Loyalty Terminology

There is a lot of terminology flying about to describe every aspect of the loyalty market. We could go on and on here, but we have tried to stick to the most important terms. 




Admin Console
The admin console is the entry point for the programme administrators to manage all the loyalty programme activities and monitor the results
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Anchoring Bias
Anchoring bias occurs when people subconsciously take in information and use this as a way to determine the value of something. Think about two items of clothing made out of exactly the same material. The item with a designer label and the higher price tag will be perceived by the majority of users to be of better quality because that is how we are conditioned to think.
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Attrition Rate
" Also known as Churn this is the rate at which members leave the loyalty programme or stop being engaged

Auto Enrolment, Registration & Opt In
Customers are automatically enrolled in a loyalty programme or campaign without having to opt in. Whilst this reduces friction in the registration process it may not be the best thing for your programme if members haven't not fully understood what they are signing up for.
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Loyalty programmes are designed to change the way in which someone responses to a requirement, stimuli or situation rather than just reward actions that the customer may or may not have done anyway.
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Benefits are a key part of a loyalty programme and are normally an added value that the customer can take advantage of. These could be in the form of member discounts off products or services.

This is the number of points that aren't redeemed within a defined period e.g. the number of points that expire without the member seeing the value of them. A breakage rate is normally calculated into the financials of a loyalty programme but you want to aim to keep this low.
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C.R.M. (Customer Relationship Management)
This stands for Customer Relationship Management and most companies will have their own CRM software to manage to customers however loyalty software should also come with an element of this installed. This is vital to managing the relationship with customers.
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Call to Action
This is an action that the loyalty programme is inviting the customer to take. This could be in the form of a button on a website asking a member to sign up or redeem their rewards.
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Choice Architecture
People make decisions based on the layout, sequence and way that choices are presented to them. Your environment shapes your choice. Good user experience is as important as the content. If the signposting, messaging and layout isn’t right then the user may never understand the value of your programme.
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Also known as attrition rate, this is the rate at which members leave the loyalty programme or stop being engaged.
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Coalition Programme
This is where more than one partner has a stake in the loyalty programme. This is most often seen where members are able to spend or earn points with more than one partner. This works particularly well where you have complimentary brands that you could partner with to give the customer a more holistic experience.

Control Group
A control group is used to measure the effectiveness of the loyalty campaign. The control group would be of a similar demographic to the members invited to take part in the programme but would not be a part of it so that you could measure the difference the programme makes to those members that are in the programme and those that are not.
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Cross-sell is the act of encouraging customers to buy from more than one product range, category or brand. This is a key part of our GROW loyalty campaigns.
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This is the value that a member earns in your loyalty programme, it could be points, cash, credits or any other currency you wish to create.
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Customer Segmentation
This is the split of customers into different loyalty groups which could be by location, purchasing history, length of relationship, value to the company. Customers could be in more than one segment.
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Customer Value
This is the value of a customer to the business. Loyalty programmes aim to determine the lifetime value of a customer so that they can identify the potential value of new customers.
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This visual display of data that are available to the loyalty programme administrators to monitor and measure the performance
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Decoy Principle
When you present a list of options with a(n) asymmetrical decoy(s) to drive the person to select the option you would prefer. This moves away from the personalised experience as this is driving your preferences over that of the user however in some instances that may be the best option for the users and the programme.
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Direct Marketing
This is normally referred to as any physical marketing or advertising collateral that is sent directly to the customer, often via post.
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Earn Rate / Accrual Rate
The rate that loyalty programme members earn their currency at e.g. 1 point for every referral or 1 point for every £1 spent.
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Enrolment, Registration or Opt In
The act of becoming an active member in a loyalty programme or campaign. There are different methods for getting customers to enrol in a programme such as to complete a registration form, create an account or click an acceptance link. Registration on a loyalty programme should be made as simple as possible but the customer must be clear about what they are registering for.
How to improve your registration process and ensure the best registration uptake
Exit Strategy
This is the plan for how your business is going to cease the delivery and running of a loyalty programme. We would recommend considering this at an early stage in the programme so that the business understands when, why and how it would end the programme.
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Expiry Dates
The date at which the loyalty currency expires. This could be X years after engaging with the brand or X years after the currency was earned.
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Frequency is the measurement of how often the customers purchases with the business or earns points via the loyalty programme. Our GROW campaigns are designed to encourage frequency of purchases.
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Front end
We often talk about the front end and we refer to it as being the customer facing part of the loyalty programme, normally a website or app.
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The act of using gaming rules and delivery methods to engage members more deeply in a loyalty programme or campaign.
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Goal Gradient Theory
As users get closer to the end target, their behaviour changes. The closer they get, the quicker they act. Think about how often in a race you see runners pushing themselves, sprinting the last mile to achieve their goal. However long the race is, once you get closer to the finish line the drive and desire to achieve overtakes other feelings.
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Hard Benefit
A hard benefit is a tangible reward, normally a physical product that the loyalty programme member must redeem their loyalty currency for.
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Idiosyncratic Fit
When people perceive that a programme is tailored to them, they are more engaged, more motivated and more satisfied. Personalisation is more than just a buzz word, think about the brands or programmes that you feel an affinity to. The likelihood is that they have similar values to you, they present a lifestyle you feel is similar to your own or you aspire to. You feel a personal connection to the brand.
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Illusionary Goal Progress
Building upon goal gradient theory, illusionary goal progress gives people an illusionary head start which motivates them to act quicker as they are already on their way to the goal. A coffee store that gave users a bonus 2 stamps on a 12-stamp card for their first coffee versus a coffee store that didn’t but only had a 10-stamp card was significantly more successful. The number of coffees required was the same for both stores, but users felt they were closer to the goal for the first store because they already had stamps.
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Key performance indicators are vital for monitoring the results of the loyalty programme against its objectives
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Loyalty as a Service, a service normally offered by Loyalty Consultancy or Loyalty Software agencies to enhance their offering and create an added value proposition.
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Liability is the total currency value, e.g. points that have been earned within the programme and not yet spent, that the company is be liable for. This could also take into account the estimated breakage rate.
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Loyalty Currency Accrual
This is the rate at which a member earns loyalty currency in your programme.
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Loyalty Marketing
Loyalty marketing is effectively just the term that refers to a form of marketing that is delivered via a loyalty programme or strategy.
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Loyalty Tier
A group/level or tier that a member can be placed in based on their activity, volume of purchases, engagement or other contributing factor. Loyalty tiers can be used to provide different earning rates to different members as well as identifying higher value customers, lapsed or declining customers.
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Market Penetration or Market Share
Market penetration refers to the total revenue a business has in comparison to the total revenue available across the market. This is also referred to as market share.
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Net promoter score (NPS) is a way of measuring customer satisfaction and loyalty. There is one questions, how likely are you to recommend the product or service to someone else, and there is a rating of 0 - 10. 'Promoters' are customers who score 9 or 10, 'Detractors' are customers who score between 0 and 6 and 'Passives' are customers who score 7 or 8. You can then calculate your score by subtracting the detractors from the promoters.
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Open Enrolment
A programmes opt in status can be set to open enrolment meaning anyone can register to become a member.
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Opt In
The process by which a member opts in to a campaign or a programme. Getting members to specifically request to be a part of a programme ensures they are more likely to engage.
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A complimentary, external partner can be involved in any part of a loyalty programme, whether that is by allowing members to redeem their loyalty currency with them, providing additional benefits to members or by providing extra earning opportunities.

Perceived Value
Perceived value is the value a loyalty programme member believes the reward to be rather than the actual value. With gift vouchers, rebates or cash values the perceived value is the same as the value whereas the value of soft benefits such as services and own brand products can have a much higher perceived value.
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Loyalty programmes often use points as a currency that the member earns to be redeemed against a catalogue of rewards. Points are the simplest form of currency for a member to understand quickly, however a programme could use any form of currency that the business determines.
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POS or Point of Sale refers to a terminal at which the customer completes a purchase. In the retail world this is the till.
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Real Time
Real time data, data that is delivered to the loyalty programmes immediately on completion of the action, is the holy grail of all loyalty programmes as it means so that behaviours can start to be managed in real time rather than after the purchase. Real time data is often achieved via the use of API's.

Recency is the measurement of when the customer last interacted with the business or programme. Our GROW Campaigns are designed to encourage frequency of purchases.
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Recognition is a key part of both internal and customer loyalty programmes. In customer loyalty it is the act of recognising the value of the member to the business and thanking them. In internal (employee) loyalty programmes it is the act of recognising employees that have delivered outstanding service or gone above and beyond. This could be delivered viua peer to peer recognition metrics or manager to member. The aim is to make all members feel special and valued.

This is the point at which a member exchanges their loyalty currency (often points) for a reward, which could be a tangible hard benefit such as a technology product or it could be in exchange for value-added services or gift vouchers. Redemption is the point at which the customers 'realises' the value in the loyalty programme so a key moment to engage the customer.
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Reports that are available to the loyalty programme administrators to monitor and measure the performance.
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Retention is about keeping your customers purchasing with you or keeping employees with the business for a longer period. Our KEEP campaigns are designed to drive retention within customer or employee programmes.
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Any item or service that is available for a member to redeem as part of the loyalty programme.
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Reward Partner
A complimentary brand that provides rewards for customers to redeem their loyalty currency on.
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Reward Tier
The ability to tier the rewards so that they can be made available to certain members or for certain actions or campaigns.
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Rewards Earning Ratio
Before launching any loyalty programme it is vital to understand how quickly your customers could earn a reward. We would recommend that all customers should be able to earn a reward within the first 3 months in order to keep them engaged.
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Share of Wallet
Share of wallet refers to the level of business a customer is bringing to your brand in comparison to their total estimated value.
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Soft Benefit
Soft benefits are the intangible rewards that members can receive for being part of your loyalty programme. These could include faster delivery times, free delivery, discounts on services and personal account managers.
The VIP Effect
Surprise and Delight
Rewards that are provided to loyalty programme members as a surprise with the benefit of making the member feel good rather than the member having to complete an action to earn it.

The Fairness Principles
People are influenced by a sense of fairness. If something is perceived as unfair or unequal in regards to reward, people won’t want to take part in earning it. This is most important in employee or team programmes. Your team are much more likely to feel they are being treated unfairly in comparison to other members of the business so you need to ensure the messaging is clear and that the metrics work for everyone in the business.
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The Loss Principle
People are motivated by the fear of potentially missing out. Think about how well this can be used in retail environments where you can see the number of people who have an item in their shopping baskets or the messaging saying that tickets are selling out fast. Scarcity breeds desire.
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The Say-Do Principle
What someone says motivates them vs what actually does motive them is very different. Users will often say cash is the most motivational reward but research into this shows that experiences and merchandise are the best rewards for producing long lasting brand association. Unless a cash sum is life changing the joy of receiving it is short lived whereas the memories from an experience last forever.
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Time Principle
Immediacy and the value of time play an important part in how engaged a person is going to be. There are two aspects to this principle. The first is that an immediate reward is more desirable than a reward that is attainable in the future. The second is that the user needs to perceive the reward and the activity required to be worthwhile of their time.
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Value Add
Creating a value add proposition for members to enhance the relationship and the loyalty programme offering.
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