Posted by Kendra Lusty on Jun 14, 2021 10:26:03 AM

Mobile phones have become so engrained in our day to day, it’s sometimes hard for me to remember life without them. When people seek to interact with their favorite brands, they increasingly prefer to do so through their mobile devices.

The Access My Deals app debuted in March of 2011 with deals at 100,000 businesses nationwide. It was the first white label mobile coupon platform of its kind, back when people still were warming up to the idea of mobile couponing.

In 2016, the app got its first major overhaul with hundreds (yes, hundreds) of improvements to make the app more rewarding than ever. To help users enjoy the 500,000 deals available at the time, we added a navigation bar, yelp integration, filtering, a homepage with suggest offers and many more features to help members save more AND more often.

And now, just over a decade since its inception, Access is releasing the most comprehensive update yet. Every single change is aimed to make the user experience seamless, simple and MORE personalized, breaking down the common barriers that threaten to prevent members from saving every available dollar they can.

Previous versions of the My Deals mobile app have been well loved and well used. In fact, for the past three years, 77% of our total visitor sessions have been through mobile devices.

And there’s even better news for businesses and organizations that offer the My Deals mobile app to their members, customers, employees and more. During user testing, the latest app update performed better in several key metrics that matter most in terms of engagement. Test groups showed a 20% higher conversion rate of registrations and five times more redeems.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on May 26, 2021 10:00:00 AM

In case you haven’t heard, Disneyland in Anaheim, California is now selling tickets in anticipation of welcoming out-of-state guests on June 15. Oo-de-lally! And for travelers wishing to stay near the park, the Disneyland Hotel plans to open July 2 with reduced capacity. 

This comes only 6 weeks after Disneyland broke its unprecedented year-long closure by opening to California residents on April 30, 2021.

For now, Disneyland operates at reduced capacity with restriction on indoor attractions, indoor dining and events that would make social distancing difficult.

It may be a while yet before the doors are open wide, but you can be sure that people everywhere are eagerly anticipating and planning for the day they can return to their favorite Disney parks.

Who else but Disney can inspire this kind of love? Parents save for years to share with their kids the attractions they loved most when they were young. Couples choose Disney for honeymoons, teens for senior trips, kids for birthdays, and people everywhere to celebrate milestones of all kinds. And one Texas man recently ran, not “coast to coast” but “from Disneyland to Walt Disney World” in the name of diabetes awareness.

Posted by Gary Toyn on Mar 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

We’ve written previously about the underlying science behind why discounts are such a powerful member/customer engagement tool. Aside from the rush of endorphins that comes from getting a good deal, evolutionary science tells us that our brains are hard-wired to conserve our resources and avoid inefficiencies. That’s why saving money is a universal desire.

So it’s no coincidence that virtually every retailer, airline, supermarket and restaurant offers a discount or rewards program. Most membership organizations understand the potential impact of offering a discount program as part of their membership perks because of how such programs drive member retention (among other favorable behaviors.)

With the increasing popularity of using discounts as rewards and incentives, it’s not surprising that more and more discount programs have sprung up, trying to sell their white-label discount network (also called a private-label discount network) to member associations, trade organizations and other membership-based groups.

But not all discount networks work the same. And not all can drive member retention and boost acquisition rates.

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If your organization is considering a white-label discount program to help you connect, attract and engage your members, good for you. It’s a wise decision, as proven by the many organizations that have discovered growth through offering discount programs.

Once you’ve decided to offer a discount program, what criteria should you use to find the best one suited for your organization? As the competition for your attention intensifies, so too will the intensity of the competing voices who are trying to win your business.

As a result, be prepared to encounter some rather creative methods with how discount networks compare themselves to their competitors. Here are some of the tricks some companies use to trick you, and how they spin their message to get you to sign on the dotted line.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Mar 17, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Scratch. Bills. Buckaroos. Smackers. Dough. Green.

No matter what you call it, there’s just something about cold hard cash.

People have more appreciation for items they purchased with cash rather than credit, according to psychologists. Hollywood loves to show suitcases full of benjamins or handfuls of dollars raining down in slow motion. And what school kid doesn’t dream of catching a leprechaun and claiming its pot of gold?

The allure of cash is strong.

And the same holds true in the world of member benefits and customer rewards. There’s just something about cash back rewards that brings customers back again and again.

Posted by Kendra Lusty on Mar 4, 2021 12:16:45 PM

Did you see the recent statistics predicting a huge resurgence in travel this year? They’re pretty surprising, and yet not surprising at all.

Recent studies are showing that 80% of U.S. consumers planned to take at least one overnight domestic leisure trip in 2021, with just over one-third of respondents planning at least three domestic trips this year.

Hardly surprising, indeed – given that 72% of Americans didn’t take a summer vacation because of COVID-19 concerns. For a third of Americans, that included putting off a milestone trip such as an anniversary or graduation celebration.

At Access Development, our data is telling the same story. In the past month, we’ve had record setting hotel and travel bookings, many for the second half of the year. It’s clear people are planning ahead in anticipation of the lessening of restrictions that will come as more and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Posted by Ashley Autry on Feb 3, 2021 9:00:00 AM

A customer is someone who buys something. A member is someone who belongs to something.

Every business should aim to have members, even those without a formal membership structure. Members, in this sense, are customers who have developed a deeper, ongoing relationship with a product or brand.

These relationships don’t happen by accident. Some brands can develop deep cult followings, but not all of us can be Apple or Starbucks.

We can however, borrow specific tactics from membership groups designed to build engagement and long-term loyalty.

Start small. Try any of these 20 member engagement ideas used by some of the largest membership organizations in the world.