New Data Reveals That Brand Loyalty Is on the Rise Among Consumers
The Growing Focus on Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) Experiences Are Potentially Driving a Renewed Affinity for Brands
Yotpo, the leading eCommerce marketing platform, released its annual brand loyalty survey examining American consumers’ sentiment towards brands, and the role of rewards programs in harnessing and cultivating that loyalty.
“This year’s data showing continued strong brand loyalty among consumers supports the idea of a brand renaissance, the same phenomenon fueling the rise of direct-to-consumer and growth of the modern eCommerce industry,” said Tomer Tagrin, CEO & Co-Founder, Yotpo. “But the study also reveals that loyalty is hard won. Most consumers consider themselves loyal to only a handful of brands. To win, brands need to stay at the top of their game by offering amazing products at a fair price and creating valuable experiences worth coming back to. The survey shows that even loyalty programs need to excite to drive engagement.”
In our survey of over 2000 consumers in the United States, nearly 9 of 10 professed loyalty to brands, with nearly a quarter (24.82%) saying they’re in fact more brand loyal this year versus last.
Our previous survey (2018) found a fifth of consumers saying they’re more loyal, marking a 27.9% uptick in this segment. This support Tomer’s thesis that the shift to direct-to-consumer (D2C) efforts are powering a brand renaissance.
The D2C approach isn’t just for digital natives; it also increasingly adopted by established brands who figured out that every channel–from their eCommerce sites to their stores to everything in between–is a critical opportunity to impress consumers so that they’ll keep coming back.
Takeaways from Yotpo’s 2019 State of Brand Loyalty study include state of brand loyalty today and how can brands and merchants capture and keep their customers’ interest in the long run.
Consumers care about brands
Nine out of 10 (90.2 percent) consumers consider themselves equally or more brand loyal compared to a year ago.
More loyal to brands this year
As loyal to brands this year
Less loyal to brands this year
How many brands are you loyal to?
Asked to define their brand loyalty, consumers polled overwhelmingly characterized it as repeat purchasing (67.8%), followed by “love” for the brand (39.5%), and finally, preference despite price (37.7%).
What does being ‘brand loyal’ mean to you?
I tend to buy from the same brand
I love the brand
I buy from the brand despite cheaper competitors
For consumers, product is still the point of entry and departure for brand loyalty, a validation of the “hero product” concept that are the specialty of modern D2C brands.
Which of these inspire your loyalty to a brand?
Consumers that are loyal to a brand are more than willing to refer that brand (59 percent) to their friends and family. They are also willing to spend more with that brand (36 percent) eschewing Amazon or cheaper options.
For brands they are loyal to, consumers are willing to?
Join their loyalty program
Refer the brand to others
Spend more on product even w/ cheaper options elsewhere
Brand loyalty needs to be earned and re-earned
What hasn’t changed in 2019? It still takes a lot of purchases to cultivate loyalty. Before considering themselves loyal, shoppers need to buy from the same company:
Five or more times (36 percent v. 37 percent)
Three times (33 percent, no change)
Four times (17 percent, no change)
Two times (13.2 percent v. 12.4 percent)
Impact of brand loyalty to holiday shopping
New for 2019! Consumers are more likely to do their holiday shopping with brands they love (41 percent) and a majority find customer reviews helpful (80 percent) when researching or shopping for gifts online.
When shopping for gifts, which of these are true?
I am more likely to buy something from a brand I love
I don’t typically consider brand name in my buying decision
Price is important but the brand matters more
I am more likely to buy from a brand if I am part of their loyalty program
When researching or shopping for gifts online, which of these are the most helpful?
Photos from customers
Videos from customers
Yotpo’s 2019 State of Consumer Loyalty presents findings from a survey of 4,200 U.S. adult (18+) consumers, conducted by Pollfish for Yotpo in October 2019.