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MyOffers Digital Coupon Wallet Helps Retailers Drive Ongoing Engagement

As I speak with retail executives across the country, a common theme that consistently rises to the top is the challenge of getting customers to engage again and again. Today’s consumers are always looking for deals and discounts. Coupons and promo codes are just a click away on numerous websites. Even among loyal customers, if they can get the same or similar product at a discount with a different retailer, their loyalty very often lies with the discount rather than with a particular store. (Here’s a research report with stats that show the power of coupons.)

Many retailers are addressing this dynamic with a MyOffers digital coupon wallet.

A digital coupon wallet is much more than traditional coupon software that lets retailers generate and deliver mobile coupons or digital coupons. A MyOffers Digital Coupon Wallet serves as “shared real-estate” between the brand and the customer – a place where retailers can send each customer personalized mobile coupons and offers, to retain mindshare and drive ongoing engagement.

With a MyOffers digital coupon wallet, retailers deliver mobile coupons, digital coupons, loyalty rewards, and offers directly to the customer’s wallet. Customers can access the digital coupon wallet from a range of digital channels, including text message, mobile app, email, website, Apple Wallet and Google Pay. Think of it as a digital marketing center for each customer. And the customer never has to log in, giving customers instant access to all of their offers in one convenient place.

This shared real estate helps retailers to stay top of mind with each customer. Rather than a shopper looking for deals, they won’t have to because the deal will be sitting right in their digital coupon wallet.

Machine Learning Delivers Engagement Intelligence

Another benefit of a digital coupon wallet is that it monitors all engagement activity and behaviorthat the customer has with an offer, and uses machine learning to make automated optimization recommendations on the type of offer/message to deliver next, and the best time to deliver it. This helps retailers drive more redemptions, traffic, and revenue.

Here’s a link where you can learn more about the MyOffers digital coupon wallet.

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Coupon Software Opens New Use-Cases for Marketers

Coupon software and smartphones have opened a new world of marketing applications that weren’t possible with traditional paper coupons. Businesses are using coupon software for use cases that go beyond delivering merely a discount. Here are five innovative coupon use cases made possible through coupon software.

1. Personalization

Coupon software is helping marketers enhance their personalization program by delivering single-use coupons and offer codes, enabling marketers to deliver the high-discount offers that work – without the risk of coupons being used more than once or being shared. Coupon software that generates single-use coupons also helps marketers to attribute redemptions accurately, and conduct valid a/b tests, further enhancing personalization.

2. Mobile Loyalty Programs

Mobile loyalty programs have arrived, with more and more consumers preferring to participate in mobile loyalty programs over traditional loyalty programs. Companies are now using coupon software to deliver loyalty cards, rewards certificates, and loyalty offers.

3. Digital Offer Wallet

Coupon software is used by companies to deploy a digital offer wallet across multiple digital channels, giving customers an easy way to organize, track and instantly access all of a retailer’s of brand’s offers in one convenient place.

4. On-demand SMS Coupons

What better way to drive a purchase than by offering a mobile coupon to a consumer as she shops. Using coupon software, the shopper can send a text to a retailer’s short code to receive an SMS coupon while still in the store.

5. Grow SMS Subscriber Lists

Coupon software is used to deliver SMS coupons to customers who sign-up to their SMS marketing list. Mobile coupon offers have shown to be a great incentives to get customers to sign up for an SMS subscriber list, and provide quality information during sign-up.

There you have it. Coupon software is being used in innovative ways by retailers and brands looking to engage today’s mobile consumers. For further reading, here are links to two research reports that give insights into consumer preferences for receiving and using mobile coupons and for receiving personalized offers.

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Personalization Research Reinforces the Importance of Single-Use Coupons

I’m pleased to announce the availability of the latest research report from CodeBroker: Coupon and Offer Personalization.

In my last blog, I discussed how companies are employing single-use coupons and single-use offer codes to enhance their personalization efforts. This new research explores coupon and offer personalization from the consumer point of view. It includes insights from 1,100 consumers on a wide range of coupon and offer personalization topics, to gain an understanding of consumer behavior and preferences relating to personalized coupons and discount offers for customer acquisition, engagement, and retention.

Here are two eye-opening stats from the research:

  • 88% of the respondents say they are likely to try using high-value digital coupons more than once;,
  • 92% say there are highly likely to share a digital coupon with others.

These two stats reinforce the single-use offer strategies that are being employed by many companies today. It can be risky for retailers to offer higher discount coupons because consumers are likely to try to use them more than once, or share the coupon or offer code with others.

Here are some additional highlights from the research:

  • 90% of respondents will purchase from a retailer that they rarely or never shopped at if they receive a high-discount coupon from that retailer.
  • 92% are you more likely to use a coupon if you have the option to use it either in-store or online?
  • 73% prefer to shop at stores that send you custom discount offers based on your purchase history?

This is just a preview. There’s a great deal of insights on coupon and offer personalization, including comments from the respondents. You can access the full report here on our website Resources page.

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Single-Use Coupons and Offer Codes Enhance Personalization

Many of our clients are employing single-use coupons and single-use offer codes to improve their personalization efforts. In this post, I’ll share some of the dynamics behind this, and how these company’s personalization efforts are benefitting from single-use coupons and offer codes.

Marketing automation and analytics software are helping marketers make personalization a reality. The challenge for many companies, however, is in maintaining the integrity of the personalization effort when a personalized “offer” is sent to a customer. This is where the personalization effort can break down because coupons and offers often get used by consumers more than once, they get shared online (or even go viral) which, of course, isn’t in retailers’ best interest because marketers can’t:

  • Attribute redemptions accurately
  • Conduct valid a/b tests, and, most importantly
  • Maintain the veracity of the personalization program for that customer

For personalization to work effectively, marketers want to ensure that offers and coupons get used only once, and that they don’t get shared online.

So, to address this problem, many of CodeBroker’ clients are employing single-use coupons and single-use offer codes. The single-use model gives marketers the ability to deliver millions of personalized, single-use coupons and offer codes daily through all of channels: print, email, text, web, mobile app, and mobile wallet. It ensures that the customer always receives the same barcode regardless of the number of times, or channels in which, she requests the coupon. Once the coupon is used, it expires simultaneously and is marked as redeemed, across all channels, and it’s impossible for a customer to obtain a second copy of the coupon unless allowed by the retailer.

With single-use coupons and offers, companies can employ personalized, higher-value coupons and offer codes to which consumers respond, without the risk of them being used more than once or going viral. And they can accurately measure redemptions and a/b tests to gain solid insights into their personalization effort for each customer.

For more information on this topic, I invite you to read the new whitepaper that explains offer personalization and security in further detail.

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Single-Use Mobile Coupons Are Being Embraced by Retailers

By Jeff Weiner

Retailers are seizing on the use of single-use mobile coupons, and moving away from using generic promo codes due to the fact that these “coupons” are really unlimited offers that customers can reuse, to the detriment of retailers.

There are several benefits of using single-use mobile coupons:

  • Improve the marketing department’s personalization efforts.
  • Eliminate coupons and offers from going viral.
  • Enable A/B offer testing to identify (versus guess) which offers drive the best returns.
  • Attribution of redemptions to individuals and segments.
  • Customers prefer single-use coupons with a high-value offer (see the research).

To provide true single-use mobile coupons, there needs to be an integrated security model that ensures:

  • The customer always receives the same mobile coupon regardless of the number of times and channels in which she requests the coupon.
  • The coupon expires simultaneously, and is marked as redeemed, across all channels to prevent re-use.
  • That it is impossible for a consumer to obtain a second copy of the coupon unless specifically allowed by the retailer.

So, what are the characteristics of a true single-use mobile coupon? It must:

1. Contain a unique code, to track the offer from issuance through redemption and expiration.

2. Be delivered to a specific device and/or individual, to allow the retailer to track all coupons the customer has received.

3. Support simultaneous multi-channel delivery, redemption and expiration. Simultaneous expiration ensures the coupon cannot be used more than once, eliminating coupon fraud.

Retailers benefit significantly from deploying single-use mobile coupons. CodeBroker customers routinely see up to 50% redemption for on-demand coupons, significantly higher than paper-based coupons. Effective offers are helping retailers build brand loyalty with their customers, increasing their lifetime value. With single-use coupons, retailers are also able to track the entire purchase funnel – from delivery through redemption – creating a comprehensive picture of consumer purchase behavior. And finally, CodeBroker customers have realized significant savings by reducing print spend when delivering offers via a text message marketing program.

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Five Tips for A Successful Mobile Coupon Strategy

By Jeff Weiner

Consumer demand for mobile coupons is on the rise. When we surveyed 1,204 U.S. consumers for our 2018 Mobile Coupon Survey, nearly half said they prefer mobile coupons to paper.

Mobile coupons create a sense of urgency, helping retailers to drive short-term spikes in revenue, and they give marketers new opportunities to collect data, track usage, and target the right customers. But how do you build a successful mobile coupon strategy? Here are five tips based on our research.

1. Send coupons in text messages

Interestingly, 57% of consumers prefer to receive a mobile coupon in a text message – accessible via a link.

2. Use mobile coupons as a sign-up incentive

Welcome coupons are effective as incentives to encourage customers to sign up for marketing lists and loyalty programs. More than two-thirds of consumers are more likely to join a list when an instant coupon is on offer.

3. Advertise mobile coupons in store

You might think online ads or even Facebook would be the best way to advertise mobile coupons, but in-store signage tops the list by a large margin. If customers are already in your store, there’s a much higher chance that they’ll be responsive to a coupon offer.

4. Employ on-demand coupons

Time and time again we’ve seen the effectiveness of on-demand coupons. More than three quarters of consumers said they were likely or very likely to redeem a mobile coupon that they requested – with 60% saying they would redeem a coupon they receive via text message within one week.

5. Employ high-value, single-use coupons

Given the choice, consumers overwhelmingly prefer higher-value coupons that they can use only once, versus lower-value coupons that they can use multiple times.
For a more detailed look at what U.S. consumers really want from mobile coupons, you can read the complete 2018 Mobile Coupon Survey.

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Retailers Use Text for Many Use Cases

By Dan Slavin

Text message marketing has evolved from a standalone marketing tactic to a key component of many mobile marketing use cases. More and more consumers prefer the easy access that a simple link in a text message gives them, leading marketers to use text message marketing software in innovative ways. Here are a few of the top text message marketing use cases that we at CodeBroker are seeing with our retail clients.

To deliver mobile coupons

Nearly half of consumers prefer to receive mobile coupons rather than paper coupons. And 85% of consumers say they’ll redeem a coupon that they receive via a link in a text message within one week. We’re seeing more and more retailers take advantage of this shift to mobile coupons.

To improve mobile loyalty program engagement

Most retailers and brands now make their loyalty programs available through their mobile app. This is a great step in the right direction to appeal to consumers who want to engage with loyalty programs from their smartphones. What loyalty program leaders have learned, however, is that more of their members prefer to access their rewards information from a link in a text message rather than through an app.

For more control over mobile wallet promotions

Consumers love Apple Wallet and Google Pay, but they present limitations for marketers because consumers have complete control over what goes in their wallet. Marketers can’t directly push new offers or rewards into them, limiting marketer’s promotional opportunities.

CodeBroker’s clients have overcome this obstacle with the MyOffers Mobile Wallet, which can be added with one click right into a consumer’s Apple and Google Pay walets. This gives marketers the ability to send new offers, or update existing offers. Consumer can be informed of updates via various methods, including text messages.

These are just three examples – there are many more. Consumers respond well to text message promotions, as well as text using text as an access point for a range of use cases. I encourage you to consider ways to incorporate text message marketing into your communications mix and, if you’re like other retailers who have, I expect that you’ll see great results.

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New Research Provides Insights into Mobile Engagement Preferences

By Dan Slavin

I’m pleased to announce the availability of CodeBroker’s latest research: Consumer Mobile Engagement Research Results. You can get it here on our Resources web page.

For the past two years, our team here at CodeBroker has conducted a wide range of consumer research, on topics such as loyalty programs, text message marketing, and mobile coupons. What make this new research so interesting is that it addresses mobile engagement more broadly across all of these topic areas.

In our latest research, we surveyed 1,500 shoppers to gain insights into their preferred way to receive mobile offers, coupons and loyalty info from retailers. The research gives the answers, and you may be surprised by some of the results – particularly on the feedback relating to the use of mobile apps.

We continue to learn that every consumer has his or her preferred way to be engaged via mobile – SMS, wallet, app, email – and when a retailer uses a consumer’s preferred mobile channel, that consumer is more likely to make a purchase and stay engaged.

Some of the highlights:

Text messages are almost even with email as the preferred way consumers want to receive promotional messages, coupons and offers from retailers.

When signing up to a retailers SMS marketing list, 75% of research participants are willing to provide their name and address in exchange for a mobile coupon. This is great news for marketers who are looking to build higher-quality SMS marketing lists.

Mobile apps are not the preferred way for most consumers to access their loyalty program rewards information from their phones.

This is just a preview. There’s a great deal of insights on mobile engagement in this research report – you can access it here on our website Resources page.

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5 Tips for Successful Mobile Coupon Promotions

By Dan Slavin

Consumer demand for mobile coupons is on the rise because they offer a better experience than paper coupons, and they’re much more convenient. When we surveyed 1,204 U.S. consumers for our 2018 Mobile Coupon Survey, nearly half of them said they prefer mobile coupons to paper.

Mobile coupons also create a sense of urgency, helping retailers to drive short-term spikes in revenue, and presenting marketers with new opportunities to collect data, track usage, and laser target the right customers. But how do you build successful mobile coupon promotions?

Here are five tips for you based on our survey data.

1. Offer, and deliver, mobile coupons via text messages.
It’s no surprise that people prefer to receive coupons on their mobile phones and that they want the convenience of being able to redeem the coupon directly from their phone. Fifty seven percent of respondents prefer to receive the mobile coupon in a text message so that it’s accessible via a link. Sixty percent of respondents said that they would redeem a coupon delivered via text message within one week; 25% within three days.

2. Use mobile coupon promotions as an incentive to grow your SMS subscriber list.
Welcome coupons are a great way to drive new business, but they can also be very effective as incentives to encourage customers to grow SMS subscriber lists and build membership for your mobile loyalty program. More than two-thirds of consumers we surveyed told us that they are more likely to join a list when an instant coupon is on offer.

3. Employ on-demand coupons.
Time and time again we’ve seen the effectiveness of on-demand coupons. More than three quarters of people we asked said they were likely or very likely to redeem mobile coupons that they requested. Combined with the fact that 60% of consumers told us that they are likely to redeem a coupon they receive via text message within one week, on-demand coupons can be a powerful tactic for retailers and have proved to be a great traffic driver.

4. Advertise mobile coupons in store.
In today’s digital world, it comes as a surprise that in-store signage still rules when it comes to mobile coupon promotions – with 57% of research respondents saying that they are most likely to respond to a coupon promoted via in-store signage versus out-of-store advertising. This is good news for retailers that offer in-store marketing programs to suppliers, and helpful insights for suppliers looking to offer coupons to drive purchases and build marketing lists.

5. Employ high-value, single-use coupons.
Consumers overwhelmingly prefer higher-value coupons that they can use only once, versus lower-value coupons that they can use multiple times. The important thing here is for the retailer to accurately track coupon requests and usage to ensure that the customer receives the same single-use coupon regardless of the channel used to request the coupon. That mobile coupon must also expire upon use across all channels, so that customers can’t use it more than once.

For a more detailed look at what U.S. consumers really want from mobile coupons, you can read the complete 2018 Mobile Coupon Survey.

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5 Tips to Drive Holiday Purchases with Mobile Coupon Marketing

By Dan Slavin
Though the summer heat is still upon us, the holidays are just four months away and, if you’re a retail marketer, you’re already knee deep in planning for the holiday sales push.

If mobile is part of your holiday marketing strategy, you may want to consider adding mobile coupons to your holiday marketing mix. According to recent research, nearly 50% of consumers prefer mobile coupons over printed coupons.

If you’re considering mobile coupons in your holiday marketing plan, here are some tips give you a mobile coupon marketing advantage.

1. Send coupons via text message. Paper coupons have extremely low redemption rates – typically between 0.5% to 1%. Mobile coupons delivered via SMS have redemption rates that range from 2%-10% for coupons sent to a list. An impressive 60% of shoppers who receive a mobile coupon via text message say they would redeem the coupon within one week.

2. Offer higher value, single-use mobile coupons. High-discount, single-use mobile coupons have more value to shoppers than lower discount, multi-use coupons.

3. Employ on-demand mobile coupons. On-demand mobile coupons, in which the consumer responds to a call-to-action to obtain a mobile coupon, have a much higher redemption rate, typically 30% to 50%, making them a great way to drive store traffic.

4. Make coupons available across all your mobile channels. Mobile is a platform with several channels (SMS, app, mobile wallet, web, social), and each consumer has his or her channel preference. To improve results, you will want to make your mobile coupons available via all of your mobile marketing channels.

5. Make mobile coupons redeemable in-store or online. Mobile coupons can drive more traffic in brick-and-mortar stores, but many people prefer to do their shopping online. That’s why it’s important to offer mobile coupons that can be redeemed both in-store or online.

Mobile coupons are about to surpass traditional paper coupons in consumer preference. And what better time to deploy mobile coupon campaigns than during the holidays. Here are some CodeBroker resources that can help you further as you think about driving purchases during the upcoming holiday season.

Best practices for increasing text marketing list opt-ins and mobile coupon redemption

How today’s shoppers want to acquire, store and redeem coupons

Mobile Coupon Software

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Consumer Preference for Mobile Coupons Reaches a Tipping Point

By Dan Slavin

CodeBroker’s recent 2018 Mobile Coupon Consumer Research Report shows that the battle between mobile coupons and traditional printed coupons is about to reach a tipping point. The survey indicates that while 53% of consumers still prefer paper coupons, the percentage of those who prefer mobile coupons is now at 47%, and that preference is growing.

The research shows that mobile coupon redemption rates are very high, which is compelling news for retailers looking to create short-term traffic surges: 25% of the research participants said that within three days they would redeem a mobile coupon they received via text message; 60% said they would they would redeem the mobile coupon within a week.

Convenience plays a large role in the growing acceptance of mobile coupons. The survey shows that while 69% would prefer to download mobile coupons to their phone, only 31% said they would prefer to download and print it.

How Retailers Can Maximize the Impact of Mobile Coupons

While the coupon research offers news that should re-energize retailers about mobile coupon use, it is how these coupons can be specifically used that should add to the excitement.

Based on the information the survey provides, the following strategies should be effective:

  • Send coupons via text. Since consumers prefer the convenience of mobile coupons and place a high sense of urgency on text messages, SMS coupons can prove very valuable.
  • Grow your SMS subscriber list through instant gratification. Offer a mobile coupon to incentivize consumers to sign up for your SMS subscriber list or loyalty program. You can also grow your SMS subscriber list by offering on-demand coupons.
  • Employ higher value, single-use mobile coupons. High-discount, single-use mobile coupons have more perceived value than lower discount, multi-use coupons.

Check out the research report for insights into additional strategies.

For retailers and marketers, the trend is undeniable and irreversible. As mobile coupons continue to grow in popularity, they will increasingly attract new customers and build repeat business for stores while enabling retailers to differentiate themselves from competitors.

For a more detailed look at consumer’s preferences for accessing and using mobile coupons, read the 2018 Mobile Coupon Consumer Research Report.

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Tips for Increasing SMS Subscriber List Opt-ins and Coupon Redemption Rates

By Dan Slavin

CodeBroker clients are finding that digital coupons delivered via SMS drives more sales, increases loyalty and improves the customer experience. Unlike print coupons, SMS coupons are always accessible when the customer needs them, since nearly everyone takes their mobile phone with them when they shop. And consumer acceptance of mobile coupons is expected to continue to rise.

A 2018 report from research firm PRRI indicates the use of mobile coupons will surpass print coupons within the next year, while a study by Juniper Research predicts the value of digital coupon redemptions will surge to $91 billion by 2022, up from $47 billion in 2017. We’ll be publishing CodeBroker’s mobile coupon research in the coming weeks so be sure to check back as it includes some compelling insights into mobile coupon usage.

CodeBroker has found that coupons delivered, for example, via email accessed through a mobile device were typically redeemed within a range of 0.5-2 percent. But by delivering SMS text coupons, CodeBroker found that retailers could increase digital coupon redemption rates to as much as 8 percent or more.

Those are pretty significant bumps in redemption rates, and they don’t happen by accident. It takes a plan. Here are some of the actions that we encourage our clients to take to get their customers to opt in for text marketing lists and to improve mobile coupon redemption rates in the process:

To increase SMS subscriber list sign-up:

#1. Make it easy and quick for consumers to sign up – Don’t ask customers to enter too much info. Customize your sign-up form to capture only the minimum relevant information.

#2. Provide an incentive – Coupons are proven incentives to drive list sign-ups. Our research indicates that 68 percent of respondents would join a brand’s marketing list if they receive an instant coupon.

#3. Create an SMS content plan – Create an SMS content plan and implement it consistently. Before long, customers will look forward to receiving regular content.

#4. Generate exclusive content – People want to feel special and you can do that by providing information and rewards that are exclusively available to SMS list subscribers.

#5. Optimize the customer experience – Personalize the SMS experience to strengthen the relationship you have with the customer. For example, let a customer know that an item on her wish list is on sale.

To improve mobile coupon redemption rates:

#1. Make use of higher value single-use coupons – Customers have demonstrated that they prefer higher-value mobile coupons that they can use only once over lower-value mobile coupons that they can use multiple times.

#2. Employ a single-use security model – To guarantee that coupons can be redeemed only once, regardless of the number of channels by which a consumer receives that coupon.

#3. Use on-demand coupons – While redemption rates for mobile coupons are high compared with those for print coupons, redemption rates for on-demand coupons (which consumers specifically request in response to ads) are even higher.

#4. Employ brief promotions – Create mobile coupon marketing promotions with a short redemption period, preferably ten days or fewer to drive customer urgency.

#5. Send a reminder message – For longer promotions (2-3 weeks) send reminder messages to people who have not yet redeemed a coupon. Inform the consumer they have only a few days left to take advantage of the offer. Reminders have proven to increase coupon redemption rates by as much as 70 percent.

In Closing

With more than three-quarters of Americans now owning a smartphone, and nearly half of consumers now preferring mobile coupons, retail and brand marketers should be looking at delivering mobile coupons via SMS, not only to drive purchases but to improve the customer experience as well.

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