Sales Enablement in a Sales 2.0 world

Loyalty and rewards programs in Canada

Posted in readinglists, Uncategorized by salesenablement on March 5, 2014

Normally, this blog is focused on Sales Enablement for b2b.

Here my list of Canadian Sales Enablement companies / experts.

Here my worldwide list.

As a Canada-based co-founder of Shariomobile app for customer referral & loyalty at brick & mortar businesses – I would like to start a work in progress list of similar apps / solutions / companies in Canada.

I’m also adding a few eCommerce players.

Let me know what I’m missing. Last update November 20, 2015

Me on twitter: @pkralle @SalesEnablement @shario

“A 2014 Maritz (Bond Brand Loyalty) report found that 90 percent of Canadians are members of at least one loyalty rewards program. We have also quickly embraced online shopping and have a high penetration of mobile usage. Almost 80 percent of Canada’s addressable population owns a mobile phone, according to a 2014 eMarketer report. These factors, along with companies like Starbucks and Tim Hortons who have tied loyalty to mobile payments, are helping to drive Canadian comfort levels with mobile payment adoption.”

Aeroplan Montreal-based Aeroplan loyalty program for Air Canada made by AIMIA. Aeroplan® Membership Card. Aeroplan is a coalition loyalty program owned by Aimia, a global loyalty management company. The Aeroplan program was created in July 1984 by Air Canada
AIMIA (see Aeroplan)
Air Miles by LoyaltyOne, Inc. AIR MILES® Reward Program Membership Card Airmiles is currently testing iBeacons and will be testing Android Beacon technology soon (end of 2015 / start of 2016)
Altitude – Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers
AMEX Rewards / American Express Rewards
Android Pay / Google Wallet app
Avion points – RBC’s Avion cardholders earn RBC rewards points. The most significant benefit of RBC’s Avion card is that you can fly on any airline, with no blackout periods or seat restrictions. “Two of the most popular travel rewards programs in the country are CIBC’s Aerogold and RBC’s Avion.”
belly card
Best Buy Rewards Best Buy® Reward Zone™
BMO Perks™ – BMO partnered with merchants for exclusive offers and savings when using a BMO MasterCard with specific merchants
Buytopia (Toronto’s launched SnapSaves, now owned by Groupon; an app that pays consumers cash to shop)
CAA The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is rebranding its two-decade old loyalty program to CAA Rewards™ from Show Your Card and Save®. Over the last 15 years, CAA Rewards has grown to be one of Canada’s largest loyalty programs, with the most partners worldwide – more than 164,000 locations for savings worldwide, including 110,000 retail locations in North America and popular online merchants.
Canadian Tire Rewards / Canadian Tire Money® – Canadian Tire debuts mobile credit card app, game and loyalty card; September 23, 2015: “new mPay & Play mobile app available to all holders of the retailer’s Canadian Tire Options MasterCard. Allows users to pay for all of their Canadian Tire store purchases, redeem loyalty points, and unlock badges to collect bonus digital Canadian Tire money.” Canadian Tire’s new mPay&Play app for its MasterCard customers combines mobile banking payments with loyalty programs & promotional offers.
Checkout 51
CIBC Aerogold. Two of the most popular travel rewards programs in the country are CIBC’s Aerogold and RBC’s Avion.
CIBC mobile payment app
Clubovahi Toronto, Canada
Denny’s Canada loyalty and rewards program – MyDenny’s, a new social, loyalty platform
Esso Extra®
Flipp (iOS/Android) Flipp takes the weekly flyers crammed in your mailbox and puts them on your phone or tablet in a clean, searchable app.
GasBuddy (iOS/Android/Blackberry/Windows Phone) finding the station closest to you with the lowest price per liter
Global Payments Inc. / Global Payments Canada; integrating their payment technology offerings with Virtual Next’s (see below) mobile payment & loyalty solution. Merchants will be able to accept payment via both Apple’s & Google’s digital wallets. Goal: launch the product in fall 2015.
GoodLife Fitness Member Advantage “Living the GoodLife is more than just a gym membership.” Introducing the GoodLife Member Advantage Program. Exclusive to GoodLife members
HBC Rewards Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) Hudson’s Bay Rewards™ Card
hmv Canada, retail destination for music and entertainment. The company’s loyalty rewards program is called pure 1.7 million plus activated members.
Holt Renfrew – Feb. 11, 2015 registration for Holt Icon Privileges was opened; microsite, Canadian department store chain Holt Renfrew is rolling out a new bespoke rewards program: Holt Icon Privileges
Influitive helps companies mobilize their advocates to boost referral leads, reference calls, social media participation and more. Toronto & San Francisco
Kangaroo Rewards mobile loyalty and rewards program. Muscle Depot already deployed the Kangaroo Rewards program across all their locations in Montreal, Laval and Blainville. A Mobicept Product
Key To The City: T.O. Key To The City @TorontoCityKey Toronto Key To The City! Get instant loyalty perks citywide with your own key. Show The Key. Get The Perks.
KnexxLocal (with Instamonial™, KnexxLocal’s free mobile app, local businesses can get more word-of-mouth referrals) Canada, Toronto, ON
Kobo Super Points aims to make reading more rewarding. Kobo launches rewards loyalty program where customers instantly earn points with every eBook and magazine purchase they make online at Kobo’s site, or via Kobo’s free reading app. They can redeem those points from a catalogue of more than one million titles across a variety of genres.
Linkett formerly WestonEx / “Creating Consumer Engagement & the Ability to Track it”. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Loblaw (see Ugo and PC Plus)
LoyaltyOne, Inc. (see AIR MILES®)
McDonald’s offers a McCafe sticker card for regular coffee drinkers
Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), mobile payments venture co-owned by US retail chains. CurrentC, CurrentC & Logo, MCX, MCX Merchant Customer Exchange & Design and all associated proprietary marks are trademarks of Merchant Customer Exchange LLC
Metro (adds mobile component to loyalty program)
metro moi™ Program
mobilexco The Mobile Experience Company, Whitby, ON, Canada Mobile marketing platform, Tether™, helps businesses build relationships with people. Fosters 1:1 connections between merchants & customers and tracks their actions across all media touch-points (online & offline). Measures everything in real-time & easy to identify actionable insights. Simplified the world of mobile marketing – No apps to download. No special hardware required. Tether-Experience-Management-Platform
mobizou Location Based Mobile Marketing Platform with loyalty & referrals. Calgary, AB
New Rewards – a joint program between Copeesh! and New Canadians. Coming soon.
Omnego Inc (white-label mobile app platform that empowers mobile engagement between businesses and their mobile users)
PayRange Inc. mobile payment solution for machines, launching the vending industry’s first mobile based rewards and loyalty platform designed specifically for automated retail. The company is distributing its BluKey™ device to operators in the US and Canada. Consumers can download the free mobile app for iPhone or Android.
PC Points/Plus anyone can join the new and improved PC Plus programme to earn free groceries at select stores across Canada. Besides being your actual points card, the app lets you load special offers of the week (the items that are going to earn you extra points), see your points balance, find participating stores, get recipes and create shopping lists. 1000 points equal $1 in groceries.
Perka digital loyalty marketing platform launched April 2011. First Data, the global payment processing company, acquired Perka after purchasing Andreessen Horowitz-backed mobile payments startup Clover
plum® rewards; Chapters plum points are collected by buying in-store at any Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Indigospirit, World’s Biggest Bookstore, SmithBooks and The Book Company locations
pure (see hmv Canada)
RBC Royal Bank of Canada grew its mobile wallet user base since moving from a SIM-based model to host card emulation (HCE). Support for gift cards, loyalty cards and digital receipts is also being added to its HCE wallet. The new features will allow customers to manage and redeem loyalty points from more than 150 loyalty programs as well as track the return or warranty period for purchased items by interacting with digital receipts stored within the app
Royal Bank of Canada Exploring Blockchain Loyalty Program
RBC Rewards – Redeem your Visa rewards points for merchandise, travel, gift cards/certificates, charitable donations & RBC Financial Rewards vouchers.
RedFlagDeals (iOS/Mobile web) If there is a deal to be had in Canada, it is most likely being discussed on RedFlagDeals long before you hear about it.
Referral Rock @ReferralRock Customer Referral Service – Design, track and manage your program to get more customers
RewardingYourself Loyalty Wallet by LoyaltyMatch Inc. (Loyalty and Gamification Saas Platform)
RewardLoop (mobile rewards program that rewards you for spending at your favorite merchants)
Richtree Market Pass By Natural Markets Food Group
Rogers readies loyalty points program in bid to keep customers from switching to rival carriers. Rogers Communications will launch the national rewards program in stages, starting in Red Deer, Alta.
Rogers Mobile Shopper solution (enables customers to engage with brands in-store through mobile offers, applications & mobile payments technology. RioCan, Canada’s largest owner of shopping centres, is first to trial the Rogers Mobile Shopper solution in select Ontario-based shopping centres)
SCENE® Card SCENE points
Scotiabank SCENE® Card. Earn SCENE points by paying with your Scotiabank® SCENE debit, SCENE VISA or SCENE Prepaid VISA card.
Sears Card Sears Canada Inc announced updates to loyalty program and credit card transition process; says enhanced Sears club loyalty program is set to launch before the holiday shopping season 2015
Shario @shario customer referral & loyalty app for brick & mortar businesses. [Full-disclosure: I’m a co-founder of Shario. It was designed by User Experience Design company MING
Shopify (Reward customers for each new customer that they bring to your store: Apps like Zferral and ReferralCandy automate this. Traditional loyalty programs where rewards are offered to repeat customers based on how much they buy: Apps like PunchTab & Incentify)
Shoppers Drug Mart (Optimum Rewards Program) Shoppers Optimum® Card
Simply Good’s coupon app GetLoop
Snapsaves (iOS/Android) now owned by Groupon
Snipp Interactive Inc. Loyalty Program Of Choice For Unilever, L’oreal, Proctor And Gamble, Kellogs
SnipSnap Coupon App by SnipSnap App LLC Link to the Canadian iOS app store
SPC Card student loyalty program SPC Card with 1.1 million members; digital Student Price Card. The digital SPC Card is available via the SPC Card mobile app on iTunes and Android devices. Giving students relevant offers based on their location, making redemption easy via the Digital Card, and adding personalized offers the SPC app is engaging millennials. Soon to be accepted at all of SPC’s 15,000 partner locations throughout Canada, making it one of the largest mobile loyalty card activations currently in market.
Square (“Create and Apply Rewards with Square Register”)
Starbucks (My Starbucks Rewards). Starbucks has both an app & rewards card that gives free drinks & food to frequent customers. Starbucks Canada announced that it will bring the company’s innovative mobile ordering feature, Mobile Order & Pay, to approximately 300 company-owned stores in the Greater Toronto Area on October 13, 2015.
Stocard is a mobile Startup from Germany that has set the goal to make customer loyalty go mobile, thus making loyalty solutions more powerful for consumers and retailers.
suretap™ wallet by Rogers Communications
Sweet Tooth Rewards (turn-key points & rewards app for your Magento eCommerce store)
Tab Payments: Canadian restaurants currently using Tab Payments will be able to upgrade to Velocity’s payment and loyalty platform
The Club Sobeys Program
The More Rewards Program
Thirdshelf (retail app & loyalty platform)
Tim Hortons added a smartphone payment option to its lineup of mobile apps across iOS, Android, BlackBerry. Called “Pay with TimmyMe” it uses a pre-registered Tim Card to allow payments from the smartphone. Also launching its own loyalty rewards program partnering with CIBC for a Visa credit card that accumulates points redeemable at Tim Hortons stores.
TimePlay the company behind Cineplex TimePlay. Platform that delivers interactive, multi-player experiences while providing a targeted portal for offer delivery & e-commerce. Turns a mobile device into an interactive gaming device enabling thousands of participants to engage together and influence outcomes on a second screen. Toronto, ON, Canada & Los Angeles, Venice, CA
Ugo (initially allow customers to load their TD Visa, President’s Choice Financial MasterCard & PC Plus cards into a mobile wallet. PC points can be redeemed at Loblaw & banner store locations)
Velocity: Canadian restaurants currently using Tab Payments will be able to upgrade to Velocity’s payment and loyalty platform
vicinity rewards (developed by US-based company, FiveStars. Launched in Canada by Rogers Communications. Vincity is a loyalty program for small business that rewards customers when they visit their store.)
Virtualnext, Toronto, Canada & US based. Virtual Next is working together with Global Payments (see above)
Wallet (part of iOS)
Walmart Rewards
WestJet Rewards®


Intranets embrace Mobile Usability and Social Networking

Posted in Uncategorized by salesenablement on January 11, 2010

In the following text you can interchange the word Intranet with the term Sales Enablement as many of the leading Sales Enablement vendors are not only embracing but actually pushing Mobile Usability and Social Networking. ‘Top Intranets Embrace Mobile Accessibility and Social Networking’ written by Alex Williams for on January 4, 2010:

“Intranets are becoming a higher priority for organizations. Intranet teams are growing in size, and the best of them are embracing new trends such as mobile accessibility [usability] and social networking.

These are some of the findings from Jakob Nielsen’s annual report on the top intranets for 2010. Companies that made the list this year include General Electric, Trend Micro Devices and Walmart.

Nielsen is recognized as one of the world’s foremost usability experts. His findings appear solid, though it is apparent that Intranet development is just on the verge of becoming a central communication environment for enterprise collaboration.

This year, Nielsen says, top companies on the list had a median size of about 6,300 employees, which continues a year-to-year trend toward smaller businesses. He attributes it to the increase in availability of small-company-friendly intranet technology.

In addition, intranet teams are growing, up to 14 people, 27% higher than the average team size in 2006. This is not a big surprise. The need to develop the best possible internal communications environments now cuts across multiple platforms, ranging from the web to mobile devices. More resources are required to keep these platforms synced and accessible to the employees in the organization.

Mobile Intranet Sites

The best intranets had a separate mobile site for their employees. Of the companies polled, only 30% actually had a dedicated mobile site. Expect this to change in the year ahead. People are still getting to know how to use smart phones. It’s still rare for companies to launch application environments for users, but at least one company did: an iPhone web app. Soon, though, users will expect to have access “anytime, anywhere,” to their organization’s network.

Social Features

The social Web is finding its way into intranets. Nielsen cites two trends:

  • social features for employees as individuals
  • workgroup support and other features that encourage work-related connections

He cites Walmart for its discussion and profile pages and Trend Micro’s TrendSpace, which includes the capability for employees to create their own content. Trend Micro goes as far as offering an elaborate system of reward points that accrue to employees when they contribute to the intranet’s community features.

It’s noteworthy that social features are still just emerging in intranet environments, especially with the advent of enterprise collaboration services. Companies still have the chance to be recognized as innovators in this space, especially if they implement real-time update capabilities and mashup environments.

Intranet Design is Maturing

Overall, Nielsen comes to the conclusion that intranet design is maturing. In many respects, the Intranet has come of age.

In the year ahead, intranets will change even more. Mobile usability and social networking features will continue to evolve, especially as teams begin to experiment with the wide variety of enterprise collaboration services now available.”

Please see the original post and leave your comments here.

Chris Johnson left the following comment:

“Also interestingly 1/2 of the winning intranets run on SharePoint. Only more SharPoint goodness to come with the 2010 release too.”

How Sales People Make Money

Posted in Uncategorized by salesenablement on October 30, 2009

After having posted ‘Metrics to measure around a deal’ and ‘Sales people do not like to be tracked, measured or accounted for against anything other than quota’, the post ‘How Sales People Make Money’ by Jim Keenan (@heykeenan) from is a great reminder for me what simple and straight forward a topic ‘motivation of sales people’ actually is:

“Sales people get paid by selling stuff. The more stuff they sell, the more money they make. The biggest impact on what a sales person makes, in some cases even more than their selling, is the comp plan. Sale people get paid on commission. Therefore, a sales persons compensation plan is the key to his or her earnings.

Management creates the comp plan. Comp plans need to be 3 things; simple, consistent and motivating.

Simple – Sales people have to be able to know what they’re getting paid for, how much and when. If they can’t understand how much they’ll make on a sale, your plan needs work. Sales people follow the money. If they can’t quickly understand, in their head, how much they make on a deal your plan is too complicated.

Consistent – It should be clear what you (management) is incenting. If you are looking to drive greater sales of a new product, the plan needs to support new product sales. If you want to increase services, then incent services. Far too often the comp plan does not support and align with managements message. This causes anxiety. Imagine being told to sell silly widgets, when you get paid more on dumb widgets. It’s stressful.

Motivating – Comp plans are in place to motivate sales. Good ones motivate sales people. They energize the teams and push sales people to excel. When plans aren’t simple or consistent they lose their value because they don’t motivate

Sales people get paid by selling. Sales people MAKE money because of the comp plan.

What does your comp plan look like. Is it simple? Is it consistent? Is it motivating? Creating the killer comp plan is the most impacting thing sales leadership can do to drive revenue. Don’t leave it to sales operations, don’t rush to get it out. Be creative, engage the team, connect with product, and align it with the corporate goals and make it the best damn comp plan you’ve ever created.

It’s how sales people make money and the companies revenues deserve it.”

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Sales people do not like to be tracked, measured or accounted for against anything other than quota

Posted in Uncategorized by salesenablement on August 6, 2009

Max Effgen from has some interesting thoughts on Sales Enablement:

“[…] Having worked in Sales and having a CRM background, I know why user adoption [of CRM systems] is not higher. Sales people do not like to be tracked, measured or accounted for against anything other than quota. Think about it. What other organization is measured against a quota, that if not met, will likely result in job loss? Sales is already measured.

The sales enablement concept is very interesting because it gives sales a real reason to use a CRM system. If it does provide value, user adoption goes up, ROI goes up, and hopefully, sales go up. Then everyone will be happy. The average tenure of a Sales VP is currently 19 months. Can your organization survive with 19 months or less of sales data?”

Mark Allen Roberts from interviewed some sales people (links added by the author of this blog):

“[…] Sales are one of the most accountable areas of the organization and often are under the constant microscope of senior leaders as they have a significant, immediate, and direct impact on the bottom line.

[…] as a salesperson our job is to; Sell. Yes you ask me to do all kinds of little side projects, write reports, and conduct market investigations gathering data to insure what marketing is telling the CEO is actually what’s going on out here in this mystical place called “our market.” However at the end of the day my compensation is specifically tied to: selling stuff. The more stuff I sell the more money I make. My job is to “make it happen” with whatever you folks at corporate throw over the wall.

I tried telling you the reason that last product launch failed was because you created a product because you could and not because you should…but you said I was just making excuses and I needed to “sell through objections…and hit my numbers”

My pay, my commission rice bowl if you will, is about selling as much as I can, as quick as I can, and building relationships that plant seeds for future sales. With the internet my customers are more knowledgeable than they have ever been before about our products and services, (they often know things about our company before I do these days and this really makes me look bad in my market) so my job is really to help buyers solve their problems with the stuff I sell, and help them buy from us. I don’t like to discount our product unless I have to because my commission is based on the selling price, and the more I discount the more units I will need to sell to hit my targeted compensation. […]

I have to speak with all kinds of people I never had to sell before; CTO, CMO, CEO, CFO…

[…] About 70% of what marketing gives me I do not use. I know it will piss you off, but what I have been doing is writing my own stuff and using some of what Mike also created up in the North West region, you see it is old, but it works! […]”

Jeff Ernst from adds ‘Sales reps will never use SFA [Sales Force Automation], so stop beating them over the head to use it’:

“[…] Every sales or marketing manager I talk to about Sales Force Automation (SFA) says that their company has to beat their sales reps over the head to get them to use it. Here’s how one of my clients describes their SFA experience:

“We spent almost half a million dollars to roll out our SFA system […] we wanted more visibility into our pipeline so we could get better sales forecasts. We tried everything to get the reps to enter data. First we offered incentives, but that didn’t work. Then we started sending emails to the sales managers when their reps hadn’t logged in. That didn’t work either. Now we’re threatening to withhold commission checks if they don’t update their deals. So the reps wait until the night before their sales manager is meeting with the VP, and then they throw in some data. We don’t have much confidence in the data, but at least we’re getting the salespeople to log in.” […]

You can’t blame the salespeople. They want to be out selling, but we’re asking them to be bookkeepers. As Joe Galvin from SiriusDecisions puts it, SFA really stands for Sales Force Accounting, since it provides management with visibility into sales but does little to help people sell. It’s no wonder it takes a stick to get them to use it.

What would your reps say if you asked:

Has the SFA system helped you be better prepared for the dialog you need to have on sales calls?
When was the last time you won a deal because of your SFA?
Do you get more value out of the SFA than you put in?
The last question is the kicker. The value meter is way out of whack. Reps are being asked to put a lot of data in, but they’re not getting an equal amount of value out. So they stick to using the tools they value…their Blackberries and iPhones.

While an SFA system has become an absolute necessity for the management of a sales team, it has been implemented as a tool of control rather than a tool of sales enablement. Traditional SFA systems are intended to collect data about sales activities for the benefit of managers, so they can get their pipeline and forecast reports, but are not built to give salespeople guidance on how to sell better.

If you want people to use your SFA and keep their opportunity records updated, give them a reason to go in. As you’re discovering the messages, tools, and conversations that are proving to work for your best reps, make sure these are delivered to your sales team through the SFA. Put your sales playbooks into the SFA. Turn your SFA into an SEA… Sales Enablement Automation. […]”

All blog posts cited above were published on August 6, 2009. Please visit the sources to read the full texts and to leave comments for the authors. Whilst you should check out all the comments below, I would like to highlight the one from Bryan Karp (@midnitecoder).


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