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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

How to Craft an Award-Winning Loyalty Campaign (Case Study)

by Zach Woith
April 15, 2014
How to Craft an Award-Winning Loyalty Campaign (Case Study)

Looking to leverage your loyalty program to drive more sales, boost margins, and enhance your brand? Then you'll definitely want to take a look at the award-winning loyalty campaign from Spa Week, the health and wellness brand whose loyalty program, MyWellness Rewards, recently won the Loyalty360 Award for Best Creative Campaign in Loyalty Marketing. With its goal of engaging shoppers throughout the year across multiple channels, Spa Week rolled out a yearlong campaign with seasonally themed installments. Starting with January's "Resolve to Relax" and ending with December's "Shop to Unlock," Spa Week used these campaigns to increase brand engagement while luring in shoppers with real added value. For example, the Thanksgiving campaign, titled "Thanks-Giveaway," featured a 1,000 Wellness Point giveaway, with entries granted as a reward for social referrals via Twitter, Facebook and email. ... Read more

Loyalty Makeover: Abercrombie & Fitch

by Zach Woith
March 24, 2014
Loyalty Makeover: Abercrombie & Fitch

In this installment, we look at the loyalty program at Abercrombie and Fitch, the $4.1 billion fashion retailer with over 1,000 stores, and brands including Abercrombie Kids, Hollister, and Gilly Hicks. 500friends Loyalty Makeovers offer suggestions to retail brands for making the most of their loyalty initiatives. What Abercrombie and Fitch's loyalty program looks like today: Abercrombie and Fitch's loyalty program distinguishes itself from cookie-cutter loyalty programs by embodying the brand's tone and effectively addressing core customers. Benefits include free streaming of music playlists, the chance to skip lines at events, and members-only birthday offers. Limited-time promotional offers keep the program fresh and relevant. First impressions: Abercrombie and Fitch is attempting a turnaround, with revenue dropping 12%, to $4.1 billion, and profit falling 77%, to $54.6 million, during ... Read more

500friends LoyaltyPlus: New products and features

by Kaleb Loosbrock
February 11, 2014
500friends LoyaltyPlus: New products and features

After a successful holiday season in which retailers saw an average of 2-3% growth over 2012, many loyalty programs are bursting with new members. So I thought this would be a good time to highlight a couple of new 500friends products and features that can help convert these shoppers into loyal repeat customers. 1) LoyaltyPlus Convert: Turn visitors into loyal customers. Do you present new visitors with a pop up form to acquire their emails? If so, you've probably noticed that conversion rates — let alone repeat purchase rates— for people you engage in this manner tend to be low. To boost acquisition and conversion, check out LoyaltyPlus Convert, a new 500friends product that intelligently engages your site visitors. You can also use Convert to engage with customers between purchases. 2. Enhanced Loyalty Promotions: Keep new members engaged. Research shows that new loyalty program members can di... Read more

Loyalty Makeover: Keurig

by Arif Damji
January 15, 2014
Loyalty Makeover: Keurig

Loyalty Makeover offers suggestions to retail brands for making the most of their loyalty initiatives. In this installment, we focus on the loyalty program at Keurig, the single-cup coffee manufacturer, whose annual pod sales have climbed to nearly $1 billion. What Keurig's loyalty program looks like today: The Club Keurig program rewards members with points worth 1% of their total purchases, in addition to special product offers. Everyone who makes a purchase on Keurig.com is automatically enrolled in the program, and points never expire. The program has two tiers: Gold Members: All new members start here, receiving 10% off Keurig beverages. Platinum Members: Gold members who spend $500 attain this level, where they receive 15% off Keurig beverages. First impressions: The substantial 10% discount for Club Keurig Gold members clearly eclipses the value of the program's points giveaways, and given that all customers are aut… Read more

4 Tips for Great Customer Experiences

by c3leung
December 20, 2012

As you know, members spend only a fraction of their program experience redeeming rewards. So, how do we keep things fun and engaging throughout the experience? The designers and program strategists at 500friends frequently ask our selves this very question. In this post, I'll share a few ideas to keep customers engaged and coming back for more.... Read more

3 New Client Launches

by Jessica Chien
November 27, 2012

Jessica Chien The busiest time for eCommerce retailers is in full swing. Some of our retailers have geared up for the holidays by implementing rewards programs with LoyaltyPlus. We're excited to announce THREE launches this past week: Ice.com, Kate Somerville, and Kitchenware Direct. Take a look at their programs!

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