• Home
  • Glossary
  • What are Web3 Loyalty Programs? Benefits and User Case
What are web3 loyalty programs
By Beatriz profile image Beatriz
4 min read

What are Web3 Loyalty Programs? Benefits and User Case

Alex is a frequent Starbucks customer in the United States. He accumulates reward points with every purchase. However, when Alex travels to China, his U.S. rewards are not valid.  This regional limitation of traditional loyalty programs is a common issue. Web3 Loyalty Programs offer a simpler and more universal

Alex is a frequent Starbucks customer in the United States. He accumulates reward points with every purchase. However, when Alex travels to China, his U.S. rewards are not valid. 

This regional limitation of traditional loyalty programs is a common issue. Web3 Loyalty Programs offer a simpler and more universal solution, taking advantage of the verifiability of NFTs and making rewards more accessible and user-friendly.

This is only one example of what Web3 can bring to Loyalty programs. 

What is it and what other benefits can it bring to brands and consumers alike? Let's dive in!

What are Web3 Loyalty Programs?

A Web3 loyalty program leverages blockchain technology to offer a more transparent, secure, and user-centric rewards system.

Unlike traditional loyalty programs, which are often limited to specific brands or platforms, Web3 loyalty programs enable interoperability, allowing points or tokens to be used across various networks. This fosters a decentralised ecosystem where users have more control over their rewards and can engage in peer-to-peer transactions without intermediaries.

Additionally, the use of smart contracts in Web3 programs automates reward distribution, ensuring a fair and transparent system, free from potential manipulation or errors inherent in traditional systems.

What is a Web3 Reward?

Web3 rewards represent a paradigm shift in loyalty programs, leveraging blockchain technology for unique, personalized rewards. These rewards go beyond financial incentives, offering experiential and interactive benefits to customers.

Some Potential Use Cases of Web3 Rewards:

  • NFT-Based Event Access: A fashion brand could offer NFTs as part of its loyalty program. These NFTs could serve as tickets to exclusive fashion shows or early access to limited-edition product launches, creating a unique and memorable experience for loyal customers.
  • Tokenized Skill Workshops: A tech company might offer tokens that can be redeemed for exclusive workshops or training sessions. These workshops could cover topics like coding, design, or using the company's products, adding educational value to the rewards.
  • Decentralized Voting Rights: A music streaming service could provide tokens that give loyal users voting rights on various decisions like playlist curation or the next artist to be featured in a special session. This fosters a sense of community and engagement with the brand.
  • Personalized Digital Merchandise: A sports brand could offer digital merchandise, like virtual sneakers or jerseys, as part of its loyalty program. These items could be used in various virtual worlds or online games, blending physical and digital brand experiences.
  • Community-Building Challenges: A travel company might create a loyalty program where customers earn tokens by participating in community challenges, such as sharing travel stories or tips. These tokens could then be used for discounts on future trips or exclusive access to community events.

Key Benefits of Web3 Loyalty Programs

Web3 Loyalty Programs outshine traditional ones by offering enhanced personalization, security, transparency, and customer engagement. 

Their decentralized nature allows for innovative reward structures like tokenization, creating new value forms for customers.

Use Cases: Crossmint's Role in Enhancing Web3 Reward Programs

Crossmint has been helping enterprises develop their own Web3 Loyalty Programs, here are a couple of examples: 

airBaltic's NFT Rewards

airBaltic, in partnership with Crossmint, launched a unique NFT-based loyalty program. By collecting "Planies" - digital cartoon aircraft designs - members can earn loyalty points and enjoy travel-related perks. This program exemplifies the integration of Web3 technology in loyalty programs, offering a more interactive and rewarding experience for customers.

airBaltic Launches NFT Rewards with Crossmint
Holders of the Planies NFT collectibles will be able to receive airBaltic Club points and other loyalty program benefits.

Cinemark's Movie Club NFTs

Cinemark's collaboration with Crossmint and Hang brought an innovative twist to its Movie Club. Platinum members receive rare digital art pieces as part of their loyalty rewards, a step that blends the worlds of cinema and digital collectibles. This initiative is powered by Crossmint's Minting API and allows Cinemark to mint NFT rewards at scale with minimal fees. 

Cinemark Rewards Movie Club Members with NFTs
Cinemark, one of the largest and most influential movie theater chains in North and Latin America, is bringing NFTs to the big screen with Hang and Crossmint.

How can Crossmint help your brand? Get in touch and let us know

Sign up developer console
By Beatriz profile image Beatriz
Updated on
Glossary