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When 1-800-Flowers fails and the local bakery is out of cupcakes, desperate, last-minute Mothers Day shoppers turn to the one bastion of hope left: Groupon, LivingSocial, Google Offers, and any other daily deal service accessible in one click. Theres just one problem: The deals are rarely, if ever, relevant. No, my mom does not need Taekwondo lessons, paintball reservations, Lasik eye surgery, or tickets to a three-day electronic music festival.
To address this pain point, American Express is launching later today its own mobile offers engine to give cardmembers access to deals and discounts at nearby merchants. The engine, called My Offers, will tap into AmEx user spending histories and location data–what the company refers to as the spend graph–to rank offers by relevance. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, where consumers are bombarded with daily deals, we saw an opportunity to help…by curating meaningful offers, Josh Silverman, AmEx president of US consumer services, said in a statement.
Through the companys mobile app, cardholders will have access to a dashboard of offers that will look familiar to AmEx users who have already synced their cards with Foursquare, Facebook, and Twitter. Deals can be added to ones card with a single click, and redeemed without friction. For example, if you spend $10 at Dunkin Donuts, you could get $5 back through a statement credit.
But what could really separate AmExs offers is the data it has to make relevant recommendations. Spending history provides incredibly valuable data–everything from first-time purchases to geo-location to repeat transactions–and AmEx has fed this data into its engine. The company has created similarity scores for merchants on the network to boost relevancy.
Trillions of comparisons have been made, says Luke Gebb, VP of global network marketing. As an example, think about a town where there are two restaurants right next to each other. One restaurant attracts customers from far and wide because its renowned; the other restaurant is a local diner. These two restaurants will not be considered very similar in similarity score: That local diner may actually look more similar to a hardware store that mostly serves the local population, whereas even if you live 10 miles away from the town, that restaurant that attracts people from where you live is going to be much higher ranked.
In the same way that Seamless learns what types of food and meals you most enjoy, AmEx will be able to learn from your transactions and the offers you most often redeem. It will also be able to pull data from the offers you found through its social partners–Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter–which will make the service especially powerful going forward.
To keep up with the data, however, AmEx will need more merchant offers to keep recommendations relevant and fresh. Baskin Robbins and FedEx are some of the national brands signed up for the program, but were now going into the local markets now, says Ed Gilligan, vice chairman of AmEx. Nearly a dozen offers from local bars and restaurants in New York and Los Angeles will be available at launch.
You can look at our app now and see all the offers you have regardless of where youve synced your card, Gilligan adds. That not only makes it simple for cardmembers to know what offers they have, but makes it easy for merchants to come to one place and let us help do their digital marketing for them.
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UNION CITY, Ind., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
Acme Floor Company has won the “Best Commercial Wood Flooring” award for its installation of the flooring in Helzberg Hall, the 1,600-seat concert venue at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the current home of the renowned Kansas City Symphony. Supplied by Frank Miller Lumber, the flooring in Helzberg Hall was constructed and installed from more than 20,000 square feet of 3″ red oak and features a stunning floor-to-ceiling aesthetic showcasing a variety of North American hardwoods.
The 2012 National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Expo, held April 2012 at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla., is the only convention and trade show in the world dedicated solely to wood flooring. Experts in wood flooring and hardwood from around the world gathered to network, share experiences with their peers, and honor the achievements of some of the premier flooring companies in the industry.
“Acme is honored to receive this award from the National Wood Flooring Association,” said Bob Kenney II, president and owner, Acme Floor Company. “We are proud to do our part to create such an exceptional building for the Kansas City community.”
Helzberg Hall was designed by internationally renowned architecture firm Safdie Architects, who collaborated with Acme Floor Co. to create a space that showcases the delicate acoustics of solo concerts, chamber music and even full orchestras. The architects wanted to use quartersawn hardwood to complement their world-class design, and Acme turned to the premier quartersawn hardwood experts at Frank Miller.
“We feel privileged that Frank Miller was chosen by Acme Floor Co. to supply the hardwood used in the architecturally significant Kauffman Center,” said Dan Hackett, president and CEO, Frank Miller.
About Acme Floor Co., Inc. (
A family owned and operated business specializing in laying, refinishing, and resurfacing hardwood floors for residential and commercial customers, Acme has more than 86 years of experience serving Kansas residents as a wood flooring specialist and also offers professional gym floors, custom staining and refinishing services.
About Frank Miller Lumber (
Frank Miller helps architects and designers realize the elegance and durability of quartersawn hardwoods in the most distinctive architectural endeavors. Established in 1903 and located in Union City, Indiana, Frank Miller produces exceptionally fine quartersawn and plain sawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring. Frank Miller’s quartersawn products are used in high-end commercial and residential construction around the globe where there is a significant architectural/design element to the project’s cabinets, millwork and flooring.
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