One in five customers select service providers based on perks and benefits

New research finds one in five customers choose their service providers based solely on the perks and benefits package on offer from these companies.

A fifth of UK consumers choose everyday service providers – such as mobile phone, utilities and broadband companies – solely based on the perks and benefits they offer, according to new research from Echo Managed Services.

The research, based on a nationally-representative sample of 1,000 UK adults, reveals that a quarter of all consumers are significantly impacted by the perks and benefits offered by businesses, with one in five remaining loyal to a provider for this reason.

Offering additional perks can also be beneficial for brand reputation as one in ten customers state that these significantly improve their perception of a company, 7 per cent say they remember a brand based on the perks they offer. An additional 4 per cent are only with a provider because of their perks offering.

However, a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t likely to suit all – the research also uncovers that up to 53 per cent of consumers are immune to the perks that a company offers. Furthermore, 17 per cent of customers explicitly say they found perks annoying and would rather not be offered these at all.

Chris Cullen, head of sales and marketing at Echo Managed Services, says, ‘When it comes to perks and benefits packages, personalisation is key. Getting a perks and benefits strategy right, and targeting the right customers with it, via the right channels and at the right time can be incredibly effective commercially – attracting new customers and strengthening the loyalty of existing ones, all while bolstering brand awareness, perception and recall. Evaluating key customer touch points, such as bills, and utilising customer behavioural data can really help here.

‘However, while a large number of customers have said such packages appeal to them, half have said they’re unaffected by them.

‘Therefore, whilst it’s crucial to understand customers as individuals and attune offerings accordingly, brands mustn’t put all their customer acquisition and retention efforts into shiny benefits packages, as ultimately, it’s the consistent delivery of great customer service which will build reputation and result in increased referrals in the long run.’

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