For Dunkin' Donuts' David Tryder, Card-in-Hand Equals Brand
Automatic balance refills and $2 perks for Dunkin' Donuts Card holders are helping the Canton, Mass.-based company's cup runneth over. While the privately held coffee purveyor is keeping a tight lid on proprietary information, an official revealed that these cards are an important aspect of its direct marketing strategy.
David Tryder, manager of interactive and relationship marketing for Dunkin' Donuts, says the company that serves nearly 1 billion cups of brewed coffee each year hopes to grow its cardholder base. Introduced in 2003, the gift card has experienced double-digit percentage sales increases and has evolved to be a multichannel experience for the cardholder, encompassing e-mail, online and in-store interactions.
Target Marketing: How well did the Dunkin' Donuts Card perform for you during the 2008 winter holidays?
David Tryder: We had a pretty good holiday season. We expected that it was going to be tough because of the economy. So we had taken a look at what the industry was forecasting for [quick-service restaurants] as well as for the gift card industry, in general, and realigned our forecast of what we thought we were going to do during the holiday. And we actually came in right about smack dab on the forecast of what we thought we were going to do.
TM: Of those gift card recipients, what percentage chose to reload them?
DT: We've got a very active reload program. In fact, one of the promotions we ran in the postholiday period was incenting customers to reload their card. So we offered customers a $2 bonus if they reloaded their card for $15 or more. ... We have customers coming in multiple times a week, which makes us different from most other gift card issuers. So reload's an important piece of the program, and we put a lot of emphasis on it throughout the year.