OK, so Skechers' rocker-bottom shoes failed to magically transform consumers into Kim Kardashian or Joe Montana. But the company continually delivers strong customer service and rewards, underscored by its consumer-centric approach.
Making sure customers are heard is at the center of the footwear brand's digital strategy. According to Adweek, Skechers.com features 60,000 products reviews and 32,500 questions and answers. Is this because Skechers' customers are inherently vocal online or because the company has provided an ideal forum for digital interaction? After browsing the company's website, the answer is clear.
In order to provide shoppers with timely, relevant information, Skechers partnered with PowerReviews to implement the vendor's "Social Answers" question-and-answer tool. When shoppers click the "Questions" button, they are able to pose specific product questions that are quickly sent to customer service and to customers who have previously purchased the item. Within three hours, the customer is sent a follow-up email answer, which links to the product's page.
According to Skechers' ecommerce merchandising manager Timothy Lakin, "Because a customer who submits a question is already engaged, if we can give them the answer they want in a timely fashion, they usually buy the shoe." And he is right, as PowerReview reports that "80 percent of answer notification emails were opened, and more than half of those emails resulted in a conversion."
To boost the success of its site, Skechers motivates its customers to share online by monetizing their content. Members of Skechers' "Elite Reward" program receive points for submitting reviews and answers to questions posed by fellow consumers. Customers save their earned points for discounts on Skechers.com.
With 4,400 hotels across the world, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the world's largest hotel company. Accordingly, IHG provides the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club Rewards, in which club members receive 10 points for every dollar spent.
To connect with consumers digitally, IHG has launched a number of apps including the "Priority Club Rewards" app for the iPhone and the "Concierge Insider Guide" for the iPad. With the Priority Club app, users can book, change, or cancel hotel reservations as well as redeem reward points, view hotel photo galleries, or receive GPS-enabled hotel directions. The iPad app provides travelers with concierge recommendations, video tours, insider tips, room bookings, and more.
Not only does InterContinental have a strong mobile presence, but the company also recently launched the first global, multi-language shopping portal in the hotel industry. IHG's shopping portal features 600 leading online retailers, from Target.com to Nordstrom, and Priority Club members receive points for every online purchase.
Once again, companies with strong followings ensure loyalty through special rewards and a consumer-centric focus to guarantee a personalized experienced.