June 19, 2012 |
Square has add new features to both of its mobile payment apps, allowing merchants to offer customers loyalty benefits through its service. The San Francisco start-up announced the update to its Square Register and Pay with Square apps Tuesday. Among the new features are tools letting merchants offer first-visit specials as well as punch cards that can be customized. On the other side of the transaction, customers can now also collect loyalty cards from merchants they frequent and track rewards.
May 10, 2012 |
The Kaprielians from south Orange County are such loyal fans of USC that when pitcher James Kaprielian of Irvine Beckman was on the mound against the rival University Trojans, who have blue uniforms, his grandmother grumbled, "It's weird seeing Trojans in blue. It isn't right. " Enter UCLA baseball Coach John Savage, who came away with the recruiting coup from the class of 2012 by getting Kaprielian to sign with the evil Bruins. "We made sure he didn't see my room," Kaprielian said.
May 1, 2012 |
Politics makes strange bedfellows and even stranger ironies. Take May Day, a holiday that was as much born in the U.S.A. as Bruce Springsteen but was spurned by Americans in the 20th century because the elites feared it was too radical. If you think May Day is a spring festival for dancing around some pole while throwing flowers and hoping to see a fantastic creature like a unicorn, you're in the wrong century and probably the wrong dimension. Pagan Europe celebrated May Day as a summer holiday, but Christianity changed that -- turning to a real calendar that caused, in a way, a time shift.
April 23, 2012 |
U.S. Travel Assn.'s Daily Giveaways features a new discount -- or two, or three, or more -- on hotels, car rentals, entertainment and other travel services each day until May 11. Today's deal (Monday) offers savings on hotel packages in the form of loyalty points at Ramada, Super 8, Days Inn, Wyndham and Wingate by Wyndham properties. The deal: Here's how this offer works: Start by signing up for free at Wyndham Rewards loyalty program . On the Daily Getaways website, click on "today" and you'll see the price for loyalty points and the redemption value for a future stay.
April 19, 2012 |
There's a train wreck slowly unfolding in high school sports, and it's time to examine the damage that might take place. Next month, the 10 sections that make up the California Interscholastic Federation will vote on a proposal to revise transfer rules. Under the current rules, an athlete who transfers without moving has to sit out one varsity season unless receiving a hardship waiver. It's designed to prevent athletes from switching schools simply for sports reasons. Now a new proposal, part of a package of changes being sold to schools, would require a 30-day sit-out period as the lone penalty for transferring.
April 13, 2012 |
Facebook has been on a bit of a mobile spending spree lately. The world's biggest social network has acquired the team of developers behind customer-loyalty application Tagtile; the start-up said on its website that Facebook was "acquiring substantially all of our assets. " Financial details of the deal weren't released. "It's a huge opportunity for us to take our goal -- helping businesses grow -- and do it on a much, much bigger scale than we could have on our own," Tagtile said.
March 23, 2012 |
Over the years, Google has changed the way we search online and the way many businesses advertise online. With Android, the company has built the most popular smartphone operating system in the world. And now the tech giant is looking to change the way we use punch cards. The "buy five subs, get the sixth free" card you have in your wallet; the "half off every five cups of coffee" ticket floating at the bottom of your purse -- Google is hoping someday you'll ditch the paper punch cards in favor of an app called Punchd . The app, as you might expect, stores digital versions of loyalty cards on your smartphone and enables you to search for nearby businesses that use Punchd to reward faithful patrons.
March 19, 2012
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Fans in Winnipeg who waited so long for the NHL to return might get a thank-you bonus of playoff hockey. The Jets are four points out of eighth in the East and are among the league's best home teams thanks to their enthusiastic fans. When the Jets faced Washington last week, fans serenaded Alexander Ovechkin with chants of "Crosby's better. " Ovechkin didn't mind. "It's always nice when they talk about you and give you attention.
February 18, 2012
The Dodgers could recapture the hearts of Los Angeles in short order based on data from the Marketing Arm, a Dallas-based firm that helps companies determine where to get the best bang for their advertising dollars. The Marketing Arm surveys area fans to determine their feelings toward each major team and venue in the region, using such categories as awareness, excitement and trust. In January 2011, with the Dodgers coming off a fourth-place finish in the National League West and owner Frank McCourt well into his second year of nasty divorce proceedings, the Dodgers still were more popular than every team in town except the Lakers.
January 10, 2012 |
In a bid to garner customer loyalty, luxury retailer Nordstrom Inc. is expanding its reward program to make it easier for shoppers to earn extra perks. The update halves the minimum purchases required to qualify for its four-tier loyalty program, with benefits that include early access to sales and up to $100 of free tailoring for every member. The more customers shop, the more fringe benefits they'll earn. Shoppers who want to climb to Level 3 of the rewards rung, which entitles them to 24-hour concierge service, will need to spend $5,000 annually on their Nordstrom credit or debit cards (they previously had to spend $10,000)