Declining Customer Loyalty - Blame It On Whom?

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Is loyalty to your brands declining? Who will you blame it on - customers, competitors, industry trend or yourself? While there are many factors contributing to declining customer loyalty, two of the major principles are gap in understanding a customers need and failure in building value relationships.
Gap in understanding customer needs Companies are sometimes so involved in their brand that they forget to understand their customers' needs.
Of course, you can never fully blame it on companies as consumers have become increasingly demanding.
A Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Department is given the responsibility to identify measure and minimize the gaps in service delivery framework.
While many companies' client satisfaction surveys show great scores the companies are still not able to meet client's expectation - which reflects an inability to bridge service and client expectation gaps.
This situation leads to declining client loyalty.
Although there is a direct relation between customer satisfaction and loyalty, they are not same.
This is the reason why many times a satisfied customer will switch to a competitor for a small incentive.
Hence it is important to nurture your satisfied customer.
Failure in building value relationship with client Companies today are using digital technology to analyze and nurture their client.
Social media channels along with email and marketing automation have revolutionized customer service.
Customer loyalty and satisfaction surveys have gone digital and newsletters and weekly offer emails are common these days.
But in all this, sometimes companies still fail to build a value relationship with their customer.
Creating value for customers builds customer loyalty.
While it is impossible to assign an account manager for each customer, reaching them digitally is easy.
Cost benefits, monetary and non-monetary incentives, segmented targeted messaging and offers, involving them in product innovation, customer loyalty surveys, and staying connected with them on social media channels are some of the ways to nurture customer loyalty.
It's also important to remember that too much of anything can be bad.
Too many surveys, emails, phone calls should be avoided.
The debate is still not over.
Who should we blame it for declining customer loyalty?
  • Competitors - for giving extra perks and seducing your customers or maybe inventing a fresher brand which meets your customer needs?
  • Your customer services department - for not providing quality services equal to a customer's expectation?
  • Your market research team - for not accurately gauging customer satisfaction and loyalty?
  • Your marketing team - for not staying in touch with your customers and nurturing them?
  • Customers - for being aggressively demanding?
We will be waiting for your comments.
In our next blog we will discuss some other factors responsible for declining customer loyalty.
Takeaway for our Blog Readers:
  1. Customer service design gaps are common - Any of the 5 gaps in service quality model if not monitored and minimized can lead to dwindling customer loyalty.
  2. Customer satisfaction is not equal to customer loyalty.
  3. New technological and marketing trends are making impact into customer's loyalty decisions.
  4. Too much of everything is bad - do not overwhelm your customers with too many surveys, offer emails and phone calls.

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