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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.” […]

5 Mobile App Lessons Restaurant Marketers Can Learn from the Success of Pokémon Go

I hate to lead with a cliché, but if you haven’t heard about Pokémon Go then you must be living under a rock! In the past week the Pokémon Go app has soared past Tindr and Twitter to become the #1 app on the market. If you didn’t already know, according to CNBC “Pokémon Go uses augmented reality technology to allow users to catch virtual Pokémon characters in the gamers’ real-life surroundings using their smartphone screens, as well as battle other Pokémon characters”. Take a look at the 5 real life mobile marketing lessons that we can learn from this virtual game:pokemon

  1. Give Guests Something to Share

Pokémon Go has limited functionality: you can catch Pokémon, gather items, and battle your Pokémon. In addition to this core functionality, a bonus feature is the ability to take pictures of your Pokémon in the augmented reality environment (example at right). You might have seen these pictures splashed across social media, as users are excitedly sharing their new virtual friends. Similarly, marketers should place features such as refer-a-friend within their apps to empower customers to become brand advocates. […]

Q&A with PXUX 2016 Keynote Speaker Chris Laping, Former CIO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

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Chris Laping will be headlining PXUX (August 24 – 25, Boston) this year, as he speaks to the topic of “Inspiring Crazy Loyalty.” From 2011 to 2015, Chris Laping led business transformation at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, and was principally accountable for enabling and driving all change and innovation for the brand. His success was highlighted by a collaborative effort with marketing and operations to design and implement a loyalty program.

The Red Robin team acquired 5 million members in the Red Robin loyalty program, a huge success that contributed to the company’s highly-publicized turnaround of an $8 stock price to $89. In this interactive session full of storytelling, Chris will present concepts from his newly released book, People Before Things:  Change Isn’t An End-User Problem—highlighting what it takes to effectively enable and activate people for change and loyalty program success.

We sat down with Chris to learn a bit more about what he’ll be sharing with Paytronix users at the conference this year, and to capture a few highlights of what attendees will learn. […]