Leveraging Personalization to Boost Customer Loyalty and Conversions

    Leveraging Personalization to Boost Customer Loyalty and Conversions

    Personalization is now table-stakes. Customers want personalization, and failing to meet these expectations will jeopardize their loyalty. Prioritizing personalization, on the other hand, fosters loyalty, which leads to increased profits and keeps the competition at bay.

    According to new research, personalization leads to much higher loyalty, which leads to increased profitability. 60 percent of customers are more likely to become repeat buyers after a personalized shopping experience with a brand, according to a June 2021 report from “The State of Personalization 2021.” According to the same study of over 3,000 businesses and customers, 85 percent of enterprises said they believed they provided personalized experiences, however, only 60 percent of consumers believe that’s the case.

    Customers have become used to high standards of customer experience and convenience over the last decade. Customers are loyal to a brand that fulfils their demands and provides a personalized experience, so retaining them is a significant struggle. Understanding every customer, their preferences and needs is the first step in meeting those tailored expectations. Brands can build experiences that captivate customers and make it easy for them to purchase what they want with minimum barriers by discovering their preferences up front.

    Personalization continues to evolve

    Personalization is still evolving, even if it has come a long way since the days of automated product recommendations. Businesses have progressed to true 1:1 personalization from simple segmentation, gaining holistic perspectives of individual customers in order to provide the right message to the right customer at the right time.

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    Only when the right data is served up to show the unique buying habits of each consumer along with their tastes, and behaviors, can businesses deliver sophisticated, tailored customer experiences. The only way to provide the tailored experiences that customers demand is for the company to adopt robust data policies.

    Leveraging AI to build personal connections

    The good news is that technology currently exists to help businesses understand more about their customers, engaging them in real-time, and fostering greater loyalty. Digital businesses can respond to customers and personalize experiences with the right technology, resulting in even greater loyalty in the future.

    However, data alone will not result in effective personalization. A 360-degree perspective of the consumer must be available and constructed from data gathered throughout the customer experience. Complex and manual processes, legacy technology and siloed databases make it difficult to arrange data in a way that allows for personalization, especially in the face of fierce competition. That’s why, when it comes to personalization, it’s vital to remain on the leading edge of technology by utilizing modern data management technologies that give real-time, actionable data insights that enable personalized experiences and all of their benefits.

    Creating a holistic view of customers based on data is one thing, but leaders in customer experience (CX) recognize that bringing the customer journey to life requires authenticity, and genuine connections. Customer data is accessed in real time by agile digital organizations, allowing them to create rapport much faster. Brands with smaller databases can always use third-party customer data to supplement their own. More data, of course, will enable AI in achieving rapid personalization. Digital brands that are more agile respond to client feedback faster and compete with more dependable customer support that includes a human element when needed.

    Direct competitors are no longer the only ones competing. In today’s marketplace, competition is defined as the customer’s most recent positive encounter with any brand regardless of product or industry. Consumers are continually benchmarking each experience up to their last best one, whether they realize it or not, and personalization is a major metric. Businesses must always be prepared to be the brand that provides the next best experience.

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