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Confession time. Whenever I have to call customer service, I always cringe, waiting for that dreaded phone tree before I ever get to talk to a person.

I think my record is 18 selections before I got frustrated and pounded 0, which wasn’t listed but thankfully sent me to the operator anyway.

Seriously, I prefer to use a company’s website to find hours of operation, pay bills, and all the other automated tasks you usually find in a phone tree.

So unless one of your options is “If you would like to hear a duck quack” then I’m probably not going to find my answer automated in your system. No, if I’m resorting to dialing a number, I want to talk to a person, dang it.

Rant over.

You’ve probably heard it called customer success – after all, that’s what it’s known by in most of the business world.

Here at Access, we call it client success and we have an entire department dedicated to it.

Or you could call it member success. While not a buzz word, this would be just as relevant a term.

What am I talking about?

All these describe the idea that companies should strategize their business plan with the end user in mind. And little by little, it has taken over the business world mindset and become the preferred way to gain an audience’s loyalty – and all the benefits that come with it.

Some businesses seem to have it made. They have a faithful following that only seems to grow year after year.

While it may seem effortless to big brands like Apple, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks and maybe even your competitor down the street, that’s just because you can’t see the thought and care that goes into their loyalty strategies.

In fact, you can build your own wildly successful loyalty program by hitting the right notes for your organization and members. Hint: “right” could mean something very different for you than it does for other successful businesses.

There are a lot of reasons an association might want to build a new member benefits platform. Some are attempting a formal loyalty strategy for the first time. Some may not be seeing the results they want and are beginning to rethink their solutions.

Posted by Ashley Autry on Apr 11, 2019 8:37:17 AM

We talk about customer loyalty a lot here on the Access blog. Not surprising, given that this is indeed a "loyalty blog."
 
When it comes to the topic of customer loyalty, however, we like to draw as much and as often as possible from what's happening in the real world. Using real data. In the pursuit of real results.
 
And while some principles around customer loyalty tend to remain the same, it's always the data that helps us distinguish between the truth and what is merely "conventional wisdom."
 
That's why every year we lend our loyalty community a helping hand by gathering every relevant bit of customer engagement and loyalty data we can find. Since new data emerges all the time throughout the year, we update these statistics at least monthly, if not more often, so be sure to bookmark or subscribe to our email.
 
Note: the stats below and others from recent years can be found as always on our Ultimate Collection of Loyalty Statistics . As we've done in years past, we'll continue to provide a link back to the original source of the data for your convenience. And if you have relevant information you'd like us to include, don't hesitate to drop it in the comments.
 
Enjoy!
 

When planning for college, I believed journalism was the best (maybe only) choice I had to earn an actual money-making career based on writing. Even though I knew early on I was unhappy in that major, I stuck through my classes.

And worked at the school newspaper.

And practiced my “interview skills” on unsuspecting blind dates.

Basically, I pounded away at the goal for three years before taking a step back to figure out why things weren’t falling into place like they should. It took opening up my mind to realize that my basic premise was wrong before I could make the change. I’m much happier now, thanks for asking.

When we make choices based on wrong assumptions, our results won’t be satisfactory no matter how good our intentions.

Not all member discount programs can really attract and engage your constituents like they promise. Here are 20 of the most important elements to look for in an effective (and compelling) discount program.

About a 4 minute read

 

Why are more and more member-based organizations, employers, associations offering their constituents a private discount program as part of their benefits?

Because if it’s done right, offering compelling consumer discounts has almost universal appeal with virtually any demographic,  young or old, male or female.