NASHVILLE, TN and CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- edo(SM) launched edo Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind card-linked offers capability that allows local merchants to target new customers and increase loyalty with instantly redeemable offers tailored to their customers' shopping habits. edo Marketplace establishes a new standard for local advertising, offering an effective, measurable and profitable way for local merchants to attract and retain the right customers.
A recent study by Street Fight(1) indicated that the two most important factors for merchants evaluating hyperlocal marketing campaigns are the ability to attract new customers and ensure the right people are being targeted. Yet, current options -- from daily deals to location-based platforms to mobile loyalty programs -- are proving costly and ineffective. The launch of edo Marketplace addresses multiple pain points and gives local merchants a targeted, pay-for-performance way to drive traffic and sales that is simple for both the merchant and the consumer.
"Local merchants are looking for marketing techniques that will help them stay competitive, yet options like daily deals and other social or mobile advertising models are proving costly, laborious and unable to deliver clear ROI," said Ed Braswell, CEO, edo. "With edo Marketplace, we are transforming the status quo for small businesses, giving them access to the same tools and insight capabilities usually reserved for large national retailers and restaurants. Finally, hyperlocal marketing is simple, measurable and profitable," added Braswell.
How edo Marketplace Works
edo helps local merchants achieve three simple things: Easily find new customers, convert new visitors into loyal customers, and measure program effectiveness. With edo, merchants can easily extend targeted offers to current and prospective customers without installing additional point-of-sale (POS) systems, training staff or slowing service with coupons. edo Marketplace is powered by a data analytics engine built on the most predictive data -- consumers' transaction data. This enables edo to deliver the most relevant and personalized offers. The instantly redeemable offers are automatically available to consumers on their credit cards, debit cards or mobile devices, and the savings are immediately credited back to the customers' account. Merchants can monitor the campaign in real-time and only pay when an offer is redeemed.
For more detail on how edo Marketplace works, please view this short video here.
"As with most small businesses, it's critical that our marketing efforts bring new customers to our store in a trackable way. We have tried several different advertising approaches, from print ads to direct mail, but struggled to attribute revenue dollars to these efforts," said Bill Baskin, owner of BoutiqueMMM, a ladies shoe salon located in Franklin, Tenn. "That's where edo comes in -- for us, Marketplace is a no brainer. It gives us a simple, pay-for-performance way to drive traffic that is also measurable."
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