How coffeeshops innovate in ecommerce
13th December 3 Comments
- Usually customer surveys are hard to get, because no one takes the time to fill them out
- With this online approach you not only get the ones that want the incentive, but also the ones that are curious (like me)
- You can fill in the survey with no additional online cost, if you do it with your laptop over the provided Starbucks WLAN, that is for free for 2 hours
- With this approach you get a real incentive, not just some bullshit “1 Euro off” discount – the value of the tall drink is somewhere around €4,50, depending on what you like
- With the coupon you get the customer to come again and it is likely, that he buys something else on top
- Starbucks gets some good data from it’s customers, with relation to the specific shop
- You don’t have to fill in any personal detail, just optional your zip code, so the interaction ends there, with no further marketing involved
Also payment is one of the logical solutions to connect offline and online and a couple of businesses use it or start at least to use it (see our NFC section). So this is not sooo new.
Payment innovation is a topic for Starbucks since 2009 when they started to test an app based payment system. Now the system is rolled out in all 9.000 US stores. It uses simple 2D scanners and the app can be charged via PayPal or credit card and combines payments with a coupon keeping system and other functions like store locator. Over 26 million payments with a revenue of over $110 million have been generated with the system since the beginning of the year. Now Starbucks not only stays with a good profitable solution for mobile payment, but takes it a step further and launches NFC based payment in the UK in 2012. All 700 stores will be equipped to receive payment on NFC basis.
But not only Starbucks is embracing innovation. Also small players use innovative payment handling. Last week Acre Coffee made it up to “This week in Google”. The coffee shop (and yes: there is only one) uses CardCase as payment method that is provided by Square. The service uses geoproximity to identify the user. With an iPad mounted at the POS the employees can see who is coming up to the counter. The customer experience can be personalized to a maximum.
I like these examples, because they show that you can bridge offline / online barrier with creativity and some simple changes in you systems. I guess Starbucks will keep coming with such innovative ideas. I just ask myself why it seems that always American companies come up with such stuff… where the fu%$ is Europe???