As marketers our efforts are centered on engaging consumers to drive revenue. In today’s digital environment, we know consumers’ preferences have shifted from receiving coupons or earning rewards to expecting personalized experiences. Why? Because consumers can now connect with brands in the moment when it’s relative to their needs. The next level of customer engagement must be focused on creating highly relevant and personalized experiences for consumers.
As brands continue to evolve their engagement strategy, they need to first understand what their customer’s profile looks like and put parameters in place to capture those characteristics to define their customer segments. Understanding their relationship with your brand enables the most appropriate message development. Data can help you understand demographic and lifecycle information and recognize when there’s an opportunity to target new members.
To succeed consider these five elements of customer engagement:
Develop a strategy that keeps your brand top of mind via multiple media outlets, while at the same time remaining relevant. For example, if you’re marketing to “new movers,” plan your communication strategies accordingly. At the onset of a move, consumers’ priorities are phone, cable, utilities, etc., within the first 30 days. If you’re a club owner, send an offer that expires within a 3 to 6 month time frame versus 30 days. Once the new mover has addressed “the immediate” new mover to do’s, he/she will be in the mindset to explore what’s in the neighborhood and will be more apt to visit your club. Understand where your offer might fit into the lifecycle of decision making for your audience.
Be careful not to read results pre-maturely and draw false conclusions. It is not uncommon to see a “halo” affect after an offer has expired. Construct your measurement to capture those responses and understand where the breaking point is. Develop a strategy that allows you to test and measure throughout the year. Learn from your results, modify your strategy and execute on insights.
Once you’re effectively engaging with a customer, you will be able to identify those that are most likely to be your most loyal customers.