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Helping businesses improve retention is a large part of my job as a MINDBODY business consultant. I have found that one way I can help businesses improve retention is by ensuring their reward program is set up well. Recently I had a client that was upset when a past customer of theirs returned to their business one year after their last visit and redeemed all of their Perkville points. The business owner was very upset because this client had not visited or made a purchase in a year and suddenly cost her a lot of money. This led to a great discussion about what her reward program settings should be for her business. After a little digging, we realized that we could prevent this from happening again with the click of a few buttons. We found other reward program settings that could be improved too. Here they are...Read Full Article
Adding Perkville to your business is exciting! The excitement spreads to your clients and they are quick to onboard and engage in the gamification your business has provided. But what if you have been using Perkville for a few years? Are you keeping the excitement going for your clients?Read Full Article
VIP and loyalty programs are an excellent way to keep your customers coming back for more. Not only does it allow them to become invested in your product offerings, but it can likely increase the amount of money they spend. However, how exactly effective are these programs in retaining customers and encouraging an increase in spending?Read Full Article
A rewards program can be a great tool to retain clients and bring in new business—but you have to structure the program well or it can cause problems. For example, you can’t give too much away because the program will become too expensive, but you can’t give too little or your customers will lose interest. That’s why we created this quick guide for structuring a rewards program that will set your business up for success.
The tried and true point accumulation system works where activities like spending money or attending classes earns points, and those points are redeemed for prizes. There’s a reason the major airlines and credit card reward programs are set up this way. This structure is easy for customers to understand and incentivizes them to engage more deeply with your business.
The average earn velocity tells you how many points each customer earns per month on average across all of the activities you reward. For example, for a yoga studio it might take into account the average number of classes attended each month, amount spent on retail, appointments or workshops attended and referrals. Let’s say for example that this equates to 30 points per month. You wouldn’t want a free class to cost 1000 points in this scenario because it would take the average customer almost 3 years to redeem a free class. But you wouldn’t want it to take only 50 points to redeem a free class either or the average student would get a free class every other month. You can contact us at Perkville to get a spreadsheet to help you calculate the average earn velocity.
Your customers should be able to earn at least one reward within a 3 to 6 month timeframe. Otherwise, they will lose interest in your program, and it won’t be effective. Ideally this reward would be small or inexpensive. For example, a health club may offer a smoothie or discount on retail. In the example above, it would mean at least one reward would cost between 90 and 180 points.
A successful referral is often worth hundreds of dollars to health and wellness businesses so ensuring that the points given for a referral are appropriate (not too cheap) is important to keep clients interested in referring friends. As a good rule of thumb, reward your referrals enough such that they can redeem a high value reward if they bring you a new customer.
Entice customers to try different services or products at your business by cross selling. For example, if you’re a salon, use retail as the rewards so more customers give your hair products a try. Or if you’re a gym, make personal training a reward so that more customers try PT. Cross selling not only encourages customers to try out offerings they may have not otherwise, but also adds variety to your rewards program.
You don’t want the rewards you offer with your program to put you out of business, but at the same time, variety is important. A good way to give customers great value rewards while also keeping the rewards financially feasible is to partner with other nearby complimentary companies. For example, if you’re a spa, perhaps partner with a local salon who may offer your customers a reward such as 50% off their first haircut. Or the local coffee shop might be willing to offer your customers a free coffee reward to drive traffic to their store.
Sunil Saha, Perkville’s CEO, was interviewed by certified MINDBODY business consultant, Nicole Chetaud. They discussed how to use Perkville to generate referrals and increase client retention. They also covered best practices for rewards and points, educating clients about Perkville to get engagement and more. You can read the summary and listen to the podcast here.Read Full Article