Customer Loyalty: How to Earn It, How to Keep It

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Customer Loyalty: How to Earn It, How to Keep It
Jill Griffin, Jossey-Bass, 2002
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In Customer Loyalty, the author begins with a short introduction to customer loyalty, drawing distinctions between increasing market share and building loyalty, and how a market strategy can limit loyalty.

The author distinguishes between customer satisfaction, which is an attitude, and customer loyalty, which can be defined in terms of buying behavior. The loyal customer, according to the author, makes regular repeat purchases, purchases across product and service lines, refers others, and demonstrates immunity to the pull of the competition. This occurs across five steps of the purchase cycle: awareness, initial purchase, post-purchase evaluation, decision to repurchase, and repurchase. She categories types of loyalty across four types based on repeat purchase and relative attachment (no loyalty, inertia loyalty, latent loyalty, premium loyalty). In the remainder of the book, the author guides the reader through a framework of seven stages and what to do in each stage to build customer loyalty: suspect, prospect, disqualified prospect, first-time customer, repeat customer, client, and advocate. Throughout, the author addresses the failure of the “market share” theory with numerous case studies. In the final chapter the author addresses how to develop a loyalty-driven culture in your company.

The author gives practical steps for improving loyalty with an understandable framework and tactics for implementation. For example, through “The Profit Generator System,” the author presents and addresses the marketing challenges every company must address to be profitable. This is a step-by-step application for across the “seven stages,” namely:

  • Suspects and prospects: attracting those with long-term potential
  • First-time customers: the importance of the transaction and customer expectations
  • Repeat customers: providing value with each interaction
  • Client stage: shifting from sales person to consultant
  • Advocacy: the need to follow through so customers feel valued and important

Through the use of anecdotes and case studies, the book is well structured and easy to read.

This book is less about theory and more about useful applications. It ends with a short chapter on how to develop a loyalty-driven culture in your company, with an overview of loyalty measurement variables, which seems too short and superficial, given the amount of material devoted to tactics. For more information on strategy and metrics, readers may refer to The Ultimate Question 2.0 or Improving Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty and Profit.

You’ve read about Customer Loyalty in the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, Entrepreneur, Industry Week, Marketing News, Boardroom Reports, Marketing Management, Library Journal, The Selling Advantage, Ideas Magazine, Executive Briefings, Training, Hospitality Upgrade, Direct, Quality Digest, Marketing Tools, Houseware Executive, Journal of Pharmaceutical Management, Discount Merchandiser, TeleProfessional, NationsBank Business, Modern Jeweler, Furniture Today– now read the new and revised edition of the ground-breaking book that created all the buzz.

This book provides a guide to implementing customer loyalty which is easy to understand, with tips and examples backing up each of the steps to creating loyal customers. The author seeks to distinguish customer satisfaction from loyalty and she applies practical knowledge from her business experience. It is ideal for heads of companies or anyone in marketing, sales or customer service.

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