Archive for the “Loyalty” Category

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. […]

Target Low-Frequency Customers. Here’s Why.

The greatest revenue-generating potential a loyalty program can tap into is a brand’s segment of customers who visit sometimes but not always. We have seen this proven time and again across more than 300 reward programs.

Each segment of customers visits at a particular frequency. Customers with medium-to-high frequency are giving the brand nearly all of their possible visits. Since they are already your biggest fans, getting them to visit you more is going to be tricky. On the other hand, low-frequency customers are visiting your brand occasionally, but other brands are being visited by them more frequently. The potential for your team to move low-frequency customers into a higher-frequency segment is where the value of any successful loyalty program comes into play, as the goal is to steal visits from the competition.

So, if the value of your loyalty program depends on your ability to attract lower-frequency members, how do you do it? There are three key factors. […]

How to Manage Your Club Programs

Club programs are a staple in the convenience store industry. They help to motivate customers to visit more often since the customer knows that they are working towards getting a free reward, making sure they keep returning to make their purchases.

So, while club programs are a tried and true method for convenience store loyalty, there are three strategies to take these programs to the next level and start making an impact on your brand’s bottom line. […]

Why a Gamified Loyalty Program Keeps Me Coming Back to Buffalo Wild Wings®

Last night the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. As a result, I’ll be watching Game 2 at Buffalo Wild Wings.

The last time I visited the chicken wing/sports bar concept I played the Spin & Win game on the Blazin’ Rewards app. This is a gamified component of the brand’s loyalty program and members like myself have an opportunity to play every time they visit during the NBA postseason. Each visit allows one “spin” in the app. Every spin reveals a team with an upcoming playoff game. If that team wins its next game, the guest earns 100 bonus points towards a reward.

When I played during a lunch visit earlier in the week, my spin landed on the Warriors. When they won last night, I earned 100 points, giving me enough currency to earn a free entrée. Now I can’t wait to go back for Game 2 this weekend so I can redeem my reward and play again to give myself a shot at 100 more points. […]