You can, and should aim to make your customers hopelessly devoted. What are we talking about? A loyalty program. Business owners want customers. But often they’re too focused on finding new customers, which can be one of the hardest — and most costly — aspects of running a business. Show your gratitude to current customers with offerings, discounts and rewards, and they’ll happily return again and again – all while spreading the word about your business and growing your customer base.

  • Cost effective: Merchant Warehouse says business owners spend six to seven times more money to acquire new customers than to retain old ones (who also happen to spend more).
  • Repeat customers: Offering points can increase repeat shoppers annual visits by up to 20 percent.

Now decide what system works best. Popular options include:

  • Point-based: Set the amount of points customers earn based on how much they spend. Once they hit a targeted amount, reward them with discounts or freebies.
  • Rewards for paying upfront: Small business owners can offer regular customers an incentive to pay ahead (which also helps with cash flow management.)

Lastly, invest in automating your loyalty program — it provides additional opportunities to make changes and offers on the fly, helps maintain clean tracking and encourages more meaningful communications based on purchasing history.

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