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Convenient Connections Summer Series: Clustering

The Paytronix Convenient Connections 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 Summer Series throughout the months of August and September.

Because the concept of convenience stores came about in response to the rise of American driving culture, they were once primarily vendors of fuel, tobacco, and soft drinks. Hence, the c-store phrase “gas, Cokes and smokes.” 

Today, c-stores offer much more, from freshly prepared meals to basic grocery items; but many convenience store brands still see a large subset of customers that only visit the pump or pop into the store looking for tobacco. This leaves the brand with limited options, since gas’ and tobacco’s low margins and legal limitations make these difficult, if not impossible, to promote.  

That’s where clustering comes in. Clustering is a form of segmenting customers based on commonly shared behaviors or characteristics. It’s used to find distinctions among large groups that share a common trait to enable more a more personalized approach to marketing. This can take many forms, but a common use case lies in grouping customers based on items that drive them to visit. […]

Convenient Connections Summer Series: 1:1 Campaigns

The Paytronix Convenient Connections 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 Summer Series throughout the months of August and September.

Humans are motivated by a lot of things, but few incentives work as well as that of free food.  

Right after the food incentive come money-savers: think 10 cents off a gallon or double points per purchase.  So it’s easy to understand the logic behind visit challenges, in which customers earn a small reward for coming in for an extra visit.   […]

Contactless Dining Already Has a Strong Foothold, and it’s Here to Stay

The seismic shift in consumer behavior brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has changed Americans’ attitudes toward work, school and shopping; but their appetite for dining out remains.

In a survey conducted by PYMNTS, consumers listed restaurants as the second-most commonly cited reason they wanted to leave their homes. Restaurants were also ranked third in what those surveyed deemed the “most important” reason, just behind seeing family and friends and returning to work.

While consumers want to return to normal activities, they need to feel safe in doing so. Last week, Paytronix launched Contactless Dining, a new platform for engaging guests on-premise while maintaining a safe social distance.

The trend toward contactless dining options, while in its infancy, already has a strong foothold in the market: […]

Paytronix powers Kowloon car hop

Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus, Massachusetts has been a regional staple for decades. Founded as a Chinese restaurant in the 1950s, the family-owned eatery has added cuisines and themes over the years to keep up with changing trends, from Thai, to sushi, to an outdoor tiki bar.

So it’s no surprise that now, in the midst of a global pandemic, Kowloon is shapeshifting again. On Thursday, the restaurant will host the grand opening of its car hop and “drive-in” movie theater, located on-premise in the business’ massive parking lot.

Bob Wong, who owns and operates the restaurant with his siblings – the third generation of the family to do so – said that when he hatched the idea, he knew he needed a smart solution for taking orders.

“Just looking at the site, I was like, there’s no way I can put POS computers out there,” he said. He decided to put the ordering power directly in the guests’ hands. “I thought, why reinvent the wheel?”

What Wong envisioned was an early version of the new Paytronix Contactless Dining platform: a digital menu that would enable guests to place orders from their outdoor table and sync those orders seamlessly with the POS system. Wong was already using Paytronix Online Ordering to keep the business running during the shutdown, so he simply adapted the system to the new drive-in setup. […]