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Three Loyalty Program Challenges and How Loyalty Marketers Can Overcome Them

by Sara Hogan
April 19, 2018
Three Loyalty Program Challenges and How Loyalty Marketers Can Overcome Them

This is a challenging time for loyalty marketers. Not only must they grapple with ever-changing consumer expectations and constantly evolving technologies, but today’s marketplace is increasingly saturated.

Today's Technology Fuels Tomorrow's Loyalty

by Sara Hogan
March 12, 2018
Today's Technology Fuels Tomorrow's Loyalty

As technology evolves, so do consumers’ expectations — and their demands. While this may seem like common sense, or at least an inevitability of the information age, what it means for brands and retailers is that forward-leaning technology needs to be a centerpiece of your loyalty strategy.

Experiencing Loyalty: How Loyalty is Tailor-Made for CX

by Sara Hogan
January 08, 2018
Experiencing Loyalty: How Loyalty is Tailor-Made for CX

Many companies continue to think about loyalty and CX independently, as distinct undertakings, when a more holistic, comprehensive approach would have a significant multiplier effect on both CX and loyalty initiatives.

Principles of Loyalty: Finding the Right Technology Partner

by Sara Hogan
November 17, 2017
Principles of Loyalty: Finding the Right Technology Partner

In today’s customer-centric and data-reliant business landscape, a loyalty program is often only as good as the technology that supports it. Here's how to find a technology partner that will last.

The Wise Marketer Sponsor Spotlight: Allison Cripps Ferguson

by Allison Cripps Ferguson
August 03, 2017
The Wise Marketer Sponsor Spotlight: Allison Cripps Ferguson

For this month’s sponsor spotlight, we talk with Merkle Loyalty Solutions Senior Strategist Allison Cripps Ferguson about the Great Loyalty Reset: the need for retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) loyalty programs to become more effective, meaningful, and relevant to today’s shoppers in the face of profound and irrevocable changes in the shopping experience. The solution: deliver “connected loyalty” – a deep understanding of today’s consumers through the orchestration of strategy and technology to connect all customer capabilities within the organization and across every touchpoint. Q. Tell us a little about your background in loyalty marketing and about Merkle Loyalty Solutions. Ferguson: I’ve been a loyalty practitioner on both the client side and consulting side for 20 years. Today, I primarily help clients in the retail, hospitality, and financial services industries with loyalty program strategy... Read more

[Webinar] Retention and Loyalty. The End Is Only the Beginning.

by Julia Leyrer
March 20, 2017
[Webinar] Retention and Loyalty. The End Is Only the Beginning.

Join Merkle to understand how to better leverage digital tactics through addressable marketing and owned media experiences for cross-sell, upsell and retention. We will help you identify your target audience for retention messaging and how can you drill into channels and influencers. Retention is much more than loyalty programs, learn how you can upsell your offerings. Learn the importance of retention and understand how you can... Read more

Loyalty Marketing 2.0: The Search for Effective, Relevant, and Engaging Loyalty

by Zach Woith
May 19, 2016
Loyalty Marketing 2.0: The Search for Effective, Relevant, and Engaging Loyalty

Originally posted on The Huffington Post: To keep customers coming back, many companies have implemented customer loyalty programs based on transactions with promotions and discounts, and others have instituted programs based only on gamification and engagement. Although both structures have seen success in the past, they have been predicated and built on a brand-led choice, rather than from the customer perspective. Loyalty design was assumed to be a brand’s choice, and success was independent of that design. Today, a number of new programs have appeared with a clear idea of a customer-centric loyalty approach; one that combines customer excitement with a use of relevant transactional opportunities. This discovery of the right program structure has over time become based upon an understanding of relevancy to the customers and financial sense to the brand. In this article, I cover the... Read more

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