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The Top Features Customers and Companies Want In Loyalty Programs

The Top Features Customers and Companies Want In Loyalty Programs

In today's highly competitive markets, knowing what customers want and what matters to their decision-making can pay off enormously. Marketers turn to dedicated analytics tech and sales tools to understand their customers better. 

It's the same situation for loyalty programs, which often face a constantly growing market of competing programs. From retail loyalty programs to B2B channel incentive programs, all industries are seeing an increase in the amount and types of customer rewards programs available as more companies focus on retention marketing.

To stand out and differentiate their loyalty programs, brands must understand what their customers want from loyalty programs: what perks they want or what features they want to see. 


What Do Customers Want From Loyalty Programs? 

Loyalty platforms and programs are unique because loyalty programs serve both customers and companies. Both parties require specific features and want certain benefits from loyalty programs. For example, customers want to receive valuable rewards when they participate in a loyalty program, while companies want their program rewards to motivate customer actions and increase sales. 

While customers and companies might have different desires and goals when it comes to their loyalty programs, there are times when the two sides overlap. Identifying those areas of overlap is important because it can show brands where to prioritize time and resources when optimizing the loyalty program experience for themselves and their customers. A better loyalty program experience nearly always leads to increased loyalty program ROI. 

Here are three instances where the loyalty program features wanted by customers and companies overlap. 


Customers Want: Seamless, Omni-Channel Experiences

Between social media, email, mobile phones, tablets, apps, etc. there are a lot of methods to connect with customers. Considering the average amount of time an adult consumer spends on digital devices  hit 8 hours in 2022, platforms and programs can no longer limit themselves to a single access point. Customers today expect loyalty programs to be easily accessible across all their devices.

And we do mean all of them. 

A major contributor to program success is being able to reach your customers where they are, so your rewards program must possess omnichannel functionality. 


Companies Want:  Seamless Integration With Their Existing Tech Stack

Similar to how customers use a high number of media and devices, companies utilize a multitude of technologies and tools to conduct daily tasks, sell new business, build new products, market to audiences, and protect information. Trying to implement a new loyalty program into an ever-evolving, expanding technology system can easily cause issues if done incorrectly.

Loyalty platforms must possess the ability and flexibility to easily integrate into a company's existing systems and processes. If not there's a risk businesses will fail to capture valuable customer data, experience communication breakdowns, or miss out on vital opportunities with their customers. 


Customers Want: More Personalized Offers

Points per dollar and discounts are foundational aspects of every loyalty program. But building real brand loyalty in the modern consumer requires that brands (and loyalty programs) go beyond the basics. If loyalty programs only offer generic treatment to customers, customers tend to react with apathetic consideration -- not loyalty.

However, adding personalization to key customer interactions improves a loyalty program’s appeal in the customer’s eyes. Unique member experiences, along with customized rewards or redemption offers, are the easiest ways to demonstrate customer appreciation on an individual level.

B2B customers especially consider loyalty programs more valuable when they receive specific, tailored rewards. They are also more likely to actively participate. Over time, higher engagement and personalized experiences help to build affinity between customer and brand. Eventually, customers begin associating their own identity with a specific brand or product, which is a hallmark of true loyalty.

It is hard to reach that level using only generic rewards.


Companies Want: Actionable Analytics and Customer Data Insights 

To provide customers with personalized offers and rewards, companies need robust data analytics tools. Loyalty programs can capture valuable customer data from sources such as purchase & receipt uploads, loyalty member profiles, and reward redemptions. Companies need to be able to efficiently aggregate and analyze this loyalty program data to make strategic business decisions. 

A platform with built-in analytics specifically intended for analyzing loyalty program data empowers brands to understand and utilize their collected customer data from launch day. Understanding areas such as loyalty program engagement or how specific customer segments react to promotional offers helps provide insights into what best incentivizes desired customer behavior and action.

Another vital feature is the ability to integrate loyalty program data into existing data analytics from other parts of a business. This gives a holistic view of how all brand activity is contributing to customer loyalty. 


Customers Want: Privacy and Data Protection

Customer concerns over data and privacy are greater today than they were just 5 years ago. And it’s not hard to understand why: there were more data breaches and compromises in 2023 than ever before that impacted over 353 million total victims

The dramatic rise in hacks, lost data, and breaches makes data security a major consideration for the average consumer, no matter the industry or products. In addition, an increasing number of customers are now factoring data protection into how they select what brands to shop from, what activities to voluntarily participate in, and what platforms they’ll use. 

To stay relevant, loyalty programs need to acknowledge and match the expectations of their users. Brands have to make data security a priority when creating a loyalty program or selecting a loyalty platform provider. A cyber attack or data breach often results in the loss of consumer trust and business, and recovering is costly. 


Companies Want: Data Security Controls and Compliance 

When faced with the loss and churn of valuable customers, companies are investing to make their technology secure. Loyalty platforms that store personally identifiable information and customer data should ensure the data is encrypted. 

Brands should also take steps to ensure any data acquired through loyalty programs is only used for specific, documented purposes. Utilizing a loyalty platform with the proper technical safeguards and ensuring all privacy compliance needs are being met is vital to long-term loyalty success. Brands will also benefit by building credibility among current and potential loyalty program members.



Understanding how a customer's wants or needs coincide with your brand goals can help build an engaging and successful loyalty program. This is why at Brandmovers we incorporate strategic discovery and learning sessions to identify alignment opportunities before platform build even begins.

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This article was originally published in 2019. It was updated and edited for accuracy in 2024.