Target’s loyalty program is expanding nationwide in October with perks for all shoppers

USA Today – Target is looking to expand its circle of loyal shoppers.

In October, the Minneapolis-based retailer will roll out Target Circle, a free nationwide loyalty program that offers personalized deals and supports local non-profits, Target officials announced Monday.

“Our goal is to motivate all guests to choose Target more often by providing meaningful benefits,” said Rick Gomez, Target’s chief marketing and digital officer, in a call with reporters.

With the new program, Gomez said shoppers will earn 1% on every purchase to redeem on a future Target trip. They’ll also get personalized offers like a birthday discount of 5% and can cast votes to help direct Target’s giving to approximately 800 nonprofit organizations.

However, shoppers with a Target RedCard aren’t eligible to earn 1% when they pay with the store-branded card but will continue to get 5% off purchases and can take advantage of the other Target Circle perks.

“We see Target Circle as complementary to RedCard, our credit and debit offering, because it provides a wide range of benefits and is available to all guests regardless of whether they choose to have a RedCard,” Gomez said.

RedCard holders can earn 1% back when they use another form of payment like a store gift card. (Savings tip: Target typically holds a one-day gift card sale in early December and offers 10% off store gift cards.)

Cartwheel’s new name

With the national expansion, Target is integrating its Cartwheel savings tool into Target Circle and rebranding its deals as “Target Circle offers.”

Since Cartwheel launched in May 2013, shoppers have cashed in on more than $1.6 billion in discounts, redeeming offers ranging from 5% off a pack of cheese to up to 50% off select toys.

In April 2018, Target Circle launched as a pilot in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and in February it expanded to Indianapolis; Phoenix; Denver; Charlotte, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; and Kansas City, Kansas.

“The program has been incredibly successful, exceeding our expectations,” Gomez said. “Over the last 18 months, more than 2 million guests have enrolled in Target Circle, completing more than 14 million transactions … spending more money at Target compared to guests who aren’t enrolled in the program.”

According to a study from BRP Consulting titled, “Keeping Loyal Customers Happy,” consumers are more willing to trade privacy in exchange for specialized offers, with 68% of consumers surveyed saying they prefer personalized rewards.

With Target’s loyalty program, shoppers also will be able to earn 1% on purchases at new Disney stores opening in 25 Target stores Oct. 4 and at Target.com/Disneystore.

“We see this as something that offers tremendous benefit to Target’s business, but most importantly great value to every guest who chooses Target,” Gomez said.

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