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I was listening to a marketing presentation the other day and learned an interesting fact. As most of you know, Japanese homes are very small so even married couples often go to "love hotels" to make love. Churn was high and customer retention was traditionally very low because most couples like to experiment with all of the interesting features in the variety of hotels. Recently some love hotels started providing rental lockers, which at first sounds a bit counter-intuitive. Married couples found it convenient to store adult toys and other things that they didn't want their children to find in these lockers. These lockers created a relationship between the customer and the hotel and dramatically increased customer retention. Now these lockers are used to store all sorts of "Not Safe For Home" things.

Apparently, lockers in almost any industry are a great way to lower churn.


"Churn and customer retention was traditionally very low"

but the churn is high if retention is low, yes?

Referring to the next post above (Dvorak):

So when the post is a jab at someone, (couched dubiously as a joke or not) comments are turned off?

Hmmm, suddenly less fun here.

Sorry. The comments off thing was a mistake.

And my grammar was also a mistake. That should be churn high / retention low.

Lock-in. I love it.

Fixed the entry Anita. Thanks for pointing out the error.

I have a whole new perspective on relationship marketing :)

????you are nerds get a life

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