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Paytronix C-Store Summer Series, Part I: Nurture Campaigns

The Paytronix C-Store Summer Series is a five-part blog that explores successful loyalty campaigns that convenience stores can use to drive user engagement, win back customers, successfully segment customer groups, and ultimately drive incremental revenue. Look for the C-Store Summer Series throughout the month of August.  

A successful loyalty program has been proven to be the ultimate tool for the wise marketer. Loyalty programs drive customer engagement and spend, build and strengthen the relationships between the brand and the consumer, and provide invaluable insight into customers’ behaviors and preferences.   

A truly effective loyalty program must be cultivated and monitored, with regular tweaks and upgrades. This includes choosing the right campaign for the desired outcome, whether that’s winning back a lapsed customer or engaging a new loyalty member 

Engaging new members is critical as it not only shows the member the value in the program so they’ll continue to use it, but it’s also a primary indicator of whether that customer will continue to visit.  

Getting a customer to register for the program at all is already a strong indicator that they’ll return. But Paytronix data shows that customers who visit three times after registering have a nearly 90% likelihood to return. It’s around this point that the likelihood of a next visit plateaus, so that third visit is the goal to strive for.   […]

New Covid hotspots stagnate growth, but bring no new losses

The final weeks of June and early half of July ushered in a new era of the pandemic, as southern and western states that had largely evaded the worst of Covid-19 became new virus hotspots. The rising number of confirmed cases and hospitalizations forced many states to order restaurants shutter their dining rooms – again – and meant fewer drivers on the road as other businesses wound down operations. 

Despite the setback, Paytronix data shows that the restaurant industry’s recovery has slowed, but not reversed. In late March and into early April, restaurant sales dropped to 30% of pre-COVID levels.  Starting in the middle of April we saw sales recover at a rate of 0.4% – 0.5% per day, reaching 70% of pre-COVID levels by the July 4th weekend.   […]

Fuel sales data suggests shorter trips for July 4th this summer

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this July 4th holiday was anticipated to be, in relative terms, one of the weakest Independence Day travel periods in the last 50 years. But while overall travel was down, the percentage of Americans traveling by car was projected to be higher than usual, a prediction that appears to be supported by fuel sales data.   

Comparing 2020 and 2019 data is more difficult than usual; this year the 4th fell on Saturday but the holiday was observed on Friday. Last year, it fell and was observed on Thursday.  The charts below show the gas sales (measured in gallons) over the holiday period and in the weeks running up to the holiday.   

On each chart the solid lines are the sales on that day, the dotted lines are the same day the previous week as a comparison.  We can see some key similarities and differences in the data between the 2 years:  

In both years we see a run up in sales above the previous week, beginning a few days before the holiday (excluding the Tuesday in 2019) as people fuel up their cars in advance of planned trips.  This indicates that holiday celebrations still involved travel in 2020.  […]

Contactless Payment Goes Mainstream

Of all of the changes COVID-19 will usher into society, one of the most lasting and most prominent will is likely to be an aversion to touching shared surfaces, from door handles to pin pads. That aversion has only been part of the national zeitgeist for a few months, but has already accelerated the trend toward touchless payments.  

About 47% of American consumers are expected to use mobile wallets in 2020. Even two years ago, half of the United States’ stores – approximately 5 million locations – accepted Apple Pay, and 4 million accepted Google Pay.  

Before the pandemic, contactless payments’ biggest hurdle to overcome was security concerns, despite being more secure than traditional payment methods; but as public health concerns become society’s primary focus, lesser fears over security are likely to fall by the wayside.  

The most common form of contactless payment, via the mobile wallet, has big upsides for businesses even beyond public health and consumer comfort. Digital loyalty cards can be seamlessly linked to the mobile wallet, positively impacting penetration rates. Digital payments will enable pay-at-table features and make on-the-go transactions more convenient. And stored-value mobile cards, like the ones Starbucks popularized, will become more mainstream, providing businesses with small, interest-free loans.  

For more information on the benefits of touchless payments, check out this webinar: Is Touchless Payment the New Normal?    

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