Loyalty & Referrals VIP Tiers

      Loyalty & Referrals VIP Tiers

        Article summary


        Loyalty & Referrals
        Supported plans

        Premium, Enterprise

        eCommerce Platform


        Motivate your most loyal shoppers to engage more meaningfully with your brand with Yotpo Loyalty & Referrals’ flexible tiered programs. Building your own custom VIP Tier loyalty program is a proven way to boost customer engagement, retention, and overall customer lifetime value.

        By offering different rewards per tier, customers are incentivized to earn loyalty points via predetermined milestones such as referring a friend or spending a certain amount in exchange for VIP perks, discounts, and more - effectively creating a win-win program for you and your customers alike.

        To access VIP Tiers

        From the Yotpo Loyalty & Referrals main menu, go to Set Up Programs >VIP Tiers Program.

        Global settings

        Build sophisticated VIP tiers based on customizable tier requirements and thresholds needed to enter, retain, and re-enter each tier. 

        Tier Term

        Tier term lengths refer to the length of time a customer will keep their VIP Tier status once found eligible

        Please note:
        If you change your tier term from Calendar Year to Rolling Year and click APPLY TO TIERS, the tier expiration dates for existing customers will be updated according to the 12-month rolling period.
        NameTier Term
        Calendar YearOnce a tier is entered, customers will retain the tier for the remainder of the current calendar year and the following year.
        For example, a customer who entered a calendar year-based tier in November 2018 will retain that tier until Dec 31st, 2019.
        Rolling YearA 12-month timer is activated once a customer enters a tier.
        For example, a customer who crossed the tier entry threshold on March 3rd, 2019 will retain that tier until March 3rd, 2020 (assuming all other requirements are met).
        Customer LifetimeOnce a tier is entered, customers will retain it for the entire duration of their customer lifetime without the possibility of being downgraded to a lower tier.
        Note: Customers may be downgraded only in cases of refunded purchases. 

        Eligibility period start date

        Checking this box applies a start date to your tiers' eligibility.

        For example, any tier actions (e.g. amount spent, points earned, referrals completed, etc.) that occurred prior to the eligibility period will not be counted.

        Tier entry eligibility period

        This setting allows you to choose the eligibility period that customers can earn towards a tier. 

        For example, a spend-based condition set to Calendar Year will only consider the amount spent between January 1st and December 31st of that year.

        NameTier Entry Eligibility Period
        Calendar YearOnly actions from the past calendar year will be counted toward tier eligibility
        Rolling YearOnly actions from the past 12 months will be counted toward tier eligibility
        LifetimeAll actions ever performed by the customer will count toward tier eligibility

        If we choose the 28th of July, 2019 as the Eligibility period start date, and Calendar as the Tier entry eligibility period:

        • During the remainder of 2019, the only actions taken into consideration will be actions made after the 28th of July
        • Starting January 1st, 2020, we will only take into account actions made in 2020 (and so forth for each calendar year)

        If we choose the 28th of July, 2019 as the Eligibility period start date, and Rolling Year as the Tier entry eligibility period:

        • Until the 27th of July 2020, the only actions that will be counted towards tier eligibility are those made starting from the 28th of July, 2019
        • Once we reach July 28th, 2020, only actions made within the last 12 months will be counted toward tier eligibility.

        Advanced settings

        Expand the Advanced Settings section to configure tier downgrades and eligibility delays. 

        Tier Downgrade

        Use this setting to control what occurs when a customer does not meet the tier retention threshold required to remain in their tier.

        You may opt to downgrade customers to their eligible tier or alternatively, only downgrade customers by a single tier.

        Delay Tier Eligibility

        This setting allows you to define a tier eligibility period between the time a customer crosses a spend-based tier entry threshold, and the time they are actually upgraded to their new tier status.

        This delay is meant to protect against abuse occurring from refunded purchases and we recommend aligning the delay period with your store's return policy. 

        Reducing or disabling delay tier eligibility

        If you choose to reduce the delay period or turn it off completely after it's been active, our system will automatically go back and count past purchases as eligible for tiers according to the new time frame.

        If we detect that customers are now eligible for tiers based on that change, they will automatically enter the relevant tier.

        Include actions pre opt-In

        This checkbox lets you choose whether to include actions the customer made before they opted into the loyalty program at the point of opt-in.

        Please note:
        This only applies to Amount Spent and Purchases Made thresholds

        Base Tier

        The base tier is the basic state of your VIP Tier program. Every new shopper who opts into your loyalty program will automatically enter this tier. 

        The feature allows you to segment shoppers by customer tags on supported platforms and analyze tier behavior via the VIP Tier Performance dashboard.

        You can enable the tier by activating the toggle next to it and clicking the Apply to Tiers button.

        Please note:
        Once the feature is enabled, every new shopper who opts into your loyalty program will enter the base tier according to your opt-in strategy.

        If you wish to retroactively add shoppers, please contact your Yotpo representative or our Support team.
        The Tier Term settings do not apply to the base tier. Shoppers will stay in this tier until one of the following events occurs:

        • They earn a higher tier.
        • The base tier feature is disabled.
        • The shopper opts out or is excluded from the loyalty program.

        Base Tier settings

        You can set a name and add a description to your tier. 

        The Earned History Title allows you to change the text shown in the ‘My activity’ module and customer profile within the loyalty admin that shows that a tier was earned.

        Disabling the Base Tier

        To disable the base tier, deactivate the toggle next to it and click the Apply to Tiers button. If you choose to disable the base tier, all the shoppers belonging to it will lose their tier status and will not be associated with any tiers. 

        Shoppers will not receive any notification about this change.

        Creating new VIP tiers

        Once you've set up your Tier Term lengths, eligibility periods, and tier downgrade policy. It's time to start creating your individual tiers and setting conditions and thresholds for each one. 

        To create a new tier:

        1. Click on Add New Tier
        2. Name your tier e.g. Platinum, Gold, Silver...
        3. Add a tier description 
        4. Include the Earned History Title

        Earned tier title view:

        Tier Entry

        This is the threshold a customer must exceed in order to enter a tier for the first time and is usually set higher than tier retention and re-entry thresholds. For example, a Bronze Tier Entry threshold of $50 means that a customer must spend at least $50 to enter your Bronze tier.

        To get the most out of your program, we recommend setting multiple threshold types and conditions.

        1.  Click  Add threshold and select a Tier Entry Threshold Type.
        2. Enter the required threshold value.
          Note: Values cannot be zero
        3.  Add any additional desired threshold types and values.
        4. Define AND / OR rules.


        5. Choose whether to apply the same Entry Threshold type and values to tier retention and re-entry.

        Currency type is automatically determined according to your Loyalty & Referrals settings.

        Tier Retention

        This is the amount required to retain a certain tier level. For example, if you've set your Bronze Tier retention threshold to $30, a customer must spend $30 within the designated tier term in order to retain their Bronze Tier status.

        If your VIP program requires Tier Retention conditions that are different from your Tier Entry conditions, provide the required values for each threshold type.

        Tier Re-entry

        This is the amount required to re-enter a lost tier status. For example, if you've set your Bronze Tier re-entry threshold to $20, a customer who previously held a Bronze Tier status will only need to spend $20 to re-enter that tier versus the $50 tier entry threshold for customers who have never held Bronze Tier status.

        If your VIP program requires Tier Re-entry conditions that are different from your Tier Entry conditions, provide the required values for each threshold type.

        Tier re-entry conditions work best when combined with the Rolling Year tier term length.
        • Customers will receive a tier entry reward when they first enter a tier and when they re-enter a tier. They will not receive a reward when maintaining the tier.
        • For Yotpo Loyalty & Referrals to automatically rank your tiers in a hierarchy, the same thresholds must be used across all tiers and all conditions
          e.g. Points Earned / Purchases Made / Amount Spent / Referrals Completed 
        • Each Threshold Type cannot require the same value set in a different tier. For example, an Amount Spent entry threshold, can not require the same spending amount as the Amount Spent threshold defined in a different tier.  

        Tier actions and threshold types

        Expand each section below to learn more about specific tier actions and threshold types.

        Points Earned
        • Use this option to build tiers based on an array of different point-earning actions.
          For example, Points for Purchase, Instagram Follow, Facebook Share, Goal Spend, etc.
        • This option encourages customers to be brand advocates not only by shopping at your store, but by sharing their stories on social media, reviews, and more.
        Amount Spent
        • Use this option to base tiers off of your customer's lifetime spend, or pick a specific Eligibility period start date from which the amount spent counts towards a tier status.
        • This option encourages higher AOV to earn rewards gated to specific spending thresholds.
        Purchases Made
        • Use this option to base your tiers on the total number of purchases a customer made at your store.
        • This option promotes repeat purchases, regardless of value!
        Referrals Completed
        • Use this option to level up your Referral Program by encouraging specific referral thresholds. For example, "refer 5 friends and get X, refer 10 friends and get Y"
        • Boost your customer acquisition strategy by incentivizing brand advocates and enthusiasts to invite their friends and social circles to shop at your store.
        Campaign Completed

        Use this option when implementing the Membership Program - Allow customers to purchase access to exclusive benefits. It is a great way to bump revenue and increase customer lifetime value.

        Points Multiplier

        Customers will be able to earn 2X, 3X, or whatever multiplier you'd like for their purchases at their store. This allows your VIP customers to collect more they can use while shopping at your store.

        Extend this multiplier to work with other campaigns as well, such as Referral Programs, Account Creation, Goal Spend, and Twitter Follow.

        Aligning marketing collateral

        Your tiers are completed, now let's make sure that you have all the proper notifications in place so that your customers are aware of their tier status. The two main places you'll want to ensure that your customers are aware of their tier status are on-site and in your email marketing:


        To include a specific customer's VIP tier information on site, use our javascript/SDK to present your tiers on your rewards page or add the VIP tier name in important touchpoints, such as on your account page.

        Email Marketing

        Be sure to communicate the coming launch of your VIP Tier program along, as well as enable your VIP Tier email notifications either through Loyalty & Referrals Email Notifications or through a Loyalty & Referrals Email Marketing IntegrationTo enable the email in Loyalty & Referrals:

        1. From the main menu, go to Emails.
        2. Under Triggered Emails, scroll down to the VIP Tier Earned email.

        1. Click Customize on the email to personalize the email to your brand's voice
        2. Once you're satisfied, click Enable Notification
        Please note:
        New customers who enter the base tier will only receive an email notification if you're using an ESP integration or our webhook event.

        Launching your VIP tiers program

        Once you're done setting up your VIP tiers, it's time to take your program live.

        1. By default, your VIP Tiers configurations are Paused. 
        2. While paused, clicking Apply to tiers will save changes but won't bear any impact on customers.
        3.  When you're ready to launch your program, toggle your VIP Tiers program from Paused to Active.
        Please note:
        Clicking on the Apply to Tiers button saves the settings for any future action. If you wish to apply the VIP Tiers to actions taken before you clicked the button, please reach out to your Yotpo representative or the Support team.
        1. A launch popup will appear: 

        • Future Actions Only - Choosing this option will set the Eligibility period start date to today's date, and the system will only include actions that are taken from this date on
        • Include past Actions - Choosing this option will not check the Eligibility period start checkbox

        Your tiers are now active. Customers will begin to fall into the tiers based on the parameters you set up. We recommend also sending a VIP Tier Program Announcement email to your customer base to get them excited about the program you built for them

        Managing existing VIP tiers

        If you're making changes once tiers are live, be sure to click the Apply to Tiers button in order for changes to apply to future actions.

        This action will not affect the status of any of the customers that have already earned their VIP Tier status.

        A refund triggers a recalculation action that could result in a customer losing their VIP Tier status due to a change in the eligibility settings. This means that a customer who would have been eligible to be in a VIP Tier despite the refund will lose their VIP Tier status because of the new settings.
        For example, a customer earned VIP Tiers status for spending $450 when the threshold was $400. If the threshold was changed to $450 and in that time they received a refund of $10, they will no longer be eligible to be part of the VIP Tier.


        Do refunded purchases impact a customer's tier eligibility and status?

        Once a refund is successfully processed, the customer's tier eligibility is automatically recalculated. In the event that the customer is no longer eligible for their tier status as a result, they will be downgraded according to your Tier Downgrade settings.

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