Loyalty Programs

Amazon Raises Monthly Prime Membership Price by 18%
January 19, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Amazon.com said today that it's raising its monthly Prime membership rates. The premium membership that grants faster shipping and access to Amazon Video will now cost $12.99 per month, up from $10.99, an 18 percent increase. Amazon is also increasing the discounted student monthly rate from $5.49 to $6.49 per month for new sign-ups.The cost…

How to Use Data to Power Up Your Customer Acquisition
December 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm

IWA Wine Accessories (IWA) is a retailer and manufacturer of high-end wine cabinets, coolers and accessories, and sells its products to dealers and wholesale accounts as well as direct to consumer via its e-commerce site. Operating in multiple channels, IWA had business data (financials, inventory, order management, CRM, e-commerce) siloed in disparate technology systems, causing inefficiencies in marketing, […]

Ensuring The Success Of Your Channel Incentive Program
December 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

IWA Wine Accessories (IWA) is a retailer and manufacturer of high-end wine cabinets, coolers and accessories, and sells its products to dealers and wholesale accounts as well as direct to consumer via its e-commerce site. Operating in multiple channels, IWA had business data (financials, inventory, order management, CRM, e-commerce) siloed in disparate technology systems, causing inefficiencies in marketing, […]

Amazon Prime Growth Slowing in the U.S.
December 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Amazon Prime growth is plateauing in the U.S., showing the first signs of a slowdown in its oldest market, Morgan Stanley wrote in a note published last week. Prime, a paid membership program that offers free two-day shipping and access to other perks such as online video and music to consumers for $99 a year,…

How to Take a Page From Sephora’s Subscription PLAY! Book
December 15, 2017 at 6:29 am

More and more brick-and-mortar retailers are jumping onto the subscription bandwagon. Take Sephora, for example. When the makeup retailer launched its subscription box, PLAY! by Sephora, customers felt like they were pushing “play” on a customized mix from someone who knew all their favorite songs. Each box includes five deluxe cosmetic products, from old favorites to…

Blockchain is Here: Retail Needs to Get Aboard … or Sink
December 4, 2017 at 11:34 am

Consumer loyalty reward programs across every facet of retail are antiquated and ineffective. Seventy-seven percent of adults in the United States participate in loyalty programs, however, more than $100 billion in loyalty points have gone unclaimed as trust in loyalty program benefits plummets. These rewards points go unused because consumers either don’t know how to claim…

Elusive Loyalty: How Retailers Keep ’Em Coming Back for More
November 27, 2017 at 11:55 am

Faced with intense competition and shocking levels of store closings, retailers are scrambling to get up-to-date with what customers expect, embrace new models of smart store technology, and encourage customer loyalty. The speed at which retailers are falling has made this imperative all the more pressing. The desire and need to have loyal customers is…

A Chat With Tom Ebling, Former Demandware CEO
November 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

I was excited to interview Tom Ebling last week, a true retail technology leader whose stint as CEO of Demandware from 2010-2016 included growing the software company into a $300 million public company that was acquired by Salesforce for $2.8 billion in 2016. Prior to Demandware, Ebling was the CEO of Lattice Engines, ProfitLogic and…

Retailers Using Mobile to Make BFFs
October 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Now that we’re well into the second half of the year, many retailers are beginning to formulate their marketing plans for 2018. In particular, I’ve observed two approaches take shape that I think retailers can immediately act on that will have a major impact in retail marketing next year. First, in a time of stagnating app usage, it’s critical that retailers implement more of a cross-channel mobile marketing approach to engage customers. Second, the ability to use big data to improve customer experiences is finally close to becoming reality. However, brands must achieve the right balance in what data they request from customers and the enriched experiences they offer in return.