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Drive business growth with rural America marketing insights

Are you ready for actionable marketing insight you can apply to help you reach, connect and convert rural American consumers? Hop in the front seat as you’ll be riding shotgun with Cliff Callis, your OUTdrive host, as he takes you down the road to success.

Nov 22, 2022

Every loyalty program should be designed to do one primary function: connect people; connect people to the things they want, to the rewards they can earn, or the status they want to attain. For example, we see commercials all the time for companies emphasizing their points, miles, and perks for frequent flyers. In this episode, airline loyalty thought leader Mark Ross-Smith joins OUTdrive from across the world in Malaysia for an introspective on building a successful loyalty program. 

Mark is the CEO and co-founder at StatusMatch, a global status management firm that works with some of the world's largest airline brands. His company enables individuals to maintain their status level when they switch to a new airline or hotel chain. Mark has 20 years of experience leading loyalty programs in travel and telecommunications, most recently at Malaysian Airlines. Mark is also the founder and editor of the industry blog, He is a globally recognized, award-winning thought leader and known as one of the “brightest minds in loyalty.”

Tune in for a dynamic conversation with Mark on the marketing behind loyalty campaigns, the impact of big tech on airlines, and an international perspective on rural America.

What you’ll learn: 

  • Mark’s background and how his career journey through telco and startups eventually led to a niche in the airline loyalty industry
  • Details behind Mark’s industry blog,
  • Marketing and industry insights from Mark’s time running the Malaysia Airlines loyalty program
  • Details behind Mark’s company,, which helps consumers maintain loyalty status when they switch their business to a new airline or hotel 
  • The audience that StatusMatch is trying to reach and how audience behavior impacts the strategy used to reach them
  • What it’s like living in Malaysia and the positive perceptions of rural America from around the world