Do you have a wallet full of coffee cards?  I recently had a big clean out, but plenty remain. Why do we carry these around? and more importantly, why do businesses love loyalty schemes?  

Okay, I’ve given the game away a bit: coffee cards are about LOYALTY.  Business 101 teaches that it is easier/cheaper to retain an existing customer than to win over a new one.  That’s why businesses love repeat business: they make more money on it, because they’ve spent less wooing you in the door.  They are also hopeful you will spread your love around, tell  your friends, and bring more business in their door.  Those are the two big draw cards of loyalty: repeat business and referrals.

Business 101: it is easier/cheaper to retain an existing customer than to win over a new one.

Loyalty schemes draw on some basics of human behaviour:

  • We like to be rewarded – we tend to repeat behaviours that are rewarded
  • We like to belong – to feel the sense of being part of something, recognised, valued
  • We are creatures of habit – once the habit is established via repetition
  • We respond to visual cues – brands, logos, positive imagery
  • We are great imitators – we learn from watching what others do, and usually feel safer/happier when something is perceived as ‘normal’ behaviour


“Make a customer, not a sale.” – Katherine Barchetti


So, what does this have to do with bike users and bike parking?

A lot.  BikesWelcome want to encourage everyday bike use.  We want businesses to recognise and reward their bike using customers…. just like they do with other loyalty marketing practices.

Bike Users make great customers

We know it’s good for business to attract bike using customers because, when you treat them right, they make really good customers.  They are local, loyal, regular and repeat customers.  They tell their friends.

More of your customers use bikes than you realise

How do you know which customers ride bikes for everyday purposes? They probably look the same as any other customer.  Their bike won’t be with them, their helmet is probably on their handlebars, and they are probably dressed in everyday clothes, (unless their out for a long sporty ride).  So unless you are an expert at spotting ‘helmet hair’ you are probably fairly oblivious to your customers transport mode choices.

How do you attract these lovely people to your business?

Make them feel welcome – Become a BikesWelcome business: Invest in (or request some) great bike parking, join BikesWelcome as a BikesWelcome business.


Do you want to help spread the word that ‘bikes mean business’?

Find out how you can invite businesses to find out more about becoming a Bikes Welcome Business


Need more?

Life Is Not a Drive Through – Why convenience (and parking) are not king

Bikes mean business!!!! Surprising truths about how many customers ride bikes and what they spend when they do!

Case Study: Bike Friendly Business Districts

7 Reasons to make your business bike friendly

Businesses Benefit from Cycling Customers

The business case for bike parking

Business Benefits of Cycling


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