Replication Data for: How push messaging impacts consumer spending and reward redemption in store-loyalty programs



Data from large scale field experiment not included in package because NDA agreement with company prevents us from adding this. The study looks into the effectiveness of mobile push messaging in terms of increasing consumer spending and redemption during a temporary loyalty program. Abstract: Retailer loyalty programs (LPs) are pervasive in grocery retailing. However, participant spending and redemption typically wear off over time and traditional communication has not revealed very effective at maintaining program engagement. We study the impact of in-app mobile push notifications on consumer participation and reward collection in store-loyalty programs. Using a unique data set covering consumer spending before and during such a program, we estimate the effect of push messaging on expenditure and reward redemption during the program. We report positive effects of push messages on spending, and even stronger effects on redemption, relative to a control group not receiving such messages. Due to the savings dynamics, the total spending impact is larger for messages sent early on rather than late in the program, while the opposite holds for the total number of stamps redeemed. Conditioning on observable consumer characteristics, we allow for heterogeneous treatment effects and find that the spending and redemption effects of push messaging increase with high levels of pre-program spending. Our findings reveal which loyalty-program stakeholders benefit the most from mobile marketing campaigns and help to formulate rules for campaign scheduling and targeting.
Date made available12 Jul 2021

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