Loyalty and Engagement Trends for 2022

Even as the pandemic enters its third year, it still continues to influence our lives in extraordinary ways. Here we outline some of the top trends we anticipate in terms of customer loyalty and engagement:


Ramzi Chamat / 8 Ways Media
2022-04-18 10:19:00

Even as the pandemic enters its third year, it still continues to influence our lives in extraordinary ways.

There are still measures in place for many countries across the world, with measures varying based on the specific country, the specific establishment, and the number of people in attendance within a particular location.

As a result of these many changes, companies have had to make changes to the way they operate – especially when it comes to interactions with customers. And although many countries are experiencing relaxations in terms of the measures in place, it is expected that many brands will continue to adhere to some (if not all) of the measures implemented during the pandemic.

At 8 Ways Media, we anticipate that brands will capitalize on loyalty and engagement in 2022.

Here we outline some of the top trends we anticipate in terms of customer loyalty and engagement:

1. Keeping up with post-pandemic standards

During the height of the pandemic, companies created perks and additional services to customers to support them in navigating the complexities of the pandemic. This approach worked twofold: on the one hand, it supported customers who felt overwhelmed by the changes as a result of the pandemic. On the other hand, it made them feel safer in the hands of the brand they were interacting with, which enhanced their brand trust and brand loyalty.

For example, although we have been living with the pandemic now since early 2020, many businesses continue to request that customers wear masks and maintain social distancing measures. This is to ensure that all customers who enter a shop or store feel safe whilst continuing with their shopping.

2. Offering subscriptions

During the pandemic, many brands introduced subscriptions as a way to increase brand awareness, enhance brand loyalty, and generate additional revenue streams.

At the height of the pandemic, we witnessed a notable increase in subscription rates, particularly in digital media entertainment, education, software, and e-commerce. Growth in subscriptions increased immediately during the first few weeks of the covid pandemic, with a 20-40% increase when compared with pre-covid times.

What’s more, many individuals converted from a trial-based subscription to a paid subscription, meaning that businesses offering trials were successful in converting those trials into paid subscriptions.

3. Greater brand transparency

2021 was largely considered a year for recovery for many industries. However, it was also a year that witnessed heightened demand for brand transparency from consumers.

These demands span the globe, with interest in transparency extremely high in emerging markets. This is largely due to the fact that emerging markets have greater access to information through social media/the web.

People don’t want to interact with brands that do not fit with their values and lifestyles. Instead, they expect their relationships with brands to be reciprocal, otherwise they will go elsewhere.

4. Zero-party data

Zero-party data (ZPD) is the data that consumers intentionally and proactively share with a brand. It can include purchase intentions, preference centre data, and how the individual wants to be recognised by the brand.

ZPD is provided in good faith, with the expectation and assumption that the information will be kept safe by the company. With third-party cookies eventually being phased out during the course of this year, ZPD will play an increasingly important role as a definitive and trustworthy way of sharing information.

ZPD is a superb tool for businesses. It supports personalisation through point-in-time preferences and engagement, and can be combined with other data to make it even more robust.

5. Remain authentic

Since the pandemic, consumers have become more cautious in the way they show loyalty. Expectations are higher than ever, and customers are no longer willing to connect with brands they feel they cannot trust.

To cultivate loyalty in the coming years, brands need to think about HOW they demonstrate authenticity to their audiences. Consumers now expect their favourite brands to have a clear-cut strategy when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Other areas of authenticity include the environment and climate changes. More and more customers want brands to take a clear stance on the matters that are important to them.

Contact our agency today to discover how we can support your brand in increasing loyalty and generating greater conversions.

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