Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 8:00 AM AKST
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Britney Olsen 
Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce 

Sign-Up Now for the

Mobile-Exclusive Passport*

 *A NEW Added Benefit to our Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce's Merry Merchants Campaign

Hello Chamber Members & Friends - 

The Chamber is taking a proactive approach with the Merry Merchant Munch and Marketplace for 2021 with the current state of affairs in order to be adaptive to the climate at the time of the holiday season.
With that said, we will be pushing forward with the 2-day In-Person Munching, but including some added value to our Campaign!

One added value we are excited to announce is a Mobile-Exclusive Passport that allows visitors and locals to check-in at local businesses throughout the month and redeem optional Merchant Discounts! This pass will be a key component of our Merry Merchants marketing campaign moving forward and we want your business to be a part of it! It will launch on Small Business Saturday! 

The Passport creation (on our end) takes awhile so we need your commitment and basic information ASAP.  Just to clarify, this registration is NOT for participation in the entire Merry Merchants Campaign, ONLY for the Passport and because of this: NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME!

[The Merry Merchant Campaign Registration Fees will be as follows: Chamber Member - $100.00, Non-Member - $125.00]

The Chamber has partnered with the technology company Bandwango, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, to launch the Mobile-Exclusive Passport. Their team has successfully launched many gamified Passes with destinations in the US and Canada. Check-out a few examples for reference and product quality:

 Downtown Springfield Check-In Challenge
Winter Park’s Hungry Hikers Pass
Travel Iowa’s Parks Pass



Here are the top 5 things you need to know about the MOBILE-EXCLUSIVE PASSES to get involved:

  1. As a featured partner of Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, your participation is included with your Merry Merchant's Campaign Registration. Offers are not required to participate, but you will have the opportunity to provide optional deals or discounts for passholders as an incentive to visit your business and spend more money with you! Also, on the 2-day Open House's Munch - Passholders will also have additional prize incentives to come to your businesses!
  2. The pass is instantly delivered to a customer’s phone via text and email with no apps to download.
  3. This pass is also gamified, which means the more locations passholders check into and redeem discounts at, they will be entered to win LOTS of prizes! 
  4. The redemption process is GPS based, which is very straightforward and will not disrupt your current processes. A passholder will simply present the given discount on their mobile pass to your staff to redeem (if Merchant adds this option), or check themselves in so long as they are in a close enough proximity to your business. There will be time-stamp for the Chamber Staff to use to award prizes! 
  5. The pass will be valid for approximately one-month (Campaign dates to follow, but you can anticipate between Small Business Saturday and Christmas) to further incentivize passholders to visit your business even after the Open-House Events are over! 


Ok, So That Was A Lot of Information...What Do We Need From You?

Right now, all we need is basic information from this Mobile-Exclusive Passport Registration saying you want in! You will have a chance to register for the full Merry Merchant Campaign Registration (which will include the items below and payment) will come later as described. If you choose to opt-out (but we are confident you won't) you can let us know at any time, so there is no risk to signing up today! 



Upon Signing-up for the Passport, What Can You Expect Next? 

Chamber Staff will be sending the registration information to our Partners at Bandwango so they can start the Passport! 

You will be receiving an onboarding email from the Bandwango platform where you can easily add and update how your business will be presented on this mobile pass. Our Bandwango representative Katja will be following up after you fill out the form to help answer any questions and provide instructions for how to get your offers on the passport. Please add Merchants@bandwango.com (or Katja@bandwango.com) to your contact list to ensure that the initial email does not get sent to your spam folder.

Look for an additional announcements coming in the next few weeks about the Merry Merchants Campaign and start get your decorations Ready! 



Merry Merchants Holiday Campaign:
[Members: $100.00, Non-Members: $125.00]

  • Merry Merchant Munch [Printed Guide for 2-Day Open Houses' Event and Judging Categories]
  • Merry Merchant Facebook Marketplace
  • Holiday Digital Business Boxe[3-Month Subscription]
  •  Exclusive Mobile Passport (What you are registering for today!) 

Additional Chamber of Commerce Holiday Activities to be on the Lookout For:
  • Support Local & Get Rewarded
  • Online Holiday Auction
  • $500 Chevron Gas Online Grand Raffle
  • Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Open House!