Amanda Falk
Amanda Falk

Amanda joined Paytronix in 2008. After managing the Paytronix cards product line, she now works in marketing communications. Amanda manages the Paytronix blog, social media accounts, advertising, tradeshows, and more. She loves putting her detail-oriented planning skills to the test!

Quick Call with CPK on ‘Mobile First’ Marketing Program

Last week, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) introduced version 2.0 of its Pizza Dough® Rewards mobile app, a new mobile app built in concert with rewards systems provider Paytronix Systems, Inc.  CPK has rolled  out v2.0 of its mobile app to 197 of its company-owned locations in the United States. CPK operates 300 restaurants in 16 countries.

We recently spoke with CPK CIO Andy Mai and Senior Vice President of Marketing Ashley Ceraolo to find out more about the new mobile app.

Tell us what’s new in version 2.0 of the CPK Pizza Dough Rewards app.

Andy Mai: We’ve recently introduced v2.0 of our mobile app. It’s the primary guest engagement vehicle of the CPK Pizza Dough® Rewards program. The app was designed from the bottom up to enhance our guests’ experience with an easy-to-navigate home screen, pay-at-table functionality, and the ability to access and redeem rewards.

Why did CPK believe it needed to overhaul its Pizza Dough Rewards app from the ground up?

Ashley Ceraolo:  More than 80% of our guests engage […]

Looking Back at PXUX 2016

img_2095For the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of planning the logistics for PXUX team. Our effort is always rewarded when we look back and recall our client’s case studies of how they’ve succeeded with the Paytronix platform. Additionally, we were able to show off our latest feature innovations in an up-close, personal way so our clients could discover how to continue to amp up their programs.

If you weren’t able to join us this year, I’d like to encourage you to add it to your company’s 2017 plan. Save the date for September 13 & 14, 2017.

If you were to ask me what we did during our two day on the banks of the Charles River, I would answer, “We… […]

Restaurant Brands Praise Loyalty Programs for Impact upon Earnings

In case you missed it, there was a common theme among publicly held restaurant chains’ July earnings calls: Loyalty Programs. Multiple brand leaders spent a portion of their calls celebrating their loyalty programs, unequivocally stating that the programs are indeed impacting the value of the respective organizations, and that the programs are providing a competitive advantage.

Even Chipotle, a brand that has been a notorious, non-believer in loyalty programs, noted the value in the data they received from their short-term visit challenge promotion, Chiptopia. The promotion resembles the tip of the spear for a longer-term program. Below is a recap of the notable loyalty program mentions. But first, here’s an executive summary of the highlights:

  • Bloomin’ Brands expects a 1% – 2% lift in sales as a result of rolling out its rewards program system wide, per CEO Liz Smith.
  • Dominos on its loyalty program: “All of this outstanding brand momentum helped us grow diluted EPS by 21% over the prior year quarter. Our recently launched loyalty program contributed significantly to our traffic gains,” said CFO Jeff Lawrence
  • Starbucks’ Howard Shultz stated, “Our loyalty program is the cornerstone of our digital flywheel, noting that the program now has over 19 million Starbucks Reward members…”
  • Panera Bread’s president Andrew Madsen said, “Let’s talk about loyalty. Our MyPanera loyalty program now sits at 23 million members that represent nearly 50% of our transactions and the program is growing. In addition, MyPanera users are very loyal with double the visit frequency of our nonmember customers. We believe this is by far the largest loyalty program in the industry and a significant competitive advantage.”
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill is encouraged by the level of data being mined from the Chiptopia loyalty promotion and will use it to further understand the behavior of its most loyal guests before the promotion, during the promotion and post promotion.
Image Source: CNBC Interview with Ron Schaich

Image Source: CNBC Interview with Ron Schaich

Bloomin’ Brands spoke about loyalty in its July 29, 2016 earnings call, praising the early success of its newly introduced Dine Rewards program. Bloomin’ Brands launched Dine Rewards as its first multi-brand loyalty program on July 19, and CEO Liz Smith spoke to the early success of the program, noting, “It has already received high marks for its simplicity and value relative to peer programs. Guests also appreciate the ability to enjoy the benefits across our portfolio of brands.”

Smith continued to say the program has been in test since 2013, proving to be an effective means to drive frequency and increase sales. “When it reaches maturity, we expect Dine Rewards to drive a 1% to 2% lift in sales consistent with what we have received in six test markets,” said Smith. “The program was just launched nationally 2 weeks ago and we now have over 800,000 members enrolled.” […]

Duffy’s Sports Grill to Explain Secrets of Total Loyalty Immersion at PXUX 2016

Sandy Nelson to speak at PXUX: Unveiling how Duffy’s culture of loyalty drives
70% of all transactions through active loyalty members

As restaurants and convenience stores strive to establish a culture of loyalty, Duffy’s Sports Grill stands out as the premium model for success. A Paytronix customer since 2010, Duffy’s runs a highly successful MVP rewards program that has engaged nearly a half-million active members. The MVP program is a core element of the brand, and by using the Paytronix tools the Duffy’s team has been able to harness the power of their guest data to effectively drive business results and customer loyalty. The loyalty program drives more than 70% of all transactions across Duffy’s 33 casual-dining restaurants in Southern Florida. Duffys (2)

Duffy’s Director of Marketing Sandy Nelson has agreed to share her insights as a featured speaker for this year’s Paytronix User Experience (PXUX 2016) on August 24th and 25th. Nelson will be speaking about the importance of creating a culture of loyalty, and why loyalty engagement needs to be every restaurant’s number one priority.

Duffy’s is known for […]