#1 Tip for Restaurateurs: Fostering Customer Engagement

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Posted by Robin Johnston on Jul 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM
Robin Johnston

In order to build long-lasting relationships with your customers, you must nurture and manage the relationship. Essentially, customer engagement helps you along this process. Customer engagement can be defined as an emotional connection between a customer and a business, which fosters brand loyalty and awareness. Ultimately, every restaurateur should strive to increase customer engagement as highly engaged customers tend to buy and support more, as well as, demonstrate more loyalty. In fact, customer engagement has become a top strategic priority for all business initiatives, and for good reason.

Why is Customer engagement Important?

Improves Customer Loyalty

Customer loyalty is the result of a consistent positive experience. Customer's have a positive experience when they are properly engaged. Customers that have an emotional connection to a business are more likely to spend their time and money. When you pour into your customers and give them something to value, they are more apt to return the favor. This will ultimately lead to an increase in sales because you have dedicated customers that value your business.

Engagement Creates Evangelists

Engaging your customers helped them believe strongly in what you are selling and will become a mouthpiece for it. Ultimately, customer evangelists become voluntary advocates that serve to market your business. This helps make your marketing efforts more efficient and will lead to an increase in visibility, and as a result increase sales. 

Better Business Outcome

Essentially, customer engagement is always going to lead to a great outcome for businesses. When your customers are engaged, that means they are drawn closer to your brand. Ultimately, with engaged customers, it becomes easier to get them to invest in your business. This means that your business is more likely to be successful because you have effectively connected with those that are in control, your customers.

How is Customer Engagement Fostered? 

Personalized marketing messages is one of the best ways to engage with your customers. It gives customers a sense of identity where they believe that their unique wants and needs are being met. Essentially, a personalized marketing message is a strategy that is implemented by businesses to deliver individualized content through data collection, analysis, and automation technology. Essentially, the goal of a personalized marketing message is to engage customers and potential customers by communicating with each individual. A personalized marketing message poses a variety of benefits. Some benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Increase in revenue
  • Improved customer experience
  • Increased brand loyalty 

Social media

In addition to personalized marketing, social media is being leveraged by many businesses because it offers a great opportunity to connect with your customers. For restaurateurs, social media platforms like Instagram is the perfect place to unleash your brand to your audience. You can use Instagram to display some of your customer's favorite food items. Additionally, you can use these social media platforms to hold contests. Ultimately, being involved on social media will help you gain interest, traction, and boost customer engagement.

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Moreover, customer's are more engaged when they have a great experience. You can create this experience through rewards and loyalty programs. Ultimately, customers are more likely to stick around if they see a benefit. If they can earn rewards for their loyalty, you have a better chance of cultivating more long-term customers.

More businesses are beginning to see just how important customer engagement is to a business's continued success. Ultimately, customer engagement improves customer loyalty, creates customer evangelists, and helps to increase sales. It's important that businesses continue to focus on fostering effective customer engagement to see better results for their business. 

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