Emily Collins

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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins 3 days ago
Don’t Read This Before Dinner There are some things that can’t be unseen. Chief among them, a Whopper decomposing in high definition to demonstrate that Burger King plans to remove artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives from the burger. Industry pundits are all abuzz with opinion (ahem!), and Burger King is the toast of media town, posed for ad award glory. But will it help Burger King sell more burgers? So far, Burger […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins February 18, 2020
The Demise Of The Cookie Is Only One Crumb Of The Data Deprecation Issue When marketer inquiries began to flood after Google’s announcement that it will phase out third-party cookie support by 2022, we had to share some bad news: There isn’t a simple solution. Data deprecation is a much bigger trend that is changing how marketers work. As privacy regulations, browser restrictions, and walled gardens constrict the availability of consumer data, advertisers, publishers, and providers are all looking for beyond-the-cookie strategies […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins February 10, 2020
It’s Time To Treat The Discipline Of Software With Respect This isn’t another dig into an already told story about Iowa’s failed app. By now, everyone knows that the app — designed to collect caucus numbers in Iowa — bombed brutally (it ruined the nights of 1,600 caucus managers and countless others). Our insight: We must better embrace the challenges and importance of software with structures that […]
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Marketers, You Can Take This Personally: Your Personalization Strategy Isn’t Working

Emily Collins February 6, 2020
Marketers, we have a personalization problem. No, it’s not your vision — most of you aspire to deliver more anticipatory and individualized experiences — it’s your execution. Across industries, marketers struggle to create memorable, or even useful, moments with their customers. For example, only 5% of US consumers say that email offers are well timed […]
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Nike Is Setting The Standard For Omnichannel Loyalty In Every Industry

Emily Collins December 23, 2019
Shifting from treating loyalty as a standalone marketing practice to weaving it into the entire customer experience is hard. Learn how Nike gets it right.
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Customer Communities Are Buzzing, But Should Your Brand Invest In One?

Emily Collins December 16, 2019
This year, we’ve seen an uptick in client and industry interest in customer communities. Marketers want to build authentic and lasting relationships with customers who are more and more likely to experiment and less and less likely to trust traditional advertising. The concept of community management isn’t anything new — we’ve been writing about it […]
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Your Loyal Customers Don’t Need Another Coupon This Holiday Season — Here’s What To Do Instead

Emily Collins November 25, 2019
Principal Analyst Emily Collins shares three ways retailers can offer real value to shoppers.
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The Forrester Wave™: Loyalty Service Providers, Q3 2019 Is Now Live

Emily Collins July 15, 2019
Consumers are connected, empowered, and experimental. And loyalty programs aren’t as effective at driving emotional loyalty as marketers would like: Less than half of consumers agree that programs make them feel more loyal to a brand. This reality makes loyalty harder than ever to earn. Brands need strategic guidance to make the most of their […]
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The Forrester Wave™: Loyalty Technology Platforms, Q2 2019 Is Now Live

Emily Collins April 9, 2019
I’m excited to share that our evaluation of loyalty technology providers — “The Forrester Wave™: Loyalty Technology Platforms, Q2 2019” — is now live. In our 28-criterion evaluation, we identified the top 13 loyalty technology vendors — Aimia, Annex Cloud, Brierley+Partners, Cheetah Digital, Clutch, Collinson, Comarch, CrowdTwist, Epsilon, ICF Next, Kobie, Merkle/HelloWorld, and SessionM — […]
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Marriott’s Bonvoy Boasts “Better” Loyalty, But Can It Deliver?

Emily Collins February 5, 2019
After more than two years of loyalty program limbo and “will it or won’t it” debates, Marriott unveiled the name of its unified loyalty program: Bonvoy. This final step in the world’s largest hospitality merger brings together over 100 million members, billions of records, and 6,700 properties in over 130 countries. For Marriott, the stakes […]
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Bring Loyal Customers Comfort And Joy This Holiday Season . . . Not Just Discounts

Emily Collins October 26, 2018
This blog post is part of Forrester’s Holiday 2018 retail series. With Black Friday less than a month away, it’s only a matter of time before holiday promotional activity reaches a fever pitch. But for many consumers, the holiday shopping season brings with it an intense mix of emotions. For some, it’s their favorite time […]
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How Consumers Really Feel About Your Loyalty Program

Emily Collins October 15, 2018
Points and discounts are the hallmark of most loyalty programs, and our data shows that they are usually pretty successful in incentivizing purchase behavior: Nearly half of US online 18–35-year-olds admit that programs influence what they buy and how much they spend. But loyalty isn’t just about the purchase — or at least it shouldn’t be. […]
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Amazon Prime, A Loyalty Program By Any Other Name . . .

Emily Collins May 7, 2018
A few weeks ago, Jeff Bezos revealed in his annual shareholder letter that Amazon Prime now has over 100 million members, but even more noteworthy than its size is its revenue impact. In 2017, Amazon shipped more than $5 billion worth of items through Prime. Now, Amazon Prime isn’t like other loyalty programs you see […]
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Avoid a “Copy/Paste” Mentality When Taking Your Loyalty Program Global

Emily Collins March 30, 2018
The draw of loyalty programs and their potential for better savings and experiences is universal: Forrester’s data shows that nearly three-quarters of online adults in China, France, Germany, the U.K, and U.S. belong to at least one loyalty program. In response to this intercontinental consumer interest, marketers are certainly not shying away from the challenge […]
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Predictions 2018: The Year Of Breakout Marketers, And Those They Leave Behind

Emily Collins November 8, 2017
Forrester’s been writing about customer obsession for nearly half a decade, but until recently, most companies merely paid lip service to it. What’s changing? Marketers’ jobs security: CMOs have the shortest tenure in the C-suite and some companies like Coca-Cola are eliminating their CMO functions altogether in favor of chief growth or customers officers. We […]
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Don’t Alienate Loyal Customers: How To Step Up Your Email Game

Emily Collins April 20, 2017
In the realm of multichannel customer communications, email is still king. It’s the easiest to send, it’s inexpensive and it’s the channel on which most marketers rely to connect with all kinds of customers. Email marketing is ingrained and inexpensive, but as a result, many marketers abuse it, defaulting to a routine batch-and-blast approach. In […]
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Just published — The Forrester Wave: Customer Loyalty Solutions For Large And Midsize Organizations, Q1 2016

Emily Collins January 4, 2016
I recently wrapped up my third evaluation of customer loyalty vendors, and the market has evolved slightly since 2013. First, the lines between loyalty technology and services are fading: vendors that were traditionally considered service providers continue to productize and improve their technology platforms, and pure-play loyalty technology platform providers are shoring up their professional […]
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Coalition Loyalty In The US Shows “Plenti” of Promise

Emily Collins September 10, 2015
In May, American Express launched Plenti, a U.S.-based coalition loyalty program with eight partners, including Macy's, AT&T, Exxon Mobil and Rite Aid. These types of programs, which let consumers earn and redeem a single currency across multiple partners, are popular in other areas of the world, but coalitions have historically failed to gain traction in […]
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B2B Marketers: Borrow From B2C Loyalty Tactics To Deepen Business Relationships

Emily Collins March 20, 2015
After almost every loyalty-related speech I give, I get some variation of the following question: "How does this apply to B2B?" Sure, customer loyalty programs are most frequently associated with consumer-facing rewards schemes, but earning customer loyalty is very important for B2B companies too. After all, loyal and satisfied B2B customers provide testimonials, case studies, and […]
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The Time For A US Coalition Loyalty Attempt Is Now

Emily Collins March 18, 2015
Coalition loyalty programs that let consumers earn and redeem a single currency across multiple partners have historically failed to gain traction in the US. Why? The fragmented footprint of potential partners, proliferation of single-brand loyalty programs, and reluctance of brands to share customer data hampered hopeful coalition operators' efforts. We analyzed the market opportunity for […]
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