Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hooked on Apps? Join the Club. The Loyalty Club with KeyRing App.

I mentioned in a previous post that I have a Samsung Epic smartphone.  I can't live without it.  I'm more productive and more connected than ever before.  (If I don't want to be connected, I simply shut it off.)

One of my favorite app's (other than My Coffee Card by Starbucks), is the Key Ring app.  It has changed how I manage my Loyalty cards with 20+ retailers.  I used to have a wallet dedicated to just Loyalty cards.  You name it, I had it.  
  • Grocery stores such as King Soopers, Safeway and Albertson's (just in case)
  • Movie theaters:  Regal and AMC
  • Coffee shops:  Peaberry and Starbucks (I love my Gold card actually!)
  • Restaurants:  Garbanzo, Panera Bread, Macaroni Grill, etc.
  • Gen'l Retail shops:  DSW, Blockbuster, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, PetsMart
  • Plus alot more believe it or not
I actually would take the wallet out and tell the cashier "Just a 'sec while I get my card" and I'd hear the groans from the people behind me in line.  It was a little annoying, but worth it to get my rewards perks.

The Samsung Epic runs on the Droid operating system and the sky is the limit for apps.  I recently read that Droid apps just surpassed iPhone apps in volume.

I heard there were some cool loyalty management apps and I did a search in the App Market and found "Key Ring".  I installed it and quickly started scanning the barcodes from my loyalty cards.  If the card didn't have a bardcode, no problem.  You enter the loyalty ID number and it stores that.

Now when I'm at the retail store I pull out my phone, click on the Key Ring App and look for the logo of the store that I'm in.  There's a "card view" button and when you click it - it displays your card info.  The cashier either scans the barcode or enters the loyalty ID number.  It's that simple.  What did I do with my old wallet that was overstuffed with Loyalty cards?  Threw it in my desk drawer.  I hope I never have to use it again!

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