The Evolution of Loyalty: Loblaw PC Optimum and its Implications

Posted by Richard Schenker

Nov 15, 2017 2:27:22 PM

Back in 1997 when I began to lead a loyalty project for Shoppers Drug Mart with the code name “ASA” (an acronym for Acetylsalicylic acid), little did I know that 20 years later we would be witnessing the evolution of Canada’s favorite and most successful loyalty program. This past week’s announcement of the merger of these two iconic loyalty programs makes great business sense for the brands and their customers. The Shoppers Optimum program was originally tested in Kingston, Halifax and Calgary over a 16-month period. Towards the end of the pilot in 1999, approval was granted to launch the Shoppers Optimum Program nationally.

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Topics: Loyalty Program, Loyalty Marketing, Loyalty Strategy, Loyalty points

10 Common Pitfalls of Loyalty Program Design

Posted by Richard Schenker

Oct 11, 2017 12:22:21 PM

Loyalty Programs are critical to fostering effective Customer Engagement strategies for brands. They enable Customer acquisition, onboarding, engagement, retention, and even win back a brand’s Customers. Many strategic brand marketers have made their Loyalty Programs a key business imperative and have invested significant financial and human capital against this important endeavor. We often see many Loyalty Programs underperform or even fail because of poor Program design and planning. When designing or renovating your Loyalty Program, marketers should avoid:

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Topics: Loyalty Program, Loyalty Marketing, Loyalty Strategy

Is Your Loyalty Program Worth It? 5 ways to ensure your Program makes the cut

Posted by Bond Brand Loyalty

Aug 31, 2017 9:04:32 AM

Now in its seventh year, the Loyalty Report 2017 reveals that consumers have reached their Program engagement threshold despite an upward trend in new Program memberships. Our research finds that new program enrollment has grown by 31% in the past four years to 14.3 Programs per member; yet, only 6.7 Programs are active. This means that if your Program is not engaging or properly rewarding Members for their devotion, your Program is at risk and needs work.
 
A poor experience can significantly affect Member satisfaction, which can have a direct impact on spend, choice, advocacy, and retention, so it’s critical that you do everything possible to be among the active 6.7 Programs. Here are five ways to ensure your Program makes the cut.

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Topics: Loyalty Program, Loyalty Marketing, Loyalty Report, Customer Experience, Retail, mobile

#autobond: Sure Product is Important But What Else?

Posted by Chris Travell

Jul 19, 2016 9:01:34 AM

I’m a big fan of Formula One—it amazes me that hundreds of sensors are gathering information on the cars' performance in real time, sending it back to Milton Keynes, Maranello, Brackley or wherever, making it possible for crews to make changes on the fly to gain that 2/10s of a second per lap. It's incredible when you think about it.

In the same way, there are numerous sensors in the marketplace that provide input into a brand’s make-up and health. In our context, the understanding and interpretation of information from these sensors allows marketers to build strong, relevant and differentiated brands. 

I had a chance to sit down with Kyle Davies, Director of Marketing Research at Bond, to talk about the recent release of the Automotive Brand Telemetry Report

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Topics: #autobond, Loyalty Marketing, Brand Loyalty

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