Making loyalty mobile
Wickes is an industry leading supplier to trades people all over the UK. While its customers loved receiving a monthly discount code by email, they didn’t like having to scroll through their inboxes at the till, trying to find the latest voucher. Customers wanted a way to redeem their discounts fast, so they could pay for their materials and get back to the job as quickly as possible.
Wickes approached us to create a mobile app, where customers could find their latest voucher at the touch of a button.
As well as solving this immediate customer frustration, the move towards an app-based loyalty scheme was part of a wider programme of digital transformation at Wickes. Digitising the trade scheme creates richer customer profiles, enabling customers to receive more useful content and relevant offers.
To support Wickes’ loyalty strategy in the long-term, the technology needed to be scalable, with flexibility for future functionality and commercial opportunities.
How we did it
Understand the audience
We interviewed tradespeople to understand more about their specific needs as trade customers, their attitudes towards loyalty programmes and their digital habits. We quickly discovered the importance of considered touch affordance, as ‘fiddly’ apps are often frustrating for an audience who tend to use protective cases and screen protectors. One customer even admitted to using his nose to answer his phone, as his hands were always covered in paint!
Design the right solution
With the aim of migrating existing customers over to the app and marketing it to those who weren’t yet part of the loyalty scheme, we developed 4 customer journeys which mapped the user-flow for registration and sign-in .
Once these journeys were created we used a lean approach to sketch out the early wires and application screens, these were then converted into low fidelity prototypes, so we could visualise the look and feel of sign-in flow on a physical device. The tone of voice was important too, and we worked with Wickes’ brand team to create copy which was friendly and fun, bringing the brand’s personality to life.
Integrate complex technologies
The app needed to integrate with the existing trade platform from the sign-up process, CRM and voucher generation, through to the point-of-sale technologies. Our team liaised with Wickes and their partners to develop custom APIs to integrate the data and services.
We built the app for both iOS and Android, taking into account the latest versions in accordance with a compatibility matrix provided by the client.
Create a plan for launch
To ensure successful adoption of the app, we developed a plan to promote it in-store, and created an email comms strategy to migrate Wickes’ existing loyalty members, and entice new customers to join.
In the 1st week of the nationwide launch the app achieved:
Since launch, we’ve continued to improve the app by adding new functionality. Most recently we’ve created the ability for users to register for the trade scheme via the app itself, rather than having to sign up in store. As well as improving efficiency for the business, this makes the process of joining the trade scheme much easier for customers too.
"The ORM team have been key in improving our customers' experience with our trade loyalty programme and bringing it into the digital world.
It's clear they understand the home improvement market and what our trade customers want out of a mobile app. While it has only been a few months following launch, the app has fulfilled its initial objective and improved our customers' experience of accessing their trade vouchers quickly in-store and driving increased usage.
We're excited to see what the future holds for the programme and how ORM can help us develop it even further."
David Elliott - Direct Marketing Manager