Bank of Hawaii now offers online coupons
By Robbie Dingeman
Advertiser Staff Writer
Bank of Hawaii this week launched a free, virtual coupon book available to the public on its Web site.
The site already had more than 100 coupons from nearly 100 businesses across the state, and plans to add more regularly.
As of yesterday's debut, the coupons from bank clients included a Zippy's restaurant Zip Omelette for $5.95, free dessert at Big City Diner and 20 percent off at two Fantastic Sam's salons.
Coupons include dining, retail, automotive, entertainment, groceries, travel, health & beauty, home & garden.
The bank said some offers are only available at the Online Marketplace.
There is no charge for the businesses to set up and distribute the coupons on the Online Marketplace, said Senior Vice President David Oyadomari of the bank's Internet Department.
"With the current economic challenges, we wanted to use technology and the Internet to help our clients generate more business, while also providing the public a way to conveniently save money," Oyadomari said.
While the coupons come from bank clients, they go to anyone who prints them out, he said.
What's in it for the bank? "The main driver was to help our businesses while at the same time providing a consumer benefit. We anticipate that this would also promote interest in our Web site but the immediate goal is to help generate traffic for our customers," Oyadomari said.
He said the coupons can be e-mailed to friends and family or used by visitors.
People can subscribe to receive e-mail updates when new coupons become available, he said.
For businesses, he said access to this service is free to certain Bank of Hawaii business clients.
And those businesses can add, edit and delete coupons whenever appropriate.
Real-time reports show businesses how many coupons have been viewed and printed.
The direct link to the coupons is www.boh.com/coupons.