Using Mobile Coupons and Loyalty to Drive Retail and Online Profits


Carol’s Daughter is a prestigious brand that offers hair, body and skincare products made from natural and rare ingredients. Carol’s Daughter faces the challenge of balancing a growing m-commerce business with more traditional distribution channels such as Macy’s, Sephora, salons and company-owned retail outlets.

Carol’s Daughter began as a mail order and online business in 1993. Today the company has seven brick and mortar stores and Carol’s Daughter products are available in various salons and retail stores, including Sephora, Macy’s and Ulta. Driven by Carols’ Daughter’s highly social and mobile audience, Director of E-Commerce Jessica Klein wanted to create an app to promote customer engagement through rewards, increase store foot traffic and cart size, differentiate the company from its competition, and enhance brand loyalty. Speaking about their plans for the app, Jessica explains, “We wanted to focus on the customer experience.”


Before making the decision to work with FunMobility on the app, Jessica did a substantial amount of research both on the client and vendor side. Her decision to work with FunMobility was largely based on their experience in the marketplace. And the fact that FunMobility could build an app that was iPhone, iPad, and Android compatible was a big plus.

A major requirement for the Carol’s Daughter Loyalty app was fast time-to-market while being easy and fun for the customer to use. Rather than start with custom-made features, Jessica worked together with FunMobility and chose a set of SmartWidgets from the FunMobility suite that had a proven track record in the marketplace. Because SmartWidgets are written in HTML5, they are easily brand customized, and run on a wide variety of devices. The SmartWidgets Jessica selected included store locator with check-in options, videos, survey, and news. The SmartWidgets were then customized for Carol’s Daughter. Customers earn points for all their interactions with the app—starting with downloading the app itself, and then for filling out surveys, watching videos and checking in to Carol’s Daughter retail locations, or partners like Macy’s and Sephora. FunMobility created a custom mobile landing page and tracked analytics from customer acquisition to engagement and redemption. Specific customer surveys led directly to better offer targeting. For example, customers were invited to take a hair care survey inside the app. Upon completion of the survey; customers were taken to product pages that corresponded to the preference the customer had indicated in the survey.


In just five months, Carol’s Daughter has seen striking results.

“It’s been terrific,” announced Klein. “We’ve seen excellent mobile coupon issuance and redemption rates. 45% of all coupons issued have been redeemed, which is an extraordinary number.”

Additionally Carol’s Daughter has seen a 4X return on their investment. “Clearly with that kind of ROI, I can invest in some marketing campaigns that would still pay for themselves,” says Klein. “The opportunities are endless.”


Specific Results

  • 45% Mobile Coupon redemption rate
  • 48% SmartWidget Mobile Survey Participation Rate
  • 4.1x ROI on FunMobility investment

And of course a brand new, successful Mobile Coupon and Loyalty Program for Carol’s Daughter.
The app has succeeded in capturing customer information from social media, increasing foot traffic to Carol Daughter retailers, enhancing customer reach directly through their phones, and introducing a new demographic of mobile users.


Customers have responded very positively to the app. Customer reviews include comments like, “I love this app! Easy shopping and great features!” from KeraSongz, and

“I love this u get rewards and everything best thing ever for carols daughter love”

from jojo go momos and “Love their products, love their app. Simple” from Tsunami tee. The only negative in the reviews is the requirement for Facebook to register for points, which will be made optional an update, which will hit the app store in October.

Carol’s Daughter intends to continue building and enhancing the app’s capabilities, including new options for signing up for the app. Additionally, the company plans to integrate app promotions into the existing Carol’s Daughter marketing calendar and continue to create new content and incentives for Carol Daughter customers, keeping the brand “top of mind” of all its new and returning customers.

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