Rachel Merkin is the lead content writer for GiftCard Partners and is passionate about all things marketing. Getting effective messaging from a company to its audience gets her out of bed in the morning. When she’s not finding innovative ways to discuss the gift card industry and how it might affect your business, she could be running, or spending time at the beach.
Wellness programs are a fantastic way for businesses to monitor their employees health, and control health care costs. 84% of employers and health plans across the country have at least one wellness program, and 91% expect to have wellness plans in place within the next 12 months, according to a survey conducted by the Continuum Care Alliance. At TeamHealth in Tennessee employees are offered significant rewards including $50 quarterly health care credits for good performance on a health risk assessment test administered online. Wellness programs are gaining popularity because they provide results in conserving revenue for businesses. For more information on wellness programs and their expanded implementation click here.
QR (or Quick Response) codes are those little squares appearing more and more frequently on consumer products all over the country, they allow smartphone users to collect data about the product they appear on, but they also have a potential connection to gift cards. One application of QR codes on Dole Salad kits sold at certain Price Chopper locations, encouraged loyal customers who received a post card (with the QR code) to scan it for a chance to win a $500 Price Chopper gift card. The potential in the growing mobile gift card market to also tie the growing use of consumer product QR codes creates yet another innovative way mobile gift card technology is finding its consumers in their natural habitat. Where would you like to see potential to connect QR codes to mobile gift cards? Leave us a comment! And for more info on the Dole Salad promotion see this article.
45 Percent of active mobile phone uses have indicated that they would be interested in using their mobile phones to utilize the value of gift cards, as well as pay for goods and services. This statistic is especially interesting because in the same survey 73 percent of respondents also indicated they had significant concerns regarding privacy and identity theft in using mobile technology. This shows that mobile technology is going to become more and more important to the gift card industry, and the benefits are clearly outweighing the risks, even with the technology being so new. For more information on the growing mobile market for gift cards check out this Iewy News article
The predictions around mobile payment are pretty robust. eMarketer states that mobile transactions will total nearly $1 trillion by 2014. Yankee Group predicts the worldwide transaction value of mobile payments will move from $162 billion last year to $984 billion by 2014. This includes transactions from mobile banking, international & domestic remittances, contactless cards, mobile coupons and near-field communications. eCerts & mobile gift cards is a sliver of this transactions pie, but the trend towards paying with mobile will surely make gift cards more accessible and it will open up a new delivery method for the worldwide corporations and remote companies involved in B2B gift cards. It will become even easier to reward that sales person who primarily works overseas and it will be even easier for them to locate their gift card retailer on their device…and to then redeem their gift cards with their devices. Read the full eMarketer article here. www.giftcardpartners.com
The Mercator Group referenced in our last post presented at the PrePaid Congress and posed an interesting question. We don't have the answer yet because the survey is ongoing but what do you think the answers could be? In 2015 (five years) what percentage split of the total gift card market for prepaid closed loop gift cards will be? Plastic ___% Virtual ___% Mobile Wallet ____% Leave comments and let us know what you think.