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Restaurants and c-stores recognized for best loyalty programs have one thing in common – Paytronix

Paytronix-powered loyalty programs are among the best in the country at keeping customers happy, according to Newsweek‘s annual “America’s Best Loyalty Programs” rankings.

Newsweek’s independent survey of more than 4,000 loyalty program customers included those
for restaurants, retailers, and service providers. With over 20,000 evaluations collected, they based their final rankings on six criteria:

  1. Ease & Enjoyment – how much do customers like being in the program?
  2. Benefit – do customers think the rewards are worth it?
  3. Overall satisfaction – did the program fulfill customer expectations?
  4. Customer Support – how happy are customers with the way things are handled when
    something goes wrong?
  5. Trust – are customers alright with the way the loyalty program uses personal data?
  6. Recommendations – how likely are they to recommend the program to friends or family?

An impressive 13 Paytronix-powered brands made the Newsweek list:

Top Ranking Restaurants and C-Stores Using Paytronix:

Andy’s Frozen Custard

No membership fees, a free treat just for registering, bonus point offers – these are just a few of the ways Andy’s Frozen Custard has mastered keeping customers coming back, again and again.

Learn why rewarding your guests early on, providing point tracking, and other aspects of Andy’s model are crucial for a loyalty program to succeed here.

Peet’s Coffee

When Peet’s revamped its loyalty program to Peetnik Rewards, the company delivered on three important objectives: personalization, flexibility, and visibility. Customers can choose their reward, redeem it on their own time, and track their rewards – all from one mobile app platform so they can bring a piece of Peet’s wherever they go.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Equally sweet (and real) as the ice cream at Buster’s are the rewards. Customers earn a point for every dollar spent at any participating Bruster’s location. And since ice cream is a reason to celebrate, Bruster offers a referral award along with a Birthday treat. There’s plenty more to the surprises, delights, and bankable points at Bruster’s.

Curious whether a program like theirs is right for your brand? Learn more here.

QDOBA

It’s okay to double dip at Qdoba – well, not like that. QDOBA’s recent revamp features a two-tiered loyalty program (foodie and chef) that offers more rewards (and queso dip) than ever. After visiting 12 or more times per year, “foodie” guests are upgraded to chef status and gain access to a ton of bonus points, mystery offers, and seasonal challenges.

P.F. Chang’s

When you earn a reward at P.F. Chang’s, they make sure it counts. Customers earn 10 points for every $1 spent and at 2,000 rewards points, customers receive a $15 credit to use on anything they want, from dim sum, to entrees, to dessert. Traveling for your Birthday? P.F. Chang’s prefers a birthday month – customers can redeem your complimentary dessert or appetizer at any point within the special month.

Learn more about what Birthday rewards programs can do for your brand here.

Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee is all about thinking ahead – from buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS) orders to product sneak peeks, Caribou’s loyalty program is fully caffeinated and ready for what’s next. Customers earn 2 points per $1 spent on a great variety of products and loyalty members enjoy exclusive access to offers and birthday rewards.

California Pizza Kitchen

“An instant party for your tastebuds” says California Pizza Kitchen about its loyalty program offerings. With built-in incentives like free small plates for new registrants, California Pizza Kitchen has partied its way to the top.

Thinking a tiered automatic conversion program may be right for your brand? Learn more here.

Panera Bread

Panera is here for every kind of loyal customer. Panera veterans are impressed by the degree of personalization but kept on their toes with surprise offers. Businesses love the catering rewards, and for those who aren’t quite ready to jump into MyPanera appreciate a 3-month free trial to the “Free Coffee & Tea” subscription program.

Learn more about Panera’s subscription program here.

Einstein Bros. Bagels. 

Who doesn’t love free bagels? The Shmear Society rewards program at Einstein Bagels lets customers “eat the benefits,” by cashing in accrued points on rewards of their choice. And it all happens from an easy-to-use mobile app.

Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast Rewards program rewards customers for “what they already do – eating sandwiches.” In a world of complex loyalty programs, Jimmy Johns keeps it simple fast with free sandwiches, sneak peeks at new menu items, and special promotions.

Learn how to optimize your loyalty program and begin driving revenue for your brand here.

Papa Murphy’s

Papa Murphy’s treats their loyal customers as “pizza insiders.” The brand’s MySLICE rewards program goes the extra mile to get to know customers, allowing them to save favorite orders and locations to make the next transaction even easier than the last.

Dutch Bros

You don’t have to Double Dutch your way to rewards at Dutch Bros. With attainable rewards conversions and contactless payments, Dutch Bros lets you win early on – and gives you stickers to show off.

Learn more about how contactless payments can smooth out your loyalty program.

MAPCO

Customers taking pit stops at MAPCO are winning the savings race. With MAPCO MY Reward$, customers save 3 cents on every gallon and can earn points both at the pump and in the store.

Learn how loyalty programs can help bring your convenience store to the next level here.

A top loyalty program is a sign that a brand values its top customers and knows what will keep them coming back.

Congratulations to these brands for putting their customers first, with Paytronix.

PXUX Lessons: Run the race with joy

October 14, 2021

Run the race with joy.  

That was the simple message Blaine Hurst, retired CEO of Panera Bread left us with after his PXUX talk, and honestly, we were all in tears. He’d just finished a story about his son, who is disabled, and ran for his high school cross country team. His son ran very slowly, far behind the rest of the pack. But David did finish a few races throughout the season, often with the help of his teammates.  

Then came the last race of the season, the Regionals. As a father, Blaine was worried. David would be so far behind and delay everyone’s celebration. But David ran. The race was thought to be over, the finish box was taken down, and people were cleaning up when a call came on the radio “runner still on course”. David.  

The race organizer called everyone back. The barriers were set back up, the finish line was re-stretched, and everyone lined up to cheer David in. David broke through the trees with the biggest smile on his face. Blaine and his wife tearfully celebrated with David. Blaine walked around and told everyone thanks and how much he appreciated making the experience so memorable for David. The race organizer said, “this is just what we do. If there’s a runner on the course, the whole team will be here”. 

Blaine walked over to the Gator driver. He had followed David the entire race. Blaine began to apologize to the driver, but the driver looked up with a tear in his eye and said,

“Don’t apologize. I watched your son, dead last, stumble and fall. And fall again. He always got up and looked at me, with a smile on his face and waved. He smiled and waved to everyone he passed along the way.  Sir, this was one of my best days ever.”  Puzzled, Blaine waited for more.

“Sir, your son Ran the Race with Joy”.  

Blaine suggested that that story is so applicable to each of us. Often asked, what is one of the key learnings he’s had throughout his 45 years of business, his first response is always the same.

Regardless of the circumstances, regardless of the challenges, we can all “Run the Race with Joy”. It will impact you, your team, your family … everyone around you.

We all can achieve more when we “Run the Race with Joy”.

Making Third-Party Aggregators Work for You

Have you been puzzling over how to leverage third-party order aggregators to best serve your business? You’re not alone! Fortunately, a data-informed examination of how businesses benefit from these platforms points to some key strategies that help clear the way forward, toward a more profitable approach.

A recent Paytonix webinar, How to Get More First-Party Orders, examines the trends and tools you need to know about.

Choose the right tools to help you manage third-party orders.

Huge numbers of customers are turning to third-party aggregators as their first source of information in deciding what they are going to eat. With an estimated 37 percent of the restaurant customer base reporting that they order food for takeout or delivery at least twice per week, getting the tools right is a critical first step.  […]

Customizing and Optimizing Your Online Menu

Woman lying on couch using food delivery app on smartphone. Close up of african woman hands holding cellphone and ordering food online. Girl using smart phone to get home delivered take away lunch.With digital ordering dominating the industry, perfecting the online menu is more important than ever. Fortunately, there are some basic strategies you can adopt to have a real impact on sales.

Here are some key highlights from a recent Paytronix webinar, Customizing Your Online Menu. 

 

 

 

  • Menu variant testing will play a huge role in helping brands find the best layout. You might be wondering, “How different can an online menu really be?” You’ll be surprised, and even minor changes can make a big difference. Menu variant testing allows you to set up multiple variations and test them all at once. And given that this tool enables you to try infinite combinations to bump up profits, why reserve it for a rollout every few years? Paytronix has found that that performing regular menu testing allows you to make the most of it.

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