Loyalty Visits Jump 61% in 4 Weeks at TGI Fridays UK

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor, Restaurants

Loyalty visits are up 61% and referred users with a verified visit have skyrocketed 300% at TGI Fridays UK just four weeks after the casual dining chain unveiled a new mobile app, expanded customer loyalty and relationship programs.   

Fridays teamed with marketing automation platform Punchh. Other key performance indicators on the rise include a 51% uptick in unique guests; 66% increase in loyalty revenue and a 30% jump in signups.

The updated mobile experience and loyalty structure are part of a brand refresh for Fridays in the UK, driven by new CMO Steve Flanagan, formerly marketing director of Starbucks EMEA. Under Flanagan’s leadership, the brand has overhauled its digital presence and updated the in-store experience with new brand identity and the addition of vegan menu options.

Expanding on a relationship in place since January 2015, TGI Fridays enlisted Punchh for the new app with the goal of increasing customer engagement as well as assisting in customer acquisition. Building on the gamification approach of the previous iteration, also developed with Punchh, the updated app replaces the “Scratch, Match and Win” probability-based program with a spend-based system of “stripes” or points that can be used to unlock different reward options.

“This new app and loyalty program are a huge leap forward in mobile customer relationship management for us, and we’re excited to see such immediate, remarkable results,"  said Flanagan, . It’s clear that the ability to communicate with existing and potential guests at the time and place they choose has immense value, and the positive impact we’ve seen to date are certainly only the beginning.”

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