|Issue 053 June 2017 // 24/7 Hi Octane Marketing LLC|
|Welcome to the latest issue of the The 24/7 Hi Octane Marketing Minute with key information regarding customer loyalty programs and the next generation of SEO. In this issue:
✮ How to Start Successful Customer Loyalty Programs in 2017
How to Start Successful Customer Loyalty Programs in 2017
Attracting new customers is essential for any business, but getting them to stick around is the real measure of success. Both online and offline marketing strategies can accomplish this for local business owners, but one of the most powerful tools at their disposal is a customer loyalty program. These programs provide incentives to keep people coming back, so here are three customer loyalty tips for 2017 that can equate to success.
1. Offer Incentives for Customer Loyalty Programs
It’s not often that people will sign up for email lists or loyalty programs for nothing. Even if they follow a company on Facebook – which is a good indicator since frequent users of Facebook are 1.25 times more likely to exhibit brand loyalty – this doesn’t mean they’ll turn over their information freely.
This is why business owners should offer incentives, such as a free birthday meal, discount or free sample, for people to sign up for their loyalty program. A simple “Get Your Tenth Sandwich Free” on a punch card is enough to increase loyalty – even if it doesn’t garner an email address.
2. Offer Automatic Payment Programs
One of the best loyalty programs out there is the simple act of setting up automatic payments. This ensures that a client is loyal even if it slips their mind. Again, though, this will typically require motivation. So, one of the most utilized incentives in this area is a 5-10 percent discount.
3. Consistent Promotion of Customer Loyalty Programs Is Key
An appealing loyalty program means absolutely nothing if people don’t know about it. Therefore, train staff members to offer the program and its incentives at every opportunity. And for those who remember the fact that brand loyalists use Facebook often, it becomes obvious that promoting the program on the social media platform is essential.
Having 100 new customers in a single day might look good on that week’s books, but it amounts to very little if none of them ever come back. So, while effective promotions to attract new patrons are important, local business owners should also be focusing on the customer loyalty programs that will keep them coming back.
Why SEO in 2017 Has Become Even More Essential
Search engine optimization (SEO) is nothing new. People have been talking about it for well over a decade now, but in that time, the marketing method has evolved to levels we never thought possible. Most local business owners are likely using SEO in some fashion, but many of them have opted for the DIY approach. For SEO in 2017, though, novice attempts won’t cut it for these reasons.
1. It’s More Than Just SEO Now
Search engine optimization is focused on getting a page ranked as high as possible on Google and other search sites. As it turns out, though, search algorithms will no longer be just about keywords, backlinks and usefulness.
Online Marketing Budget In 2017 for Local Businesses
Your online marketing budget should include marketing automation. Plenty of great marketing techniques require a large monetary investment on your part, but not marketing automation. By simply using an affordable automation tool like Hootsuite, your social media posts can be scheduled upfront. This means you are free to do something other than update Facebook all day. Because less than 10% of companies utilize these instruments, you will have a head up on your competition in 2016.
Your Online Marketing Budget Should Include a Mobile-Friendly Blog
If your web site isn’t already mobile-friendly, it is absolutely imperative to include a mobile friendly site in your online marketing budget. Consumers are progressively using the internet on smart devices, and many surf the web on these specifically when making purchases. Thankfully, it is costly and inefficient to ignore this strategy as you will fall further and further behind your competition.. Low-cost resources like Mofuse, Wirenode and Mobify can easily change your site into a mobile-friendly oasis.
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