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Guest column

Engaging loyalty
In our guest column, UK-based customer loyalty expert and founder of consultancy Uber, Sarah Cross advises brands on how to get personal with consumers
Identify your customer In today’s climate, every business needs to ensure they are winning the hearts, minds and wallets of their customers, but with so much choice in beauty, how do you get your customers to keep coming back for more? Firstly you need to understand your customer. Don’t assume you know, do your research. What do they like? Where do they go? Speak to your staff, hold focus groups, conduct surveys and questionnaires. You need to truly get to know them and find out what turns them on—and off. Well-executed research will enable you to fully understand your customer, so you can speak to them personally and relevantly. This will ensure you are giving them exactly what they want and keep them engaging with you more often. Collect data... and use it Put data collection and usage at the core of your customer relationship management program. You need their name, address, email, age, occupation—the more the better so you can overlay this information with your transactional data to communicate effectively, timely and relevantly. Be aware that customers are increasingly skeptical about passing on their details, so there has to be a compelling reason for them to share it with you. Make your proposition stand out from the crowd. Highlight the benefits clearly and maybe run an initial competition to get people involved and excited. Once you have your customers data, segment it and use it. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose consumer trust, which can be very difficult to get back. With loyalty, one size doesn’t fit all, so don’t offer every customer the same thing. What’s right for 43 year-old Rachel, may be totally different to what is suitable for 24-year old Marianne. Be relevant and offer different customer segments, different exclusives and benefits based on their transactions and their lifestyle.
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Just 11% of customers get excited by points-based programs. They don’t work for most brands, and are often seen as dull and impersonal. A non-point-based program is much more effective in engaging your audience
Uber founder Sarah Cross

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most brands, and are often perceived as dull and impersonal, so be brave and get personal. A non-points based loyalty program is much more effective in engaging your audience; get it right and you’ll reap the rewards. An adaptive approach is an absolute must. Measure the success of each campaign so you can see what works, and what doesn’t, but don’t beat yourself up if a campaign isn’t successful; learn from it. Your first year of running a program should be your test and learn phase. In fact, a lot of big beauty brands have a failure budget, to allow them to experiment and learn more about what motivates their audience. Use your first year to find out what activity you need to do to generate the revenue you need. Join it up We live in a super accessible world. Just sending emails to your loyal brand advocates isn’t enough. Your key messages and all planned activity need to be integrated across all channels and available at every touch point in your business—in-store, online, on social media, or through advertising and staff messaging. Your loyalty activity will live or die by the enthusiasm of your staff. If they don’t believe in it, your customers won’t either. You have to invest time to get them excited and really get their buy into the program for its long-term success, if they’re part of your program they’ll understand it and communicate it more effectively, so get them involved. Don’t expect miracles right away. Loyalty is not a quick sales fix, but with a strategic and adaptive approach, you will create a community of like-minded brand advocates that will visit you more often, and spend more when they do. n
Sarah Cross has over 16 years loyalty and crm experience and runs Uber, a boutique customer loyalty and communications consultancy that works with beauty, hair, fashion, retail and luxury brands to drive revenue through strategic customer loyalty activity & research.

Dare to be different When communicating with your customer, don’t be afraid to challenge the norm and stand out from the crowd. You could work with other brands your customers love and get them excited by offering something relevant and personal that makes them feel exclusive and part of a VIP community. Recent research we conducted found that just 11% of customers would get excited by points-based programs. They don’t work for

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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012

Cover
Comment
Contents
Update
- Brand & retail news recap
- Companies on the move
Take note Market facts, figures & trends
Best of BW Highlights from our e-publication
Launches The latest in fragrance, skincare & make-up
Interview L'Oréal Luxe president Nicolas Hieronimus
Insight: Fragrance
- Category overview
- Regional breakdown
- Retail strategies
- Sampling
- Launch roundup
Wellness
- Clarins' spa strategy
- Spa case studies
Retail
- Chinese shoppers abroad
- Direct sales
- Store concepts
Digital
- QR codes
- Selling beauty online
- Marketing strategies
Market watch: South East Asia
- Regional overview
- Thailand
- Indonesia
- Vietnam
Travel retail
- Industry analysis
- Retailer viewpoint
- New niches
- Retailer factfile
Emerging markets Company profile: Dabur
Radar Up-and-coming beauty brands
Packaging
- Sustainable packaging in the BRICs
- Packs for Chinese consumers
- Luxe Pack preview
Last word Uber founder Sarah Cross
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Cover
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Comment
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Contents
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Brand & retail news recap
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Companies on the move
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Take note Market facts, figures & trends
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Best of BW Highlights from our e-publication
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Launches The latest in fragrance, skincare & make-up
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Interview L'Oréal Luxe president Nicolas Hieronimus
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Category overview
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - EC1
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Regional breakdown
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Retail strategies
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Sampling
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Launch roundup
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Clarins' spa strategy
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Spa case studies
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Chinese shoppers abroad
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Direct sales
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Store concepts
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - QR codes
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Selling beauty online
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Marketing strategies
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Regional overview
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Thailand
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 93
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Indonesia
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 95
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Vietnam
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Industry analysis
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Retailer viewpoint
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - New niches
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 105
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Retailer factfile
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Emerging markets Company profile: Dabur
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 111
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Radar Up-and-coming beauty brands
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BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Sustainable packaging in the BRICs
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 118
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 119
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 120
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Packs for Chinese consumers
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 122
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 123
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - - Luxe Pack preview
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - 125
BW Confidential - Issue #12 - November/December 2012 - Last word Uber founder Sarah Cross
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