Shop, Eat & Enjoy Local!

Shop, Eat & Enjoy Local!

It’s a New School Year, a Fresh Start for Local Businesses after Summer Vacation & the Gateway into the Holiday Season! With a “New Year” comes a great opportunity to be part of the Winning-est Consumer Model

THINK SMALL, SHOP LOCAL!

When you shop at independent or local-to-you businesses, more money is kept within your community because local businesses often use or buy from local service providers, farms, and companies. Buying locally helps grow other businesses as well as your region’s tax base. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!

“Shop Local!” is a cry heard from Green-Minded/Local Ambassadors & Business Owners during all seasons, and as holiday gifting and school shopping approaches, the exclamations seem to get louder.

But what does “shop local” mean, exactly and what benefits are there for you when there may be cheaper options?

Shop Small | Think INDEPENDENT businesses here. Boutique or consignment clothing stores, toy stores, gift shops, hardware stores, salons/spas, restaurants, and sports equipment stores are just a few examples of owner-run businesses where you can find great gifts.  And you may be surprised how competitively priced a “well made or well produced” product is!

Maybe you don’t live in a metro area with many options, in which case, local craft fairs and Etsy are perfect places to look for something special by local artisans!  Ask your local stores if they have any incentives or network programs with other local stores to promote local shopping.  It could be a Chamber of Commerce punch card or local programs like Cardlis Rewards!

Did You Know? Independent businesses provide over 90% of the jobs in your community & as a result offer 300% higher economic returns to your community!

Eat Locally | Don’t underestimate the amount of dollars spent on food, beverages, and restaurant visits during the fall. Those dollars can be viewed as an investment in your community! Investigate local butchers, shop your farmer’s market, check for LOCAL signs in larger grocery stores, support small wine and liquor stores, and frequent independent restaurants. An impressive 65.4% returns to your community when you eat at a local restaurant versus a chain.

Spend Locally | Where do your dollars go when you spend them? According to the North American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), there is something called the “Multiplier Effect” that doesn’t get mentioned enough in the Shop Local movement. “The multiplier effect is the boost to your local economy that results from locally-owned independent businesses, owners, and employees spending business revenue within the region.” In a number of studies illustrated on AIBA’s site, a proven 48% return to the community occurs when you spend locally, versus a 13.6% return when shopping chain retail.

You’ll also enjoy a higher quality product in most cases when supporting your local small businesses. Products from overseas are often cheap for a reason; they skimp on quality and often humane working conditions.

Enjoy Locally | Think like a tourist. If you were vacationing in your town, what would you seek out? Check with your Chamber of Commerce for back to school or holiday activities, consult school and community calendars, and read up on events hosted by local clubs, the library, or civic organizations. Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want.  Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.

Keeping these basics in mind during the holidays will guarantee you’re doing your part to support your community, and that you’ll see the benefits of that support in the coming year!

 

Cardlis Rewards is a “Shop Local” program created For Locals, By Locals!  Earn Points for Free Merchandise & Discounts.  Cardlis also rewards you with every local purchase made by giving BONUS Community Cash that is used on local Gift Cards!

NOW AVAILABLE IN 8 CITIES & TOWNS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA!

Join a Shop Local Network Today!

GET THE FREE APP NOW!

 

 

Customer Loyalty; Stop Giving “Punches”, Increase Revenue & Engagement!

Customer Loyalty;
Stop Giving “Punches”, Increase Revenue & Customer Engagement in Your Small Business!

 

  

Remember the punchcard?  I don’t think anyone does not know what a punch or stamp card is…  After all they have been used in Return Customer Marketing since the late 18th Century, meaning this consumer rewards concept is 150+ years old! Fact is; 72% of Consumers in the 21st Century admit they have a few of them tucked away in a forgotten jacket pocket or a dusty corner of a desk drawer — those never-redeemed relics from a clothing store, bakery, liquor store, long-closed sub shop or coffee house down the road from the office.

Why Didn’t They Work & Why Are They Lost In The Shuffle?

  • Well, first and foremost, they are analog (which is to say, they are made of paper, plastic or laminated cards).
  • Even more important, they aren’t intelligent. They offer the promise of reward to the customer without returning any intelligence back to the owner of the cafe, let alone the customer service staff at the headquarters of a national chain of restaurants.
    • Its simplicity is its downfall—you don’t collect any information about customers, or about complimentary purchases, barring any further marketing efforts based on what you learn.
  • Many Consumers feel its polite to take a card at the register; After all, the business owner is most likely taking your payment.
    • It relies on customers to bring a physical thing with them to the store—sometimes that’s a lot of responsibility for customers.
    • With ultimate frustration of never redeeming a product; Customers move on and take the Effort, Cost of Implementation and Potential increased revenue of the program with them.
  • FRAUD & THEFT
    • This is not the Consumer’s problem BUT it is a Huge Detriment to small business.
    • BOTH IMAGES IN THE TITLE ARE COUNTERFEIT – Both have a hand written management number on the back & Both are audited by the business owner at months end…
      • The Simplicity of the programs have now cost these businesses Hundreds (maybe thousands..  who really knows?) of dollars in lost revenue and time to try stop the recurring issue.

Times Have Changed – Canadian/North American Consumer Stats Prove it!*

  • 85% of Customers join a Punch Card “under pressure” – 18% Actually Use the Card.
  • 82.4% of Customers will shop at a store because they offer “Usable or Accessible” reward Programs
  • 71% of Customers are more likely to join a Loyalty Program if it is Offered in an APP
  • 92.3% of Customers will Shop in Locations that offer rewards to Shop Locally
  • Points & Cash Back Rewards are 8x Likelier to be used then a Punch Card!
  • SUCCESSFUL LOYALTY PROGRAMS CAN INCREASE PROFIT BY 95%, RETURN CUSTOMERS ARE 9x CHEAPER TO KEEP AND THEY SPEND AN AVERAGE OF 400% MORE ON EVERY SALE!

21st Century Point Of Sale Programs

Lucky for Small Business in the 21st Century, There is a large Assortment of Point of Sale Systems that allow for an electronic customer database and most often Point Rewards for Dollars Spent!  If you have a Computer, Time and Patience to manually create Customer Loyalty Accounts while accepting numerous errors resulting from manual input OR WORSE; customers that provide False/Outdated information causing extensive and frustrating customer lookup at your till…  DO YOUR CUSTOMERS ACTUALLY KNOW THE BENEFIT OR VALUE ACCUMULATED FOR SHOPPING IN YOUR STORE?

Even with updates in Retail and Restaurant Point of Sale Systems (POS); How do you Compete with the Large Box Stores that are Amalgamating and Partnering with each-other to further Monopolize their Market Share? How does your Small business offer Digital Loyalty & Gift Card Programs With Or Without a POS that also includes shopping incentives and Cash Back in a Large National Chain Network?


CARDLIS MOBILE REWARDS

REWARDS FOR LOCALS, BY LOCALS

CARDLIS empowers Any Small Business with 21st Century Digital Loyalty & Gift Card Programs that are Securely accessed by Any Customer using the CARDLIS APP or Online!

  • Deliver Instant Gratification & Updates for Customer Purchases and Balance Increases
  • CARDLIS offers “COMMUNITY CASH” Incentives to give Consumers a Cash Back reward for Shopping Local!
    • Reward Loyal Customers and Cardlis Rewards Local Shoppers with Cash Discounts on Local Gift Cards.
  • Create Point Programs, Punch/Unit style rewards, Gift Cards or Pre-Paid programs!
  • Push Notifications offering In-Store Events and Deals to Current Customers
  • In-APP Promotions
  • Full Customer Demographic information. Automatically Updated when Customers Update their Profile!
  • POINT OF SALE INTEGRATIONS (POS) – Customers Securely Join Loyalty programs on their own time, POS Accounts are Automatically Created and Updated; Eliminating Missing or Incorrect Customers and Values
  • Manage Customer Accounts, Points & Transactions from Any iOS or Android Smartphone/Tablet
  • Print Secured/Coded Certificates. Activate Gift Cards or Enroll Loyalty Customers that may not have access to Technology.  CARDLIS saves Small Businesses Time/Money on Promotional coupons and Gift Certificates!

CARDLIS – REWARDS FOR LOCALS, BY LOCALS!

* Stats provided by First Data & Stats Canada

 

Customer Rewards That Follow Your Business!

FARMERS MARKETS, TRADE FAIRS & RODEO WEEKENDS

IT REALLY IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR!

Fresh Produce, Fresh Baking, True Artisan Masterpieces…

AND A GREAT TIME TO MAKE LASTING LOCAL CONNECTIONS BEYOND THE MARKET!

Now that summer is here, its time to start planning the sale of your seasonal products in local markets and for most Artisans and Farmers you have 4-5 months to make a majority of your years revenue.  Events are typically well attended, loud and rather short due to the extensive labor requirements and time needed to travel, setup and take down product displays.  After all the work is done, do you know “who & how” many customers actually support you week in and week out?  Have you considered or do you have your own marketing arrangements or a Storefront in another location….  The fact is most vendors do not have the time or energy to plan marketing or loyalty strategies around seasonal events; but who can blame them? Programs can be expensive to maintain and audit, while many low cost options leave vendors exposed to unsecured certificates & more paperwork…

Consider Cardlis
Rewards For Locals, By Locals!

Cardlis gives any Local Business 100% control of Loyalty or Gift Programs in an Easy To Use Platform.  Loyal Customers can Increase profit by 95% and Gift Cards Increase Revenue by Over 35% on Average!  Join a Growing Network of Local Shoppers & Businesses Creating Rewards For Locals, By Locals!

-Controlled by ANY iOS or Android Tablet or Smart Phone

-Securely Design Programs in 10 minutes, No more time required!
– Points for Dollars Spent
– Punch Style Cards
– Prepaid item Cards
– Gift Cards

– Your Business, Your Program! Customer Retention and Acquisition is Unique to your Business and Cardlis programs make sure that your customers return to you; Regardless of your location!

– Cardlis also Matches Points your Business Gives as “Extra Cash” a customer can spend in the Cardlis Network on Gift Cards!  Cardlis believes in Promoting Extra Revenue and increasing Cash Flow Opportunities with our Partner Merchants!
Did you know? Cardlis offers customers a discount on Gift Cards when they use Community Cash! These discounts are additional rewards for shopping local and a push to keep customers coming back.  It is a great opportunity for your business to access Cash without selling a product & when a customer redeems a card you have huge opportunities to add more then 35% more revenue! It is an immense “win win” for Businesses and Customers alike!

-All Digital cards can be accessed from the Cardlis APP by Customers
OR
-Print Cards for Promotional Giveaways + Pre Print Cards (Gift Card or Loyalty Card) to Activate when you make an “In-Person” sale with Awesome Local shoppers.  Every Card is Unique to dramatically increase security while you can view every transaction in your Online Platform!

-Gather Demographic Information about your customers, Send Notifications & Stay in Contact Year Round!

– No additional costs for multiple stores/locations! Take loyal customers with you Wherever You Go!

-Use Cardlis to Manage/Track Sales Value and Taxes (No inventory)
Use Moneris PinPad to accept Tap, Insert or Swipe Debit and Credit Cards

First 100 Customers are Free!
Monthly subscriptions (based on customers only) are $20/month thereafter!

STAND OUT ABOVE THE NOISE AND HUSTLE OF YOUR MARKET DAY! LET CARDLIS HELP PROMOTE LOCAL SHOPPING & GUIDE CUSTOMERS TO YOUR LOCATION NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE!

Cardlis Welcomes Linden + Oak!

LINDEN + OAK

“A LOVE AFFAIR WITH GREAT COFFEE AND ARTISAN SANDWICHES”

 

Linden + Oak  Opened its doors to High River Alberta in January, 2018 and Founders Dani & Matt Groeneveld have Cultivated their Love Affair With Great Coffee and Artisan Sandwiches in the Charles Clarke Memorial Center.

The Passion for community is felt the moment you walk in the door and the there is a “Latte” proof in the customer following, demand for Comforting Breakfast, Artisan Sandwiches and of Course a perfect Selection of Coffee and Latte’s!

“We have spent years traveling to discover the greatest coffee recipes North America has to offer and are happy to finally have an opportunity to cultivate our own coffee here in High River!”

Cardlis is Proud to partner with Linden + Oak to Offer Loyal Customers up to 10% Cash Back in Loyalty rewards and Community Cash that can be used towards Linden + Oak Gift Cards!

    

If you are a current Cardlis user, Simply search for Linden and Oak in Loyalty Cards
OR
Download the Cardlis APP Today and Join the Community!

CARDLIS – FOR LOCALS, BY LOCALS