The QR Scanner Rewards App will be launching in Dec 2018 and will bring a new Retail Revolution that will reward customers for the things they already do everyday and bring more visibility and sales for merchants, creating a win-win solution like never seen before. https://connectupz.com
To create a system that rewards users for every purchase made from any small retail merchant and to give business owners a loyalty program that increases their sales.
Have you thought that maybe, you should be rewarded for simply doing the things you already do everyday?
Like buying your morning coffee on your way to work, eating lunch at your favourite restaurant or even getting your nails done over the weekend, from almost anywhere. Well, now you can.
Loyalty gets rewarded. Every customer wants daily rewards and the truth is most merchants are willing to give these rewards, provided there is a good way to track and reward for returning customers (loyal customers). Existing tools in the market are just outdated like paper loyalty cards or loyalty apps for a single business only (which won't be attractive for users to install).
With the QR Scanner Rewards App, any merchant in the world can now reward their loyal customers with customized rewards. The app also helps to drive users of the app to 'Nearby' merchants based on proximity (using the phone GPS). We aim to launch the App by end of Dec 2018 as it's 80% complete at the launch of this Kickstarter project.
Why are we helping small business owners?
The small business owners all of the world are feeling the hard effects of competing with large brands and online platforms. Let's make this available to all small merchants with a FREE Startup Account.
With research showing that 84% of consumers are more likely to choose a retailer with a loyalty program, it is important for small business owners to have a scalable loyalty rewards program that is able to grow together with their needs.
We understand the plight of the small retail merchants who are competing with big brand names and online platforms. The uniqueness of the QR Scanner Rewards App, is that it allows participating merchants to advertise their business and rewards to users of the App, thus increasing sales opportunities and brand awareness. Also from the feedback gathered from the ground, most merchants would love to have this app if its made available to them.
So whats so different about this app versus other loyalty apps in the market?
The good news is, there are huge differences. Firstly, the app works like your generic QR code reader, that scans any QR code to open websites or save vCard contact details directly into your phone. Hence the app has the basic features that millions of people already use...
We also provide users with the ability to get any of their favourite merchant to create a customized loyalty program for FREE, all thanks to its easy setup that can be done in just 4 steps and under 5 minutes. We are talking about the merchants who don't have big brand names, like the shops around the corner of your street. Setup is a breeze for any merchant with our easy to use, pre-loaded reward templates such as ‘Buy 5 Get 1 Free’ or ‘30% Off Your Next Purchase’ just to name a few.
We don't want to leave any small business behind so we created something for them as well. For Startups or Merchants who want to give it a try, can start with the Lifetime Free - STARTUP Plan, that lets them create their own loyalty rewards program for their customers.
We have also designed this platform to be self sustaining, so we have included affordable price plans for Merchants who need the additional features. In this manner, we are able to grow together with the needs of every merchant.
For merchants, who choose to upgrade for $10 per month, after seeing the benefits of the app, we will be helping them gain more awareness by get their business listed in the app which can be viewed by users within the same area. This way, potential customers will be able to find such merchants when they search for nearby merchants within the app. The nearby feature shows the merchants location and distance to users. This helps to keep everything relevant for both merchants and users.
All merchants have access to their dashboard which lets them set rewards, view the stamps and rewards awarded and lets them push promotions or birthday discount notifications to their customers that saved their rewards cards.
Apart from having a QR Scanner app, getting customized rewards and finding nearby merchants, what else is there?
Another good news is that, we are also incorporating our very own rewards system within the app that issues our very own 'COINS' that can be used for redemption of ConnectUpz rewards and more.
Earning Coins is as simple as referring other friends to download the app.
In the future, we will be adding more ways to earns coins.
We have already embarked on this project and are nearing completion. We are looking to on-board as many merchants from as many countries as possible so that users are able to find a ready list of merchants within the app.
As for users, by Paying It Forward, you get to enjoy getting rewards for simply doing the things you already do everyday. You also get to be our first few users of the app, that will be able to Earn Coins for inviting other users to download this app for both iOS & Android.
What is the Merchant Website Business Page about?
The Merchant Website Business Page, is a one page professional looking site that is available with the 'LEADS GENERATION' Plan. We added in the feature of a one page website (hosted within our main website) for business owners who want an online presence. By simply uploading a few photos, letting us know about their business and selecting the colour tone for the website, we pretty much take care of everything else, to setup the site.
What do you get if you pledge?
Pricing Plans (List Price @ Launch)
Below is our pricing plan after Launch. Do support our Kickstarter campaign to enjoy huge discounts (between 50% to 60%) as our early adopter, or to simply Pay It Forward as a user.
STARTUP plan was created, so that all small business owners will be able to create and launch their very own loyalty rewards program. This is a Lifetime Free Plan to help small merchants everywhere (globally). List Price: $0 (FREE)
GROWTH plan is for small retailers who would like to advertise their business and their loyalty rewards in the app. This is to attracts new customers with the neary-by feature of the app. List Price: $10 USD / month.
SCALE UP plan is for merchants who have more 1,000 to 10,000 customers or more than 1 retail outlet. This plan lets them connect with their customers via push notifications to announce special deals or birthday month promotions. It also has all the features of the Growth plan. List Price: $25 USD / month.
LEADS GENERATION plan is for merchants who have more than 10,000 customers or more than 3 retail outlets. This plan gives them a one page merchant website to gain online presence as well. A great way to start driving leads. It also has all the features of the Scale Up plan. List Price: $50 USD / month.
Do note that the Kickstarter pledge prices are listed in Singapore Dollars (SGD). However, the entire system and the price list at launch will be in US Dollars (USD) to address the global market.
Do check the latest conversion rates via Kickstarter or your credit card when you pledge.
About The Founder
Vijay is tech guy who is also the founder of ConnectUpz which was started in late 2017. He and his small team of developers are working on the loyalty rewards platform for businesses to connect and build relationship with customers. He is an avid believer that mobile app marketing is one of the best ways to increase brand awareness, gain new customers as well as the easiest way to make use of technology. The aim of this startup is to make everyday a rewarding experience for customers.
Before ConnectUpz, Vijay learnt the importance of marketing by starting a small retail business 12 years ago (2006), he grew his startup into a small distribution company, and hence understands the current day issues faced by small retailers as well as what customers are expecting from merchants.
Other Ways You Can Help
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Risks and challenges
The app is designed for users, while for merchants, we have a merchant admin panel website, hence this project is more complex than the average app in the market.
We've been hard at work on this app and the merchant admin panel for several months now, making sure all the technical hurdles were out of the way before we launched this Kickstarter campaign. So that we could guarantee the delivery of the app.
Finally we'll put it through a quick testing period, trying to squash any remaining bugs before we submit to both the Andriod and Apple Store.
But patience may be required as we endeavor to deliver a top-quality product for both users and merchants.
We are very confident that we should be able to launch this app by end of December 2018.
Update - 27/10/2018
At this point we have 95% of the base functionality working in the iOS and Andriod app and the merchant backend website. We still need to add that last 5%, which consist mainly of the additional integrations like the issuing of coins and its associated rewards redemption for users, and the analytics graphs for merchants. Once that stuff is roughed in, we have to go back and polish everything in the app and the website… like the interactions, animations, layouts, etc.
Update - 8/11/2018
STRETCH GOALS (Crossing the $10,000) - to build an affiliate partner program, to reward those who help to bring merchants on board the platform. We have planned for it to be a recurring payment system thus making it attractive. The affiliate partner program is free to join and is designed to be for everyone who love to share a good thing (e.g. mumpreneurs, business consultants, tech bloggers)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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