**** Empowering the Lonely Loyalty Champion

Chief Marketer newsletter provides us with a list of 10 non-obvious benefits of loyalty programs.  Funny thing, these 10 could be applied to almost any customer-data-based marketing programs.  Loyalty programs are among the most difficult of these programs to execute properly, but they can drive a huge return on the investment when designed and executed correctly.  Unfortunately, Loyalty Programs have a bad “ROI rap” because many are designed poorly and have to be killed.

I beg to differ on this statement in # 10 though: “There is always selection bias in any voluntary program, and loyalty programs are no different.”  That’s a design issue.  The recruitment design doesn’t have to be “voluntary”.  You can usually find a way to selectively and specifically invite different types of customers, at least in the beginning, so that you can look at profitability versus a control group.  That is what was done in the cellular case study linked to above.

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