Examples of referral programs at leading utilities brands

To understand why utilities (natural gas, electricity and water suppliers) are increasingly looking to harness positive word-of-mouth to gain new customers via referral marketing, we need to look at the challenges utilities marketers face.

First, as the name suggests, a ‘utility’ is something that’s seen as interchangeable commodity, and if you switch gas, electricity or water supplier you get exactly the same gas molecules, electrons and water flowing through your pipes and cables. And so, at least in developed countries, changing supplier doesn’t typically impact the nature or regularity of the supply of gas, electricity or water to your home or business. So it’s hard to compete on product, other than by offering some nice apps and IOT applications to monitor and control your usage. And being a regulated business means that there’s usually a whole heap of red tape that restricts the kind of marketing that can be done, and what can be included in product bundles.

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10 Reasons Why Social Referral Marketing Works

Over the past several years, social media has evolved and grown into one of the most powerful tools available to marketing professionals. In our digital age, virtually all businesses around the world depend on social media as a marketing tool. In fact, if a company doesn’t promote itself through social media platforms, many customers or potential clients could very well consider the company to be less reliable and not as innovative.

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Trust Based Relationship Selling for the Digital Age

Trust is one of the most important factors in maintaining a successful relationship with your customers. It can boost sales, give your company an edge over the competition, but above all – it is the driving force behind brand loyalty.

The problem is, brand-customer trust cannot be established with the press of a button. With all the spam and phishing scams floating around, how do you let your audience know they can feel secure and comfortable doing business with you?

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2010 – 2019: a decade of advocate marketing

Advocate marketing didn’t start in 2010 – or even, for that matter, in 2010 BC. Since the dawn of time, our grunting ancestors would drag fellow tribesmen down to the local fire pit to try the “mega-delish grilled mammoth”. But the modern, digital version of advocate marketing? That really kicked off when Uber launched with a referral programme that saw it rapidly grow into a multi-billion-dollar behemoth.

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December’s guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

7 marketing trends to look out for this holiday season

1. Seven marketing trends for this holiday season

‘Tis the season to spend big money, and marketers and retailers are out in force. Starting in November and running well into January, the spending frenzy will continue. But there are some crucial trends to bear in mind as you make the most of the avid consumer this holiday season. A great deal of focus has been placed on customer journey and experience, moving beyond a previously singular focus on seasonal discounts and product launches. Now, there’s also been significant investment in online and in-store customer experiences, loyalty and referral programs, personalized messaging, and other previously under-utilized marketing tactics. Check out a breakdown of this holiday season’s top marketing trends. Full story

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