Fuel, Buy, Love. Building Lasting Customer Journeys

I love a compelling story. So much so, I majored in English as an undergraduate…and I’m also a member of two book clubs.

When I went back to school for my master’s in business, I realized that these professors cared about stories just as much as my English professors did – they just called it by another name: the customer journey. Traditionally, marketing experts depicted the customer journey in a linear framework, from awareness to advocacy.

In the early 2000s, McKinsey & Co. revolutionized the notion of customer journeys, unveiling a new non-linear shape. Customers, they said, inhabit a journey “loop,” with four discrete stages: […]

5 Ways to Increase Your Store Traffic

With a decline in convenience store traffic during the first half of 2017, brands are looking for new ways to get customers to come into the store more frequently. There are many ways to increase store traffic, from implementing a loyalty program to simple promotions for discounted fuel and in-store products. But what are some of the ways you can increase your store visits in the short and long-term? 

 

Here are five ways that you can attract new visitors and generate more loyalty from your customers. […]

Brand Insights and Paytronix Highlights from PXUX 2017

With a focus on achieving “Peak Performance,” the two-day, interactive conference was largely driven by Paytronix users who shared the design, execution, and results of their high-impact marketing programs. Here are the highlights:

Emily Mallory of Forward Corporation described the ridiculous results her employee incentive program achieved for the convenience store brand’s loyalty launch. A fifth-generation owner of Forward Corporation, Emily shared how her team sparked engagement among store clerks to drive program enrollment. Contests and incentives gave the cashiers the motivation and focus needed to hit high enrollment numbers – contributing to the program’s impact on the convenience-restaurant-hotel chain.

Keith Conseco of Captain D’s explained how the seafood restaurant revitalized its brand, using loyalty data to connect with customers. The director of marketing strategy and insights at Captain D’s, Keith shared the brand’s evolution story and how it’s navigated the rollout of its loyalty program during his presentation.  “Many of the issues at Captain D’s are very similar at my company so it was relatable and helpful!” shared one attendee during the event.  […]

Building Blocks of a Core Program

The purpose of a rewards program is to change your customers’ behavior, getting them to visit more often and/or make more purchases.

The methods for changing these behaviors are broken into two elements: the core program and the layers and promotions.

The core program is the foundation of your rewards program and its “published” piece. It consists of what customers see promoted in your store, what they talk about, and what they compare with your competitors’ loyalty programs.

There are six building blocks of a core program, and they can be implemented on their own or in combination: […]