Time to cure your brand’s Discount Code addiction

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How to wean your customers (and your marketing team) off vouchers and discount codes…

Seeing how 2015 has started with announcement after retailer announcement that excessive discounting severely dented margins in Q4, it’s a good moment to consider another type of rampant discounting: ‘Discount Codes’.

Vouchers as Class A Drugs?

Indiscriminate scatter-gunning of discount codes cheapens your brand by creating a class of customer that always expects discounts.

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80% of January sales are over by January

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We thought it would be fun to show you how the January sales looked 30 years ago (see video below), when the lure of great discounts could bring the masses to your store.

But for January 2015, with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Panic Saturday promotions fresh in shoppers’ minds, you’re going to need more than just great prices to ensure your January sales don’t fizzle out before January even starts.

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Singing for their supper: why casual dining needs to change

In my wallet, I have two 30% off coupons for Pizza Express. Alongside them, I’ve got some random membership card that entitles me to 40% off at Pizza Express. Oh, and… hang on, yep, here it is: another Pizza Express saver – this time a £10 voucher earned with supermarket loyalty points. That’ll keep the toddler in “Pat A Pony” pizzas for the next few weekends (he seriously needs to learn how to pronounce the word “pepperoni”).

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Marketing Week says Co-buys “send conversion rates soaring”

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What do we mean by ‘rewards’? What kind of incentive is it when retailers offer the same boring savings to everyone? How can we expect customers to be loyal when it’s rarely a two-way street?

These are some of the critical questions facing brands, retailers and marketers today. And Marketing Week have tackled them in a stand-out feature about vouchers and incentives, published in their latest edition. Unsurprisingly, they’ve consulted the experts: Buyapowa, plus two of our clients, Tesco and GameSeek.

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Daily deals: why they need to die… and STAY dead!

Daily deals: why they need to die… and STAY dead!

Ugh. Here’s something we thought we’d seen the back of: the daily deal. Oh sure, Groupon and its legion of clones limp on, increasingly irrelevant after alienating merchants and customers alike with unreasonable trading terms and uninspiring products. And the Daily Deal’s equally undead relative, the Voucher Site? Well, they’re somehow managing to hang on in there, too – eking out a meagre existence by feeding on crumbs of affiliate revenue.

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