Customer Loyalty's Seven-Year Itch
In the movie Up in the Air, George Clooney's character is a consultant obsessed with loyalty programs. His goal is to reach 10 million frequent flier miles and have a plane named after him. But what companies can actually take their loyalty programs that far? How far can you go to keep loyal customers interested and reaching for more?
Many companies offer loyalty programs, designed to reward the most loyal customers and make sure they build share of wallet. They have a progression path, tiers to be reached, and higher and higher privileges that members aspire to achieve. So what happens when a customer reaches the top of the pyramid? How do you keep the spark of the initial relationship going strong?