Brand loyalty in the digital age: How to create a brand that stands out from the crowd

by | May 4, 2021 | Public Relations

Communicators are still figuring out the post-COVID consumer (hopefully, we’re almost there)—why they’re loyal to certain brands, how they think about these brands, and what leads them to change their brand loyalties. New research from digital marketing agency Boston Digital explores these issues, and suggests that today’s consumers will be loyal to brands that give them a one-to-one relationship.

The firm’s newly released study, Brand Loyalty in the Digital Age, based on a survey conducted via Pollfish, reveals that while the two most important things consumers point to when they describe their favorite brand continue to be price and product, brands need to offer more in today’s competitive digital environment. Once consumers have these primary needs met, they then look for personalized content, streamlined service, and a robust community. Today’s brands need to be able to answer the question, “What can you do for me?” wherever and whenever it’s asked.

Brand loyalty in the digital age: How to create a brand that stands out from the crowd

“It is more than clear that a consumer’s loyalty to a brand can easily shift if they are not presented with customized digital marketing experiences,” said Ani Jigarjian, senior director of marketing & business development at Boston Digital, in a news release. “Both the digital ecosystem and a consumer’s needs change in real time, so it’s important to point out that there is an enormous customer service opportunity that brands must study and perfect. The consumer has more choices than ever, so if your messaging lacks strategy, clarity, and meaning, you risk the loss of a valuable customer forever.”

Brand loyalty in the digital age: How to create a brand that stands out from the crowd

To create a brand that stands out from the crowd, brands need to create a one-to-one relationship with customers that speaks to their wants and needs. The brand loyalty survey revealed the top reasons consumers will unsubscribe from content:

  • Irrelevant content (69 percent)
  • Overkill (65 percent)
  • Content doesn’t address their needs (62 percent)

Brand loyalty in the digital age: How to create a brand that stands out from the crowd

Description of favorite brands in three words:

  • 42 percent of people mentioned words related to price or product
  • 32 percent of consumers used adjectives like “great,” “cool,” and “fun”
  • 9 percent used words related to values and morals
  • Only 1 percent used words like “innovative” or “disruptive”

With online shopping on the rise, more consumers are looking for a quality service experience built for the digital age. The top three things consumers value in a digital experience:

  • Ease of use (78 percent)
  • Customer service (59 percent)
  • Video content (45 percent)
  • 83 percent are willing to switch to a brand with a better digital experience
  • 70 percent are more likely to trust brands that provide a great digital experience

A greater digital experience = brand loyalty:

Brand loyalty in the digital age: How to create a brand that stands out from the crowd

Social media has become the go-to source of information for the American consumer, which is why creating a robust and compelling social presence for your brand is a key to maintaining and growing brand loyalty.

  • Social media continues to climb the ladder when it comes to how brands educate consumers. Twenty-six percent of consumers said they prefer to hear from brands by email, while 24 percent said they prefer to hear from brands through social media. With social activity on the rise, however, we see email slipping into second place in the near future.
  • 75 percent of consumers have visited a website through Facebook, and 63 percent have purchased something after visiting a website through Facebook.

Brand loyalty in the digital age: How to create a brand that stands out from the crowd

Download the full report here.

The survey canvassed 500 people, using the survey tool Pollfish.

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Richard Carufel
Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 12 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders. Reach him at richardc@bulldogreporter.com; @BulldogReporter

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