These days at almost any store you check out at, you’re asked if you have that stores loyalty card, and if not, if you would like to open one. I will admit that I am a sucker for all the loyalty programs especially at stores I shop at a lot because it usually means you will get a discount or free product at some point. I do get annoyed by all the emails and direct mail advertisements that I receive once I sign up but it is nice to be updated on new products and what else is going on in the store.
One of my favorite loyalty programs is from Starbucks – My Starbucks Rewards. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a basic overview of how it works. You load money onto a Starbucks gift card, use that gift card to pay for your purchases, and once you make it to 30 stars you receive the best thing of all, a Starbucks Gold Card. While it’s just kind of awesome to say you have the status of a Gold Card, it also comes with some perks. Once you have a Starbucks Gold Card, for every 12 purchases, users receive a voucher for a free drink or food item, you also hear about special promotions going on and sometimes even discounts.
My personal favorite part of the Starbucks Reward Program is that you can do everything from the Starbucks app on your phone. You can reload your Starbucks card with money and even pay for your purchases just through scanning your phone screen at the register. It makes transitions so much smoother and I get rewarded for it.
Thanks to all the sponsored tweets in my Twitter feed, the other day I noticed a new sponsored ad from Starbucks that said: “Order Ahead. Walk in. Pick up your drink. Smile hugely. #PortlandOR” I was instantly intrigued by this because:
- Had Starbucks somehow found a way to make the ordering process even simpler?
- They hashtagged Portland, OR which is only a few hours away from the SheerID in Eugene – why would the randomly hashtag Portland?