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Five Mistakes That Could Cripple Your Loyalty Program

Loyalty programs are all about connecting with your customers and creating a great experience for them whenever they interact with your brand. However, there are mistakes that brands make that can limit the success of a loyalty program and end up hindering the customer experience from the start. The biggest mistake that brands make is failing to adapt their programs to keep up with modern customer engagement trends. Those that don’t meet the needs of their customers will likely fall behind the competition.

Here are the five mistakes that could cripple your loyalty program: […]

Why Domino’s Overtook Pizza Hut (and What You Can Learn From it)

Whenever I Google “pizza delivery near me,” I’m overwhelmed by the number of options I have at my disposal. That’s why it’s important for any restaurant – but particularly those in highly competitive spaces – to think about what they’re offering customers that sets them apart from the competition.

When restaurant owners think about how their customers decide between them and their competitors, they often think that people’s decisions are made primarily based on food and customer experience. While that’s still true, there’s a crucial third element that consumers use to choose among their options — how restaurants use technology to facilitate guest engagement. […]

Four Considerations when Designing a Reward Program

There are many different types of reward programs which make it challenging to choose which one is best suited for your brand. Ultimately, there are four considerations to always keep in mind when designing a program.

  1. Design for “Silver” customers. These are your 50th to 80th percentile customers. They are your regulars, visiting your store while purchasing gas and food. But they almost certainly go to other stores as well. By targeting and motivating these customers an opportunity is presented to drive them to visit you more often and for more purchasing occasions.
  2. Get customers to their reward, fast. Customers should earn their first reward quickly. When someone enrolls in your program they need to see immediate value in it, meaning that their first reward needs to happen within the next couple of visits so the customer can see the value in being a member. Additionally, silver customers, the customers your program is targeting should be earning their rewards fairly frequently. If you are doing a points program, have low-value redemption options such as coffee or candy that they can earn every five to ten visits, at least.
  3. Reward good behavior. Good behavior is whatever your concept wants it to mean, but probably includes a store visit and gas purchase, upgrading to premium gas, or visiting for more purchases, and new day parts. Your program needs to support your corporate goals. If you are trying to compel customers to visit and buy more freshly prepared food, then make sure the program and stores support that initiative.
  4. Leverage vendor funding to drive your results. Vendors’ interest are not always well aligned with your bottom line. If their promotion switches volume from, say, Coke to Pepsi, then that’s great for Pepsi. But if it didn’t drive any extra traffic into your store, or any incremental spending, then what did it do for you? Think about whose customer is. They are yours, not the CPS’s. Vendor funding can be used in different and unique ways in order to drive more visits and spend. A good use of vendor funding would be to leverage those funds to drive more purchases of an item and in return, the customer earns bonus points.

Reward programs deliver outstanding financial returns by motivating customers to visit more often and spend more with each visit. Learn more about building a reward program with your customers in mind by watching this webinar “Brilliant! Reward Program Design Principles for Convenience Stores.”

Why You and Your Guests Might Not Be Compatible

If you go on a first date but aren’t able to establish a connection, it’s usually no big deal. After all, there are plenty of other fish in the sea! But when you operate a restaurant and you’re not compatible with your guests, that’s a different story. Those are the fish in the sea — and your business is only as strong as your compatibility with your customers.

From grocery stores and restaurants to alternative meal sources like Blue Apron, guests have a vast number of options when it’s time to eat, and the list is growing all the time. And with that many options guests will quickly lose interest in a restaurant if they encounter anything that disrupts a convenient and pleasant dining experience.

The problem for restaurants is that in many cases they are disrupting their customers’ experiences — creating friction in what otherwise should be a smooth and easy interaction — without realizing it. […]