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Mapping the New Consumer Path to Purchase

We’ve been told a consumer’s path to purchase proceeds in a straight line: awareness, familiarity, consideration, purchase … and if done right, it leads to loyalty. It’s a logical step-by-step progression model and gives brands the confidence to manage customers’ engagement and activate them along each step in their journey. Illusion Unveiled The problem is […]

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Brand Trust Is Built on Dependably Satisfying Consumer Expectations, not on Lofty Social Causes

After one of the more tumultuous years in American history, rocked by the triple whammy of the pandemic shutdown, wide-spread social unrest and a deeply contentious presidential election, it is no surprise that American’s trust in institutions has eroded sharply. An April 2021 Pew found only 24% of Americans trust the federal government to do […]

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Sephora’s Already-Great Beauty Insider Loyalty Program Is Getting Even Better

Look at most any list of the top retail brand loyalty programs and Sephora’s Beauty Insider typically is on it. Business Insider calls it out for offering members access to beauty classes, special promotions, exclusive sets and extending extra perks through credit cards. Shopify highlights the program’s flexibility that gives members access to discounts to […]

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How Foot Locker, Nike and The North Face Earn Millennials’ Customer Loyalty

Ever since Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff declared that “Loyalty is dead,” in a November 2017 interview with Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, business leaders have been wringing their hands. But listen beyond the attention-getting soundbite, and you will learn that what Benioff is talking about is the way businesses define customer loyalty, i.e. as a program. […]

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Amazon’s Customer Loyalty Is Amazing: Time to Become a Third-Party Seller?

Amazon’s results over the past holiday season are mind-blowing. While the company holds some data close to its vest, like the number of customers that ordered and the dollar amounts those orders represented, it reported that this past Cyber Monday was the single biggest shopping day in Amazon’s history, surpassing Prime Day 2017, which until […]

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