Sarah Reilly Engel will Lead the Digital Loyalty Leader’s Focus on Evangelizing Efforts Aimed At Helping Merchants Achieve Success
Belly, the world’s best & fastest growing loyalty platform, today announced that it has named 15–year technology startup veteran, Sarah Reilly Engel as Vice President of Merchant Success. In this role, Engel will drive advocacy for Belly’s more than 7,000 merchants, while also leading customer retention and evangelizing efforts designed to help them achieve success.
Engel began her career in product marketing at investment firm Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and headed west to San Francisco in early 2000 to join the startup culture of Silicon Valley. With roles at Red Herring Magazine and Salesforce.com, Engel developed a passion for working with early stage companies. As one of the first members of the Salesforce.com, the leading CRM platform’s, Customer Success Management team, she was not only responsbile for the top 10 percent of its customers, she also helped shape and develop scalable best practices that focused on delivering businesses tools to increase ROI through customer relationship management.
Her Enterprise SaaS experience attracted desirable roles at digital media startups, where Engel spearheaded sales and account management efforts across New York and Chicago, and subsequently inspired the launch of her consulting firm dedicated to help such companies create go–to–market strategies spanning customer acquisition to retention.
“This is a dream role for me at Belly,” Engel says. “I am fortunate to join a team of executives that fully understand the importance of focusing on building a product that enables merchants to succeed while providing tools and features that tie directly to customer happiness and merchant retention. This is an opportunity that I could not pass up.”
Belly takes the time and devotes the necessary effort and related resources to build connections that have helped it attain its leadership status in the digital loyalty space.
The Merchant Success team lead by Engel will validate Belly’s evolving dedication to exceptional customer service. Recently developed internal tools will help propel this philosophy – a newly launched Web Command Center with detailed analytics, data, and campaign tools, to add to the in–store CommandCenter, Zuora implementation for more transparency and reporting around billing, back end tools that give the Merchant Success team the ability to give better data and analytics to their clients, and reporting functionality that gives insight on a particular stores health and overall success.
These back end tools will be a key component of the company’s retention efforts, and will be continually tweaked based on key metrics and proxies to ensure long–term merchant success. Among its features are “red flag” metrics designed to track and monitor in-store tablets with the ability to diagnose any abnormality remotely; from battery health, screen brightness, location, heartbeats, performance by region, vertical, customer lifetime, etc.
“Since launch, we’ve tried to consistently invest in our merchant partners success and satisfaction, even if at times, we had to do so in unscalable ways.” said Logan LaHive, CEO and founder of Belly. “Sarah brings experience and a real passion for Merchant Success, and with a focus on tools, content, and communication, we are thrilled to double down with her leading the team.”
Belly is focused on creating a customer–centric organization that starts from the top and touches everything from sales, training, content marketing, analytics and product. The company’s Merchant Success Managers will assist small business and provide direction on best practices to help them get customers back into their stores more often.
In addition to her past sales and managerial roles, Engel is a highly in–demand speaker on various panels and a regular contributor to multiple publications on digital loyalty and social media topics. She also leads workshops at Chicago digital accelerators, and Sales and Customer Success classes at the Chicago Startup Institute.
Belly is currently installed in more than 7,000 businesses nationwide. For more information please visit www.bellycard.com.
Belly’s industry-leading mobile platform has redefined the loyalty space by offering customizable, unique rewards programs backed by a seamless marketing solution. Belly makes it easy and affordable for businesses to engage customers with memorable in-store experiences and build lasting relationships. Through digital connections, businesses gain access to customer data and a suite of innovative tools to track their marketing efforts. Belly is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Silicon Valley Bank, Lightbank, NEA, DAG Ventures, Cisco, and 7–Ventures, LLC (a subsidiary of 7-Eleven, Inc.). For more information, visit www.bellycard.com.
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