Restaurant chains strive to drive loyalty and retention in the hopes of turning one-time customers into repeat guests. This is something restaurants know they need to do -- it’s how to do it that poses a problem. Based on hundreds of conversations with restaurant brands, there are a few common challenges we’ve heard repeatedly. These are the roadblocks preventing chains from providing the type of experience that their guests long for and is required in order to stand out from competitors. In this blog post, we’re taking a closer look at those challenges and some ‘how-tos’ to reactivate the last guest.
The mobile phone has become an essential tool to support our busy lives. They are always with us and occupy and inordinate amount of our attention. Moment, an app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone each day, found that people spend an average of 145 minutes per day using their phones. That’s roughly 10% of your day, 15% if you take out sleeping hours. Wow. To have the best opportunity to stay close to your customers and keep them engaged you need to be present on their mobile phones.
Being a sports fan is emotional. As the team goes, so goes its fans. Fans want to know all about the players and everything that’s happening and receive updates as they happen, so they can feel as close to the team as possible. A top priority for sports organizations is expanding their fan base. Fans living in the local-market can easily catch a game and buy apparel and merchandise in a local pro-shop. There is also plenty of advertising, discussions of the team in local media, and a variety of other events to keep the team top of mind and attract new fans. But what about your fans who don’t live locally? How can you keep those out-of-market fans engaged and valued? Let’s walk through a few ideas.
Here at SessionM, our clients want to engage and nurture their customers in timely and meaningful ways. There are several key requirements to do this. One of them is to collect all the actions and events that your clients take across channels, such as transactions at the POS, video views on your website, or sharing content from your mobile app. Each action--however large or small--is an important piece of the puzzle to understand your customer and market and message to them effectively.
There is a unique opportunity at the intersection of new customer acquisition, and nurturing current clients. This opportunity is the often overlooked “refer a friend” program.