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Importance of an Effective Trigger-Based Communication Strategy

by Julia Leyrer
January 15, 2015
Importance of an Effective Trigger-Based Communication Strategy

Once you implement a loyalty program, you are not yet finished with your loyalty strategy. In fact, there is a good chance that a loyalty program is set to be ineffective if it does not have an ongoing and robust communication element in place. Successful loyalty programs initiate a behavior out of your customers that they would not otherwise have done, and whatever the initiatives may be, they need to be communicated properly and clearly to be effective and drive results.This is apparent for many of our consulting engagements, that companies are not making the most out of their current programs because they are lacking simple communications--and many do not even realize they are doing it. They are letting members become inactive because they are assuming the customer has all of the information they need about the program. This may be due to the fact that it is easy for the customer... Read more

Case Study: How U.S. Auto Parts Increased Spend Per Member 20% with 500friends

by Lauren Chan
November 06, 2014
Case Study: How U.S. Auto Parts Increased Spend Per Member 20% with 500friends

High cost customer acquisition with no tradeoff of lifetime value defines today’s ecommerce landscape. As most retailers struggle with customer retention, marketing teams deploy loyalty solutions to gain a competitive edge by connecting with shoppers and incentivizing repurchase. With the help of 500friends, a leading provider of end-to-end marketing solutions, U.S. Auto parts increased its spend per member by 20%, its repurchase rate by 14%, and its enrollment rate by 45% after updating the loyalty program of its flagship brand, Auto Parts Warehouse. We at 500friends published a case study (below) highlighting the success of U.S. Auto Parts in increasing customer retention using the 500friends LoyaltyPlus platform. Although most ecommerce marketing teams are resource constrained, IR 100 retailer U.S. Auto Parts realized the competitive advantage of loyalty and decided t... Read more

Does an Umbrella Loyalty Program Make Sense for Your Brands?

by Zach Woith
July 18, 2014
Does an Umbrella Loyalty Program Make Sense for Your Brands?

Is it better to have one loyalty program covering all of your brands, or separate programs for each? How you answer this question can have huge implications for customer experience and loyalty ROI. In a new paper from 500friends (below), we pose 5 key questions for senior marketers who are looking to determine the best approach.... Read more

500friends + IBM WebSphere, Unica, Coremetrics @ IBM Global Summit 2014

by Andrew R.
May 06, 2014
500friends + IBM WebSphere, Unica, Coremetrics @ IBM Global Summit 2014

As an IBM Smarter Commerce partner, 500friends makes it easy to integrate a loyalty program using IBM WebSphere Commerce, IBM Campaign and IBM Interact (formerly Unica), and IBM Digital Analytics (formerly Coremetrics). In fact, 500friends will be at next week's IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014, where we'll be showing off our joint loyalty solution. Stop by the Marketing and Merchandising's Innovation Zone and say hello! Meanwhile, watch this video to learn more about how 500friends and IBM team up to deliver innovative customer loyalty solutions for brands like 1800Flowers.com... Read more

Retailers with Private Label Credit Cards Also Need Loyalty. Heres Why.

by Ashley Bienvenu
March 20, 2014
Retailers with Private Label Credit Cards Also Need Loyalty. Heres Why.

In his new post on DMNews, 500friends Director of Strategy and Development Arif Damji talks about how retailers with a private-label credit card (PLCC) can reap big benefits from also having a robust loyalty program. The major points Damji makes are that: loyalty programs make PLCCs look more attractive, loyalty programs positively impact churn and lifetime value of mid-tier customers, and loyalty programs allow for direct, flexible communication with program members… Read more

Loyalty Makeover: Office Depot

by Ashley Bienvenu
March 11, 2014
Loyalty Makeover: Office Depot

In this installment, we look at the loyalty program at Office Depot, the $17 billion office supplies retailer with 1,900 stores that recently merged with Office Max. Loyalty Makeover offers suggestions to retail brands for making the most of their loyalty initiatives.In late 2013, Office Depot completed a $1.2 billion merger with competitor Office Max. In this Loyalty Makeover we'll look at both programs, and we'll examine the opportunities in merging them. What the Office Depot and Office Max loyalty programs look like today: Office Depot Rewards lets members earn rewards for purchases of ink, toner, paper and copy/print/ship services. Members can also earn rewards for recycling used ink cartridges and completing member profiles. Members who spend at least $200 in a calendar quarter achieve Choice status, which allows them to earn extra points through purchases, made either in-store or online, for products in up to... Read more

Loyalty Makeover: JCPenney

by Zach Woith
March 03, 2014
Loyalty Makeover: JCPenney

In this installment, we look at the loyalty program at JCPenney, the $12 billion department store chain with 1,100 stores and $1 billion in online sales. 500friends Loyalty Makeovers offer suggestions to retail brands for making the most of their loyalty initiatives. What JCP Rewards looks like today: JCP Rewards members accrue one point for every dollar they spend. For every 100 points they earn in a calendar month, they receive a $10 coupon towards future purchases (up to a maximum of ten $10 coupons per month). At the end of every month, point balances reset to zero. First impressions: With a 2013 operating loss of over $1.2 billion, investing in customer retention and loyalty may seem like a luxury for JCPenney. However, to really get back on track, the embattled department store chain will have to prop up its gross margins, which fell to 29.4% in 2013 (typical department stores gross margins hover in the mid- to up... Read more

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