Star Merchant

Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar Ramps Up Holiday eGift Card Sales

by yiftee on November 23, 2015

The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar is a family owned fine dining destination with two locations in Orange County, CA. Their loyal customers purchased over $1,700 worth of eGift cards over the past month. How did they do it?  By prominently placing their gift card link in the navigation bar on the top of their website, a gift card button on the bottom of the page, and an APP link to their eGift card on their Facebook page, they are able to reach online shoppers where they are… online and mobile. Over the coming months, they will enjoy meeting their new eGift card-carrying customers who will likely bring their friends for a great meal and fine wine. Well done!

“Super happy with Yiftee” said Linda Clow, owner at The Winery Restaurant.

yifteeWinery Restaurant & Wine Bar Ramps Up Holiday eGift Card Sales

Tacolicious sells $745 of eGift Cards- That’s a lot of Tacos!

by yiftee on November 12, 2015

Wondering if offering eGifts on your website is worthwhile for the holidays?  Tacolicious in San Francisco sold $745 worth of Yiftee eGift Cards in the last 30 days.  That’s a lot of tacos… and the holiday giving season hasn’t even started!   How did they do it?  They prominently placed a link to their eGift Card page above the fold on their website and Facebook page.  They keep their website and social media channels fresh with new content every day.  Their 6,000+  faithful followers love the updates and the ability to purchase Tacolicious eGift cards online.  That’s it.  So simple.  Olé!

With regular eReminders, customers never forget their Tacolicious gift cards, nor are they ever lost because they reside on the customer’s mobile device for easy access.

yifteeTacolicious sells $745 of eGift Cards- That’s a lot of Tacos!

Sup Dogs’ Super Promotions

by yiftee on November 2, 2015

Sup Dogs elevates its promotions and customer experience to new heights.  No more coupons and discounts that feed product devaluation and entitlement.  Sup Dogs is sending eGift cards to their customers to bring them back into their stores.  They recently sent over 31 gifts to their customers, and have already seen 10 of them redeemed at their restaurants.  That’s nearly a 30% redemption rate in less than two months?  The industry average for coupons is 2%.  What’s even better, Sup Dogs knows who redeemed them, at which store location, and when.  We bet that if they set a short expiration date (a special feature just for merchants), they will see an even higher redemption rate in a short period of time.

“With our restaurants being busier than ever, it’s nice to have our gift card program totally simplified for our customers and staff. In addition to our gift card program, Yiftee has become a very cool and easy marketing tool. We’ll never use a standard coupon again.” ~ Bret Olivero, Sup Dogs

With regular eReminders, customers will never forget their Sup Dogs gift cards.  This type of mobile marketing reaches today’s millennial consumers where they are – online and mobile.  By using their current technology, small business marketing efforts like this are not only competing with, but surpassing results seen by the mega-chains.

Founded in 2008 by Derek Oliverio, Sup Dogs Restaurant is a one-of-a-kind restaurant concept focused on bringing friends and families of all ages together and offering them extraordinary dining experiences. Taking our cues from their imaginative Founder—when you step into Sup Dogs, they aim to transform your day by serving the most creative dishes and the tastiest drinks in an energized restaurant environment. Sup Dogs on Facebook

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Feast From The East Gets’em Back in the Door

by yiftee on October 26, 2015

Feast From The East is a customer experience superstar!

After a hungry customer was unable to get his favorite Sesame Chicken order, the restaurant made amends by instantly sending him an eGift to back for a free meal.  The personal message read…

“Sorry we were out of the Sesame Chicken, normally the kitchen doesn’t shut down the fryer that early. This eGift will cover your next order of 18pc Sesame Chicken. Thank you for being so understanding.”

That customer will receive eReminders of the gift, the restaurant, and their laser focused customer service, until he redeems it.  He’ll never lose the gift because it resides on his mobile device for easy access. You can be sure that customer will be back, and will tell his friends about the caring staff at Feast From The East.  Reputation saved and boosted.

Feast from the East is an unique Pan Asian fusion dining restaurant that offers take-out and delivery options. The restaurant started in 1981 and has served the Los Angeles area for over 30 years with delicious Asian food and drinks. Customers can find everything from the popular Chinese Chicken Salad to a variety of noodle dishes, soups, and appetizers.

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MediSpa Gets Interest on Pintrest

by yiftee on October 15, 2015

The Wisconsin Vein Center & Medi-Spa is this week’s Star Merchant.  They have pulled the full monty of social media marketing.  Upon joining Yiftee, they quickly installed their eGift Card link on their website so their clients could share their love of beautiful skin.  They didn’t stop there,  in addition to a eGift Card tab and  post on Facebook, and a Tweet, they even pinned a link to their eGift Card on their Pinterest “Great Gift Ideas” board.  Now, all they need to do is rinse and repeat to keep the holiday pipeline full.

Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa is a physician-owned and operated facility dedicated to providing the most effective treatments and products available with the highest standard of care.

Just minutes away from Milwaukee and Waukesha, their facility provides the comfort of a relaxed spa environment designed for women and men of all ages, focusing on wellness and beauty. With an on-site physician, they offer more advanced treatments and procedures than a traditional spa.

You can expect discretion at Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa. Their office is fully HIPAA compliant and provides private treatment rooms for each patient. Staff will do everything possible to ensure privacy. Many of the aesthetic procedures can be completed during a lunch hour with no recovery or “down time” required.

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Casa Ludovico- power eBlast star

by yiftee on October 8, 2015

In preparation for the holidays, Casa Ludovico in Palm Harbour, Florida is sending an email to all of their customers announcing their eGift Card.  Using an email newsletter software application, they created this beautiful graphic that is sure to inspire their customers to think “Casa Ludovico” for their holiday giving.  Check out the email to get your creative juices flowing.

Casa Ludovico is a place where authentic Italian cuisine, friendly service, a large selection of fine wines, and good conversation can be had by all. Salute!

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Bella Dermis: Power Tweeting Star!

by yiftee on October 5, 2015

Monica Grajales at Bella Dermis Skin Care in Tampa, Fl is this week’s Yiftee Star Merchant!  Check out her Tweet that includes a link to her eGift Card page!  She didn’t shorten it as a bit.ly, but we’re sure she will next time.  Extra points for getting a jump on the holiday rush by invoking Santa in her Tweet!  …the early bird gets the worm.

About Bella Dermis

Bella Dermis is a holistic approach to clinical & corrective facials. Services include Intimate Skin Bleaching & DerriereCareTM, and Wellness programs through Transformative Aesthetics. The shop is located in Tampa, Florida.

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Vino Vino Saves the Day!

by yiftee on September 23, 2015

No body’s perfect all of the time.  When a valued customer had a rare sub-optimal experience, Vino Vino’s manager took action by sending a $20 eGift Card to make things right.  “Please accept this gesture and give Vino Vino another shot!” said the personal message.  When the customer returns, he’s happy, raving about the graciousness of Vino Vino, and likely spends more than the gift amount.  If he doesn’t redeem the eGift, nothing’s lost because the gift value is returned to Vino Vino.

“Customer experience is now the fifth marketing P that needs to be managed as purposely and carefully as the product, and the price, and the promotion, the traditional Ps of the marketing mix.”  Lisa Macpherson, Hallmark (source: http://blog.clientheartbeat.com/customer-experience-marketing)

Vino Vino has 2 locations, downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square Market and downtown Sunnyvale on historic Murphy Avenue. Vino Vino is the cure for the common wine bar. Our famous tap system pumps out 13 wines by the glass, all at the same price. We also feature over 30 in the bottle from local Santa Cruz Mountain and Santa Clara Valley Wineries, along with half a dozen local beers. @VinoVinoSJ

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Freewheel Brewing Company is our Star

by yiftee on September 15, 2015

Not only did Freewheel Brewing Company customize their Yiftee gift card page using our merchant portal, and install an eGift Card button their website ALL BY THEMSELVES…  They got an above-the-fold mention in the Wall Street Journal’s article entitled Are Cask Beers Worth the Fuss?  Not too shabby for a neighborhood independent brew pub!

” Using Yiftee made total sense to us. It is very straightforward and incredibly easy to implement. We were quickly able to add the button into our website, and start selling e-giftcards. We also love the ease in redemption. Using a Mastercard number makes the redemption process simple for staff”, said Devin Roberts, Sales & Marketing Director at Freewheel Brewery.

About Freewheel Brewing Company

Established in late 2012, Freewheel Brewing Company set off on their mission to brew top notch session
beers in the time honored tradition of English style cask-conditioned ales.   They brew and pour beer at The Freewheel Brewery & Pub in Redwood City, CA.  In addition to delicious beers, their kitchen serves great English-inspired pub food with California flavor that makes that hand pulled pint go down a treat.  And if a great pint and delicious food aren’t enough, join them for the weekly pub quiz, live music, stand-up comedy, and other special events.

 

yifteeFreewheel Brewing Company is our Star

Victory Martial Arts- Triple Whammy

by yiftee on September 8, 2015

Why is Victory Martial Arts a Yiftee Star Merchant?

Victory Martial Arts signed up all 30 of their locations nationwide.  To make it easy for their fans to send eGift Cards for birthdays and other events, they placed the Yiftee ‘eGift Cards’ button on the very top of their home page.  Bam! They want to make sure their customers see that they offer eGift Cards, so they placed a larger gift card shaped button at the bottom as well.  There’s no missing Victory Martial Arts eGift Cards!  Bam, Bam!   They also added three Super Quick Picks to their Yiftee eGift Card page. Now shoppers know about their varied class packages.  Bam Bam Bam!

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