The Loyalty Effect

Frederick F. Reichheld, Author, Thomas Teal, With
Frederick F. Reichheld, Author, Thomas Teal, With Harvard Business School Press $29.95 (323p) ISBN 978-0-87584-448-0
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
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Reichheld, a director of Bain & Co., a strategy consulting firm in Boston, takes an old-fashioned concept--loyalty--and shows its relevance to customer retention and long-term profit growth. His position seems obvious, but its import has been lost amid the rapid turnover in the current business climate. He notes that major companies replace half their customers in five years, half their employees in four and a half and their investors in less than one. To counteract this trend, he recommends loyalty-based management, in which businesses not only make a conscious effort to retain customers but also develop strategies for attracting the kind who are likely to remain loyal. Reichheld also posits a ""cause-and-effect relationship"" between employee and customer loyalty. Writing with Teal, a senior editor at Bain & Co., he makes his point with examples from State Farm, Toyota/Lexus and others that have improved their bottom lines and insured long-term growth by developing loyalty. Illustrations. 50,000 first printing; $80,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Mar.)
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