Loyalty programs can also be tied to mobile, giving customers an easy way to access points and coupons-and retailers an easy way to capture customer data.
When Zoomerang surveyed US mobile phone owners on behalf of mobile marketing firm Hipcricket in October 2010, more than a third of respondents said they would be interested in a mobile loyalty program from a trusted brand. But just nine percent were already participating in such a program.
There was even greater interest in a loyalty program members could join via a brandâ€™s page on a mobile social networking application like Facebook. But a majority of respondents said their favorite brands did not market to them at all on their mobile phone, suggesting companies may be leaving valuable opportunities on the table.
Shoppers already involved in mobile loyalty programs were highly satisfied: 90 percent said they had gotten value from being a member. Overall, interest in mobile loyalty programs was about the same as Hipcricket found in 2009, but respondentsâ€™ desire for mobile coupons had gone up over the same period.
Nearly two in five US mobile phone owners were at least somewhat interested in receiving mobile coupons, up from 18 percent the year before. And nearly half were at least somewhat likely to redeem them, a rise of 3 percentage points.
A September 2010 survey of US shoppers by the In-Store Marketing Institute found a similar level of interest, with 34 percent of respondents interested in mobile coupons - likely somewhat lower because the survey included consumers who were not mobile users. That poll also found a third of shoppers were interested in mobile coupons that could be sent to their loyalty card, and half wanted coupons that could be sent to their loyalty card in general.
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