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Study: 70% of Restaurant Customers Never Come Back

Thanx, which helps merchants identify, engage, and retain their best customers, today published "6 Critical Stats for Customer Loyalty," a 2014 retail and restaurant study highlighting the major customer retention challenges U.S. businesses face amidst an increasingly indiscriminate population. Analyzing more than 18 million multi-location merchant transactions, Thanx found that revenue was highly-concentrated among a small number of customers, with the top 25% contributing 64% of revenue - "top-heaviness" even more pronounced in retail.

This revenue density aligns with the 80/20 rule and has broader implications for retailers and restaurants. According to the study, 70% of previously loyal customers are "at-risk" and unlikely to return. This compares to the 3-4% "super loyal" who return monthly at minimum.

"Modern customers are promiscuous. With countless competing options, they don't mind spreading the love," said Zach Goldstein, CEO and founder of Thanx. "Most brands write them off by focusing on customer acquisition, but customer retention is 7X more cost effective - they're already familiar with you."

The inputs for "6 Critical Stats for Customer Loyalty" are a random sampling from merchants to whom Thanx has delivered loyalty and insights. The 2014 report spans 10.3M customers, 18.3M transactions, 54 businesses, and 877 locations.

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