The Challenge: Managing customer experiences while improving their participation.
We live in a mass customized society – one where consumers want it their way! Global market forces are driving the continual evolution of the food and beverage industry. Changing consumer preferences are dramatically impacting business strategy. In this fiercely competitive marketplace, one must consistently and cost-effectively innovate to meet consumer demand.
One such CRM strategy is the Loyalty Program. Loyalty programs are structured marketing efforts that reward, and therefore encourage, loyal buying behavior; behavior which is potentially beneficial to the organization.
The loyalty industry in United States has a perceived value of $12 billion in 2011, of which the retail sector accounts for 40% of total loyalty program memberships but just 25% of the perceived reward value issued. Retail in particular, therefore largely presents an opportunity to mine buried treasure.
Our client is a leader in food & beverage category, and has more than 10,000 outlets. The client has also, like many others, built a ‘loyalty program’ with multiple reward cards and has around 80,000 members enrolled. Earlier, the client had commissioned a “Usage & Attitude Study” to help them understand motivations behind customer purchase decisions.
The client wanted Marketelligent to develop an actionable customer segmentation framework on the basis of perceptual & behavioral data of these card holders. Our immediate objective was to review the transactional data of customers who had signed for the client's loyalty program. We observed a particular trend in the customer activity, akin to the “Long Tail” behavior. Almost 35% of customers consistently purchase products from one or two categories, while the remaining customers tend to experiment amongst the categories available.
The Approach: Develop an actionable customer segmentation framework.
"K Means" clustering technique was employed to create the segments (see Exhibit 1). As a result, customers were placed into four segments, differentiated on the basis of 18 behavioral & 12 perceptual variables (see Exhibit 2).
Targeted strategies were then rolled out within marketing & sales division of the client organization; and the marketing team in particular realigned its role to focus mainly around segmentation-driven
In order to create growth opportunities, we followed the segmentation exercise with affinity analysis to design up sell/cross sell strategies for each segment.
To lift the monthly transactional value of the “Sweet tooth” segment, we had recommended our client to add packaged offers around dessert & snacks, as we found the product categories to have high affinity. Within 3 months, the monthly transaction for the test group increased by 30% (Exhibit 3).
Also, the client expanded its newsletter from one to two, basis the segments; one focused specifically on the products available, and the other on lifestyle & new product information. Specific sections such as “Chef’s Favorites” & “Make your own coffee” now have clickthrough rates three times more than the previous general newsletter.