But it’s not payment solutions we’re taking advantage of. Instead, Urban Airship says we prefer loyalty cards and coupons when using our phones or wearables.
Urban Airship is also rebranding its mobile wallet service as Reach to make it easier for companies to distribute “diverse, large-scale wallet engagement campaigns.”
Reach’s first big project was Politico’s Brexit tracker, though Urban Airship says Reach will “enable non-technical business users to import data from other systems to instantly create individualized passes en masse.”
“Businesses are looking for new lightweight, service-oriented ways to communicate with customers on mobile, and our findings make it clear that mobile wallets will lead the next wave of mobile engagement,” said Brett Caine, CEO and president of Urban Airship. “There is a shift underway in how consumers want to interact with brands. They want relevant, personal and useful content in the appropriate context with as little friction as possible. There are billions of dollars at stake, and the businesses that get their mobile wallet strategy right will gain advantage over those that do not.”
Companies like GameStop and REI will likely be among the first to take full advantage of Reach, where evolving loyalty rewards and discounts are of interest to users.
With credit cards essentially sewn up for mobile wallets, rounding it out with loyalty cards and coupons is the next logical step.