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2014 February

Ripley’s Entertainment Uses Volano’s “Action Card” to a Create Consistent Customer Experience

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Ripely’s Entertainment, one of Action Card’s early adopters, was featured recently in PR Web. We’re proud of our partnership with Ripley’s Believe it or Not and look forward to a long-term relationship. They understand that consistency drives customer satisfaction and customer promotion. Volano Solutions launched Action Card at the beginning of 2014 after months of beta testing. Ripley’s was one of the first beta-testers.

Words Vs Action: Putting Your Brand Standards to the Test

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Action Card Franchise Industry Survey Reveals Massive Gap Between Customer Experience Expectation and Execution

 

A recent Action Card franchise industry survey revealed that nearly 40 percent of franchisees were not delivering consistent customer experiences across locations and touch points, yet 100 percent of franchisors consider consistency across their organization important or extremely important.

 

Omaha, Neb. (February 16, 2014) – A recent Action Card survey sent to more than 200 franchisees revealed a disconnect between what franchisors recognize as extremely important – delivering a consistent customer experience across all locations and touch points – and the consistent experience is actually delivered by their franchisees.

 

“I have experienced first-hand the challenge of creating a consistent customer experience across multiple locations,” shared Action Card franchise consultant. “Seeing that disconnect of what corporate expects – consistency – and what franchisees deliver is precisely the problem Action Card exits to solve.”

 

Action Card is a mobile application that is currently used by Godfather’s Pizza, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and several other franchises. It allows franchisors and franchisees to easily identify and track brand standards across the entire organization from a mobile or tablet device in order to achieve a consistent customer experience throughout all locations. Developed by franchise industry veterans, Action Card helps both corporate staff and franchisees ensure brand standards are met in a timely manner through the collaborative evaluation process.

 

By the Numbers

  • 36 percent did not agree that their customers and potential customers have a consistent experience with their organization across all touch points and franchisees.
  • 82 percent of franchisors said it was extremely important and 18 percent said it was important is for customers and potential customers to have a consistent experience with your brand across all touch points.

 

Of the franchise organizations surveyed, the following percentages are actively working to improve these areas within the next 12 months:

  • 73 percent – understanding the consistency at which our franchisees operate
  • 55 percent – alignment across organizational teams
  • 45 percent – adaptability with which our franchisees operate
  • 81 percent – increase franchisee compliance to brand standards

 

Find Action Card at IFA 2014

Action Card will be presenting a Fast Talk, “How to Consistently Achieve Your Ideal Customer Experience,” at IFA Convention in New Orleans on Monday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., you can meet the Action Card team and learn more about achieving customer consistency during these Fast Talks at booth No. 1239.

Is Crowdfunding Actually Helping Philanthropy?

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The Face of Crowdsourcing

Several weeks ago a friend of mine told me about a friend of hers who was struggling to pay for steep medical bills that resulted from a brutal case of domestic violence.  She was rallying support for Jacey Gengenbach, set up a Facebook page and started getting the word out to people that they could read Jacey’s story and donate money through Red Basket , a crowdfunding non-profit that helps donors connect with causes and tracks progress to that specific goal.  To date, Karyn’s efforts have raised $14,450 for Jacey with $4300 left to go.  My family made a small donation and shared the link within our respective networks to help drive traffic to Jacey’s facebook page.

 

This week the New York Times ran an article on the efficacy of Crowdfunding sites.  The question was, did legacy non-profits like The United Way lose donors to these types of sites where people could direct their donations to a more specific cause or individual.  Crowdfunding is still a very small percentage of overall monies raised for philanthropies but it is growing quickly and legacy institutions total annual donation totals have stagnated.  The article mentions not surprising points that impulse-giving is more likely to occur when people see eye-catching photos or emotionally appealing video content, though not as much interest is paid to the results of these donations and the impact they have, whereas established, traditional non-profits typically have reporting and accountability mechanisms in place.

 

I find this dynamic interesting and believe that traditional philanthropic institutions have an opportunity to incorporate some of the components of crowdsourcing into their models.  The on-line crowdsourcing and social media component may also help remind the larger institutions that giving stems from an emotional response and if all politics is local, giving is about people, not concepts.  Once we contributed to Jacey’s cause, the follow up was tremendous.  We tracked her progress to the goal daily, learned more about her experience and felt like part of a larger community dedicated to a righteous cause.  That cause had a face and a story.  The ability to donate on my phone and in under a minute (including account sign up) was also key.  And it felt good.  I can also say that it created a heightened sense of the importance of giving and the opportunity to teach that to our kids.  In that respect I think that in the world of philanthropy, a rising tide lifts all ships.