Editor’s Notes: Not-so-secret Discounts
January 1, 2004

The spirit of sharing was alive and well this past holiday season, but not in the way some marketers might have expected. Retailers often reward their employees with “friends-and-family” discount promotions meant to bring in a little more business and allow employees to help their loved ones do their holiday shopping. But as companies extend these discounts to online and phone orders via promotion codes that don’t require the remittance of a paper coupon, the far-reaching hand of e-mail has turned these efforts into friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend discounts. In a Dec. 3 article in The Wall Street Journal (“The Discounts You Aren’t Meant to Have”), reporter

Channel Integration Strategies: Building the Ideal Customer Experience
September 1, 2002

Building the ideal customer experience By Linda C. Ireland Channel integration is a bit like customer relationship management—for every 10 people who discuss the idea, there are 15 definitions of what it is. And while integrating your channels generally sounds like a good idea, you may be struggling to define exactly why and how it can work for you. Channel Integration From Your Customer's Point of View It's easy to think integrating channels is about connecting all the places you sell your product or service—a Web site, catalog, land-based retail, resellers, etc. But let's look at channel integration from your customer's point

How Hilton Honors Its Loyal Customers
November 1, 2000

After you have taken care of customer service, what else can you do to show your customers that you care? Create a loyalty program that rewards best or frequent customers with bonuses, discounts or other goodies. Loyalty programs also present a great opportunity for partnering between non-competing brands. "Loyalty programs were created with an eye toward having that opt-in contract from consumers so that we'd give them something of value for their permission to contact them with future offers," says Jim VonDerheide, senior director, database marketing, Hilton HHonors Worldwide. "That's why the Hilton HHonors program has been and continues to be a very