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Get a Taste of How to Acquire High-Value Customers

An appetizer of actionable insights derived by an Optimove Food Delivery client (one example in this post, three more to download)

Acquiring new customers is core to every business. The problem is, customer acquisition costs have been increasing due to intense competition for customer attention and wallet share. With so many food delivery options out there when we no longer get to enjoy restaurant dining fully – brands must rise above the noise.

Most direct-to-consumer food delivery companies leverage promotions to entice new customers. Some even acquire 87% of new customers through the use of a promotion when placing the first order. However, not all promotion-based acquisitions should taste the same.

Here’s why.

Optimizing Acquisition for High-Value Customers

Using Optimove, the marketing team of one food delivery service analyzed the impact of acquisition promotions on customer lifetime value and retention. The marketers created a customer attribute called Promotion Value Ratio (PVR), which is the proportion of the promotion from a customer’s first order value.

As seen in the chart below, customers who either did not use a promotion or had a PVR of less than 30% showed significantly higher lifetime value. Furthermore, they discovered that the lower the PVR, the higher the customer survivability rate.

With Optimove, you can leverage insights like these to improve customer acquisition and post-purchase strategies.

On the acquisition side, you can:

  • Tie promotions to order value, aiming for a healthier PVR
  • Leverage existing customers with low PVRs as lookalike audiences across digital advertising channels

On the post-purchase side, you can tier customers and create different campaigns to be sent to each tier on the day after each customer’s first purchase. All based on each one’s specific characteristics. See below:

• PVR under 30%:

Since these customers are predicted to make significant additional purchases without incentives, providing them with discounts is likely to reduce profit margins. Instead, communications with them should focus more on providing a good experience, such as personalized recommendations of other tasty restaurants in the same food category.

• PVR between 30% and 50%:

Since these customers are predicted to spend more on additional purchases, you should focus on modest incentives. For instance, you can run a promotion along the lines of “Order twice and get 10% off on your third order.”

• PVR over 50%:

Since these customers are predicted to generate the least additional revenue and are less likely to order again, communications should focus on providing significant incentives.

Bottom Line

This food delivery service’s marketers used Optimove insights to improve customer acquisition and post-purchase strategies. All while saving money on promotions and treating each customer segment differently. It is just a small taste of how food delivery service providers can leverage customer data to generate insights that lead to more effective customer marketing.

Hungry for more? Download this use case with additional smart ideas for food delivery companies.

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