When it comes to ice cream, it seems that loyalty and rewards programs are almost redundant. Everybody loves ice cream. People write songs about ice cream. The stuff practically sells itself. Nevertheless, the dedicated scoopers at J.P Licks have introduced the Cow Card which serves as both a gift and rewards card for any and all who believe in the “magic of ice cream.”
As a gift card, the Cow Card is fairly standard. Customers can prepay and reload their Cow Card with cash either in person or online. Where the Cow Card stands out is with the auto-reload feature, which will automatically put money on a card once available ice cream funds dip below a preset level (you know, just in case).
When customers use their Cow Card (either as a gift card or as a loyalty card), they will earn one point for every dollar they spend. Customers who earn 50 points at any J.P. Licks location will earn a $5 gift card, which customers can use to buy “ice cream, home roasted coffee, espresso beverages, birthday cakes, anything J.P. Licks!” To sweeten the deal, J.P. Licks even offers a smartphone app for those who prefer to go cardless. For more information, visit the J.P. Licks website.
Kabuki Restaurant has been offering modern Japanese cuisine to customers on the West Coast, and now they have the Red Mask Club to compliment their food and atmosphere. For those unfamiliar with Kabuki Restaurants, the company’s website admirably sums up the mission of the restaurant:
Our mission is to be the leader in the Japanese restaurant industry. We are committed to satisfying our customers completely with the best quality food, excellent service and great value while providing the most pleasant, clean ambiance.
Welcome to Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, the people behind sushi for all mankind. Never tried sushi or Japanese cuisine? Try us and we guarantee you will walk out hooked on our food. That’s what we do best; making non-believers into believers that Japanese cuisine is the new comfort food.
When you walk into a Kabuki you won’t be overwhelmed with Asian decor and music. What you will encounter is a casual atmosphere with today’s hottest music playing, people smiling and our friendly staff welcoming you through the doors. Look for the Red Mask. Come Eat & Drink. Have Fun.
With the Red Mask Club, customers will receive a point for every dollar they spend at Kabuki. Once customers save 500 points, they will receive a $25 “thank you reward.” Customers will also receive periodic emails about promotions, events, and new menu items. For more information, visit the Kabuki website.
Teppanyaki restaurants deserve great applause for their approach to dinner entertainment. Teppanyaki restaurants–more commonly known as Japanese steakhouses in the U.S.– are one of the few places where the entertainment is your dinner. Diners may never have another chance to see a volcano built from fried onions; flipping knives in any other setting is usually condoned, yet here it is celebrated.
Kobe Steakhouse, one of the most recognizable Teppanyaki restaurants in the U.S., has built a reputation for excellent food and dazzling performances by their chefs. To give their customers one more trick to ooh and ahh about, Kobe Steakhouse has introduced Kobe Rewards. The Kobe website outlines the benefits of Kobe Rewards:
10 Rewards Points just for signing up!
1 Reward Point for every $1 spent.
Maximum of 200 points redeemable per check.
For every 200 points accrued, $10 Reward Dollars
will be loaded onto your card for you to redeem on
your next visit. Reward dollars expire after 1 Year.
Rewards members will also receive a $30 birthday reward, which makes the Kobe Rewards program an even better deal for customers. For more information, go to the Kobe Rewards website.
Loyalogy readers will quickly recognize Landry’s Seafood as a member of the Landry’s Select loyalty program. Landry’s Seafood, as the company’s website reports, is the first restaurant in the Landry’s brand and it “remains the flagship restaurant for a company with more than 400 properties around the world.”
As Loyalogy has written many times, the Landry’s Select Club is a comprehensive multi-brand loyalty program. When customers sign up for the Landry’s Select loyalty program, they will receive rewards and benefits at hundreds of locations. From the Landry’s website:
Earn Points – 1 point for every dollar spent at participating Landry’s locations.
Welcome Reward – $25 Reward automatically added to your account upon registration.*
Birthday Reward – $25 Reward which can be redeemed during your birthday month.
Priority Seating – Receive seating privileges, seven days a week.
Retail Benefits – Receive a 10% discount or earn points on your purchases (benefit based on retail location)
Gift Cards – Earn points when you purchase gift cards.
Online Access – 24-hour access to your account to review transactions, point balances and rewards.
Email Notifications – You will receive information about rewards and other important club news.
Faster Delivery of Rewards – Rewards are automatically added to your account, so no more paper gift certificates!
Member-only access to special offers and promotions, including our entertainment and hospitality venues.
For more information about Landry’s Select Club, visit the Landry’s website.
LOYALTY PROGRAM TUNE-UP SERVICE
The Tune-Up service is something we’ve provided for years but there’s been so much demand for it most recently that we’ve announced it for companies who need such a service but may be unaware that it exists. We find that companies who operate a loyalty program for a period of time reach the point after a year or so at which they need an in-depth assessment of how their program is working with comparisons to industry benchmarks and best practices. The result is a comprehensive report and roadmap that clients find incredibly enlightening and helpful.
The eight-step process requires four to six weeks and involves the following:
- Obtain access to program data. Depending upon how long the program has been in existence, we prefer to have at least two years of member and detailed transaction data.
- Discuss management’s perceptions of the program. Pros and cons along with a discussion of your original expectations regarding the program and the current reality of the program’s performance. Categories include but are not limited to:
- Strategic – how does it contribute to your business?
- Tactical/operational – what operational and/or logistical burdens are created by the program on staff?
- Review/discuss past and current methods of communicating the program to guests:
- Social media.
- Any targeted promotions that may have been deployed to members.
- Conduct in-depth data analysis.
- Interim discussion with management. This allows us to get some reality-checks based on what we see in our analysis and have some discussion about the causes and implications of what we see.
- Final analysis and development of recommendations.
- Recommendations regarding the overall structure of the program.
- Recommendations regarding program communications, operations and rules.
- Recommendations regarding specific data-driven tactical promotions that are likely to profitably generate incremental sales.
- Recommended strategy/process for implementing any significant changes to the program. This includes outlining the potential outcomes from such changes and a step-by-step methodology to maximize the success of the change implementation.
- Final presentation of analysis and recommendations.
- Follow-up changes to analysis and recommendations based upon discussion.
The Cadillac Bar, a member of the Landry Select group of restaurants, has been serving authentic Tex-Mex cuisine for over a quarter century, and their unique brand of Mexican tradition and Texas flair should be enough to keep them in business for the next quarter century. For the Texans lucky enough to live in Houston or Kemah (or for the fortunate tourist who just happens to wander in), the Landry’s Select Club allows customers to earn points and receive rewards just for ordering the Cadillac Bar’s signature dishes and famous margaritas.
Customers will get a dose of Texas hospitality when they sign up for the Landry’s Select Club at the Cadillac Bar; all new members receive a $25 dollar gift certificate that they can use at the Cadillac Bar or at any restaurant in the Landry’s Select Club network. Once customers begin using their Select Club card, they will earn one point for every dollar they spend. Earning 250 points gets members an additional $25 gift certificate.
Members of the Cadillac Bar’s loyalty program will also receive rewards outside of the point system. The Landry’s Select Club gives members a $25 birthday reward, exclusive email offers, priority seating, and discounts on products at Landry’s retail locations. With all of these benefits (not to mention the tequila selection), signing up for the Cadillac Bar’s loyalty program is a no brainer. For more information, mosey on over to the Cadillac Bar’s website.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company has always fascinated me. Not every movie gets its own restaurant franchise, but one has to imagine that the idea would make for some successful (or at least entertaining) ventures. Not that you would necessarily want to sign up for the loyalty program at the Soylent Green Cafeteria or Clapet’s Delicatessen, but the restaurants might lure in customers based on camp value alone. In the meantime, the world has Bubba Gump, which has its own (presumably benign) rewards program.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp company is part of the Landry’s Select Club, which has been profiled at various times before on Loyalogy. Members of Landry’s Select Club can take advantage of Landry’s extensive network of participating restaurants and entertainment venues to get the most out of the rewards program.
When customers enroll in the rewards program at The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (or at any participating Landry’s restaurant), they will receive a $25 dollar gift card that can be used at any participating Landry’s location. Once customers begin using their rewards card, they will earn 1 point for every dollar spent. Customers who earn 250 points will receive a $25 dollar gift card for any participating restaurant.
Members of the Landry’s Select Club will also receive some rewards which are independent of the point system. Club members will receive a $25 birthday gift, special email offers for their favorite restaurants, and 10% off of certain retail purchases at Landry’s restaurants. Select club members can also enjoy preferred seating at participating restaurants, as well as special offers at some of Landry’s entertainment and hospitality locations. For a complete list of perks, visit the Landry’s Select Club website.
Diners in Houston are undoubtedly familiar with Brenner’s Steakhouse and the top quality steaks that they serve. Now fans of Brenner’s have one more thing to be excited about— Brenner’s is part of the Landry’s Select Club.
Loyalogy has covered restaurants that are part of Landry’s Select Club before, and as noted before, customers who sign up for Landry’s Select Club can take advantage of the extensive list of restaurants that are part of the group:
Babin’s Seafood House
Big Fish Seafood Bistro
McCormick & Schmick’s
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Rain Forest Café
River Crab Blue Water Inn
T Rex Café
The Crab House
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Tower of the Americas
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks
Customers who enroll in the Brenner’s Steakhouse loyalty program will immediately enjoy a $25 welcome gift which can be used at any participating Landry’s restaurant. As customers eat and spend at participating locations, they will receive 1 point for every dollar they spend. Once customers reach 250 points, customers automatically receive $25 in restaurant rewards.
The perks of being a Select Club member don’t stop there. Members also receive a $25 birthday gift, special email offers for their favorite restaurants, and 10% off of certain retail purchases at Landry’s restaurants. Select club members can also enjoy preferred seating at participating restaurants, as well as special offers at some of Landry’s entertainment and hospitality locations. Given the breadth of options available to Landry’s Select Club members, one can expect that customers will be eager to sign up. For a complete list of rewards, as well as the terms and conditions, please visit the Landry’s Inc. website.
This is it folks! Papa Gino’s pizzeria and D’Angelo’s sandwich shop have teamed up to make “the greatest rewards program of all time.” Loyalogy will let you be the judge of that claim, but the program does seem to be a good deal for the pizza and sandwich crowd.
Members of the rewards program (it is so far nameless) will receive 1 point for every dollar spent at any participating Papa Gino’s or D’Angelo location. Members receive a $5 reward for every 50 points, which is redeemable at any participating location. Members of the rewards program will also receive discounts and promotions throughout the year. The website implies that these special promotions change throughout the year, but it did provide the following example of the type of reward that members might expect:
From time to time, we may provide special rewards upon registration. As an example, if you registered your card before February 1, 2010 a free Papa Gino’s small cheese pizza and a free D’Angelo small sandwich, were loaded onto your card. These special rewards will have expiration dates and limitations that will be communicated in your confirmation email.
While some competing restaurants may balk at the idea of this being a world beater in terms of loyalty programs, members will certainly enjoy the rewards they will receive from Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo. For more information, visit the website.
Crave is group of restaurants in the Midwest and Florida that is making an impression as the spot for upscale cuisine using regionally procured ingredients. To secure their place in a competitive market, Crave has recently rolled out their own loyalty program. The Crave Loyalty program promises customers a variety of rewards for dining at any of Crave’s locations:
For every $150 spent at our restaurants, you will receive a $10 Reward that may be used during any future dining experience at CRAVE. Additional Rewards will be offered for multiple monthly visits, birthdays/anniversaries, etc.
New Loyalty Card members will receive an addition $10 Reward just for unlocking their card by providing their name and email address in the form below. Doing this will allow CRAVE to send you additional Loyalty Rewards and exclusive offers
FREE APPETIZER- Visit CRAVE 5 times in a month and receive your next appetizer FREE
FREE BIRTHDAY DESSERT- Visit CRAVE during your birthday month and receive a free dessert.
10% ANNIVERSARY DISCOUNT- Visit CRAVE during the month of your anniversary and receive 10% off of your guest check
The Crave Loyalty program also makes smart use of members’ dining habits to improve their rewards program. As members dine at Crave, the program will track what customers typically order and will generate personalized rewards accordingly. To sign up for the Crave Loyalty program, customers must visit any Crave location (online signup is currently unavailable). For more information, visit the Crave Loyalty program website.