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Effective Marketing Messages for a Successful Loyalty Program

For your marketing campaigns to influence loyalty program members to visit and spend more, you should keep in mind three things: format, relevance, and timeliness. How you communicate with customers impacts how customers engage with your brand. Creating a strong marketing strategy with effective messaging is vital to getting noticed. When you send your guests the right message at the right time, it cuts through the clutter and truly resonates.

Using the proper approach to convey the information you want will maximize a message’s impact. Here are some examples of the most effective marketing messages to send to your program members:

Welcome: The welcome message is an opportunity to give your guests comprehensive information about your loyalty program. If they enrolled at the POS, it’s possible that they only got a bare-bones description of what your program offers to avoid holding up the line. Now is the time to tell them all the benefits they receive by being a member. Because this message may be dense, it’s best suited for an email. If you want to welcome members by text message, referring them to an email or linking to a landing page works well.

Almost There: This is a great way to motivate customers to accelerate their visit cadence and come in sooner to earn a reward. After defining what “almost there” means for your brand, you should reach out to guests when they are only one visit away. While the message can be sent via text or through geofencing, it’s especially effective in an email that features images of the reward that will be received. The current point balance should also be included to help prevent guests from falling short of the goal.

We Miss You: When done right, sending a message to your lapsed guests can bring them back for a visit. For maximum effectiveness, you should know each guest’s individual visit cadence. Reaching out too early could result in sending an unnecessary offer, but if you wait too long, they might be gone for good. Guests who are uncertain to return to your locations can’t be relied on to still have your app downloaded on their phone. The best method for winning them back is a progression of emails with tiered offers.

To see the full list of messages that can be used to achieve a successful loyalty program, watch our on-demand webinar, “11 Effective Messages You Should Send Your Guests.”

How to Boost Your Loyalty Program Enrollment

Successful loyalty programs provide guests with multiple ways to engage and enroll. Every guest is different and each has preferred ways to interact with brands. Some of your guests may be tech fanatics who use every new feature as soon as it’s released and reject the idea of physical membership cards. Meanwhile, there may be others who don’t own smartphones and feel alienated by app-only programs. 

By offering your guests several enrollment methods, you maximize the potential of your loyalty program. Here are seven of the most effective ways to engage with guests:

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1. Mobile App - Using a mobile app is easy and guests can identify themselves at the POS via QR code, barcode, or check-in code. The downside of mobile apps is that many guests will uninstall the ones that aren’t providing value. Integrating mobile ordering or stored payment to your app makes it worthwhile for guests and enhances their connection to your brand. If your mobile app stays on a guest’s phone, you can continue to spur activity with targeted promotions and geofencing campaigns.
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Using a combination of these seven methods enables you to reach the most guests and make the biggest impact with your loyalty program. To learn more, watch our webinar on this topic, “7 of the Best Methods to Enroll More Guests,” or request a demo.

 

Create a Restaurant Online Ordering Platform That Wins

Online ordering is a significant part of restaurant success. Getting in the game and scoring big depends on implementing the right restaurant online ordering system. According to a National Restaurant Association study, 37 percent of restaurants now offer online ordering and the same percentage of them consider customer ordering to be the most important area of technology development over the next five years. Online and mobile ordering is especially popular with millennial and Gen Z customers, who are predicted to account for 70% of delivery orders by 2020. What’s the best game plan for providing the convenience, speed, and accuracy that your guests want? Achieving the following seven objectives will help put your ordering and delivery strategy in the end zone.

  1. Easy Order Flow

Making the ordering experience as easy as possible for your customers increases the likelihood that they will order from you again. Guests should be able to indicate whether their order is for delivery or pickup at the beginning of the process, rather than at the end, especially if some items are not available via one method. It’s also helpful if your online ordering platform auto-adjust for different browsers and devices. Addresses and payment methods should be stored to save the time of reentering information, and guests should be able to select a past order so they don’t have to call an audible. An easy-to-use online ordering system enhances customer loyalty all while driving more sales. 

  1. Intelligent Cross-Selling

A common way to boost sales is through cross-selling. While it’s easy to suggest a beverage or a dessert if there’s not already one in the customer’s cart, you can score big with recommendations backed by machine learning. Rather than offering suggestions that broadly apply to everyone, your online ordering platform can learn over time which items are frequently purchased together or by an individual guest. For instance, customers may typically order a side of guacamole with a burrito, or a particular guest might like to get bruschetta when ordering an entrée.

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Revamping Your Loyalty Program

Are your numbers for loyalty penetration and new member enrollment declining? Is there evidence that you are over-discounting customers? Does your program conflict with your corporate strategic objectives? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it may be time to consider a program redesign.

Product offerings change, concepts evolve, and priorities shift. To get the most from your loyalty program, make sure that it always aligns with your corporate strategic objectives. If your program doesn’t reflect what your brand represents, it isn’t benefiting the organization as well as it should. 

 

J.P. Licks, a 17-unit Boston-based ice cream concept, came to the realization that its loyalty program no longer fit its price structure and corporate priorities. Before the redesign, members were required to accumulate 50 points to earn $5 off. Among the benefits was getting a free sundae on their birthday and on the anniversary of joining. The company also wanted to promote its fresh-roasted coffee at the time of the program launch, so registration included a free coffee.

After a while, it became apparent that the program was vulnerable to fraud. People were opening new accounts to receive free coffee because no stipulations were in place to prevent it. Cards were being activated and then never used, leading to a skewed view of membership and member activity. Additionally, price increases over time meant that members were achieving rewards much faster than was originally intended.

Deciding that it was time for a change, J.P. Licks shifted its program to a three-tiered structure. At registration, members now start with 10 bonus points instead of a free coffee. They get $2 off after earning 30 points and need to visit three times before being eligible for a free birthday reward. 

Under the new tiered structure, members are incentivized to advance to higher tiers because the size of the birthday reward increases and there are opportunities to earn bonus points on certain days. Meanwhile, the anniversary sundae has been replaced by other events throughout the year. By rewarding members based on which level they are at, J.P. Licks has been better able to determine whether a reward is simply viewed as a thank-you or could be used to motivate behavior.

Just over one year into the new program, J.P. Licks has been able to significantly reduce the number of inactive memberships. It has also increased the overall level of interaction, including reengaging lapsed members and getting them excited about the loyalty program.

To learn more about this program redesign, check out J.P. Licks marketing manager Rachel Klein in our on-demand webinar, “Spotlight Series: Revamping Your Program.”