Woman is using a laptop in a meadowOften when a customer doesn’t return to a website for a substantial amount of time they are long forgotten. But former customers who return to spend money offer an economical potential verysimilar to that of a first time customer and therefore should be treated as such. Special treatment typically reserved for first time customers, such as special offers and bonuses, should be extended to these former customers as well. And, why not? They are currently an untapped but very valuable customer segment.

Tracking customer behavior over time is one of the best ways to determine how to market to them, and one of the core types of behavior-based segmentation is customer lifestyle segmentation, which allows marketers to relate to their customers on the basis of the timing and intensity of customer interactions with their brand. According to MarketingProfs some of the different lifecycle stage segmentations include the following


  • Registered – potential customers who have registered on the site but have not yet made a purchase or deposit
  • New – customers who made a single purchase/deposit during the past period
  • Active – customers who have made multiple purchases/deposits over a number of past periods
  • VIP – customers who made the most purchases and/or spent the most money over a number of past periods
  • Churn – customers who had been in the New, Active, or VIP stages but have not made any purchases/deposits during the past number of periods
  • Back from Churn (or FromChurn) – customers who have abandoned the business and later returned

According to data from Optimove, the future lifetime value predictions for new customers and FromChurn customers were almost identical. Therefore, customers who return to the website after a period of inactivity offer the company an economic potential similar to that of a recently converted first-customer.


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