New customer acquisition is a key focus for any competitive grocer. But once you’ve brought those hard-earned customers in-store, how do you get them to keep coming back?
In this article, we’ll focus on the understated value of customer retention. Long-term repeat customers are so much more than a reliable revenue stream. Repeat customers are loyal customers. And loyal customers:
Read on to learn how the next six retention strategies bring and keep grocery customers.
The first step in convincing new customers to come back is to give them what they need.
Incorporate convenience throughout every aisle and department of your store. To do this, you’ll need to imagine how a new customer would walk through your store.
Organize your store in a way that allows a new customer to traverse your store effortlessly. Help them get to where they need to be in the shortest amount of time. That way, they can find their needed item and put it into their shopping basket.
Next, focus on creating an environment that intrigues and invites.
Once your new customers put their needed items into their baskets, make them look around. Organize your store’s selection in a way that sparks curiosity. The goal is to turn your customer’s mission into a meander.
Help your customer discover new aisles and products with:
Throughout every aisle, demonstrate your store’s dedication to convenience by stocking up with one-stop items and services like:
Your customers expect convenience. Make shopping seamless with an entertaining selection. And whatever you do, do not skimp on customer service.
You want your customers to have such a memorable experience with your store associates that they think about it on their drive home. You want your shoppers to have positive interactions that can’t help but bring up in their social circles.
Repeat customers want to shop where they feel comfortable. You can create an enjoyable experience for your shoppers with proactive customer service. Here’s what insightful service looks like:
But remember: high-quality service is the result of a high-quality work environment.
If you want to take care of your customers, you need to take care of your employees. Create a satisfactory environment that not only fosters happy employees, but also:
Your employees are the face and hands of your grocery store. They interact with your customers, advocate for your brand, and work to ensure business runs smoothly. Reinforce customer retention by nurturing your employees.
Tend to your employees to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere. If you can manage this, you’re well on your way to carving a special place for your store in your community.
Do things in your store that make it feel unlike any other. Give your customers experiences they can’t get anywhere else. Make your store a happening place for community gatherings by hosting in-store events like:
Community involvement shows you care. Show your ongoing care for your customer base with a social cause.
Loyal customers shop with purposeful retailers. Incorporate your business’s commitment to enacting positive change with a prosocial cause. There are countless movements you can incorporate into your brand. Here are just a few examples:
Purposeful branding cements ethics into your brand. It motivates socially-aware consumers to support you, even when times are tough, because they will identify your grocery store as an involved and caring entity.
If you want to keep your customers, you need to keep in touch. Inform your customers of new items, price changes, and in-store deals by sending email and app notifications.
The easiest way to keep your customers in-the-loop is with store loyalty programs. Create campaigns that incentivize members to visit, stock-up, pre-order, and redeem. Give these engagement strategies a try to stay at the forefront of your shopper’s itineraries:
And if you really want to make every loyalty program transaction profitable, use personalization tools that tailor rewards for each customer’s needs.
Did you know you can provide customers with personalized promotions, just by using your anonymized processor logs? If you really want to retain more grocery customers, you should use a strategy that uses the data you already have to your advantage.
Upside uses machine learning to analyze every customer’s purchases and develop promotions that shoppers statistically cannot turn down. These offers are tailor-made to coincide with each customer’s shopping habits.
With Upside, you can expect repeat customers. Our algorithms generate promotions for your store based on what shoppers want and need, guiding them to choose you for every grocery trip.
It’s time to stop losing one-time and would-be customers. Learn to retain shoppers and make loyal customers with our Brick and Mortar Grocery Playbook now. This playbook will teach you how to:
With Upside, we guarantee profit from the get-go; our playbook illustrates how our program pays for itself. With our platform, there’s:
We know you’re balancing a lot to retain your customers. That’s why with us, you don’t need to do any extra work. Simply let the data work for you.
When it comes to customer retention, consistency is key. Customers appreciate care, and they can tell when you’re making an honest effort. Show your shoppers how much you care with personalized promotions. To learn more about how to empower your business with loyal customers, visit Upside today.
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