I love Houlihans.
It’s a great restaurant that started here in Kansas City, and has now spread across a lot of the United States. Their atmosphere is great, food is awesome, happy hour specials (if you’re in a state that allows them…) are off the chain. Just a great place to grab some eats and drinks.
So, a few years ago, I was at a Houlihans for a lunch meeting. It was the one that is on the other side of town from where I live. I’ve only been to that location ONCE – that one time. During the lunch meeting, the server got me to sign up for their email program, promising me coupons, and specials on my birthday, and news. I filled it out – figured, “it’s a place I go to, why not save some money…”
BUT, what I didn’t know is that the coupons and news is only from THAT location. You cannot use them at any of the other ones, like the two that are a lot closer to where I live. Totally frustrating. So, for my birthday a few weeks ago, I got a coupon, but couldn’t use it, unless I drove to the other end of the city. Yuck. Oh, and apparently you can’t change locations. FAIL.
Why I haven’t opted out, I’m not sure. I guess I just like junk mail that is of no use to me. If the “single location” email wasn’t a big enough fail in my book, today I got an email from them. Apparently, trying to drive traffic considering the blizzard we just got.
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Folks, email marketing is awesome. It’s so nimble, inexpensive, targeted, but don’t pigeon hole yourself into saying a client needs to visit a particular location (if you have more than one location), and certainly, certainly, certainly, proof the email before it goes out. Gheesh. My name is Jason, not Jenna. Yeah, I know this was probably sent from an aggregator tied to a database, but still, you can proof emails prior them being sent. It’s a great idea that can turn sideways on you if you keep making critical marketing mistakes by bastardizing your clients. Or… calling them Jenna. Shame on you, Houlihans!