When you’ve powered referral marketing programmes for over a hundred of the World’s leading brands and retailers, it’s really difficult to distill all you learned into a short document. That’s why our Referral Marketing Best Practice Guide, at 18 pages, might seem a little daunting. So, to offer you a lighter read, we have distilled some of the key elements into a series of three blog posts, starting here.
To understand why telecoms marketers have turned towards referral or member-get-member programmes, we first need to look at the daunting challenges they face.
On the one hand, the demand for mobile, fixed line and broadband services never ceases to stop growing. Users now expect the highest-possible quality streaming to their fixed and mobile devices, with all the huge capex requirements in fibre networks, 5G etc. that necessitates.
1. Promoting consumer arrogance proven to increase consumer word-of-mouth
Want to increase word of mouth around your company or product? A new study from Michigan State University found that you might want to work on tapping into your customers’ sense of consumer arrogance. That’s right, appealing to customers’ pride at finding a great deal or product means more word-of-mouth recommendations to family and friends. Why? Well, we’re all familiar with that feeling of getting a really great deal and wanting to tell others about it. We brag about shopping triumphs for the same reason we brag about anything else—it makes us look good. However, companies should obviously still focus on the quality of their product or offering before activating consumer arrogance—the same study also found that triggering consumer arrogance meant more word-of-mouth communication about the experience whether or not customers liked the product, meaning more positive word-of-mouth information if they were happy and more negative word-of-mouth communication if they weren’t. So while it could be a bit of a double-edged sword if companies aren’t careful, activating consumer arrogance is clearly a safe bet for increasing word-of-mouth. Read on.
Sometimes clients and prospects ask us whether they really need to give an incentive to a referred friend. As if giving an incentive will attract the wrong type of bargain hunting customer? Or, where you feel your product or service is high quality, then surely the recommendation of the friend should be enough? Particularly, if your service is invite-only, like a private shopping club.