SOURCE: Paytronix Systems, Inc.

Paytronix Systems, Inc.

December 13, 2016 09:00 ET

HuHot Mongolian Grill Increases Membership 50 Percent With Upgrade to Paytronix Rewards Platform

Casual restaurant chain leverages analytics and reporting tools to increase visit frequency and check size for overall increased sales

NEWTON, MA--(Marketwired - Dec 13, 2016) - Paytronix Systems, Inc., a leading provider of reward program solutions to restaurants and retailers, today announced that casual restaurant chain HuHot Mongolian Grill has increased reward program membership by 50 percent after only six months on the Paytronix Rewards platform. Since migrating to Paytronix in June, HuHot also has leveraged the Paytronix toolset to increase member check size by 10 percent over that of nonmembers. 

Based in Missoula, Montana, HuHot Mongolian Grill specializes in a create-your-own stir fry cuisine known as Mongolian Barbecue. Of its 60 restaurants in 16 states, 48 locations are franchised and 12 are company-owned. The vast majority are located in the Midwest and the Mountain West states.

Launched in 2006 and redesigned in 2015, the points-based HuHot Rewards program recognizes members with one free grill meal for every 12 purchased. Prior to working with Paytronix, HuHot had little insight into their guests' activity and still required guests to print off physical coupons to redeem surprise and delight offers. Now that they are using Paytronix technology to integrate rewards redemption with HuHot's Aloha POS, the company is able to do much more specific targeting and monitor the program's success with more in-depth reports.

HuHot upgraded to the Paytronix Rewards platform in June 2016 largely for its ability to automatically track and redeem rewards in one system. With its integration to HuHot's Aloha POS, Paytronix manages all of HuHot's customer-facing programs - from gift cards to rewards - in one consolidated system. Paytronix also provides sophisticated analytics and reporting that have given HuHot better visibility into its customers' behavior. To date, HuHot has leveraged the Paytronix Rewards platform for:

More Members - The 50 percent lift in members is a result of making the program available where the guest spends their time -- in store, online, and more. With an increased focus on the Rewards program, local restaurants conducted incentive programs with their servers to get new sign ups. Digital promotions such as Facebook ads and a viral game that encourages guests to "Fill their Horde" also helped increase membership.

Active Members - HuHot is encouraging members to identify themselves at the restaurants without a card by using a phone number. They can now quickly ID the guest and then the software does the rest - point accrual and Smart Reward redemption, which means that only the rewards that match an item in the check are made available for redemption.

Increased Spend - HuHot has created a real impact on its business by motivating members to spend on average 10 percent more per transaction than nonmembers. With members segmented by visit frequency, HuHot can create offers designed to encourage more visits while maintaining the check average. Segmenting guests by visit and spend patterns also enables HuHot to target offers where specific behaviors are desired.

Measurable Impact - The net impact of more members, more active members, and an increase in spend across the board brought the program to the executive table. Today, the marketing team has the power to create loyal behavior, increase revenue, and maximize the impact of its discount investment.

"Paytronix gives us access to so much more information than we've ever had before, and this allows us to get much more scientific in our approach to the HuHot Rewards program," said Monica Minford, digital marking director, HuHot Mongolian Grill. "In fact, we are working very closely with Paytronix to set new KPIs for 2017, such as increasing frequency and membership, so that our rewards program penetration is more in line with the industry average."

"Moving the HuHot Rewards program onto the Paytronix platform has given HuHot the tools and levers it needs to target offers, reward its best customers, and make informed decisions with its new found view into its customer base," said Michelle Tempesta, director of marketing, Paytronix Systems, Inc. "As a result, HuHot is leveraging its rewards and gift programs as vehicles for driving company growth."

About Paytronix Systems, Inc.
Paytronix's proprietary guest engagement platform helps more than 300 restaurant and retail chains manage and grow more than $18 Billion in guest spend. Customers benefit from big data consumer insights that Paytronix generates from 1-to-1 engagement with more than 165 million loyal guests--through mobile, social and today's most innovative digital marketing tools. As a result, customers can more effectively segment and motivate their guests to increase spend and drive revenue. For more information, visit www.paytronix.com.

About HuHot Mongolian Grills, LLC
HuHot, one of the fastest growing Mongolian grill concepts in the United States, is a national create-your-own Asian stir fry concept offering a wide variety of meats, seafood, noodles, fresh veggies, and signature sauces to suit your tastes. Select your favorite ingredients then be entertained as your meal is cooked to perfection by our grill warriors on a 6-foot, scorching hot grill. It's always all-you-can-eat, so you can create a different meal every time.

HuHot Mongolian Grills, LLC opened its first restaurant in Missoula, Montana in 1999 focusing on fresh food, signature sauces and great service. Over the past 15 years, the concept has grown to 60 locations in 16 states and that focus has remained unchanged.

In 2016 HuHot was ranked for the fifth consecutive year in Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur and on Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. HuHot has been ranked as one of Franchise Times Next 300 Franchise Chains 3 years in a row, and named as one of Nation Restaurant News' Next 20 Chains of 2014.

To learn more, visit the website at www.huhot.com