March Madness. World Series. Super Bowl. Stanley Cup. As Americans, we all watch sports, but nothing brings us together quite like championships. In the months of March and April, we ran a series of polls on our sports viewing habits and how technology is redefining them.
It's no secret, I’m a hotel girl. Having worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade before joining rDialogue, my experience gives me a unique perspective on the industry. Today, the hospitality landscape is evolving from mergers and acquisitions and, as a result, brands are being forced to realign their loyalty programs. However, we’re also seeing brands go beyond the re-alignment. Whether fueled by the disrupters like Airbnb or taking advantage of the new technologies available, brands are looking to loyalty strategies and programs to evolve the overall customer experience.
Born and raised in Atlanta, I’ve been a home team sports fan my entire life – Braves, Hawks, Falcons, even the new professional soccer team, Atlanta United. This year, our city is getting a state-of-the-art stadium for the Braves in SunTrust Park, an equally innovative new home for the Falcons and Atlanta United in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and a newly renovated Phillips Arena for the Hawks. Talk about resetting an Atlanta sports fan's expectation!
We love it when research reinforces what we’ve been saying all along: it’s not enough for customers to be loyal to brands; brands must be loyal to customers.
A recent study by Wunderman contends that there is a new measurement for customer engagement called “wantedness”, or as they define it, “the degree to which a brand provides their commitment to earning a customer’s business across every touch point and throughout the entire path to purchase.”
President Trump is having a significant impact on brand loyalty. Consider what we are seeing with Nike versus Under Armour. Uber versus Lyft. Nordstrom versus @realDonaldTrump (and @POTUS!). CEOs are declaring their support for, or opposition to, President Trump and his policies. In our always on, tweet-of-the-moment world, we are seeing brands and their leaders pick sides.