Guide to Customer Incentive Programs available for small businesses

The Junction BIA has compiled a list of marketing/ customer incentive programs that are currently available for small business owners. If you are interested in signing up with any of these, please contact us at 416-767-9068 or thejunctionbia@gmail.com to check up-to-date discount and other valuable information. If you do use them already, or decide to use them, we’d love to hear about your experience.

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STRUM is a free mobile app, available on Apple devices or Android smartphones, that allows you to communicate directly and privately with the customers you love most. All businesses have access to an online business administrative portal.

Every time a customer messages (“Strums”) a business on-site the customer receives Strum Points. The business owner (or manager) who has access to the administrative panel can see all of the incoming Strums and can choose to publish, reply to or ignore any comments. Strum can also act as a direct reward channel for a business who would like to send a token of appreciation to a specific customer or to remedy an unpleasant experience. Strum Points are redeemed for great local items in the Strum Auction!

The Strum Auction is a hyperlocal marketplace which gives a business the option of posting a special, product, or gift certificate in a public auction. This is a great way to drive traffic, incremental spending and awareness to a particular business location.

Strum is also a location aware search engine of businesses organized by category or geographical area.Strum can integrate into Twitter and Facebook – and customers can share their Strumming activity to their personal Facebook friends and Twitter followers. For more information about Strum, please visit www.strumapp.com.

COST: Small fee to claim/ register your business ( <20$) | optional cost: promoting your product at the STRUM Auction.

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Text- 360 offering text Marketing for your business.  Is your marketing dollar giving you the results you want? If not, Text-360.com will give you an ROI on your current marketing, turbo charge your social media, increase foot traffic to your business and minimize no-shows for appointment-driven businesses! Text Marketing is essential for all businesses because it gives you a direct connection to your customers’ thus building loyalty, increasing sales and cash flow & you will have their contact information for future marketing and announcements.  Text marketing is permission-based, NO SPAM!

COST: Plans start from $34.99 /month.  Visit our website www.text-360.com for more info and call us 1 855 TEXT-360 or text GOMOBILE to 393939 to setup a 15 minute presentation so we can show you how to take control of your marketing at a fraction of the cost!

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  Vicinity is a turnkey loyalty program that enables businesses to easily and cost-effectively recognize, communicate with and reward their customers and grow their business.

Once you join the Vicinity network, we build a customized loyalty program that is optimized for your business. You maintain full control. Sign up all your customers right from your POS in seconds. We do all the heavy lifting for you: collect the data, provide clear analytics, and give you great ways to stay in touch with your customers via targeted messages. Best of all, our network comes with users that are eager to discover and use their card at your business! Our goal is to generate and maintain buzz around your business to keep your customers coming back again and again and again…

Vicinity Program is backed by Rogers Communications.

Learn more | Visit www.vicinityrewards.ca | Recent Article about them on BlogTO

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Ferret Card is a powerful and customizable loyalty program designed for businesses to reach out to new customers, reward and retain loyal customers.

Offering various features and benefits. Find a package that suits your business needs, size, and budget. Ferret Card is a powerful, universal, and fully customizable store loyalty program. You set your own store perks, rewards, and redemption levels – It is totally up to you. Discover Ferret Card’s proprietary 3-R System and learn about the powerful tools you can utilize to grow your business. Want to learn more? Contact us for a no-obligation consultation or send your enquiries to: newmerchant@ferretcard.com.

More details about the program and program goals on Q & A from Ferret Card Blog.

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Greedy Giver – customer reward program combined with a great fundraising initiatives. As the customers look through deals offered by merchants they have an incentive to donate money to the cause of their choice in order to secure the deal.

GreedyGiver.com is Canada’s first donation driven deal site that allows visitors to unlock deals & discounts from local & national vendors by donating to cause that matter to them!

Simply browse the active deals, donate the required amount to a charity of your choice, and print the coupon to redeem in store or online!Questions and registration by email to sales@greedygiver.com

http://www.greedygiver.com/

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Live Green Toronto Membership Card Program

The Live Green Toronto Membership Card is a free program that helps Toronto businesses attract motivated consumers of green products and services.

How does it work? Consumers simply show their Live Green Toronto Membership Card at a participating business to receive a discount or special offer on a green product or service of the business’s choice.

With some 400 businesses across Toronto participating in the program, and more than 20,000
residents carrying a card, the membership card program motivates consumers to shop for green
products and services at member businesses, and promotes green business practices and a greener
economy.

In addition to gaining access to 20,000 motivated consumers, key benefits to businesses include:

*free membership;
*a dedicated web page on livegreencard.ca;
*free promotional/display materials (for print and online);
*discounts on business-related networking events, trade shows and seminars.

The Live Green Toronto Membership Card is a component of Live Green Toronto, a City of Toronto
program that helps residents integrate environmentally friendly behaviours into their daily lives.

To learn more about the benefits of joining and to apply online, please visit www.livegreencard.ca

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Club Ovahi loyalty app, digitizes the old paper punch cards (e.g. buy 10, get 1 for free). Growing in the Toronto area, and evolving our technology to create new ways that relate retailers to their customers.

Pricing Details: http://clubovahi.com/prices/

Story on Blog TO about Club OvahI: Get to know Toronto Start Up