I'm happy to announce a new badge color for gift cards on ScripSmart: Gold. In short, this new badge will be the highest rank possible for a gift card. Gift cards with Gift Card Scores of 90 or more will be awarded the Gold Gift Card Score Badge.
In words, we've split up the old green badge classification to make room for the gold badge at the top. Gift cards scoring between 80-89 will still receive the a green badge. There has been no change to ScripSmart's scoring algorithm.
Why We Did It
Gold is synonymous with first place, crème de la crème or best of the best. When browsing ScripSmart for the best gift cards, it was easy for consumers to know green was the highest level possible because we frequently display a Gift Card Score Key; however, outside of ScripSmart, it's not as clear. After all, there's no comparison of colors and let's be honest, green is not synonymous with first place.
The original notion of ScripSmart's color scheme had more to do with the colors of a stoplight than anything else. Our goal remains making gift cards easy for consumers to understand and the new gold classification helps us achieve this goal.
There is also a big difference between a Gift Card Score of 80 and 99. Furthermore, it's helpful to identify those who are a cut above the rest. If a gift card scores in the 90's it's one of the most consumer friendly gift card products available and it's less likely to have any gotchas a consumer will encounter.
I also believe the new gold badge will help make it easier for merchant's to adopt and strive for a gold ranking. While not every gift card will every be a perfect 100, I believe ScripSmart's product reviews give gift card issuers important feedback as to how their program compares with others.
Gift Card Score Everywhere
Cinemak has been an early adopter of embracing their Gift Card Score. The Cinemark Gift Card is a terrific program. Earlier this year, they let other know if by placing their Gift Card Score directly on their website using a widget ScripSmart developed. It's a small snippet of code which always reflects their current Gift Card Score. It's something ScripSmart provides to gift card issuers listed on ScripSmart free of charge and I'd say it demonstrates a commitment to deliver a gift card program which is consumer friendly.
Bass Pro Shops has also been an early adopter of Gift Card Score. They're going to be the first to display their Gift Card Scores in-store at locations nation wide. Bass Pro Shops truly understands the importance of offering a consumer friendly program and by displaying their excellent Gift Card Scores, with their help ScripSmart in well on it's way to accomplishing our mission of making gift cards better.