April 10,2024

Key to a successful casino loyalty program.

Understanding the key components of customer retention in online casinos is essential for creating an engaging and rewarding experience for players.

Our Head of Retention, Anastasiya Bakhantsova, shared her expertise and insights on the panel "Casino retention comes "TRUE" at SIGMA Europe and other industry experts. Today, we are pleased to share these enlightening insights with you.

What are the key elements of a typical casino loyalty program?

A typical casino loyalty program is designed to reward players and encourage continued play. It usually includes the following components:
- Tiered Levels
- Points and Rewards
- Complimentary Services
- Promotions and Offers
- Cashback and Rebates
- Special Events and Tournaments
- Personalised Experience

Why is it essential to maintain "renewable" multi-level loyalty programs?

A multi-level loyalty program encourages consistent play and long-term engagement. Renewable aspects, where statuses have a certain periodicity, ensure players don't become complacent at higher tiers. It motivates them to keep playing and maintain or improve tier status. Static loyalty programs can be transparent, but they might demotivate players after they reach the top level, as there's nowhere higher to aim for. Conversely, programs that reset periodically can re-engage players by giving them new targets to achieve.

How can casinos balance motivating players and maintaining loyalty when resetting tier statuses?

Striking a balance is crucial. One approach is to divide tiers into 'leagues' with numerous levels. At the season's end, players could drop down to a lower tier within their league, but not all the way to the bottom. This method acknowledges progress and retains a sense of achievement while still offering room for growth and maintaining a solid incentive to ascend through the ranks again.

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Should tiered loyalty programs and VIP programs be separate entities?

Yes, it's often beneficial to separate them. Tiered loyalty programs are more democratic, allowing everyone a chance to progress based on their play. VIP programs, however, cater to a select group of high-value players, providing more personalised and premium rewards in a static format as opposed to the dynamic, seasonally reset tiers of regular programs.

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What is the value of a bonus shop in casino loyalty programs?

The bonus shop is an additional element to the loyalty program. It allows immediate, on-demand rewards, vital for player satisfaction and retention. Players with a recent loss might be mainly motivated by the ability to redeem points for a guaranteed reward without the waiting period associated with tiered rewards. The 24/7 accessibility and independence from support staff streamline the experience. Including trendy elements like loot boxes in the bonus shop also exploits gamification strategies to heighten the excitement and emotional connection to the program.

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How does the "Hall of Fame" impact the loyalty program?

The "Hall of Fame" introduces an emotional, behavioural, and competitive aspect to the loyalty program that is distinct from traditional reward structures. Our initial tests indicate it has the potential to reduce churn rates among new and uncommitted players significantly. This suggests that recognition and prestige are powerful motivators for player engagement and retention.

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