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Special Edition, March 2013

Mobile engagement at Krispy Kreme: Clever sensors ping doughnut lovers

For years, Krispy Kreme stores have turned on neon exterior signs that declare "Hot Now" whenever fresh glazed doughnuts roll out of the oven. But short of living next to one of the chain's many franchises, it's difficult to know about the beacon call of a hot doughnut. Worry no more, doughnut-lovers. About a year ago, Krispy Kreme started offering a mobile application that alerts customers to when the light glows. It's the sort of customer relationship management (CRM) that expands waistlines but is also very effective. Without spending a penny on marketing, Krispy Kreme saw a 6.8% increase in same-store sales since the app hit the market, according to Melissa Parrish, analyst at Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. In Cambridge last week, Parrish and fellow Forrester analyst Ted Schadler hosted a small crowd of mostly software vendors at a breakfast workshop that focused on mobile engagement. They reviewed what works and what doesn't when reaching out to customers on their mobile devices. What works is the Krispy Kreme ...

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