire

Key findings include:Digital features bank customers want and will pay for:86% of respondents are most interested in cashback offers based on preferred card perks, followed by 82% for cashback offers based on bank loyalty.26% are willing to pay for reward features of interest. Gen Z and...

Key findings include:

  • Digital features bank customers want and will pay for:
    • 86% of respondents are most interested in cashback offers based on preferred card perks, followed by 82% for cashback offers based on bank loyalty.
    • 26% are willing to pay for reward features of interest. Gen Z and millennials tend to be more inclined to pay for reward features than Gen X and the baby boomer generation.
    • 88% of survey respondents would like to receive alerts before recurring charges, and 31% of customers are willing to pay for that feature.
  • The human touch remains vital for customer engagement: Consumers will be loyal to a bank’s brand if they find it easy to engage online or via mobile – but they still want to talk with a person when needed.
    • A majority of survey respondents (63%) indicated a desire for one-on-one personal conversations with bank representatives, with only 37% favoring chatbot or text message (SMS) communications.
    • Willingness to engage with a chatbot decreased as age increased, with 18% of Gen Z favoring chatbots compared to only 8% in the baby boomer generation.
    • The baby boomer generation favors face-to-face interactions. They are more likely to speak with a branch representative (36%) than Gen Z (23%).
    • Engagement preferences varied slightly by type and size of the bank. Community (34%) and regional (41%) bank customers preferred to speak with a branch representative, while super regional (38%) and large institutional (36%) patrons preferred to speak with a customer representative over the phone.
  • Personalization – here comes the bank of CRM: The desire for customers to personalize their banking relationship is the strongest message emerging from survey respondents.
    • 72% of respondents rated personalization as “highly important,” while just 8% said it was not. 20% of respondents were neutral on the topic.
    • Millennials place the highest value on personalization (79%), followed by 75% of Gen Z, 74% of Gen X, and 58% of boomers.
    • 86% of people who felt personalization is important to their experience are willing to provide feedback on their experiences at least annually. Customers who are older and have higher income levels are more willing to provide regular feedback.
  • Fraud remains a concern: 75% of survey takers cited a fraud issue as a key reason to switch banks.
    • Gen Z is most concerned about fraud incidents (81%), compared to 76% of the baby boomer generation, 75% of millennials, and 72% of Gen X.

STATS: Alter Agents, Snap Inc., and Publicis Media Release New Data on Augmented Reality (AR) in Consumer Shopping

May 25, 2021 | Cision PR Newswire

Research included in-depth interviews with AR experts to explore AR's evolving dynamics; mobile ethnographies with daily diary entries; and a quantitative survey among 1,000 people ages 13-49 in each market (n = 4,000) who are smartphone owners and AR non-rejectors. Purchase decisions are...

Research included in-depth interviews with AR experts to explore AR's evolving dynamics; mobile ethnographies with daily diary entries; and a quantitative survey among 1,000 people ages 13-49 in each market (n = 4,000) who are smartphone owners and AR non-rejectors.
  • Purchase decisions are spurred by AR: Branded AR experiences increase the likelihood to purchase, particularly in categories like home decor (73%), product personalization (73%), virtual try-on (72%) and product demonstration (70%).
  • High AR awareness and adoption: More than half of people aged 13–49 claimed to have used AR in the past, and nearly one-third have used branded AR. Snapchatters are 56% more likely than non-Snapchatters to have used branded AR.
     
  • Increasing role of AR in shopping landscape: More than three in four believe AR technology will play a role in how people shop in the next five years. Two in three who say they would use branded AR for shopping also agree they are likely to purchase after a branded AR experience.
  • Consumers are looking for AR: 54% actively search for AR experiences, most commonly seeking out branded AR by searching within the camera on digital platforms like Snapchat.
     
  • AR shareability heightens impact: 61% say the ability to easily share branded AR experiences is important to them.

STATS: The 15 Most Important Loyalty Statistics Straight from Retail Marketers

May 20, 2021 | Clarus Commerce

90% of respondents say enhancing or expanding their loyalty programs is a priority for 2021.Two-thirds of consumers believe their loyalty is harder for retailers to secure now. And nearly 40% of consumers are not interested in joining loyalty programs due to their lack of perceived...

90% of respondents say enhancing or expanding their loyalty programs is a priority for 2021.
Two-thirds of consumers believe their loyalty is harder for retailers to secure now. And nearly 40% of consumers are not interested in joining loyalty programs due to their lack of perceived value
95% of retailers with traditional loyalty programs have discussed launching a premium loyalty program in 2021

67% of consumers aren’t satisfied with traditional loyalty programs.
78% of consumers anticipate an increase in the number of premium loyalty programs due to COVID-19.
According to a 
McKinsey loyalty study, 35% of U.S. consumers have tried a new brand since the pandemic started and 77% have tried new shopping behaviors.
51% of respondents with premium loyalty programs consider program members to be at least 4x as valuable as non-members.
41% of retailers say their loyalty program members receive benefits within the first month.
86% of respondents who offer benefits within the first week say their loyalty program members shop at least once a week — that number drops to 63% for those who offer benefits within the first month.
Respondents with premium loyalty programs tend to offer benefits faster: 65% say their members receive benefits at least within the first week..
More than half of respondents (62%) who offer benefits within the first week see ROI within the first six months.
37% of retailers say “competing priorities” were the biggest barrier to entry in launching their loyalty programs.
57% of respondents cite lack of budget, internal resources, or IT support as the main reasons for not launching loyalty programs.
Almost 1 in 4 say they lacked the internal resources to build and manage their programs.
 44% of respondents who use a vendor say loyalty members shop with them at least once every few days, compared to only 30% of respondents who manage programs in-house.
84% of retailers with a premium loyalty program rate the profitability of their programs an 8 or above (out of 10).
According to 
McKinsey, besides the incremental revenue stream from annual fees, premium loyalty members are 60% more likely to spend more on the brand after subscribing, while free loyalty programs only increase that likelihood by 30%.
62% of respondents with only traditional programs have not updated their loyalty programs in the past three months.
Consider nearly 40% of consumers don’t join loyalty programs because of their lack of perceived value..
Over half of retailers (59%) only offer a traditional loyalty program.
In fact, 
67% of consumers are likely to join a premium loyalty program if they already belong to that retailer’s free loyalty program.
 

STATS: Sitel Group® Research Reveals Poor Customer Experience Leads to Customer Churn

May 18, 2021 | Sitel Group

In fact, one third of consumers considered breaking up with a brand while another 65% severed ties with a brand as a result of a poor customer experience (CX). This is according to the latest Sitel Group whitepaper, Driving Customer Loyalty: Perception, Effort and Action, which analyzed how...

In fact, one third of consumers considered breaking up with a brand while another 65% severed ties with a brand as a result of a poor customer experience (CX). This is according to the latest Sitel Group whitepaper, Driving Customer Loyalty: Perception, Effort and Action, which analyzed how brands create loyalty and the key considerations for what consumers value.

Despite changes in communication, nearly all respondents (97%) believe brands are working to deliver a positive CX. But, only 43% of all respondents agree this effort is making a tangible difference, meaning that 57% of customers believe brands still need to do more to align with their expectations.

For brands curious about how to drive customer loyalty, the report finds that 42% of consumers say the perception that the brand offers good value for money is a top driver. Furthermore, the attributes customers most closely associated with a brand's commitment to the delivery of a positive customer experience are helpful and friendly staff (69%), fast response to questions (53%) and an easy-to-use website (51%).
 
  • Consumers Crave Live Chat With Brands - Two in five (40%) respondents and nearly half (47%) of millennials believe brands committed to meeting their CX expectations should be providing online chat facilitated by live agents for effective issue resolution without the need to move to another channel.
  • Positive CX Drives Positive Word of Mouth - 27% of consumers will always share a review, if invited to do so, and 28% always leave a review if it is part of an incentive program.
  • Social Means Positive CX - 22% of all consumers and 31% of Gen Z respondents feel a strong social media presence is synonymous with a commitment to positive CX
  • Positive Customer Experiences Influence How Consumers Consume – More than half (58%) of consumers say it is one of the most important factors when making a purchasing decision. Millennials (63%), Gen X (71%) and U.S. consumers (65%) are the most likely to let customer experience dictate how and with whom they spend their money.
  • An Organization's Commitment to Social Causes Influences CX - More than one in four (27%) of consumers prefer to buy from brands which they know are committed to social causes, while a fifth (20%) have no interest in whether a brand supports social causes or not.

STATS: Restaurant Online Ordering Is Here to Stay, Even As Guests Return to On-Premises Dining

April 29, 2021 | Paytronix

Paytronix Systems, Inc., the most advanced digital guest experience platform, today published the latest report in its ongoing series “Delivering on Restaurant Rewards,” which finds that 92 percent of vaccinated restaurant customers who have shifted to ordering online plan to keep...

Paytronix Systems, Inc., the most advanced digital guest experience platform, today published the latest report in its ongoing series “Delivering on Restaurant Rewards,” which finds that 92 percent of vaccinated restaurant customers who have shifted to ordering online plan to keep doing so after the pandemic has subsided with only the remaining 8 percent planning to return to dining on-site as they did before. This signals that the mobile order-ahead, curbside pickup and delivery capabilities that gained traction during the pandemic are here to stay.

When Paytronix examined sales through February and March, as vaccinated people started returning to on-premises dining, it found that online sales increased along with in-store sales. Between The first week of February and the last week in March, in-store sales grew by 13% and online sales grew about 3%.

Key findings from the research include:
  • Convenience matters -- 32 percent of vaccinated restaurant customers say they would spend more on their orders if they could pay online; 40 percent of vaccinated restaurant customers would spend more if they could earn loyalty and rewards for their orders.
  • Vaccinations and loyalty – There is a surprising and inexplicable link between vaccination and loyalty program usage. Vaccinated consumers’ inclination to engage with loyalty and rewards programs is highest among younger demographics, including bridge millennials, millennials and Generation Z consumers.
  • More accessible loyalty programs -- Restaurant loyalty programs need to be accessible both online and offline to meet their customers’ payment needs as more consumers migrate back to brick-and-mortar establishments.
“There are no signs that brick-and-mortar commerce will necessarily return to its pre-pandemic norms despite the acceleration of mass vaccination rollouts. Consumers are keen to maintain the digital-first ordering and purchasing habits they have acquired since the pandemic began, with restaurant customers being more attached to digital ordering and payment capabilities than most.” – Delivering on Restaurant Rewards.
 
Delivering On Restaurant Rewards, a PYMNTS and Paytronix collaboration, draws from a survey of a census balanced panel of 1,984 U.S. consumers to gain insights into the types of rewards programs they use and would like to use when placing food orders. Respondents were 48 years old, on average, 33 percent had college degrees and 36 percent earned more than $100,000 annually.
 

STATS: Merkle’s Annual Consumer Experience Sentiment Report Explores Consumer Privacy Preferences and Brand Loyalty

April 23, 2021 | Merkle

The study found that consumers are increasingly becoming more comfortable with sharing their data in exchange for personalized experiences. In fact, the percentage of respondents who are uncomfortable sharing personal information, regardless of the benefits, decreased from 2020 and is currently...

The study found that consumers are increasingly becoming more comfortable with sharing their data in exchange for personalized experiences. In fact, the percentage of respondents who are uncomfortable sharing personal information, regardless of the benefits, decreased from 2020 and is currently at 23% of respondents. And even further, the feeling that personalization makes it easier to find products of interest rose to 49%. However, in the privacy-centric environment of today, brands must execute these personalized experiences in a data-safe way. Brands that are able to do this are being rewarded with customer loyalty.

Additional insights from survey respondents include:

  • Brand reputation, personalization, and brand loyalty have all increased in importance from 2020 to 2021.
  • 88% of consumers view a brand’s products as having higher quality if they feel like the brand is listening to their needs.
  • 91% of consumers are slightly or significantly likely to make a repeat purchase if they feel a brand has listened.
  • 48% of people increased the amount they spent shopping online this year compared to this time last year.

STATS: CONSUMER SENTIMENT ABOUT COVID-19 RECOVERY IS IMPROVING ACCORDING TO A NEW NIELSEN STUDY

April 08, 2021 | Nielsen, More Consumers are Ready to Go and Pursuing Normal Activity

New York, NY -- April 7, 2020 -- Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) released the findings of a new study covering American consumer sentiment about COVID-19 and media usage. The study also includes insights about activities consumers engage in, health, schooling, employment, and transportation during the...

New York, NY -- April 7, 2020 -- Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) released the findings of a new study covering American consumer sentiment about COVID-19 and media usage. The study also includes insights about activities consumers engage in, health, schooling, employment, and transportation during the pandemic. Additionally, the study includes new data about vaccines, and how people get the things they buy. 
According to this consumer sentiment survey, consumers eighteen and older now show increased confidence with respect to consumer behavior.  The survey looked at three segments reflecting attitudes about the pandemic. People who are “Ready to Go,” those who “Proceed with Caution” and consumers who “Wait and See” when it comes to resuming normal behavior.  The Ready to Go segment peaked at 61% in the March 2021 survey compared with 34% in April 2020. The more pessimistic group of Wait and See consumers dropped to 9% in March 2021 compared with 29% a year ago.  
 
Other key consumer sentiments about recovery from the pandemic, 
  • 82% now say that stores that were closed have started to open again compared with only 40% in April of last year.
  • 64% agree that it is safer than it was a month ago, compared to 38% in April 2020.
  • 72% agree that their town is starting to emerge from the crisis versus 44% a year ago.
The study showed that heavy radio listeners are more likely to make big-ticket purchases within a year. Heavy radio listeners are 18% more likely to purchase or lease a new or used vehicle in the next year, and 64% are more likely to buy a house in the next twelve months, compared to total adults. 
“As Americans continue to navigate the pandemic, the future looks promising,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “Consumers are becoming more optimistic and resuming more normal activities, especially heavy radio listeners. AM/FM listeners are more likely to be out and about and spending more time in their vehicles.” 
Among the other findings from the study:
  • Vaccines
    • More than half (52%) have either gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, have an appointment to get vaccinated, or have registered to get it when eligible. These consumers are more likely to be male and tend to be older
    • One in four (26%) are uncertain about getting the vaccine and one in five do not intend to get vaccinated. Those who are uncertain or don’t plan to get the vaccine tend to be younger, female, and Hispanic.
  • Employment
    • Among the employed, two-thirds now work outside the home, up nearly 70% since April.
    • Workers at home due to COVID-19 declined by more than half since April 2020.
  • Transportation
    • All groups are using less public transportation due to COVID-19.
    • Those spending an hour or more in vehicles is up 150% since April, and heavy radio listeners are more likely to spend an hour or more in the car.
  • Schooling
    • In March, the number of children attending in-person classes exceeded those attending virtual-only classes.
    • Children of heavy radio listeners are more likely to attend in-person classes and less likely to attend virtual classes or be homeschooled.
    • Nine in ten say the radio is on during the drive to school.
  • Health and Doctor Visits
    • Significant levels of concern remain about the health implications of COVID-19, with 65% more concerned with the health of a family member of a close friend than their own health (53%). 
  • How Local Shopping Has Changed
    • Nearly 8 in 10 are now getting items delivered that they ordered online compared with 7 in 10 before the pandemic.  
    • Fewer are now getting items they buy in the store (72%) compared with prior to COVID-19 (78%).  That said, getting items purchased in-store is the second most frequent way people get the things they buy.  
    • More are now getting things they buy in new ways such as having items they bought in a store delivered to their home (38%), as well as in-store (38%) and curbside pick up (35%), compared with those who did so prior to the pandemic (15%, 27%, and 22% respectively).
    • Nearly 3 in 10 consumers expect to do more in-store shopping in the months ahead compared with the 11% who expect to do that less. This is a good sign for the local retail economy in the coming months. 
    • Consumers expect to do less in-store pick up, less curbside pickup, and less home delivery from local stores in the next year which suggests that fewer restrictions are likely to spark a return to more normal local shopping habits.   
About the Nielsen Survey
Nielsen conducted an online survey to gauge the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. The survey was administered online among a weighted sample of 1,009 adults 18+ in the U.S. between March 11-15th, 2021. Nielsen conducted similar surveys in April, May, June, and October 2020. 
About Nielsen
Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a leading global data and analytics company that provides a holistic and objective understanding of the media industry. With offerings spanning audience measurement, audience outcomes, and content, Nielsen offers its clients and partners simple solutions to complex questions and optimizes the value of their investments and growth strategies. It is the only company that can offer de-duplicated cross-media audience measurement. Audience is Everything™ to Nielsen and its clients, and Nielsen is committed to ensuring that every voice counts.
 

STATS: How COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point—and transformed business forever

April 08, 2021 | McKinsey

Across sectors, the results suggest that rates for developing digital products during the pandemic differ. Given the time frames for making manufacturing changes, the differences, not surprisingly, are more apparent between sectors with and without physical products than between B2B and B2C...

Across sectors, the results suggest that rates for developing digital products during the pandemic differ. Given the time frames for making manufacturing changes, the differences, not surprisingly, are more apparent between sectors with and without physical products than between B2B and B2C companies. Respondents in consumer packaged goods (CPG) and automotive and assembly, for example, report relatively low levels of change in their digital-product portfolios. By contrast, the reported increases are much more significant in healthcare and pharma, financial services, and professional services, where executives report a jump nearly twice as large as those reported in CPG companies.

The customer-facing elements of organizational operating models are not the only ones that have been affected. Respondents report similar accelerations in the digitization of their core internal operations (such as back-office, production, and R&D processes) and of interactions in their supply chains. Unlike customer-facing changes, the rate of adoption is consistent across regions.

Yet the speed with which respondents say their companies have responded to a range of COVID-19-related changes is, remarkably, even greater than their digitization across the business (Exhibit 3). We asked about 12 potential changes in respondents’ organizations and industries. For those that respondents have seen, we asked how long it took to execute them and how long that would have taken before the crisis. For many of these changes, respondents say, their companies acted 20 to 25 times faster than expected. In the case of remote working, respondents actually say their companies moved 40 times more quickly than they thought possible before the pandemic. Before then, respondents say it would have taken more than a year to implement the level of remote working that took place during the crisis. In actuality, it took an average of 11 days to implement a workable solution, and nearly all of the companies have stood up workable solutions within a few months.

When respondents were asked why their organizations didn’t implement these changes before the crisis, just over half say that they weren’t a top business priority. The crisis removed this barrier: only 14 percent of all respondents say a lack of leadership alignment hindered the actual implementation of these changes. Respondents at both B2B and consumer-facing companies most often cite a failure to prioritize as a barrier, but the responses to other challenges differ. Nearly one-third of B2B respondents say that fear of customer resistance to changes was a barrier, but only 24 percent of those in consumer-facing industries say this. After these two challenges, B2B executives most often cite organizational and technology issues: the required changes represented too big a shock to established ways of working, IT infrastructure was insufficient, or organizational silos impeded commitment to and execution of the required changes.

STATS: Delivering on Restaurant Rewards: March 2021

March 25, 2021 | Paytronix

45 percent: Share of independent restaurant customers’ total food spending that is made online. 16 percent: Portion of independent restaurant customers who have switched to ordering online since the pandemic began. 45 percent: Share of independent restaurant customers who would spend more...

45 percent: Share of independent restaurant customers’ total food spending that is made online.
16 percent: Portion of independent restaurant customers who have switched to ordering online since the pandemic began.
45 percent: Share of independent restaurant customers who would spend more if offered loyalty programs.

STATS: Power of Mobile Engagement for Loyalty

March 25, 2021 | Vibes Marketing

Loyalty programs have continued to expand year over year, now amassing 3.3 billion members in the United States. Today’s average consumer is a member of roughly 14 programs, but only active in 6. The current data trends point to a key differentiator in engaging consumers with a loyalty...

Loyalty programs have continued to expand year over year, now amassing 3.3 billion members in the United States. Today’s average consumer is a member of roughly 14 programs, but only active in 6. The current data trends point to a key differentiator in engaging consumers with a loyalty program: mobile.

STATS: Digital Consumer Trends Index 2021

March 23, 2021 | Cheetah Digital

Connecting on the right channel, with the right message, at the right time when it comes to driving sales, email outperforms other paid media by up to 92%.Once an afterthought, privacy is now as vital of a differentiator as price, product, and customer experience 52% of consumers think product...

Connecting on the right channel, with the right message, at the right time when it comes to driving sales, email outperforms other paid media by up to 92%.

Once an afterthought, privacy is now as vital of a differentiator as price, product, and customer experience 52% of consumers think product recommendations from cookie tracking or similar is creepy, and not cool.

The rise of the conscientious consumer means brands should choose wisely where they advertise 79% of consumers would rather brands invest in loyalty programs than advertise on Facebook.

Loyalty is about more than undercutting your competitors 64% of consumers are prepared to pay more to purchase from a trusted brand.
 

STATS: Massive Digital Acceleration By Business & Consumers During COVID-19 Likely To Drive America's Rapid Economic Resurgence, New Harris Poll Report Reveals

March 18, 2021 | PR Newswire

The Harris Poll report comes as vaccinations rise while cases fall, and nearly half of all Americans (45%) are confident that life in the United States will soon "return to normal". The COVID-19 vaccine seems to be having an immediate impact on future spending with (53%) of...

The Harris Poll report comes as vaccinations rise while cases fall, and nearly half of all Americans (45%) are confident that life in the United States will soon "return to normal". The COVID-19 vaccine seems to be having an immediate impact on future spending with (53%) of consumers and (61%) of households over $100k claiming the vaccine rollout has had at least "some influence" on how much they plan to spend in the coming months. In fact, (30%) of those households say they plan to spend more compared to last spring, and (28%) plan to spend more compared to this winter.

The increased optimism also points to an American economy that may be better suited to quickly transition from crisis to recovery thanks in part to a digitally-adapted American consumer who has relied on e-commerce to get basic essentials during the pandemic, and the rapid technological innovations made by business to meet their changing needs. While (47%) of Americans miss the experience of shopping in-store, over three-fourths (77%) say they are satisfied with online shopping. 

 

STATS: Most Americans Say Pandemic Has Made Them More Conscious Consumers

March 18, 2021 | Shopkick

New Shopkick survey compares consumer behavior, concerns and spending habits over the past 12 months  REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- March 15, 2021 -- One year ago, as COVID-19 lockdowns spread across the U.S., consumer anxiety was at an all-time high and 76 percent reported adjusting their...

New Shopkick survey compares consumer behavior, concerns and spending habits over the past 12 months
 
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- March 15, 2021 -- One year ago, as COVID-19 lockdowns spread across the U.S., consumer anxiety was at an all-time high and 76 percent reported adjusting their shopping habits as a result. Now, one year later, most consumers (57 percent) say the pandemic continues to impact how they shop.
 
According to a new Shopkick survey, the events of the past year resulted in significant changes in shopping behavior. For example, 68 percent of Americans claim the pandemic has made them more conscious consumers. Many are now supporting local or small businesses when possible (65 percent) and researching companies’ values and practices to ensure they align with their personal beliefs (39 percent), while others are supporting more BIPOC-owned businesses (11 percent) or foregoing online shopping (8 percent) and Amazon (8 percent) altogether. 
 
In an ongoing effort to support retail and brand partners with fresh insights, Shopkick, a leading shopping rewards app, surveyed more than 10,000 consumers across the country between March 5-7, 2021 to uncover current consumer behaviors and trends. The survey addressed in-store health precautions, ethical trends, channel preferences and more, and the findings have been compared to Shopkick’s March 2020 report.
 
Key Findings:
  • Americans still stocking up on the essentials. One year into the pandemic, nearly half (48 percent) of consumers report still stocking up on the essentials - a slight increase compared to 12 months ago (47 percent). Following last year’s trends, these items include toiletries (90 percent), food and water (79 percent), cleaning supplies (76 percent), hand sanitizer (72 percent), medicine and medical items (53 percent), and pet supplies (34 percent). And while 56 percent say they are spending about the same amount on essentials now compared to one year ago, 35 percent say they are actually spending more. 
  • Aisles finally looking fuller. In March 2020, nearly 100 percent of consumers noticed household essentials being out of stock on store shelves. As supply chains continue to recover from the initial shock of the pandemic, that number has now shrunk to 77 percent. However, the hardest items to obtain still include pandemic essentials like cleaning supplies (77 percent), toiletries (66 percent), and hand sanitizer (48 percent).
  • Brand loyalty continues to waver. While 85 percent of consumers reported not caring about brand names in March 2020, the number a year later has decreased, yet remains relatively high compared to pre-pandemic trends. Now, 61 percent say brand names still do not matter when making their purchasing decisions.
  • Consumers continue to take precautions in-store. As consumers continue to head in-store to get their essentials, nearly 90 percent say they are taking certain safety precautions (86 percent in March 2021 vs. 85 percent in March 2020). The majority of consumers are disinfecting their hands and shopping carts (86 percent), using debit/credit cards to avoid handling cash (70 percent), using self-checkout (66 percent), and shopping at slower times (65 percent).
  • Online shopping picks up steam. As Americans become increasingly accustomed to spending more time at home and retailers continue to expand their ecommerce capabilities, one in two (51 percent) consumers now say they are shopping online more frequently as compared to the start of the pandemic, with 84 percent planning to continue shopping online in the future. However, most consumers say high shipping costs (67 percent) and extended delivery dates (51 percent) caused by this uptick in popularity have led them to abandon online shopping carts in the past year.
  • Shopping as an event. With much of the past year spent at home, 44 percent of consumers now view in-store shopping as an event and something to look forward to. For those who feel the opposite, reasons vary from viewing shopping as: something done for a specific purpose (45 percent), a stressful event (23 percent), and a nuisance (20 percent). 
 
"A year later, we are still learning how consumer behavior is evolving. Whether shoppers are  shifting to conscious consumerism or continuing to stockpile and undertake safety precautions, we are committed to keeping brands and retailers informed at every stage of the pandemic," said David Fisch, general manager of Shopkick. “It has become clear that this new retail reality requires keeping a much more frequent pulse on consumers’ needs and expectations, especially as brand loyalty continues to waver."
 

STATS: Annual Restaurant Gift Card Sales

February 04, 2021 | Paytronix

The number of restaurant gift cards sold across service types fell 31.8% year over year.QSRs were the ultimate victors in 2020, capturing upwards of 60% of the restaurant gift card market. More than 45% of restaurant gift cards sold in 2020 were sold during the holiday season. In-store...

  • The number of restaurant gift cards sold across service types fell 31.8% year over year.
  • QSRs were the ultimate victors in 2020, capturing upwards of 60% of the restaurant gift card market. 
  • More than 45% of restaurant gift cards sold in 2020 were sold during the holiday season. 
  • In-store sales realized the smallest decline in number of cards sold of any sales channel in 2020. 

STATS: BlueJeans By Verizon

January 28, 2021 | Verizon Wireless

More than half (52.6%) of consumers are buying households good online, and 50.3% are buying clothing onlineOnly 20.6% of consumers report buying groceries online Those in the “young family” age range (26-45) reported the highest rate of online grocery shopping at 28.6%Only one...

  • More than half (52.6%) of consumers are buying households good online, and 50.3% are buying clothing online
  • Only 20.6% of consumers report buying groceries online
    • Those in the “young family” age range (26-45) reported the highest rate of online grocery shopping at 28.6%
  • Only one quarter (25.5%) of consumers are buying everything online
    • West Coast = 28.7% vs. North East = 21.8%
  •  While the majority of consumers have yet to test out a virtual shopping consultation, nearly one third (30.9%) say they would consider it

STATS: Beyond Words: How We Communicated in 2020

January 21, 2021 | Grammarly

Customer experience teams need to tackle more diverse challenges. Businesses and customer experience (CX) teams must be adaptable in 2021, prepared to tackle new challenges as a result of COVID-19. Customers have less time and declining confidence since the onset of the pandemic, and CX leaders...

Customer experience teams need to tackle more diverse challenges. Businesses and customer experience (CX) teams must be adaptable in 2021, prepared to tackle new challenges as a result of COVID-19. Customers have less time and declining confidence since the onset of the pandemic, and CX leaders need to ensure their largely remote teams have the skills and knowledge to address changing customer needs. A key to this is building and training teams as diverse as the challenges they’ll face. Leaders need to prepare their teams to face unforeseen challenges head-on and protect their team’s resilience while delivering consistent experiences in key channels while working remotely. 

STATS: Best Practices for Customer Communication Based on 2020 Trends

January 21, 2021 | Grammarly

Focus on delivery and engagementGrammarly users care about more than grammar and spelling or clarity of writing during complex times. People used Grammarly’s engagement and delivery features more in 2020, reflected by a 77 percent increase in interacting with engagement suggestions and a 98...

  1. Focus on delivery and engagement
    1. Grammarly users care about more than grammar and spelling or clarity of writing during complex times. People used Grammarly’s engagement and delivery features more in 2020, reflected by a 77 percent increase in interacting with engagement suggestions and a 98 percent increase in delivery suggestions—almost double the rate of 2019. For business teams, this trend shows that customers need more than proper spelling and grammar. Customers care about how things are said and want engaging messages that capture and keep their attention. The delivery of communication conveys more information beyond the literal meaning of the words used, which is especially important outside of in-person interactions where we can rely on facial expressions and voice.
  2. Practice empathy and personalize communication
    1. Formal writing decreased in 2020, while informal writing increased. Grammarly users wrote more casually in the fall, as formal writing decreased 92 percent compared to January. This drop in formality reflects how connection and a human touch became important factors for customer-facing teams. Sixty-eight percent of customers expect companies to demonstrate empathy, and that was especially true this year. However, only 34 percent of that same group believe that companies deliver that empathy. There’s an opportunity for customer-facing teams to practice empathy and personalize the customer experience to connect with customers and strengthen brand loyalty. Grammarly Business can deliver highly customized suggestions through a style guide feature. A company-wide style guide can help customer teams avoid both internal jargon that customers won’t understand and overly formal or generic language that feels impersonal.
  3. Offer reassurance and solutions
    1. Grammarly users expressed a general loss of confidence over the year. By November, aggregate data showed a 43 percent decrease in the monthly average use of confident tone than in January. Between an economic downturn, uncertainty around the pandemic, not to mention a contentious U.S. election, it comes as no surprise that Grammarly users experienced a drop in confidence when communicating with others. With high unpredictability across personal, work, and academic life, Grammarly offered users suggestions to remove hedging language. Customer-facing teams that want to reassure customers and sound more confident can lean on Grammarly to check tone when responding to emails, social media comments, and customer resolutions.
  4. Other notable trends for customer-facing teams
    1. 2020 was a year marked by influential global events, and the data indicated that writing sentiment was affected by these major events. In the early days of the pandemic, writing became more informative and less optimistic.
    2. Grammarly’s product also observed shifts in several emotional tones in writing as the Black Lives Matter movement sparked protests at the start of summer. While data indicated an astounding 1286 percent increase in the anxious tone and a 258 percent increase in the gloomy tone, there was also a 210 percent increase in the curious tone, 241 percent increase in the optimistic tone, and a 628 percent increase in the empathetic tone during this time.
    3. In the fall, with the U.S. election and a “second wave” of COVID-19 cases looming, Grammarly data correlated with further shifts in tone—capturing a 50 percent increase in direct tone, a 47 percent increase curious tone, and a 66 percent increase in empathetic tone.
    4. Businesses should consider recent customer sentiment and how it’s been impacted by major events. Teams looking to connect with customers as we head into another uncertain year should focus on customer feedback, conduct research where possible, and seek a greater understanding of their customers’ needs. Companies leveraging Grammarly Business in their customer communication channels are able to increase customer satisfaction by up to 17 percent and resolve issues more quickly, as much as 12 percent reduction in contact per ticket.

STATS: Redefining CX for a new era

January 21, 2021 | Zendesk

Average weekly support requests are up 20 percent since the start of the pandemic. 65% of customers want to buy from companies that offer quick and easy online transactions. 49%of customers gave Amazon the highest marks for service. 75% of customers are willing to spend more to buy from...

Average weekly support requests are up 20 percent since the start of the pandemic.
65% of customers want to buy from companies that offer quick and easy online transactions.
49%of customers gave Amazon the highest marks for service.
75% of customers are willing to spend more to buy from companies that give them a good customer experience.
63% of CX managers say their company prioritizes CX more than a year ago.
50% will switch to a competitor after one bad experience.
80% will switch to a competitor after more than one bad experiences.
49% want agents to be empathetic​.
54% want to buy from companies that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in their communities and workplaces​.
63% want to buy from companies that are socially responsible.
31% of customers bought from a new company in 2020 and 84% plan to keep buying from them​.
64% of customers used a new support channel in 2020 and 73% plan to keep using it​.
45% over embedded messaging​.
31% over social messaging apps​.
20% over text/SMS​.
50% of teams have gone fully remote.
36% laid people off​.
68% of agents reported feeling overwhelmed​.
40% of managers don’t have the right analytics tools to measure success for remote teams​.
46% of agents don’t have the right tools to work successfully from home​.
70% of companies are looking to invest in new ways to engage employees​.
60% of companies now have access to developer resources (a 30% increase over the previous year), which means that teams can customize their support solutions to help teams work smarter.​
60% of company leaders say their company has plans to give employees more WFH flexibility​.
50% say that digital adoption has accelerated by 1-3 years​.
25% say it’s accelerated by 4-7 years​.
35% plan to invest more in adding service across channels​.
29% plan to invest more in agile technologies​.
27% plan to invest more in the digital workspace.​

 

STATS: Formation's Ultimate Guide to Measuring Customer Loyalty Offers

December 23, 2020 | Formation

In our recent "Brand Loyalty 2020" survey, 58% percent of consumers said they are more loyal to brands than they were five years ago.1 But they're more selective too, with 63% indicating they belong to only one to three programs. Plus, more than three-quarters of consumers believe...

In our recent "Brand Loyalty 2020" survey, 58% percent of consumers said they are more loyal to brands than they were five years ago.1 But they're more selective too, with 63% indicating they belong to only one to three programs.

Plus, more than three-quarters of consumers believe brands could be doing more to earn their loyalty.

STATS: Beyond The Fun, How Gamification Adds Science to Your Customer Loyalty

December 23, 2020 | Formation

Keeping an existing customer costs 5x less than acquiring a new one. Loyal customers also deliver a greater lifetime value (LTV), of as much as 10x their first purchase. And they drive revenue; nearly half of an eCommerce store’s revenue is created by only 8% of their most loyal...

Keeping an existing customer costs 5x less than acquiring a new one. Loyal customers also deliver a greater lifetime value (LTV), of as much as 10x their first purchase. And they drive revenue; nearly half of an eCommerce store’s revenue is created by only 8% of their most loyal customers.

STATS: A Guide To Building Customer-Centric Loyalty Programs: 16 Actionable Strategies

December 23, 2020 | Comarch

If products are unavailable, 41% consumers said they would turn to less familiar brands as options. However, some of the consumers surveyed said they would stick with their brand preferences, which proves that customer loyalty is not dead. Nearly 70% of consumers agree their loyalty is more...

If products are unavailable, 41% consumers said they would turn to less familiar brands as options. However, some of the consumers surveyed said they would stick with their brand preferences, which proves that customer loyalty is not dead.

Nearly 70% of consumers agree their loyalty is more difficult for a retailer to maintain than ever before, while 88% agree retailers could do more to earn their long-term loyalty.

STATS: Rebates Engage Report | Research and Real World Examples to Help Brands Better Engage With Consumers

December 23, 2020 | Prizelogic

According to the Promotion Marketing Association, 75.4% of consumers said they were more likely to make a purchase if a rebate is offered. In the Rebates Engage Report, we surveyed over 1,000 US consumers to gain insight into rebate program participation and how brands can create more effective...

According to the Promotion Marketing Association, 75.4% of consumers said they were more likely to make a purchase if a rebate is offered. In the Rebates Engage Report, we surveyed over 1,000 US consumers to gain insight into rebate program participation and how brands can create more effective rebate programs.

STATS: Brand Loyalty Hinges On Emotional Connections

December 22, 2020 | The Lacek Company

A recent Accenture Strategy global survey of 30,000 consumers demonstrates that nearly two-thirds of consumers want companies to take a visible stand on widely relevant social concerns—such as sustainability and fair employment practices. Given that dominant consumer perspective...

A recent Accenture Strategy global survey of 30,000 consumers demonstrates that nearly two-thirds of consumers want companies to take a visible stand on widely relevant social concerns—such as sustainability and fair employment practices. Given that dominant consumer perspective, making sure a brand’s loyalty program signals and celebrates its values should be a priority.

According to a 2019 report from Deloitte Digital, 60 percent of loyal customers use emotional terms to describe their favorite brands—using words like happylove, and adore.

Brands that embrace and remain true to their values cultivate consumer loyalty by inviting customers into their mission. Connecting with consumers through a sense of shared purpose builds connections that endure long after the glow of cash savings has faded.

Loyalty is driven by emotion—be it loyalty to friends, family, a cause, or a nation. Brands can tap into that emotional drive by structuring a loyalty program that reflects their purpose and helps consumers use their brand transactions to make some corner of the world a little better for someone else.

STATS: Loyalty Management Market - Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

December 22, 2020 | Research and Markets

- The global loyalty management market was valued at USD 3226.76 million in 2019, and is expected to reach a value of USD 11442.24 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 23.3% over the forecast period (2020-2025) - Loyalty management is adopted by key companies across various industry verticals, whose...

- The global loyalty management market was valued at USD 3226.76 million in 2019, and is expected to reach a value of USD 11442.24 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 23.3% over the forecast period (2020-2025)

- Loyalty management is adopted by key companies across various industry verticals, whose primary focus is on client retention and further building of sustainable customer relationships

- In the United States, there are over 200 subscription video-on-demand platforms, and in order to set themselves apart, these companies are turning to unique loyalty rewards programs

- In a shift from product-centric strategies, businesses across major industry verticals are gradually shifting toward customer-centric approaches

STATS: SMB Digital Resilience

December 14, 2020 | Moxtra

According to the report, in 2020, there was a 30% increase in consumers who said digital capabilities are a primary requirement when searching for a small service provider.Also, 66% of respondents said the pandemic has made them more likely to use small businesses in the future.Additionally, 84...

  • According to the report, in 2020, there was a 30% increase in consumers who said digital capabilities are a primary requirement when searching for a small service provider.

  • Also, 66% of respondents said the pandemic has made them more likely to use small businesses in the future.

  • Additionally, 84% of small business customers said they would consider seeking an alternative provider if digital capabilities were lacking.

  • However, 63% of overall respondents said that the number of digital tools and technologies their company uses makes some tasks more complex.

  • 89% of small business customers agreed that it was important to be able to reach out digitally to a small business instead of scheduling an appointment or phone call

  • 40% of consumers said digital capabilities were a primary requirement when searching for a small- sized service provider before COVID-19.

  • Now, 52% of consumers say digital capabilities are a primary requirement when searching for a small service provider — a 30% increase during the pandemic.

STATS: Shift In Employee Rewards Amidst More Lockdowns

November 13, 2020 | Blackhawk Network

A new report found that 40% of employees anticipate getting a holiday gift from their employer—and digital-friendly, contactless rewards will be favored. Enter physical and digital gift cards, which can both be uploaded to mobile wallets, redeemed online and spent in-store for optimal...

A new report found that 40% of employees anticipate getting a holiday gift from their employer—and digital-friendly, contactless rewards will be favored. Enter physical and digital gift cards, which can both be uploaded to mobile wallets, redeemed online and spent in-store for optimal flexibility.

The brand new research reveals 82% percent of employees would like to receive a gift card from their employer as a holiday gift. Gift cards are preferred employee gifts because they:

  • allow employees to choose what they want (76%)
  • can be delivered physically or digitally (46%)
  • can be re-gifted (29%)

STATS: Marketers Say They Need a Custom Platform to Deliver Expected ROI

September 30, 2020 | Merkle

Merkle (www.merkleinc.com), a leading technology-enabled, data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company, released its Q3 2020 Customer Engagement Report. The report explores the modern marketing technology platform, how it is implemented, and how marketers feel their platforms...

Merkle (www.merkleinc.com), a leading technology-enabled, data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company, released its Q3 2020 Customer Engagement Report. The report explores the modern marketing technology platform, how it is implemented, and how marketers feel their platforms deliver engaging customer experiences. Merkle’s research also explores the balance of real-time versus relevant-time activations of data.

The research shows that marketers are generally happy with their current platforms and latest purchases, but many may not be using them to their full potential. 78% of marketers said their current platform is delivering expected ROI, but later 68% stated they need to build a custom platform
 
Additional findings include:

  • 90% of marketers realize the significance of real-time data, but fewer put it into practice today
  • 25% of marketers have a distributed streaming platform leveraged throughout the enterprise
  • 78% say current platform is delivering expected ROI
  • 89% say current martech enables omni-channel experience
  • 70% of Health, Retail Consumer Goods, and High-Tech respondents prefer a best best-of of-breed approach to implementing martech 

STATS: Consumers Buy from Brands They Have an Emotional Connection To

September 30, 2020 | Iterable

Emotions are the hidden motivations behind consumers’ purchase decisions. And including a person’s name in an email is no longer enough of a “personal touch.” According to a new survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers’ holiday shopping preferences, published this...

Emotions are the hidden motivations behind consumers’ purchase decisions. And including a person’s name in an email is no longer enough of a “personal touch.” According to a new survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers’ holiday shopping preferences, published this morning by growth marketing company Iterable, 83% of respondents are more likely to purchase from a brand they have an emotional connection to. This will be a key consideration for retail brands as we approach the holiday shopping season.  
 
Other key data points from the study include: 
  • Consumers look to brand CEOs: Three-fourths (77%) agree that statements made by a brand’s leadership have the power to influence their purchasing decision.
  • A majority of shoppers aren’t looking forward to holiday shopping amidst the pandemic: Over one-third (36%) of respondents said the pandemic impacted their attitude toward holiday shopping “somewhat negatively,” and 27% reported feeling “very negatively” toward the shopping season. 
  • No “hard sells” for younger consumers: Straight-forward product descriptions won’t cut it for Gen Z, as 32% prefer an “empathetic and comforting” promotional tone.
  • Value-driven brands have gained importance: 16% of consumers are most likely to purchase from a brand they feel would align with their values. 
  • Consumers choose emotional connections, if they can afford to: More than 50% of those making more than $100,000 said they are “much more likely” to make a purchase when they connect with a brand, whereas the majority of those earning less said it makes them just “somewhat more likely.”

STATS: Research Highlights Increasing Importance of Digital During Holiday Season

September 11, 2020 | SMG

Nearly 10,000 respondents helped retail brands understand consumer expectations and prepare for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Here are three key themes from the research:   1. Financial concerns are looming – Although 58 percent of respondents are concerned about...

Nearly 10,000 respondents helped retail brands understand consumer expectations and prepare for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Here are three key themes from the research:
 
1. Financial concerns are looming – Although 58 percent of respondents are concerned about their financial situation due to the pandemic, 59 percent of respondents indicated they plan to spend about the same on holiday gift shopping as they did last year, and 20 percent indicated they plan to spend more. To quantify holiday spending, respondents were asked how much they plan to spend: 47 percent of respondents plan to spend $499 or less on holiday gifts whereas 24 percent plan to spend more than $1,000.
 
2. Value will be key this shopping season – Despite the ongoing financial concerns created by the pandemic, 91 percent of respondents plan to shop for others this holiday season, with 31 percent of respondents shopping for 10 or more people. When asked about the most important factor when deciding where to shop for holiday gifts, nearly one third of respondents chose value for the money (32 percent), followed by selection of merchandise (14 percent) and convenience (12 percent). The four most popular types of gifts selected were clothes (63 percent), gift cards (56 percent), electronics (51 percent) and toys (49 percent). The least popular gifts were experiences (16 percent), fitness (12 percent) and automotive (8 percent).
 
3.  Holiday shopping will start early and be dominated by digital – When you consider the double-digit growth of digital holiday sales in 2019 and how the pandemic is impacting the in-store experience, it’s not surprising that 3 in 4 respondents plan to do most of their holiday shopping online this year. When asked to compare the timing of their holiday shopping to last year, 42 percent of respondents said they’ll start shopping earlier. With 61 percent of respondents planning to do most of their shopping before Thanksgiving, we found just 15 percent of respondents plan to stock up on Black Friday and only seven percent plan to take advantage of Cyber Monday. When we compare the timing of the two groups of shoppers, 62 percent of online shoppers plan to start shopping earlier whereas 44 percent of in-store shoppers indicate they’ll take advantage of Black Friday sales or do most of their shopping in December.
 

STATS: The Importance of Loyalty as Businesses Re-Emerge From the Pandemic

September 10, 2020 | Merkle

Merkle has released a special edition of its annual Loyalty Barometer Report. The updated report reveals the importance of loyalty as businesses re-emerge from the pandemic. Highlights include:The #1 cause of dissatisfaction with loyalty programs is the time it takes to earn a reward.35% of...

Merkle has released a special edition of its annual Loyalty Barometer Report. The updated report reveals the importance of loyalty as businesses re-emerge from the pandemic. Highlights include:

  • The #1 cause of dissatisfaction with loyalty programs is the time it takes to earn a reward.
  • 35% of consumers would like to be able to unlock additional features or utilize tools to find the right product.
  • 85% of consumers would like to be able to select the benefits and rewards they receive.
  • 59% of consumers indicate that the most important way a brand can interact with them is through surprise offers and gifts.
  • Baby Boomers are most interested in writing online reviews, taking surveys, or attending an event. They are less likely to engage in social media or download an app.
  • Millennials and Gen Z enjoy competition and achievement. 35% want badges as a feature and 27% want leaderboards as a feature.
  • Gen Z prefers community-focused program aspects. 22% want access to a community of like-minded people and 19% want to compete against other members.

STATS: America’s New Shopping Routine: Stocking Up and Spending Less

August 04, 2020 | ShopKick

Household essentials have been flying off the shelves since the pandemic first hit in March, and months later, most consumers are still stocking their pantries. More people (59 percent) are stocking up now as compared to June ...

Household essentials have been flying off the shelves since the pandemic first hit in March, and months later, most consumers are still stocking their pantries. More people (59 percent) are stocking up now as compared to June (53 percent), purchasing items such as food and water (87 percent), toiletries (81 percent), cleaning supplies (68 percent), hand sanitizer and soap (65 percent), medicine and/or medical items (48 percent) and animal supplies (37 percent).

As the economic impact of COVID-19 continues to affect consumers’ budgets, the majority (54 percent) say they are now spending less than at the start of the pandemic, compared to only 26 percent who reported decreased spending in June. When asked to compare spending to this time last year, 62 percent say they are spending less.

With more widespread reopenings, 89 percent of consumers say non-essential retailers have reopened in their local area (compared to 70 percent in June), while more than half (52 percent) have already visited these retailers (compared to 37 percent in June). Of those who have visited non-essential retailers, 58 percent have hit apparel, shoe and accessories stores, followed by restaurants and bars (55 percent), and beauty stores (39 percent).

For those who have not visited reopened retailers yet (48 percent), 65 percent say they plan to wait more than one month to visit, a 20 percent increase over June.

Across five states experiencing particularly high spikes of the virus, an average of 92 percent of consumers say they or a member of their household is still visiting physical retailers to fulfill essential shopping needs. On average, nearly three out of four consumers (74 percent) from these states are taking one to two shopping trips per week, which is either about the same or less often than one month ago.

As these states experience greater numbers of COVID cases, rates for stocking up on essentials are generally higher than the national average. While Californians match the national numbers (59 percent) more Floridians, Georgians and Texans report stocking up (64 percent, 62 percent and 60 percent, respectively), while Arizonians actually report slightly lower rates (55 percent).

Most Georgians and Floridians are visiting grocery stores to purchase essentials (91 percent and 87 percent, respectively). Meanwhile, Arizonians, Californians and Texans (85 percent, 84 percent and 86 percent, respectively) are more likely to head to big box stores like Target and Walmart.

Arizonians and Californians are most likely to visit restaurants and bars once they reopen in their local area (50 percent and 51 percent, respectively), while Georgians are most likely to visit apparel and shoe stores (60 percent). Meanwhile, Floridians and Texans are nearly equally split between wanting to visit restaurants and bars (45 percent and 42 percent, respectively) or apparel and shoe stores (44 percent and 45 percent, respectively).

STATS: IMPACT ON FUTURE PURCHASES FROM COVID-19

July 16, 2020 | AMC Global + Opinion Route

Consumers predict that some changes in behavior will continue after the pandemic is considered over. Seventy-three percent expect to continue eating more home cooked meals, and 62% expect to continue improving cooking skills...

Consumers predict that some changes in behavior will continue after the pandemic is considered over. Seventy-three percent expect to continue eating more home cooked meals, and 62% expect to continue improving cooking skills and eating more fresh ingredients. Only 22% predict that increased “pandemic snacking” will continue.

Loyalty may be stronger for toilet paper, while 57% had to purchase something outside of their typical brand during COVID-19, 49% will return to their original brand.

During the pandemic, 60% percent of consumers purchased food brands not typically used before—only 21% predict they will return exclusively to their original food brand; 54% tried something new for cleaning with 33% planning to return exclusively to their original cleaning brands. Many expect the future to include a mix of both newly tried and usual brands after COVID-19 (72% food, 55% cleaning).

STATS: SURVEY REPORT:Americans’ Digital Banking & Consumer Behavior Shifts in the Era of COVID-19

July 01, 2020 | Company Name

12% will only use contactless payment going forward 23% say they will rely more on same-day ordering with curbside pickup 37% believe they will purchase more items online or through an app 12% of consumers who subscribe to...

12% will only use contactless payment going forward
23% say they will rely more on same-day ordering with curbside pickup
37% believe they will purchase more items online or through an app
12% of consumers who subscribe to meal-kits are new to the service, in response to the pandemic
21% are new users of food delivery apps, in response to the pandemic
37% have ordered groceries online for the first time in response to the pandemic
23% of new investment app users are women
18% of new personal finance app users are over age 55
34% of new cryptocurrency users are between the ages of 18–24
11% have begun using mobile payment apps for the first time due to the pandemic
5% are new direct deposit users in response to the pandemic
15% have used mobile checking for the first time in response to the pandemic

STATS: The Future of Marketing: Relevance + Value

July 01, 2020 | Formation

3 steps to implement and scale with FormationStep 1: Understand customers individually...

3 steps to implement and scale with Formation

Step 1: Understand customers individually
Developing a holistic view of each customer may seem like a daunting task, as it will involve integrating data from all of that person’s interactions across all of a brand’s touchpoints and data sources

Step 2: Build and automate dynamic offer templates
Once marketers have mapped transaction data and identified the most valuable customer behaviors, it’s time to build their dynamic offer templates. These are variable templates where every aspect of the offer can be individualized

Step 3: Experiment and optimize while scaling
Formation is designed to get offers to market quickly not only for efficiency, but to allow marketers to learn as they scale.

STATS: How Has COVID-19 Changed Marketing?

June 30, 2020 | Merkle

In addition, marketers are better prepared from a technical perspective with 41% feeling “significantly better,” while 51% feel they are “a little better” prepared from a strategic perspective...

In addition, marketers are better prepared from a technical perspective with 41% feeling “significantly better,” while 51% feel they are “a little better” prepared from a strategic perspective. Marketers also report preparedness for re-opening in the form of plans for getting “back to normal,” with 95% of marketers having a plan for a national lockdown exit, and 62% having multiple sets of plans.
Looking ahead, the report shows that marketers are optimistically prepared for the possibility of future stay-at-home orders with about 80% of respondents stating that they are better positioned to continue operating business as usual should stay-at-home orders continue.
Additionally, 74% of marketers have changed their approach to content developed for consumers and an overwhelming 96% of respondents state that their organizations will continue with their recent customer marketing innovations once the crisis is over.
Over 90% of respondents indicate that they are reassessing historical practices to eliminate under-performing activities or campaigns. Marketers have also been using this time to cut waste in their marketing programs, with 67% implementing new programs to improve first-party data capture, and 57% investing more in existing programs.

STATS: Customer Loyalty, Technology, and Impacts of COVID-19

June 24, 2020 | Company Name

46% of brand members responded that they have realized strategic/ programmatic opportunities in their customer loyalty/CX offering they would like to address. 65% of brands had plans to make program changes or updates pre...

46% of brand members responded that they have realized strategic/ programmatic opportunities in their customer loyalty/CX offering they would like to address.
65% of brands had plans to make program changes or updates pre-COVID-19 that are now on hold
73% of respondents said their brand has experienced a shift in the allocation of marketing/technology spend due to COVID-19
Over a quarter of respondents (27 percent) said that their current technology offering precludes their brand from making required changes needed for their customer loyalty/CX program
Brands are looking to address a wide range of opportunities, but the most mentioned were: 50% extending status/point exploration, 50% increased personalization, 43% different reward options
Over half of brand member respondents (54%) said that as a result of COVID-19, their brand has realized technical opportunities in their customer loyalty/CX offering they would like to address.

STATS: Research: Americans Prefer Digital Incentives, Especially for Speedy Delivery and Online Use

May 19, 2020 | Company Name

90% agree that it’s “a good reward for their hard work.” 78% agree that it keeps them motivated to work harder. 77% agree that it makes the feel their company cares about them. 65% agree that digital...

90% agree that it’s “a good reward for their hard work.”
78% agree that it keeps them motivated to work harder.
77% agree that it makes the feel their company cares about them.
65% agree that digital incentives are better than other kinds of recognition.
81% completely or somewhat agree that a digital incentives would make them more likely to do business with that company in the future.
80% completely or somewhat agree that it would spur a brand recommendation to family or friends.
74% completely or somewhat agree that it increases loyalty to the company.
64% would be encouraged to shop online when they wouldn’t otherwise.
60% would lead them to make purchases they wouldn’t make otherwise.
When given the option, 52% of respondents chose digital incentives over plastic prepaid so they could receive their reward faster.
72% of digital incentive recipients report high levels of satisfaction adding the cards to a digital wallet.
63% of respondents report wanting to receive digital incentives to make online purchases.
There is also notable interest in digital incentives among mobile wallet users, regardless of how they are categorized generationally, based on their lifestyle preferences—evidenced by the fact that 59% of digital incentive users surveyed have a mobile wallet.
Gen Z employees surveyed are 150% more likely than Baby Boomer respondents to want a digital incentives from an employer; millennials are 140% more likely than Baby Boomers.
Gen Z and millennial respondents are each 120% more likely than Baby Boomers to want to receive a digital incentive from a business as a special offer or promotion.
Overall, 72% of respondents are highly satisfied with receiving digital incentives as a payment, incentive or rebate.

STATS: The Definitive Guide to Premium Loyalty

April 29, 2020 | Company Name

Loyal customers are 5x more likely to make a repeat purchase and 4x more likely to refer the brand to others. Eighty percent of executives feel their brand understands the needs and desires of their consumers; only 15% of...

Loyal customers are 5x more likely to make a repeat purchase and 4x more likely to refer the brand to others.
Eighty percent of executives feel their brand understands the needs and desires of their consumers; only 15% of consumers agree.
Nearly three in four customers (73%) are likely to invest in a retailer’s premium loyalty program if they already belong to that retailer’s free loyalty program.
86% of consumers would choose retailers with premium loyalty programs they belong to over other retailers. This is even higher at 90% for millennials.
And 84% of consumers are likely to recommend a retailer to friends or family when the retailer offers a premium loyalty program with valuable benefits.
80% of millennials would be willing to join a premium loyalty program if their favorite retailers offered them and the benefits were valuable.
87% of consumers who are satisfied with the special benefits offered by a retailer’s paid loyalty program will likely choose that retailer over a competitor that is offering a lower price.
No matter the category, if the value is there, customers will gladly sign up and pay to be members of premium loyalty programs. They perceive these programs as “paying for themselves”

STATS: The Digital Experience Playbook

April 22, 2020 | Qualtrics

Setting up a world-class digital experience program to do that is a 3-phased approach: 1 Track & Diagnose 2 Optimize through Journey deep dives 3 Activate & Transform 92% of people who gave a high score for &lsquo...

Setting up a world-class digital experience program to do that is a 3-phased approach: 1 Track & Diagnose 2 Optimize through Journey deep dives 3 Activate & Transform
92% of people who gave a high score for ‘emotion’ said they were more likely to purchase more from that company.

STATS: Supporting Customer Service Through the Coronavirus Crisis

April 08, 2020 | Harvard Business Review

In just two weeks, the average company in our study saw the percentage of calls scored as “difficult” more than double from a typical level of 10% to more than 20%. Issues related to the pandemic — from...

In just two weeks, the average company in our study saw the percentage of calls scored as “difficult” more than double from a typical level of 10% to more than 20%. Issues related to the pandemic — from unexpected travel cancellations to appeals for bill payment extensions and disputes over insurance coverage — dramatically increased the level of customer emotion and anxiety in service calls, making a job that is hard for reps on a normal day far more challenging.

One company in our study saw financial hardship-related calls, among the most difficult for reps to handle, increase 2.5 times in the span of a week.

Another big contributor is the fact that reps — most working from home for the first time — now find themselves without the infrastructure (like a reliable phone connection) or support (peers and managers available to lend a hand) they once enjoyed in the contact center. As a result, they may struggle more than usual to help customers. For instance, we measured a massive uptick in instances of both customers and reps saying, “I can’t understand you,” and some companies in our study saw hold times balloon by as much as 34 percent and escalations (calls sent up the chain of command) skyrocket more than 68 percent.

For one company in our study, difficult interactions had only a 6% chance of resulting in a cross-sell or up-sell, compared with a more than 80% chance that an easy interaction would. And, among customers threatening to defect, those who had had a difficult interaction had less than a 4% chance of accepting the company’s “save offer” (a promotion to entice them to stay) as compared to a 20% probability for customers whose interactions were scored as easy.

STATS: Yotpo Survey of Consumers Pinpoints Changing Online Shopping Behaviors and Priorities Amidst Global Coronavirus Crisis

March 25, 2020 | Yotpo

At the time the survey was conducted, 65% of shoppers using Amazon said they couldn't get everything (32.75%) or anything (32.25%) they really needed from the retailer. Less than a week later, it was reported that Amazon Prime delays reached the one-month mark, leaving consumers scrambling to...

At the time the survey was conducted, 65% of shoppers using Amazon said they couldn't get everything (32.75%) or anything (32.25%) they really needed from the retailer. Less than a week later, it was reported that Amazon Prime delays reached the one-month mark, leaving consumers scrambling to find other online options to get the essentials they need.

STATS: The US Customer Experience Index, 2020 How Brands Build Loyalty With The Quality Of Their Experience

March 02, 2020 | Company Name

Additionally, nine industries improved their score averages, and the number of brands with good scores jumped 3 percentage points to 20%, the largest gain in five years. The top 5% of brands that scored the highest across industries in their regions — the CX elite — include Lexus...

Additionally, nine industries improved their score averages, and the number of brands with good scores jumped 3 percentage points to 20%, the largest gain in five years. The top 5% of brands that scored the highest across industries in their regions — the CX elite — include Lexus, Lincoln, Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, and Zappos.com.
27% of brands improved their CX Index scores over the past year, a significant jump compared to previous years marked by minimal gains.

STATS: COVID-19 AND WHY IT’S DRIVING THE NEED TO PIVOT: A SNAPSHOT RESEARCH REPORT

March 02, 2020 | Company Name

Stress and anxiety due to COVID-19 appears to impact our younger respondents differently depending on age (figure 14). More than 65% of Millennials (25-34, 35-44) reported feeling stressed, and that figure jumped to almost 90% for Gen Z (18-24). This finding aligns with known influences for these...

Stress and anxiety due to COVID-19 appears to impact our younger respondents differently depending on age (figure 14). More than 65% of Millennials (25-34, 35-44) reported feeling stressed, and that figure jumped to almost 90% for Gen Z (18-24). This finding aligns with known influences for these generations— younger workers tend to have less security (both job-based and financial) and typically are under more pressure to quickly adapt to more tools and technology while working from home.
Digital service usage has been skyrocketing since the onset of COVID-19. We looked more closely at usage across nine digital service categories and five generation segments. Unsurprisingly, more than 50% of Millennial and Gen-Z respondents said that, on average, they have used digital services more frequently in the past few months. 
Despite the burnout reported by many, more than 60% of employed respondents still expressed interest in working from home after COVID-19, and nearly 90% give their employers a passing grade on the amount of support they’ve offered. This may suggest that the stress that leads to burnout relates more to unmet technology needs that facilitate working from home. It might also indicate that stressors from other, non-workrelated aspects of consumers’ lives are affecting work/life balance and job satisfaction. It may take a while to fully analyze the many nuanced variables influencing people’s perceptions and feelings, but one thing is clear – now that they know it’s possible, people would like more work-from-home opportunities.
Since the onset of COVID-19, 14% of respondents lost their full-time employment status, primarily being forced to transition to either part-time employment or unemployment (figure 9). Regardless of employment status, all groups of respondents reported a decrease in spending in at least one common expenditure category (vacations, dining out, shopping, etc.).
Respondents highlighted confusion around how organizations are developing plans for the future of their physical locations. Many recognize the need for a new strategy, but are unsure about the actual plans (figure 8). Across the board, the majority of executives (58%) expect that a return to physical office spaces will occur within one month of stay-at-home orders being lifted. Some are planning to wait much longer once stayat-home orders are lifted – 12% say employees will return within the year.
Digital innovation is a priority with more than 75% of respondents planning to prioritize digital innovation in key areas like augmented and virtual reality following the crisis. 42% of executives also plan to increase spending on this initiative, and it saw the single largest improvement in priority among initiatives (figure 5). Interestingly, data modeling fell in priority, a potential indicator that with new behavior still developing it may not yet be the time to explore new data models.
Many businesses are re-prioritizing as a result of the changing landscape of the post-COVID-19 world. Organizations report that they are spending substantial time on efforts related to COVID-19, with 52% reporting spending at least as much time on COVID-19-related efforts as on normal initiatives (figure 4).
Most executives are regularly reviewing their employees for burnout as a result of the crisis. An additional 31% have only engaged in burnout reviews for their leadership and strategically critical roles. The majority of employees reported feeling regularly burned out or stressed, but the majority who felt this way also stated that they are interested in continuing to work from home regularly after this experience (figure 3).
16.4% Productivity has not been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
34.1% Productivity has increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis
49.5% Productivity has decreased since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis

STATS: How to Increase Customer LTV With a Loyalty Program

March 01, 2020 | Formation

Customer loyalty is a critical component of LTV because those who return to shop your brand purchase 31% more on average than new customers. Over time, loyal customers are estimated to be worth 10x more than their first purchase.

Customer loyalty is a critical component of LTV because those who return to shop your brand purchase 31% more on average than new customers. Over time, loyal customers are estimated to be worth 10x more than their first purchase.

STATS: Customer Acquisition Vs.Retention Costs – Statistics And Trends

March 01, 2020 | Company Name

83% Consumers who are more likely to continue doing business with certain brands as a result of loyalty programs 50% The likelihood that existing customers are to try new products, compared to new customers 76% Consumers who...

83% Consumers who are more likely to continue doing business with certain brands as a result of loyalty programs
50% The likelihood that existing customers are to try new products, compared to new customers
76% Consumers who said loyalty programs are part of their relationship with brands
89% Companies that see customer experience as a key factor in driving customer loyalty and retention.89% Companies that see customer experience as a key factor in driving customer loyalty and retention.
60% to 70% - The probability of selling to an existing customer, compared to just 5% to 20% for new prospect.


 

STATS: The ROI from Marketing to Existing Online Customers

March 01, 2020 | Formation

And research has shown that nearly 40% of a store’s revenue is generated from only 8% of its most loyal, repeat customers. 

And research has shown that nearly 40% of a store’s revenue is generated from only 8% of its most loyal, repeat customers. 

STATS: Studies show that just a 5% increase in customer loyalty can increase the average profit per customer from between 25% and 100%.

March 01, 2020 | Formation

25% to 100% The increase of average profit per customer that results from just a 5% increase in customer loyalty.

25% to 100% The increase of average profit per customer that results from just a 5% increase in customer loyalty.

STATS: Why Personalization Isn’t Always Personal

February 04, 2020 | Formation

48% of customers have left a brand’s website and purchased from a competitor due to a poorly personalized experience 92% of marketers report using personalization techniques in their marketing 55% of marketers don...

48% of customers have left a brand’s website and purchased from a competitor due to a poorly personalized experience
92% of marketers report using personalization techniques in their marketing
55% of marketers don’t feel they have sufficient customer data to implement effective personalization
63% of marketers say datadriven personalization is the most difficult online tactic to execute
89% of digital businesses are investing in personalization
80% of customers are more likely to purchase a product or service from a brand who provides personalized experiences
Personalization is the ultimate measure of a quality customer experience, with 91% of customers more likely to shop with brands that provide relevant offers and recommendations.
 

STATS: Retail Loyalty Programs - Loyalty Playbook Highlights

February 01, 2020 | Company Name,Retail Touchpoints - Loyalty Playbook 2019

As many as 52 percent of retailers offer a loyalty program today, with another 12 percent planning to implement one. (Retail Touchpoints - Loyalty Playbook 2019 w/ Highlights)

As many as 52 percent of retailers offer a loyalty program today, with another 12 percent planning to implement one. (Retail Touchpoints - Loyalty Playbook 2019 w/ Highlights)

STATS: How to Overcome the 5 Biggest Retail Challenges of 2020 with Premium Loyalty

January 29, 2020 | Clarus Commerce

We found that nearly 70% of consumers agree their loyalty is more difficult for a retailer to maintain than ever before, while 88% agree retailers could do more to earn their long-term loyalty

We found that nearly 70% of consumers agree their loyalty is more difficult for a retailer to maintain than ever before, while 88% agree retailers could do more to earn their long-term loyalty

STATS: The Pursuit of Personalization

January 22, 2020 | Company Name

Focus on the person, not on the purchase: Brands that focus their personalization efforts beyond the purchase itself to include all the important moments that comprise the Member’s experience with the brand, and that...

Focus on the person, not on the purchase: Brands that focus their personalization efforts beyond the purchase itself to include all the important moments that comprise the Member’s experience with the brand, and that endeavor to fulfil on a broader set of customer needs, will be successful in achieving personalization that truly delivers.
Keep up with changing preferences: Consumers aren’t static: their preferences, interests, behaviors, and life stages all change over time. Don’t take a “set it and forget it” approach. Check in with your Members regularly about their needs and use the data in a way that aligns with their current preferences.
Put an eye to privacy: You may have permission to collect and use data, but you can’t do personalization well without an eye to privacy. The beauty of loyalty is that it is an overt, transparent relationship. Consumers expect brands to know them if they’ve signed up to a program. That said, you must always consider where your personalization efforts will land on the “cool to creepy” continuum. For example, a customer might not mind being alerted to a promotion when they walk past their favorite coffee shop. Yet, if they’re driving by their bank and get an alert about a payment, it might feel more invasive.
Take credit for your efforts: Consumers are often blind to the level of personalization that brands are serving up because they don’t recognize their experience is different from that of others. Be sure to overtly draw attention to and take credit for your personalization efforts. For example, with an email, you can confidently write, “This has been personalized just for you.” Members will feel more special and recognized—two important drivers of Member satisfaction.
Just get started: Many marketers feel they need to get their entire house in order—from having the right technologies in place to breaking down organizational siloes—before they can unlock personalization. While those factors are important, our advice is to just get started. Everything you need to do personalization effectively is available to you. Don’t let striving for perfection get in the way of making progress. Just make sure you use the data you’re asking for in ways that add to the relationship.
5 recommendations to help brands move forward on personalization
Our research found that when personalization is done well, there is a 6.4× lift in satisfaction. Other benefits are: Members “say good things about the brand” (6× lift), “stay longer,” (5.2.× lift) and “spend more with the brand” (3.5× lift)—all important KPIs for loyalty marketers aiming to keep Members engaged and drive bottom-line results.
On even the most basic level, brands are falling short. While the vast majority of Members say information such as their first and last names, and demographic details (96%) are being collected, only 57% say that information is used.
Our Loyalty Report found that only 22% of loyalty Members are very satisfied with the level of personalization they get from brands with which they interact.

STATS: The Value Of Investing In Loyal Customers

January 01, 2020 | Company Name

63% of consumers say they're prepared to modify their spending habits in order to maximize the benefits of a loyalty program. 70% of consumers are more likely to recommend a brand with a good loyalty program. Bond Brand Loyalty • 77% of consumers say they are likely to stay with a...

63% of consumers say they're prepared to modify their spending habits in order to maximize the benefits of a loyalty program.
70% of consumers are more likely to recommend a brand with a good loyalty program.
Bond Brand Loyalty • 77% of consumers say they are likely to stay with a brand that has a loyalty program.
According to Temkin Group, 77% of customers would recommend a brand to a friend after a single positive experience.
Bain & Company and Harvard Business School report that "increasing customer retention rates by 5% increases profits by 25% to 95%."
According to Marketing Metrics, the probability of selling to an existing customer is up to 14 times higher than the probability of selling to a new customer.

STATS: PossibleNOW Survey: 81% of Companies Engaged in International Telemarketing Report Little to No Knowledge of International Laws and Regulations

January 01, 2020 | Company Name

When survey respondents were asked what their biggest concerns related to global consumer contact regulations were, 65% stated that financial penalties were top of mind. However, when asked if they register with relevant Do...

When survey respondents were asked what their biggest concerns related to global consumer contact regulations were, 65% stated that financial penalties were top of mind. However, when asked if they register with relevant Do Not Call lists to prevent violations that would result in fines prior to conducting outbound calling campaigns in other countries, 54% said they either did not register at all or they weren’t sure if they registered.
PossibleNOW™, a leading provider of enterprise preference management, consent, and compliance solutions, today announced the results of its latest survey, showing 81% of U.S. businesses engaged in international telemarketing report little to no knowledge of international laws and regulations.

STATS: "2020 eCOMMERCE LEADERS SURVEY-Site Performance & Innovation Trends"

January 01, 2020 | Yotpo

Let’s take one step deeper. Out of all the respondents that are seeing an increase in online traffic, nearly 60% of brands are focusing heavily on marketing promotions. Seems to be working. Out of the brands seeing no...

Let’s take one step deeper. Out of all the respondents that are seeing an increase in online traffic, nearly 60% of brands are focusing heavily on marketing promotions. Seems to be working.
Out of the brands seeing no change or a decrease in online traffic, only 24% are shifting their focus to digital.
Out of the brands seeing an increase in online traffic, 80% are pushing forward and
investing more in digital.
74% of brands are heavily focused on investing in digital
Because of government mandates, many “non-essential” physical stores were forced to close down, while online stores can remain in operation. While it’s fortunate that brands can continue selling
online, there are still many challenges these brands are facing. For example, what can brands do to make sure they don’t run out of inventory? What about the inventory that’s been left in stores? Can retailers make up for the lost brick & mortar sales by selling
that inventory online? 69% of brands are planning to do just that. Since online traffic is increasing, inventory can be taken from physical stores and sold online. But it needs to be done fast — especially for brands that sell seasonal items, like apparel and footwear.
With the way things are looking, online shopping is not going to slow down anytime soon, so there is a solid opportunity here to make up for lost sales.
When asked if their websites are prepared to handle the anticipated influx in traffic due to more people shopping online, amazingly, 94% of respondents said “yes.” This would be great if it were true, but history
suggests otherwise. Each year, retail brands have around 10 months to prepare for the five biggest shopping days of the year: “Cyber 5.” And every year, major brands and small brands alike experience slow and inconsistent
site performance, crashed sites and use of waiting room technologies, destroyed reputations, issues at checkout, and millions of dollars lost to lack of preparedness.
45% Said online shopping will be a “necessity” for them to live their daily lives
94% Stated online shopping will be an important activity during the current crisis
Brands seeing traffic increase 72%
Brands seeing no change in traffic 21%
Brands seeing a decrease in traffic 7%

STATS: Bridging the Gap Between Data Science and Marketing How to Achieve Personalization at Scale With AI and ML

January 01, 2020 | Formation

About three-quarters of consumers insist that brands must adapt others to their personal requirements and expectations, or they’ll choose to shop elsewhere.One study shows that 92% of marketers report using personalization...

STATS: Generali Global Assistance Poll on Seniors and Millenials

January 01, 2020 | Generali Global Assistance

Both seniors and millennials are impacting the U.S. in discernable and distinctive ways, affecting everything from the housing market to workplace culture to the healthcare industry. And with seniors and millennials making up...

Both seniors and millennials are impacting the U.S. in discernable and distinctive ways, affecting everything from the housing market to workplace culture to the healthcare industry. And with seniors and millennials making up over half the U.S. population – seniors making up 28.9% and millennials making up 23.3% – it’s easy to understand why.

21% of seniors and 22% of millennials are connecting to 7+ wi-fi accessible devices on a weekly basis, but the majority are connecting to 5 or less (73% of seniors and 66% of millennials).

Unsurprisingly, millennials lead the way in terms of digital service adoption with one exception: 2% more seniors say they shop online versus millennials (87% versus 85%).

Across generations, the biggest gap in digital service use is seen in riding sharing apps – while just 15% of seniors use these services, 37% of millennials say they do.

While many seniors (39%) have them listed on a sheet of paper that’s locked in their home or office, most millennials (40%) utilize an online password storage system.

Fortunately, a very small number from each generation “use the same password for all online accounts” (3% of seniors and 5% of millennials).

Across generations, a similar number have a few different passwords that they rotate between accounts so that there’s no need to store them (16% of millennials and 14% of seniors).

Seniors have a leg up on millennials regarding password reuse: 45% of seniors use the same password across 0-1 online accounts, while only 31% of millennials can say the same (most millennials [43%] are using the same password across 2-3 accounts).

44% of seniors and 48% of millennials always change their password afer a breach.

3% of both seniors and millennials never change their password after a breach.

While almost half of millennials (49%) have chosen the highest privacy settings possible, only 30% of seniors can say the same.

While 42% of millennials say they are extremely likely or likely to share “your location and away from home status at the time you are away,” only 14% of seniors practice this risky habit.

27% of millennials say they are extremely likely or likely to share their social media passwords with close friends

A whopping 56% of millennials allow either parents, siblings, close friends, or another familial relative to access their banking information.

19% of seniors allow either parents, siblings, close friends, or another familial relative to access their banking information.

Almost 1 in 2 (46%) of seniors and just 1 in 3 (33%) of millennials say no one else has access to their banking information.

We’ll admit we were a little shocked to see that over half of millennials and roughly 1 in 5 seniors share their banking information with at least one family member or friend outside of their spouse. But perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised knowing that familiar fraud is on the rise:  Javelin saw this rate jump to 15% in their 2018 Identity Fraud Study.  

While 35% of seniors feel they have a solid foundation of identity theft prevention knowledge and/or regularly seek out such knowledge, only 28% of millennials feel this way.

For those that didn’t feel they had a good grasp on identity theft prevention, the trending reason for seniors was “there’s so much conflicting information that I’m not sure who to trust” and for millennials “I know the information exists but don’t know where to find it.”

And while 21% of seniors regularly seek out the latest and most relevant identity theft prevention information, just 13% of millennials are doing so.

The top three “safe habits” that seniors and millennials engage in were the same: antivirus/antimalware (79% seniors and 55% of millennials); regularly checking their credit report/score (56% of seniors and 44% of millennials); and regularly monitoring financial accounts for suspicious activity (63% of seniors and 40% of millennials).

58% of seniors and 62% of millennials believe they’re doing all they can to protect themselves, but just 21% of seniors and 13% of millennials have identity theft protection.

Many consumers – no matter their age – aren’t sure where to buy an identity protection program, despite wanting one. A previous GGA study revealed that 58% of U.S. consumers plan to buy an identity protection program – so why the disparity? Often, it’s simply a matter of opportunity, and for most, the companies they trust to protect such data just aren’t offering a solution.

Amongst seniors, 84% believe that financial institutions are doing all they can to protect their data, and 82% believe that insurance companies are doing all they can.

Amongst millennials, 80% believe that financial institutions are doing all they can to protect their data, and 88% believe that insurance companies are doing all they can.

STATS: Millennials and Gen Z Work and media consumption during COVID-19

January 01, 2020 | Measure

A little over 50% of our respondents said that they or someone in their household was working or studying from home.

A little over 50% of our respondents said that they or someone in their household was working or studying from home.

STATS: Bazaarvoice Report: High Expectations for E-commerce, as Consumers Demand Authenticity, Connection, and Trust

January 01, 2020 | Bazaarvoice

As network of clients sees an 20% year-over-year increase in online orders since the beginning of 2020, Bazaarvoice highlights how user-generated content, social commerce, and brand advocacy are critical to e-commerce success....

As network of clients sees an 20% year-over-year increase in online orders since the beginning of 2020, Bazaarvoice highlights how user-generated content, social commerce, and brand advocacy are critical to e-commerce success.

When shopping online, the largest portion of shoppers (56%) said reviews were the e-commerce feature they relied on most to make informed purchase decisions faster, far ahead of the product description and professional photos (16%). When asked what type of UGC they wish they had more access to, photos from real customers was consumers’ top request. UGC doesn’t just address these preferences, it also impacts revenue: globally, when shoppers engage with reviews on best-in-class websites, there is a 138% lift in conversion and a 159% increase in revenue per visitor, both up from the previous year. To address this preference for more UGC, especially now as more consumers are shopping online, we expect brands to prioritize UGC on the e-commerce product page and to incorporate a wider variety of authentic content from consumers, making product descriptions and professional photos the secondary focus.

Not only do consumers prefer recommendations from peers, they are also purchasing directly from each other: This evolution of the typical e-commerce environment is already playing out one step further in two different but related trends: social commerce and recommerce. In the last year, 45% of respondents said they had purchased a product through a social media platform, 41% had purchased a product an influencer had recommended, and 62% had made a purchase from a secondhand marketplace. With much of the world shifting to online environments in the last two months, brands should determine how social commerce plays a role in their e-commerce strategy, particularly platforms or features that allow consumers to connect and shop with each other, with brands playing a less overt role.

Brands should leverage increased customer feedback to their advantage: Consumers can reach out to brands at any time through a variety of channels. Compared to other regions, North American consumers were most likely to say they had complained about a brand on social media (44%) and to have asked a brand a question across different channels, including through chat bots (36%), online Q&A features (41%), and store associates (46%). The always-on nature of customer feedback should be an advantage for brands, as long as they respond to and learn from their customers. 89% of consumers expect to hear from a brand within 24 hours when they ask a question through social media, and almost half expect brands to improve their products based on negative reviews. As consumers are unable to experience products and engage with brands in person, brands should be prepared to address an influx of customer questions and feedback, identify common praise and complaints, and quickly learn from this feedback to strengthen their business.

To build trust with consumers, brands and retailers should evaluate their approach to brand advocacy: Consumers look to a wide variety of people when it comes to reviews, recommendations, and content to inform purchase decisions. Overall, 75% of shoppers said they sometimes or always trust consumer reviews, 39% said they trust a brand employees’ product recommendation, and 40% said they’ve purchased a product from an influencer because they trusted their endorsement. It is critical for brands and retailers to have an approach to advocacy that includes a mix of different types of authentic, trustworthy “influencers” — from everyday consumers and employees to subject matter experts and micro-influencers — especially at a time when social media is playing a larger role in the shopping experience. Consumers are choosing to shop with businesses they want to see succeed in a post-pandemic world, and brand trust is more important now than ever: three out of four shoppers choose products based on brand reputation.

The insights we found, while based on research conducted in early 2020, are especially relevant today, as businesses everywhere navigate this period of uncertainty, said Joe Rohrlich, Chief Revenue Officer at Bazaarvoice. More shoppers are turning to online shopping out of convenience and necessity. This shift will accelerate innovation in e-commerce across a variety of industries, and our research shows what consumers are looking for from their shopping experience. Brands that provide an authentic online experience, agile customer service, and the ability for shoppers to connect to each other are poised to succeed now and in the future.

STATS: Don’t Succumb To Social Media Stockholm Syndrome

January 01, 2020 | Forrester

Forrester’s Consumer Technographics reveals that only 24% of US online adults agree that it’s cool to be associated with a company/brand on...

Forrester’s Consumer Technographics reveals that only 24% of US online adults agree that it’s cool to be associated with a company/brand on social media. And 68% don’t agree that brands/companies share interesting content on social media.

Tellingly, in 2020, only 24% of US online adults agree that it’s cool to be associated with a company or brand on social media (see Figure 1). When organic presences didn’t work, marketers binged on social advertising, increasing global social ad spend from $75 billion in 2018 to a forecasted $165.6 billion in 2023.

Thirty-seven percent of US online adults believe social media does more harm than good, and only 14% believe the info they read on social media is trustworthy.4 Sometimes brands are the source of this toxicity. Detox tea used celebrity endorsers on social networks to mispresent its health benefits.5 The Fyre Festival acted similarly to promote a fantastical music concert that never came to fruition.6 Amazon launched an employee ambassador program to almost comedic effect when seemingly planted ambassadors engaged in a Twitter war of words with company critics.7 Even honest social advertisers aren’t absolved: They fuel social networks with their advertising spend while asking for no safeguards for a healthy environment in return.
 

STATS: Boutique Retail Outlook 2021

January 01, 2020 | Apricot Lane Boutique

The survey also uncovered insights regarding projected purchasing habits as they relate to COVID-19 among U.S. female shoppers in 2021, as demonstrated by findings including: ● The commitment to local retail boutiques is consistent in the younger generations of female shoppers as well. 70% of...

The survey also uncovered insights regarding projected purchasing habits as they relate to COVID-19 among U.S. female shoppers in 2021, as demonstrated by findings including:

● The commitment to local retail boutiques is consistent in the younger generations of female shoppers as well. 70% of female respondents ages 18-29 think about supporting a local business when they choose a retailer.

● Only 9% of female consumers have stopped shopping in person, a relatively small portion of the general population despite the widespread reports of a decline in in-store traffic. However, the survey results signal a shift in in-store shopping behavior, with 10% of respondents planning to exclusively shop in person in the new year.

● The female shoppers polled are highly motivated by the entire shopping experience and where she does life. When these consumers are out shopping, they enjoy shopping at apparel stores (43%), grabbing a cup of coffee (46%), dining at a restaurant (49%), and shopping for groceries (69%) or home goods (29%). These shoppers intentionally seek out multiple local retailers for a well-rounded shopping experience.

STATS: “2020 BrandedPay™ Holiday Shopping Preview” Report

January 01, 2020 | Blackhawk Network

The brand new research reveals 82% percent of employees would like to receive a gift card from their employer as a holiday gift. Gift cards are preferred employee gifts because they:allow employees to choose what they want (76%)can be delivered physically or digitally (46%)can be re...

The brand new research reveals 82% percent of employees would like to receive a gift card from their employer as a holiday gift. Gift cards are preferred employee gifts because they:

  • allow employees to choose what they want (76%)
  • can be delivered physically or digitally (46%)
  • can be re-gifted (29%)

STATS: Americans' Shopping Plans This Upcoming Holiday Season, 2020

January 01, 2020 | Toluna

The majority (89%) of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year. With most of those celebrations being just with family or virtual – but trick or treating traditions hold strong.48% plan to host a house party with only members of family39% plan to host a virtual Halloween party41...

The majority (89%) of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year. With most of those celebrations being just with family or virtual – but trick or treating traditions hold strong.

  • 48% plan to host a house party with only members of family
  • 39% plan to host a virtual Halloween party
  • 41% plan to take their children trick or treating

Enthusiasm for Halloween treats remains high - 96% plan to buy Halloween candy this year, and are buying with the intention to:

  • 31% give out to trick or treaters
  • 28% to have a small gathering of friends and family
  • 25% to give to their children

Ron Ruffinott, Senior Research Solutions Consultant at Toluna, said, “While trick or treating will likely be scaled back to some degree this year, candy sales are up ahead of the holiday.  This speaks to a strong desire to return to normalcy, as well as an emotional need for consumers to ‘treat’ themselves for their endurance over the last several months.”

Of those surveyed, 90% will celebrate Thanksgiving this year, with the pandemic driving adjustments to those holiday plans to be smaller and more family only type gatherings relative to prior years.

  • 34% plan to celebrate with a quiet, small gathering of immediate family
  • 24% plan to celebrate only with those they live with
  • 14% plan to attend a large family gathering if social distance rules allow

Travel plans for Thanksgiving have also suffered, as 58% of people do not plan to travel at all for the holiday.    

Of those planning to travel, their trips this year will be primarily semi-local:

  • 65% report they will stay within the state
  • 66% of those will travel by car

Many are opting out of Friendsgiving plans as well, with 44% reporting they will not host or attend a Friendsgiving celebration.

Ruffinott said, “Even strong, broadly celebrated, holidays like Thanksgiving, where the core celebration is togetherness, will be different in 2020.  How and where they travel, who they celebrate with, and the size of those gatherings will all be impacted.  This is most strongly evidenced by only 14% of people planning to attend a large family function.”

Despite caution about gatherings and travel for the holiday, people still plan to do their Black Friday shopping in stores:

  • 78% believe stores will be very busy on Black Friday
  • Yet, 47% of those surveyed plan to shop in store

Americans believe there are good deals to be had on Black Friday, with 79% expecting there to be better and bigger sales this Black Friday. In order to get the best deals, people are split on strategy:

  • 38% plan to visit a store or shopping center
  • 36% plan to purchase an item online and get it delivered
  • For holiday gifts in particular, 40% plan do a mix of online and in store shopping

Meanwhile, enthusiasm for Cyber Monday remains lower than Black Friday – with only 61% of Americans reporting they will participate, despite 79% expecting there to be better and bigger deals this Cyber Monday.

Along with the promise of good deals, Americans are conscious this year’s shopping will be quite different than past years.

  • 40% believe there will be many more deals and discounts
  • 39% believe items will be going of stock faster due to surge in online shopping
  • 36% believe popular items will be going out of stock quickly due to smaller inventories

The fear of low stock has caused many Americans to start their shopping early – 56% report fears about being able to get the gifts they want. As a result, 59% have already begun their shopping or plan to this month.

If stock is low, people are prepared to shell out for what they want. 56% of Americans are willing to pay more for gifts this year if they are in short supply.

Ruffinott said, “We see people looking to return to normalcy, and look forward to the holiday.  They are planning to shop earlier given the shortages experienced over the last few months, and concerns about shipping delays.  We’ll see people compromise in some areas.”

When it comes to the December Holiday, people are less likely to celebrate in groups than Thanksgiving:

  • 35% plan to have a small, quiet gathering of immediate family at home
  • 27% plan to have small celebration on with those they live with
  • Only 12% plan to attend a big family gathering if social distance rules allow

Despite caution around gatherings, Americans plan to keep some holiday traditions, including:

  • 48% plan to attend a Holiday party
  • 34% plan to attend a Holiday market

Ruffinott said, “We’re seeing a ‘back to basics’ approach to the holidays and end of year.  Most are introspective, and plan small gatherings with family.  As resolutions are made, they are simpler, less commercial, and more reflective on learnings from the past year.”

Fewer yet plan to celebrate New Year’s, as:

  • 29% plan to have a small, quiet gathering of immediate family at home
  • 25% plan to have small celebration on with those they live with
  • Only 12% plan to attend a house party  

In the New Year, Americans are resolved to improving health, being happier and becoming a better person. This year’s top resolutions are:

  • 31% - be happier and more content with life
  • 30% - be a better person
  • 29% - eat healthier
  • 28% - more self-care

STATS: What Do Your Customers Expect in 2020?

January 01, 2020 | Clarus Commerce

“Early” is even earlier than brands might initially think for the holiday shopping season, especially for this demographic. In fact, nearly half (48%) of millennials begin holiday shopping before October, and just...

“Early” is even earlier than brands might initially think for the holiday shopping season, especially for this demographic. In fact, nearly half (48%) of millennials begin holiday shopping before October, and just under 1 in 4 do so before July. For those millennials who begin holiday shopping before October, 73% have joined a loyalty program solely to use the benefits and rewards during the holiday shopping season.
During the holiday season, millennial shoppers are fiercely loyal to their favorite retailers: 89% of millennial respondents are more likely to holiday shop at a retailer where they are already a loyalty member. And among millennials who are already premium loyalty members and plan to join more programs in 2020, the number who choose their loyalty retailers during the holidays jumped to 95%.
First and foremost, 40% of respondents expect to receive their premium loyalty benefits immediately, not after 10 purchases and not after a month of consistent buying.
In fact, 67% of respondents are likely to join a premium loyalty program if they already belong to that retailer’s free loyalty program.
The survey found that 66% of respondents currently belong to a premium loyalty program. This is a promising increase when compared to the 58% reported in 2019.
74% of millennials plan to join additional premium loyalty programs in 2020
88% of respondents are likely to choose a retailer whose premium loyalty program they belong to over a competitor that is offering a lower price
70% of those not in a premium program would join if their favorite retailer offered one and the benefits were valuable
94% of premium loyalty members shop at that program’s retailer at least once a month
69% of premium loyalty members plan to join additional premium programs in 2020
In 2020, loyalty is critical: Nearly two-thirds of customers say their loyalty is more difficult for retailers to maintain than ever before, confirming what we already know to be true: With unlimited choices at customers’ fingertips, earning loyalty today takes more than just a plastic punch card or weekly coupon.

STATS: Mastercard Study Shows Consumers Globally Make the Move to Contactless Payments for Everyday Purchases, Seeking Touch-Free Payment Experiences

January 01, 2020 | Company Name

This trend appears to be here to stay as approximately three quarters (74 percent) state they will continue to use contactless post-pandemic. The majority of respondents (82 percent) view contactless as the cleaner way to pay...

This trend appears to be here to stay as approximately three quarters (74 percent) state they will continue to use contactless post-pandemic.
The majority of respondents (82 percent) view contactless as the cleaner way to pay, and contactless payments are up to 10 times faster than other in-person payment methods, enabling customers to get in and out of stores faster.
Globally, nearly half of respondents (46 percent) have swapped out their top-of-wallet card for one that offers contactless – this proportion climbs to 52 percent among those under 35 years old.
79 percent of respondents worldwide say they are now using contactless payments, citing safety and cleanliness as key drivers. Consumer polling by Mastercard, studying changing consumer behaviors in 19 countries around the world, paints a picture of accelerated and sustained contactless adoption.
Between February and March, contactless transactions grew twice as fast as non-contactless transactions in the grocery and drug store categories
In a Mastercard global consumer study, nearly eight in 10 say they use contactless payments

STATS: Loyalty currency promotions during COVID-19

January 01, 2020 | Company Name

Points’ data shows that up to 26% of total promotional revenue can come from smart web and mobile placements.

Points’ data shows that up to 26% of total promotional revenue can come from smart web and mobile placements.

STATS: Are You Undervaluing Your Customers?

January 01, 2020 | Company Name

Loyalty leaders grow revenues roughly 2.5x as fast as other companies in their industries.

Loyalty leaders grow revenues roughly 2.5x as fast as other companies in their industries.

STATS: Where Segmentation Falls Short

January 01, 2020 | Company Name

48% of consumers have left a brand’s website and purchased from a competitor due to a poorly personalized experience. 42% of marketers do not segment at all, despite the fact that segmented, campaigns account for 77% of...

48% of consumers have left a brand’s website and purchased from a competitor due to a poorly personalized experience.
42% of marketers do not segment at all, despite the fact that segmented, campaigns account for 77% of the email ROI
70% of customers say that connected processes, including offers designed based on past purchases, are very important to earning their business.
About 84% of customers say that being treated like a person, not a number, is very important to winning their business
 

STATS: The Markerter's Guide to Brand Loyalty

January 01, 2020 | CrowdTwist

A third of customers (34%), especially millennials and younger consumers, demand more bespoke and alternative benefits for their loyalty instead of points. In 2013, 73% of women and 55% of men said they really valued the benefits they got from loyalty cards, but this sentiment fell to 63% of...

A third of customers (34%), especially millennials and younger consumers, demand more bespoke and alternative benefits for their loyalty instead of points. In 2013, 73% of women and 55% of men said they really valued the benefits they got from loyalty cards, but this sentiment fell to 63% of women and 45% of men by 2019. 60% of consumers who say their loyalty to their favourite brand is genuine go on to name brand social responsibility as a reason for their loyalty.
Most popular loyalty programs in the U.S: These are the top three mentioned loyalty programs our survey respondents participate in: 1. Amazon Prime 2. Kroger Plus 3. Starbucks
Only 12% of the consumers we surveyed said their favorite brand successfully personalizes for them.
We asked survey participants to select all of the rewards that appeal most to them. 88% of people want discounts and cash back rewards, 65% want free products, and 41% want to be able to redeem for charitable donations.
Of the consumers we surveyed we found that 55% want to receive personalized recommendations, however, only 37% have purchased something that was recommended to them by a brand in the past six months. Bad personalization is worse than no personalization.
While 45% of the people we surveyed said they were willing to share their data in exchange for personalized experiences there is a massive opportunity for brands to build trust with consumers and overcome concerns they have around data collection and use.
Over half of the consumers we surveyed cite high shipping fees as their biggest online shopping frustration, followed by fees for returns and lengthy delivery wait times.
Only 37% of respondents are willing to download an app to help them navigate a store and check inventory. We also found that 64% of consumers prefer to be left alone when browsing in-store.
41% of consumers still enjoy trying and buying in-store, however 40% of consumers stated that long check-out lines is their biggest in-store shopping frustration.
64% of consumers prefer to shop online and 48% of consumers also enjoy shopping in-store.
People understand the value of loyalty programs, and are willing to pay for them. 59% of people are willing to pay for a loyalty program with valuable perks like free shipping (for example, Amazon Prime).
Our research found that consumers want to be rewarded for recommending or endorsing a brand. For example, 72% of consumers answered that they would write reviews or refer their friends to earn points. In addition, 87% of respondents answered that they would refer friends and family to their favorite brand.
Our research finds that 39% of consumers want free delivery and 29% want special member prices and perks as a loyalty program member. Consumers are less interested in VIP events or access to exclusive sales promotions.
54% of consumers said the number one reason they join a loyalty program is to save money. The second biggest reason consumers join is for member-only perks like free shipping and free samples.
The main reasons why consumers abandon loyalty programs are because the rewards aren’t compelling or relevant enough (27%), and it takes too long to earn points (27%).
71% of people are active in at least one to five loyalty programs per month.
Reward redemption is also comparatively high. 68% of people redeem rewards at least once a quarter, and 25% of those redeem at least once a month.
71% of the consumers we surveyed are active in at least one to five loyalty programs per month. 56% of respondents have at least one loyalty program app on their phone.
40% of respondents said their favorite brand has a loyalty program and they are a member. 20% said their favorite brand doesn’t have a loyalty program but they would join if they did.
62% of the consumers we surveyed answered that they could be persuaded to choose one brand over another due to the presence of a loyalty program.
What exactly makes a consumer feel happy or valued? We asked consumers what makes them loyal to a specific brand and 72% answered a good product selection, 67% answered that the products are fairly priced, and 43% said a good shopping experience.
We asked consumers to tell us what emotion they felt when they think about their favorite brands. Almost half of the respondents answered “happy”. The second strongest emotion was “understood”.

STATS: Retail Touchpoints - Loyalty Playbook 2019 w/ Highlights

December 31, 2019 | Company Name

Upon establishing a loyalty strategy, retailers first must differentiate between building true loyal connections and delivering pure incentives or discounts, said Shep Hyken, Chief Amazement Officer at Shepard Presentations...

Upon establishing a loyalty strategy, retailers first must differentiate between building true loyal connections and delivering pure incentives or discounts, said Shep Hyken, Chief Amazement Officer at Shepard Presentations. 
With shoppers on average participating in 14.8 memberships , they are active in less than half, according to Bond Brand Loyalty. 
As many as 52% of retailers offer a loyalty program today, with another 12% planning to implement one, according to the 2019 Retail Touch Points Customer Acquisition and Retention Benchmark Report. Loyalty members candrive a large portion of company sales: 44% of retailers sayat least 40% of their total revenue comes from loyalty program members. As many as 60% report that members spend 2X to 3X more than non-members, a LoyaltyOne report said. 

STATS: 2019 Gartner L2 Loyalty Intelligence Report

December 31, 2019 | Company Name

Many of today’s revamped loyalty programs involve incentives and benefits including points, product discounts (68%), cashback rewards (61%), birthday perks (57%) and free shipping (49%), according to the 2019 Gartner L2...

Many of today’s revamped loyalty programs involve incentives and benefits including points, product discounts (68%), cashback rewards (61%), birthday perks (57%) and free shipping (49%), according to the 2019 Gartner L2 Loyalty Intelligence Report.

STATS: Mobile App Introduction and Online and Offline Purchases and Product Returns

August 29, 2019 | Informs: PubsOnline

The study authors found that retail app users buy 33 percent more frequently, they buy 34 percent more items, and they spend 37 percent more than non-app user customers over 18 months after app launch. The study authors found that retail app users buy 33 percent more frequently, they buy 34 percent more items, and they spend 37 percent more than non-app user customers over 18 months after app launch.

At the same time, app users return products 35 percent more frequently, and they return 35 percent more items at a 41 percent increase in dollar value.

All factors considered, the researchers found that app users spend 36 percent more net of returns.

STATS: “Get to Know Your Customer Day”

April 16, 2019 | Company Name

71% of Americans would be less likely to join a customer loyalty program that collects personal information (e.g., address, account information) 27% say they would be much less likely, according to a new U.S. survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Wilbur.  More than 3...

71% of Americans would be less likely to join a customer loyalty program that collects personal information (e.g., address, account information) 27% say they would be much less likely, according to a new U.S. survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Wilbur. 
More than 3 in 4 Americans (76%) would be more likely to join a customer loyalty program that collects only their name and phone number 32% would be much more likely, according to a new U.S. survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Wilbur. 
58% of Americans would be less likely to join a customer loyalty program that requires them to download an app to access the benefits 26% say they would be much less likely, according to a new U.S. survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Wilbur. 
Nearly 4 in 5 Americans (79%) say they would be more likely to join a customer loyalty program that does not require them to carry a physical card (e.g., participation available digitally), according to a new U.S. survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Wilbur. 

STATS: Case Study Breakdown: Using E-Commerce Incentives to Get B2B Customers to Shop Online

January 01, 2019 | Company Name

Adding a loyalty program to an e-commerce platform can increase average order quantity by 319%.

Adding a loyalty program to an e-commerce platform can increase average order quantity by 319%.

STATS: The Loyalty Report '19

January 01, 2019 | Company Name

22% of loyalty program members say they are very satisfied with the level of personalization they receive in the programs.32% of consumers strongly agree that a loyalty program makes their brand experience better.79% of...

22% of loyalty program members say they are very satisfied with the level of personalization they receive in the programs.
32% of consumers strongly agree that a loyalty program makes their brand experience better.
79% of consumers say loyalty programs make them more likely to continue doing business with brands.
73% of consumers are more likely to recommend brands with good loyalty programs.
The average consumer belongs to 14.8 loyalty programs but is only active in 6.7 of them.
 

STATS: 2019 Road to Rewards Report: Mapping the Path to Loyalty Success

January 01, 2019 | PDI

15% of members interact with their loyalty programs daily, up from 10% in 2015.

15% of members interact with their loyalty programs daily, up from 10% in 2015.

STATS: 2020 Road to Rewards Report: Mapping the Path to Loyalty Success

January 01, 2019 | PDI

50% of consumers say their primary reason for joining a loyalty program is to earn rewards on everyday purchases.

50% of consumers say their primary reason for joining a loyalty program is to earn rewards on everyday purchases.

STATS: Consumer Incentives 2019: The Digital Transformation of Rewards, Rebates, and Loyalty

January 01, 2019 | Company Name

18% of consumers say incentives always sway them to choose one brand over another, even if they’re loyal to the brand without rewards.45% of consumers made one to three purchase because of incentives in the past year.75...

18% of consumers say incentives always sway them to choose one brand over another, even if they’re loyal to the brand without rewards.
45% of consumers made one to three purchase because of incentives in the past year.
75% of consumers say they are likely to make another purchase after receiving an incentive.
Less than 8% of consumers say rewards aren’t at all important to their purchasing decisions.

STATS: Key Brand Loyalty Statistics

January 01, 2019 | Yotpo

15% of consumers are more likely to buy from a brand if they are part of a loyalty program.25% of consumers say they are more loyal to brands now than they were a year ago.

15% of consumers are more likely to buy from a brand if they are part of a loyalty program.
25% of consumers say they are more loyal to brands now than they were a year ago.

STATS: Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2019): Martech 5000 (actually 7,040)

January 01, 2019 | Chief Martec

Ever since I started this project, the martech landscape has grown year-over-year by double or, originally, triple digits. The 2017 edition had 39% more solutions than 2016. The 2018 one had 27% more than 2017. Its growth has...

Ever since I started this project, the martech landscape has grown year-over-year by double or, originally, triple digits. The 2017 edition had 39% more solutions than 2016. The 2018 one had 27% more than 2017. Its growth has been slowing, a kind of law of large numbers inevitability. But when you’re talking thousands of solutions, double-digit growth is still pretty massive.

The 2019 edition, however, only grew 3%.

STATS: Brand Keys 2019 Loyalty Leaders

January 01, 2019 | Brand Keys

1. Amazon: online retail (#1) 2. Google: search engines (#2) 3. Samsung: smartphones (#6) 4. Amazon: tablets (#9) 5. Apple: tablets (#7) 6. Netflix: video streaming (#4) 7. Amazon: video streaming (#5) 8. Apple: smartphones...

1. Amazon: online retail (#1) 2. Google: search engines (#2) 3. Samsung: smartphones (#6) 4. Amazon: tablets (#9) 5. Apple: tablets (#7) 6. Netflix: video streaming (#4) 7. Amazon: video streaming (#5) 8. Apple: smartphones (#3) 9. Trader Joe’s: natural food retail (#10) 10. Hyundai: automotive (#14) 11. Twitter: social networking (#23) 12. WhatsApp: instant messaging (#11) 13. Chick-fil-A: casual/fast-casual (#24) 14. Dunkin’: out-of-home coffee (#19) 15. Domino’s: pizza (#12) 16. Ford: automotive (#15) 17. Nike: athletic footwear (#18) 18. Discover: credit cards (#26) 19. Avis: car rental (#21) 20. Toyota: automotive (#22)

STATS: Annual Gift Card Sales Report: 2019 Insights to boost your gift card sales

January 01, 2019 | Paytronix

From 2017 to 2018, gift card sales increased by more than 10%. A corresponding increase of almost 10% was seen in overall sales dollars. While in-store sales continue to account for more than half of annual gift card sales...

From 2017 to 2018, gift card sales increased by more than 10%. A corresponding increase of almost 10% was seen in overall sales dollars.

While in-store sales continue to account for more than half of annual gift card sales, the percentage decreased slightly in favor of third-party sales in 2018

Sales of gift cards increased almost across the board for restaurant segments. Fine dining was the only space that saw a decrease from 2017 to 2018, and it was less than 1%. However, the average load in fine dining increased slightly and was enough to compensate for the minor dip in card sales. Quick-service restaurants saw the most dramatic increase, with almost 18% more gift cards sold in 2018. Casual dining’s increase of around 10% was consistent with overall sales trends, while fast-casual saw an increase of just under 4%.

The average load of stored value was higher with e-gift cards than physical cards across all concepts, with casual and fast-casual having the largest disparities. Possible reasons include the intangibility of virtual money influencing customers to spend more and higher-value virtual gift cards being purchased for repeated use from a mobile wallet. However, since e-gift represents a small percentage of overall gift card sales, restaurants should still prioritize the use of physical gift cards.

Sales of gift cards during the holidays drove a large portion of the increase in card sales from 2017 to 2018, as the popularity of gifting stored-value cards continued to grow. The average increase in card sales throughout the year was around 6.3%, but during the holiday months, gift card sales increased over 15% from 2017.

Redemption activity is rapid early on and levels off at about six months from purchase. While the majority of gift cards are redeemed within two months, these curves vary based on restaurant service type, sales channel, and whether cards are virtual or physical.

Physical stored-value cards consistently have a slightly lower redemption rate within six months when compared to e-gift cards, which are 3% more likely to be redeemed. About 8% of e-gift cards are redeemed on the same day of purchase, which is perhaps due to e-gift promotions or ease of purchase and transfer

Whereas half of quick-service gift cards are redeemed in just over a month, it takes closer to six months to reach 50% redemption for fine dining. Fast-casual initially exceeds casual dining, but at the six-month mark, the redemption rates for both are 65%.

For quick-service coffee shops and cafés, programs that combine stored-value and loyalty cards tend to make a major impact. Customers whose loyalty cards contained stored value visited 138% more and spent 120% more than those with loyalty only last year. If your quick-service café is hoping to boost sales and loyalty, adding stored value merits strong consideration.

STATS: Are Automakers Overlooking the Journey While Focusing on its Self-Driving Destination?

January 01, 2019 | Ipsos

Only 30% of new car buyers in the U.S. have a positive opinion of the Autonomous Mode feature and only 25% would consider the feature in their next vehicle. If given the choice, only 6% of new car buyers would purchase a fully autonomous vehicle while the majority (57%) would purchase a vehicle...

Only 30% of new car buyers in the U.S. have a positive opinion of the Autonomous Mode feature and only 25% would consider the feature in their next vehicle.

If given the choice, only 6% of new car buyers would purchase a fully autonomous vehicle while the majority (57%) would purchase a vehicle with an autonomous mode and 37% would just purchase a standard vehicle.

The earliest consumers expect to see autonomous vehicles in their country is in 2023.

The study revealed there are connected car features drivers would be interested in today. In a list of 16, the top-rated selection was the Accident Avoidance feature

STATS: Website Design Stats And Trends For Small Businesses - GoodFirms Research

January 01, 2019 | Company Name

38% of visitors stop engaging on websites with unattractive content and layouts.

38% of visitors stop engaging on websites with unattractive content and layouts.

STATS: Make This Holiday Shopping Season More Rewarding with the Membership Rewards® Program from American Express

January 01, 2019 | Company Name

Many people are also looking to spread holiday cheer by giving back to nonprofits during the holidays. This year, 73% of Americans said they are likely to donate to a charity this holiday season, up from last year (60...

Many people are also looking to spread holiday cheer by giving back to nonprofits during the holidays. This year, 73% of Americans said they are likely to donate to a charity this holiday season, up from last year (60%). However, half of Americans (50%) are not aware that they can use credit card rewards points to do so, with 3 in 10 completely unaware.
More than half of Americans (51%) report getting gift cards during the holiday season both to help them buy gifts or give as a gift itself. However, of that group, only over a third (36%) have used credit card(s) rewards points to do so.
Holiday shopping lists can be a daunting task to take on. Nearly 2 in 5 (37%) of Americans plan to buy more than 10 gifts for their family and friends this holiday season, with an average planning to buy a total of 18 gifts. Not only that, 74% plan to spend the same or more this year on gifts than last year.
Over two-thirds of Americans (70%) admitted that they needed to de-stress from their holiday shopping. For Americans who have had to de-stress after holiday shopping, 62% did so by buying a gift for themselves.
According to a recent survey commissioned by American Express, over 3 in 5 (61%) are likely to spend more time holiday shopping than working the week before the December holidays this year.
NEW SURVEY COMMISSIONED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS REVEALS THAT 86% OF AMERICANS WON’T USE THEIR CREDIT CARD REWARDS FOR THEIR HOLIDAY SHOPPING THIS YEAR, HIGHLIGHTING UNTAPPED POTENTIAL TO LEVERAGE VALUABLE REWARDS POINTS

STATS: The Loyalty Report 2018

January 01, 2018 | Company Name

Loyalty program members spend 27% more when the brand establishes a positive emotional connection.71% of consumers say loyalty programs are a meaningful part of their brand relationships.19% of loyalty program members say...

Loyalty program members spend 27% more when the brand establishes a positive emotional connection.
71% of consumers say loyalty programs are a meaningful part of their brand relationships.
19% of loyalty program members say their program makes them feel special and recognized.
87% of consumers are open to brands monitoring details of their activity if it leads to more personalized rewards.
37% of customers are willing to pay to upgrade to an enhanced tier of a loyalty program.
 

STATS: 2018 Loyalty Program Consumer Survey

January 01, 2018 | Company Name

31% of consumers say their biggest issue with loyalty programs is that the rewards expire before they can use them, the most common response. 18% of consumers engage with every loyalty program of which they are a member.  

31% of consumers say their biggest issue with loyalty programs is that the rewards expire before they can use them, the most common response.
18% of consumers engage with every loyalty program of which they are a member.
 

STATS: The Ultimate List Of Charitable Giving Statistics For 2018 - Nonprofit Source

January 01, 2018 | Company Name

Purpose-driven consumer companies achieved a compounded annual growth rate of 9.85% over five years, compared to just 2.4% for the whole S&P 500 Consumer Sector. 88% of Millennials find their job more fulfilling when they...

Purpose-driven consumer companies achieved a compounded annual growth rate of 9.85% over five years, compared to just 2.4% for the whole S&P 500 Consumer Sector.
88% of Millennials find their job more fulfilling when they have opportunities to make a positive impact on society and the environment.
78% of Americans want companies to address social justice issues.
85% of companies in the US have a formal domestic corporate giving program in place vs. only 45% with a formal international program.
Walmart leads the pack with $311.6 million in cash donations
12.3% of total corporate cash contributions went through corporate matching gift programs.
84% of survey participants revealed they’re more likely to donate if a match was offered.
Mentioning matching gifts in fundraising appeals results in a 71% increase in the response rate and a 51% increase in the average donation amount (and that’s prior to receiving matching gift funds).
The median employee participation rate for matching gift programs is 9%.
77% of the respondents believe that offering employee engagement opportunities is an important recruitment strategy to attract millennials.
88% believe effective employee engagement programs help attract and retain employees.
92% of surveyed corporate human resources executives agree that contributing business skills and expertise to a nonprofit can be an effective way to improve employees’ leadership and broader professional skill sets.
Nearly 60% of companies offer paid time off for employees to volunteer, and an additional 21% plan to offer release time in the next two years.
$5 billion = approximately how much money is raised through workplace giving annually.
Corporate giving in 2017 increased to $20.77 billion—an 8.0% increase from 2016.

STATS: Median US Employee Tenure

January 01, 2018 | Company Name,US Bureau of Labor Statistics

The median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.2 years in January 2018. Median employee tenure in January 2018 was higher among older workers than younger ones. For example, the median tenure of workers ages 55 to 64 (10.1 years) was more than...

The median number of years that wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.2 years in January 2018. Median employee tenure in January 2018 was higher among older workers than younger ones. For example, the median tenure of workers ages 55 to 64 (10.1 years) was more than three times that of workers ages 25 to 34 (2.8 years). (US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Median tenure with current employer was 4.2 years in January 2018)

STATS: The State of Customer Loyalty in 2018

January 01, 2018 | Yotpo

52% of American consumers will join the loyalty program of a brand they make frequent purchases from.

52% of American consumers will join the loyalty program of a brand they make frequent purchases from.

STATS: New Epsilon research indicates 80% of consumers are more likely to make a purchase when brands offer personalized experiences

January 01, 2018 | Epsilon

In fact, 80% of customers said they are more likely to purchase a product or service from a brand that provides personalized experiences.

In fact, 80% of customers said they are more likely to purchase a product or service from a brand that provides personalized experiences.

STATS: State of the Global Workplace

December 01, 2017 | Company Name,State of the Global Workplace

Gallup’s 2017 State of Global Workplace Report found that 85 percent of workers from around the world are not engaged or are actively disengaged with their jobs. (Gallup State Global Workplace 2017)

Gallup’s 2017 State of Global Workplace Report found that 85 percent of workers from around the world are not engaged or are actively disengaged with their jobs. (Gallup State Global Workplace 2017)

STATS: See Beyond the Customer Loyalty Illusion | Accenture

January 01, 2017 | Company Name

57% of consumers spend more on brands to which they are loyal. Loyalty program membership in the U.S. grew at a rate of 26.7% from 2012-2014. More than 90% of companies have some sort of loyalty program.  

57% of consumers spend more on brands to which they are loyal.
Loyalty program membership in the U.S. grew at a rate of 26.7% from 2012-2014.
More than 90% of companies have some sort of loyalty program.
 

STATS: 2017 Cone Communications CSR Study

January 01, 2017 | Company Name

Millenials are the most likely group to seek out responsible products whenever possible (85% vs 79% U.S. average) Millenials are the most likely to hold companies accountable for producing and communicationg results of CSR...

Millenials are the most likely group to seek out responsible products whenever possible (85% vs 79% U.S. average)
Millenials are the most likely to hold companies accountable for producing and communicationg results of CSR efforts (88% vs 82% U.S. average)
The top actions Americans will take remain to boycott irresponsible business actions (88%) and reward buying a product with a social or environmental benefit (87%)
65% of consumers said that when a company takes a stand on a social or environmental issue, they will do research to ensure the company is being authentic
73% of consumers said they would stop purchasing from a company if it shared a different perspective on social justice issues
When asked to identify the most important responsible business practice, Americans felt being a good employer was the top priority (35%), customer want to do business with companies that take care of their own people
86% of Americans expect companies to do more than make a profit, also address social and environmental issues
87% will purchase a product because a company advocated for an issue they cared about and 76% will refuse to purchase a company’s products or services upon learning it supported an issue contrary to their beliefs
63% of Americans are hopeful businesses will take the lead to drive social and environmental change moving forward, in the absence of government regulation
79% of U.S. citizens expect businesses to continue improving their CSR efforts

STATS: CAUSE SPONSORSHIP TO TOP $1.3 BILLION: IEG, INC.

January 01, 2006 | Company Name

The marketers most active in cause sponsorship: specialty retailers, automakers, banks, financial services and non-alcoholic beverages (see chart). Industry segments slowing their use of cause tie-ins: airlines, beer, personal...

The marketers most active in cause sponsorship: specialty retailers, automakers, banks, financial services and non-alcoholic beverages (see chart). Industry segments slowing their use of cause tie-ins: airlines, beer, personal-care products and telecommunications.
The projected growth gives cause marketing a 10% share of overall sponsorship spending (up from 9% in 2005). Sports sponsorship, by contrast, is expected to fall to about $8.84 billion, 66% of total sponsorship spending (from 69% last year).
Marketers spent $1.11 billion on cause-related sponsorships and activation last year, according to IEG research. The projected increase makes cause marketing the fastest-growing segment of sponsorship, outpacing the industry’s overall growth rate of 10.6% to a projected $13.4 billion, per IEG.
Cause-marketing spending will rise 20.5% this year to $1.34 billion, projects sponsorship consultancy IEG, Inc.

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