Sporting goods retailer Sports Authority is motivating repeat purchases with a new mobile program in partnership with Under Armour that will enable customers to earn rewards by completing fitness activities on the MapMyFitness application.
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Genre Hotels is the latest hospitality marketer to embark on integrating a mobile check-in platform, enabling travelers to bypass the front desk and receive relevant offers on their smartphones, proving that upgrade promotions can be catchy at the last minute.
Allstate Insurance is providing consumers with more incentive to drive safely by updating its application to feature Allstate Rewards, a platform that enables users to accumulate points to redeem for deals such as gift cards, local offers and brand merchandise.
Chili’s is blaming the transition to a new mobile loyalty program for disappointing sales during its more recent financial quarter while still calling the launch a success, underscoring both the challenges and opportunities with mobile loyalty.
Starbucks is continuing its streak of teaming up with major brands by tapping ride-sharing application Lyft to offer its employees My Starbucks Rewards gold status, and enable riders to tip their drivers with the chain’s egifts.
Starbucks is expanding its partnership with The New York Times to bring top daily articles to its mobile application users and reward loyalty members with points when they purchase print and digital subscriptions, reflecting the growing importance of top-notch content for merchants on mobile.
Pacific Northwest grocery retailer Haggen is launching an omnichannel loyalty program which users can access through a mobile application to increase the amount of faithful customers, a secure method of retaining and increasing sales.
Book publisher Harlequin is bringing its romance novels into the mobile space with a new rewards program, which fans can access for a more personalized experience while helping the publisher drive sales.
The University of Iowa has launched Hawkeye Rewards, a mobile loyalty program supporting the university’s sports teams and enabling consumers to earn and redeem points on the spot at participating merchant locations.
Mobile loyalty applications can provide a rich user experience, but their proliferation threatens to make them as unappealing to consumers as the physical cards they seek to replace, causing some marketers to explore alternatives such as wallet-based programs, which have a more limited set of benefits.