Archive for the “Convenience Stores” Category

The Webinar Warrior Showdown returns Tuesday, June 6

The Webinar Warrior Showdown was so successful last summer that we’re doing it all again! Starting this Tuesday, June 6 at 1:00 EDT, you’ll receive a chance to win a fantastic grand prize that will change your business forever. All you have to do is join us for as many of our weekly live, thought-provoking webinars as you and your team can in the months of June and July. The organization with the most webinar attendees will win a free, one-day loyalty workshop with the Paytronix Data Insights team sometime this fall.

Data Insights manager Lee Barnes will lead the workshop for the winning group. Lee has helped dozens of brands launch and manage their rewards programs. His undergraduate degree in Mathematics and MBA from Harvard Business School gives him the unusual ability to execute complex analyses and translate the results into ideas that business leaders can use. The lucky organization that wins the Webinar Warrior Showdown will receive free access to his impressive wealth of knowledge – a value of over $10,000. […]

Dos and Don’ts of a Successful Reward Program

Most convenience stores share similar reasons for having a reward program – such as improving profitability and enticing customers to make incremental sales – but all reward programs are not created equal, and a one-size-fits-all approach may not produce the outcomes that retailers want.

During the webinar “Dos and Don’ts of a Successful Reward Program,” I discussed reward program practices that c-store retailers should adopt, as well as ones that they should be cautious of implementing.

Here are some of the dos and don’ts of a successful reward program: […]

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, […]

What Is the Lifeblood of Your Mobile Strategy?

I recently sat down with my fellow product manager, Joel Udwin, to talk about where our worlds collide: integrating mobile at the point of sale. We like to think that a mobile strategy is placed in the pocket of the consumer, but it doesn’t stay there – mobile engagement must integrate with in-store operations to be successful. Joel, who manages our mobile products, explains why:

Q: Why is a POS integration important when it comes to mobile engagement?

A: Wow, Paige. I thought that since we worked together, you would give me easy questions, but you just knocked it out of the park. [Chuckles] I don’t like bucketing mobile into this separate silo of mobile engagement. When we talk about mobile engagement, we are really just talking about guest engagement. At restaurants and convenience stores, a large portion of customer engagement occurs at the point of sale, where most transactions take place today. Implementing an engagement strategy without considering your point of sale is like driving a small car on an icy road – you’ll move around, but you won’t necessarily be able to control where you are going. Basically, if your engagement program doesn’t translate at the POS, your employees will be too frustrated by it to evangelize it, and your guests won’t want to use it. Successful mobile engagement programs need to work in harmony with point-of-sale technology and operations.

Q: How can mobile speed up service? […]