Uber now lets businesses offer branded vouchers for rides, meals


  • Uber Technologies today is upgrading its voucher program to let businesses put their branding on electronic certificates they can provide to clients and employees for discounts on trips and meals. The company’s Uber for Organization unit also can distribute vouchers straight on behalf of a company straight from its dashboard rather than through e-mail or other channels, per an announcement emailed to Marketing Dive.
  • With the update, organizations can provide coupons that show their logo, giving them a method to produce top-quality experiences that function as another touch point with customers. Uber for Business likewise will assist organizations to conserve time by handling the data for their coupon deals and dispersing them to target groups like customers or workers.
  • The coupons have a range of use cases, such as assisting retailers to drive foot traffic to stores by offering flights to their most loyal customers. Businesses likewise can give out the vouchers as rewards for completing studies, attending meetings, and webinars or boosting presence at occasions. They likewise can bundle the coupons with other deals or subscription programs to drive commitment, per Uber.


Uber for Business’s updates to its voucher program goal to assist businesses to put their own branding on consumer experiences offered by the ride-hailing and food shipment business, and to handle the offers with a single dashboard. The vouchers have a variety of applications for online marketers, letting them provide trips or meals as an additional reward to react to a call to action (CTA) or to expand the menu of services used in membership rewards programs to preserve consumer commitment. About two-thirds (65%) of businesses use commitment programs to draw in new consumers, according to a study by Harvard Service Review. As brand names and sellers want to distinguish themselves in a crowded market and as COVID-19 continues to keep numerous folks away from restaurants and public transit, ride, and meal vouchers can make a big distinction in branding and commitment.

The vouchers have particular use cases for sellers that desire to offer extra rewards for buyers to go to stores and shopping centers. Amidst fret about the pandemic, foot traffic plunged about 53% to indoor shopping centers and 48% to outlet malls on Black Friday from a year earlier, according to mobile user place information compiled by Placer.ai. Its information showed that foot traffic to outlet shopping malls had recovered by the following Sunday, rising 30% from a year previously as buyers looking for deals. The foot traffic patterns indicate that while shoppers are mindful, some can still be incentivized to check out shops. Uber flight vouchers might help sellers to either boost foot traffic or support their curbside pickup offerings.

For Uber, the upgraded voucher program is an incremental source of profits as the company slowly recovers from the negative results of the pandemic on ride-hailing services. It saw a 53% plunge in ride-hailing revenue to $1.37 billion in Q3 from a year previously, an enhancement from the 67% drop in the prior quarter. Nevertheless, its Uber Consumes service experienced a 125% rise to $1.45 billion in Q3 revenue, compared to the 103% jump in Q2, as homebound consumers looked for an alternative to restaurant dining. The business’s budding grocery shipment service also was strong and is expected to expand next year.

In another bid for-profits, Uber in February partnered with out-of-home (OOH) ad-tech firm Adomni to put marketing displays atop some of its automobiles and prepared to broaden the effort to Chicago and Los Angeles in Q4.

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