Stephen Stone
Stephen Stone
Stephen Stone is a content marketing specialist at Paytronix. With a Bachelors Degree from Fitchburg State University and a Masters in Communication Management from Emerson College, Stephen is well-versed in all things communication.

What Your Brand Can Learn from Airline Loyalty Programs

What’s your favorite airline? If you’re like most Americans, a name popped in your head as soon as you read that question. If you can’t name just one, you can probably name two or three that you like.

Also like most Americans, it’s likely that you’re a member of your favorite airline’s rewards program. While rewards programs have a surprisingly long history (the first was launched in the 1800s), airlines have been the steady leaders and innovators in loyalty programs since 1981.

In a time when a lot of people are asking “I just need to get to point A from point B — how cheaply can I do it?” loyalty programs have been crucial to help airlines stand apart from their competitors and generate a legion of followers who choose that airline before any others.

The reasons for airline loyalty success fall into three categories:

  1. Lack of anxiety
  2. Comfort
  3. Creating a journey

Not only does an airline’s loyalty app provide members information about flight options or flight delays, it can even provide detailed information about luggage; Delta now sends out text alerts when members’ luggage has been loaded onto each leg of a flight.

Comfort can certainly be hard to come by on a flight, but many airlines allow loyalty members to earn seats with greater legroom or even earn seats in business or first class.

And, certainly, a flight is a journey in itself, but airline loyalty programs also create a clear, measureable, and compelling journey from one tier of membership to the next.

As you likely already suspect, loyalty programs are very successful for airlines. In fact, some loyalty programs are actually valued at more than the airlines themselves!

So, how can you use these airline innovations for your restaurant?

We’ve put together a free, on-demand webinar called “Look to the Skies: Airline Loyalty Innovations That Will Transform Your Restaurant” to answer that very question.

In the webinar, we dig deeper into just how airlines’ loyalty programs have made them so “sticky” for consumers. Then, we talk about how you can take the most successful elements of these loyalty programs and incorporate them into your own loyalty programs.

Click here to watch our free, streaming webinar now.

Why Do Guests Stop Visiting Restaurants? (It’s Not Always the Food or the Service)

When you notice a slowdown at your restaurant — quieter Saturday nights, lower check totals, fewer filled tables – you may think it’s because of your food or service. After all, the reason customers aren’t returning must be one of those two things, doesn’t it?

Well, focusing on just food or service overlooks a crucial third pillar of any successful restaurant: its technology. From the way you construct emails to your mobile app or website, technology plays a big role in how guests perceive your brand. And if you stay ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing new guest engagement technology, you can connect with guests in ways that separates you from the competition.

Unfortunately, some restaurant owners who implemented technology with the best intentions and believe they’re applying best guest engagement are often making critical mistakes. In many cases, the way restaurants use technology to engage with customers is what’s driving those customers away.

Here are five ways your guest engagement technology might be causing more harm than good. […]

How Chick-fil-A® Rewards its Best Guests Without Sacrificing Profit

There’s an interesting problem that restaurants with loyalty programs face. All of the behavioral data gleaned from these programs means that restaurants can easily identify their best customers: the people who spend the most and visit most frequently. And that’s very useful for creating profitable campaigns.

Running unsegmented promotions can cannibalize profit because your best guests will receive the same promotion as your less frequent customers. Your best guests are going to come in anyway, and discounting purchases they were already going to make can hurt profits.

Discounts and promotions designed to drive revenue should only […]

Fourth Visit’s the Charm: How to Create Loyal Customers

Before digital loyalty programs, restaurants had no real way of figuring out which visitors were likely to return. And, what’s worse, they had no way of effectively incentivizing visitors who could become loyal to return.

Today, identifying and nurturing potential loyal customers is more important than ever; people have a seemingly endless array of options when it comes to their meals. They can purchase ingredients at the grocery store to cook at home, or have ingredients delivered to their door using increasingly popular services like Blue Apron. For a quicker meal, they can buy pre-prepared hot food from supermarkets or convenience stores, order takeout, or go out to eat.

How can your restaurant compete?

The answer is as simple as it is challenging: Get customers to meet the four-visit milestone.

Obviously, you want people to visit, and to visit often. But your goals can be much more specific than that. Data shows that each visit increases the chance that a customer will visit again, effectively choosing you over your competitors.

With the second visit, […]