Exceptional Customer Service: The Most Important Aspect of Customer Loyalty

Recently VIPdesk and Affinion Loyalty Group conducted a survey of Loyalty Marketing Professionals which revealed the importance of exceptional customer service, exclusive rewards and concierge service as the most important aspects of customer loyalty programs geared towards affluent consumers.

Over 50 percent of loyalty marketers identified exceptional customer service as the most important aspect of customer loyalty programs geared towards affluent consumers and over 40 percent identified exclusive rewards or concierge service as the most important aspect of customer loyalty.

Other key findings indicate that affluent consumers are most influenced in their customer loyalty decisions by recognition/personalization (52%), followed by desire for exclusive access (32%) and desire for status (15%). Nearly half of survey respondents already have a loyalty program in place.

This survey was conducted during a webinar presented by Affinion Loyalty Group and VIPdesk, and produced by Loyalty 360. The webinar, “What Do Affluent Customers Want From Their Loyalty Programs?,” offered participants insights and best practices for fostering customer engagement with the discerning affluent customer base.

Record registration and attendance numbers for this Loyalty 360 webinar provided further evidence that loyalty marketers are focused on capturing the increased spending power of the valuable affluent market.

Charles Christianson, Group Vice President of Sales & Account Management at Affinion Loyalty Group said it’s imperative to understand how affluent consumers behave. “Our research shows that the affluent tend to be brand loyal, tech savvy and travel focused. The differentiating factor in all three areas is service. The affluent consumer will be loyal to your brand, but only if you provide the best service. Furthermore, they seek to simplify their lives with technology. From a travel perspective, they expect their loyalty program to help them go where they want to go with fewer hassles. The bottom line: companies must create an experience that delights the affluent consumer.”

The results of this survey support our belief that the affluent customer base puts a high premium on exceptional customer service. Through 12 years of experience providing concierge and customer care solutions to affluent customers, we have maintained that a one-size-fits-all loyalty program is ineffective for this influential market segment, shown by survey results indicating that over half of affluent consumers prefer a personalized loyalty program that takes their own personal needs into consideration.

A recording of the webinar, “What do Affluent Consumers Want from their Loyalty Programs?” can be accessed for playback at http://info.vipdesk.com/what-do-affluent-consumers-want-from-their-loyalty-copy/

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