Moe’s Southwest Grill Launches Nationwide Check-In Campaign

Rather than having individual franchises run their own social check-in campaigns, Moe’s Southwest Grill decided to pull together their promotions and launch a nationwide campaign that aggregates Foursquare and Facebook check-ins at more than 440 Moe’s locations. Lauren Barash, the chain’s director of marketing, says she is already seeing enthusiasm from customers…

Case Study: Portland Café Finds an Eco-Friendly Loyalty Solution

Coffee shops and punch cards usually go hand in hand. At Rain or Shine Coffee House in Portland, Oregon, however, co-owner Molly Boyl says her eco-conscious clientele was concerned about the impact that paper cards might have on the environment. She found a digital alternative with Perka, a cardless loyalty program that works on mobile phones.

Clif Bar Uses Foursquare’s API for Geo-Targeted Twitter Campaign

By restricting advertisers from targeting users at specific locations, Twitter has made it difficult for big brands to use its platform when running geo-targeted campaigns in the past. Clif Bar found a way around this challenge earlier this summer, when the company began asking customers with GPS-enabled devices to voluntarily tweet their locations for the chance to win coupons and prizes…

Case Study: Taco Del Mar Sends Time-Specific Offers With Pirq

As the owner of eight Taco Del Mar franchises in Washington and Oregon, Jeff Masterjohn has to be careful that the promotions he runs don’t interfere with any campaigns being handled by his corporate bosses or fellow franchisees. One way that he has been able to do this is by running day-parted discounts with Pirq, a mobile deals platform that consumers use to find geo-targeted offers on their smartphones…

Case Study: Salon Keeps Customers Coming Back With Wacky Rewards

As a co-owner at Red 7 Salon, Jason Hall likes to think of his business as the “Cheers of the salon world.” Rather than encouraging loyalty with cash-back incentives, Hall has partnered with Belly to give away “fun” rewards — like the chance to shave one of the salon owners’ heads — that don’t cost his business a dime…

Case Study: Hotel Boosts Business, Cuts Costs With Facebook Contests

In December 2011, hotelier Ronan McAuley decided to forego traditional advertising and focus his resources on social media. He now uses Offerpop to run competitions and promotions on his hotel’s Facebook page — business is already up 18%, while his marketing costs are only 20% of what they once were…

Case Study: Gourmet Grocer Uses Punchpoints for Foolproof Rewards

Like many small business owners, Janea Boyles is short on time and short on cash. Rather than devoting resources to building an in-house rewards and discount program at The Mercantile, the gourmet grocery shop she co-owns in Atlanta, Boyles has opted to partner with outside marketing platforms like Punchpoints, Frequentr, and Scoutmob…

Case Study: Yoga Chain Ups Revenue With Perkville Loyalty Program

At Charm City Yoga, a chain of six yoga studios in the Baltimore area, co-owner Chris Blades says he brings in $2,000 extra each month because of his loyalty program, which rewards frequent customers and sends automated reminders to clients who haven’t come back after 30 or 60 days…

Case Study: Jenn-Air Connects With Luxury Consumers Via Mobile App

As vice president of marketing for Jenn-Air, Brian Maynard oversaw the development of a mobile application that uses GPS technology to help high-end consumers connect with retailers offering Jenn-Air products in their local areas…

Case Study: Target Encourages Guest Loyalty With Shopkick Partnership

When Target took its partnership with Shopkick nationwide and rolled out the app at its 1,764 stores in May 2012, it became the largest retailer to partner with the mobile loyalty platform to date. While the partnership is still in its infancy, Target communications manager Molly Snyder says store managers are already reporting tremendous feedback and enthusiasm…

Case Study: Massage Therapist Uses Scheduling to Propel Online Marketing

Massage therapist Lisa Bedoya knew there had to be a better way to schedule client appoints than via email or phone. Since turning to Full Slate late last year, Bedoya has noticed an increase in repeat clients. She attributes this boost in business to the ease with which clients can now make appointments online, as well as the email newsletters and special coupons she sends out…

Case Study: Coffee Shop Prizes Engagement Over Customer Acquisition

Customer engagement will always trump customer acquisition at Groundwork Coffee, an organic coffee roaster with seven outposts in the Southern California area. The company has been able to increase both the frequency of customer visits and the average ticket per visit by partnering with a digital loyalty program called FiveStars…

Case Study: Weather Channel Partners With PlaceIQ for Targeting

Pat McCormack, vice president of mobile sales and strategy at The Weather Channel Companies, talks more about the PlaceIQ partnership and explains how adding locality to the creative of a mobile ad improves user engagement…

Case Study: Salon Attracts Clients With Mobile Site, Loyalty Program

Anne Kelley wasn’t sure that daily deals were the direction she wanted Wet Salon and Studio to go when she began handling the Austin salon’s marketing efforts last year. Rather than work with the traditional deal companies, Kelley opted to focus her digital efforts on creating a mobile website and partnering with Belly to implement a rewards program that encourages loyalty rather than deal-seeking…

Case Study: Bay Area News Group Uses Wave2 for Self-Serve Ads

At the Bay Area News Group, a publisher of small and mid-sized papers around San Francisco, community information manager Elizabeth Naughton says using Wave2 Media’s self-serve platform has given her sales team more “breathing room,” which allows them to spend more time meeting advertisers and making social calls to customers. As a result, Naughton says advertisers have begun running larger ads and BANG has been able to generate more revenue…

Case Study: Sotheby’s Uses Mobile iPad App to Attract High-End Buyers

Consumers purchasing multi-million dollar properties want to see more than just static photos and written descriptions when researching homes online. According to John Passerini, vice president of interactive marketing at Sotheby’s International Realty, high-end buyers want to understand the “context” of the properties they’re viewing. To satisfy this need, Sotheby’s used LBS-technology to create a “lifestyle overlay” for its mobile iPad app…

Case Study: The Benefits of Running a POS System in the Cloud

When David Steingard began researching point-of-sale systems to use at Laughing Man, the New York City coffee shop he founded with the actor Hugh Jackman in 2011, he was surprised at how expensive checkout terminals had become. Rather than paying $15,000 to $30,000 for a traditional POS system, Steingard opted to go with ShopKeep, a mobile system that runs on the iPad…

Case Study: Charlottesville Cafe Increases Customer Frequency With Cardagin

At Calvino Cafe in Charlottesville, Virginia, owner Katie Kroloff was already looking for a marketing program that provided trackable results when a salesperson from Cardagin Networks walked through her door. The loyalty platform provided many of the same benefits as the punch card system she had been using, but with fewer headaches and better rewards…

Case Study: New York Acupuncturist Grows Business With Signpost

As the owner of Premier Integrative Medicine, an acupuncture clinic in New York City, Humberto Toledo has struggled to generate walk-in traffic without a street-level storefront. To combat this issue, Toledo now uses Signpost to run regular deals and incentives to attract new customers, and says the company is less “intimidating” to work with than competitors like Groupon and LivingSocial…

Case Study: Finding an Easier Way to Accept Deal Bookings

Ray Chang, the founder and CEO of The Motorsport Lab, was excited about the prospect of running his first Groupon offer in 2010. What he wasn’t expecting was the crush of phone calls that resulted. To help decrease the pressure on his staff, Chang started using Genbook to handle online reservations. Since then, he’s been able to run three subsequent deals without overburdening his employees…