I have been in mobile marketing for many years, in an economy-developing country (Indonesia) that which shows the low purchase level.
My concern: Has yet to find a punch card plugin that is affordable and can be self hosted, which means we can download it and use it within our hosting (e.g. as a WP plugin within our wordpress site or PHP script).
I was a fan of Innova App: https://www.warriorforum.com/warrior...t-ever-wf.html
Sadly the system’s gone, I think mainly due to investment not returning for them. They used to sell for $47 one-time for developers license. This WP plugin lets us use code-based loyalty rewards. We can create a personal login page with our personal brand (whitelabel). We can produce 5-25 codes and those codes are produced unique per visitors. Visitors can visit the site, sign up, punch in the unique codes, and after it reached certain threshold, they can claim it. Claiming requires the involvement of business’ staff (e.g. restaurant cashiers, etc) to input secret password in order to confirm the claim (in other words, visitors can’t fully claim, in order to stop them cheating the system).
I went on to purchase and made good profits out of it. Turns out the developer went bankrupt (Innova App Mobile Rewards is nowhere to be found on internet), the plugin’s outdated (doesn’t work with newest WP version anymore), and I’m left with clients whom I tell the feature isn’t working anymore.
Another came out after they took the essence of Innova App’s service and made something else: http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ml#post9082242
But they charge on monthly basis and on top of it, they need us to pay before we can fully demo our client’s version of promotion (since the seller only have their own demo). And to add to it, I don’t think they develop this system on an evergreen platform, hence why now it’s ‘closed’. Why close it off if it is a potentially profitable system?
I’ve been searching for similar solutions online, but to no avail as mostly charge somewhere from at least $49 - $99 per month for this kind of feature. Not to mention those are mostly hosted in their brand / app, so we cannot do it whitelabel for our clients.
Why is this a problem? Well, remember when I said I’m from Indonesia? I’m lucky if businesses are willing to pay for around $35/month (after local economy currency conversion) to get mobile solutions for them. It can’t even add-up if I had to pay $49 - $99 / month just to be able to implement white-label punch card for their website, notwithstanding I still need to think about paying for a mobile responsive WP theme, the app builder, other mobile marketing plugins, etc.
You may think that paying $49 - $99 / month is a small thing, but for us in Indonesia where average bachelor’s degree salary is only up to $500 (compared to $2000 in Singapore / USA), that is a huge amount.
So I am looking for anyone who is thinking about developing this kind of feature. Here’s the scenario:
Example for a restaurant. How do customers claim? We print code in their receipt (e.g. $100 purchase amount to 1 code), e.g. “CBXYA”. Customers then create an account or login if they already have account, submit that code (CBXYA), then get the points. Inside the members area, there are options of rewards (by claiming 10 codes, 15 codes or 25 codes, or however much codes we want). Once they claim for example a 10-codes rewards, there’ll be a page with password and submit button which tells the customer to show to a restaurant staff, where they will put in staff-only password and tap confirm. Staff will know about this and proceed to tell cashier staff to input the claimed rewards into their receipt (ex: free ice lemon tea).
This way, customer have full access to doing this on their own. The restaurant’s staff involvement is only in inputting staff-confidential password in order to confirm visitors claiming the rewards.
The main objective:
To not have a monthly payment plan pretty please. Most programming developers aiming to get $$$ on monthly basis. That is great and I understand this since I’m an app builder owning a whitelabel reseller, but it is not viable for economy-developing country with low purchase level (understand the fact that 2 such countries are top 5 world populations, which are India and Indonesia). I’ve been doing this since 2013 and 80-90% biz owners are not even willing to pay $50 / month for mobile service like this.
To be able to host it on user-friendly platform such as Wordpress. Doesn’t have to be whitelabel, but as long as it can be hosted in client’s hosting so that mobile app developer like me can host it inside their app i developed for them as well. Most punch card providers force us to use it in their website / webApp, but it’ll look funny inside the app I developed for clients, because most of these providers will put up an interstitial header asking clients’ customers to download their own app instead.
I understand that programming developers want to get $$$ from their software, so as to be able to fund their project (and to not go bankrupt like the innova app plugin provider mentioned above). So here’s a solution that I’d chime in for choices:
Make it a single site (e.g. $47), multi site (e.g. 5 sites for $97) or developers license (unlimited for $197). That way people pay more if they have more clients. What is to stop a biz owner accessing this forum and purchase punch card feature for their own biz and not for others? Hence the single site license.
Sell it at higher price in code markets like in here (codecanyon / envato). Only charge per updates and support (on 6-month basis), I think this will be a good idea.
Hopefully this is enough information. Lastly, I apologize if my words offended any that may also think very sensitively on the sentence “economy-developing country with low purchase level”, I kept mentioning this line because I myself am in such condition. I can’t count how many potential projects I’ve lost because clients gave a strict monthly budget (they have low purchase level), only for me to reject because the pricing didn’t fit in (after domain name, hosting, features, etc).