Kundenbindungsmaßnahmen sind noch immer nicht im digitalen Zeitalter angekommen, so die Bilanz von Capgemini Consulting in der neuen Studie „Fixing the Cracks: Reinventing Loyalty Programs for the Digital Age“. Fakten wie mäßige Teilnehmerzahlen und fast 90 Prozent negative Bewertungen in sozialen Netzwerken belegen, dass die Möglichkeiten von Treueprogrammen bei Weitem nicht ausgeschöpft werden. Die Strategie- und Managementberater analysierten für die Studie Maßnahmen von insgesamt 160 Unternehmen weltweit und werteten zusätzlich 40.000 Kommentare von Konsumenten in sozialen Medien aus.

Launching a loyalty program is expensive and it’s complex. In the US alone, companies spend a staggering $2 billion on loyalty programs every year. But does this translate into increased customer engagement? Research suggests the answer is “probably not”. The average household in the US has over 21 loyalty program memberships. But, the household only actively uses 44% of these. More than half of consumers in a 2013 survey admitted they had abandoned at least one loyalty program in the past year. Our own analysis of customer sentiment on social media revealed pronounced dissatisfaction. Almost 90% of social media sentiment on loyalty programs was negative.

We assessed loyalty programs on a number of parameters. These included their central objective, their use of digital channels, and their ability to provide a seamless experience across channels (more detail on the approach is at the end of this paper). We found, in short, that companies have a lot of catching up to do. 97% of loyalty programs rely on transactional rewards, i.e. a customer makes a purchase and takes their points in exchange for gifts, merchandise or cash. The issue is that 77% of those transaction-based programs actually fail in the first two years. According to our research, only 25% of loyalty programs reward customers for some form of engagement. Where loyalty programs are also lacking is advanced personalization: only 11% of loyalty programs offer personalized rewards based on a customer’s purchase history or location data.

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