iD Mobile, the telecoms brand operated by Currys plc, the much loved United Kingdom retailer and service provider that previously traded as Dixons Carphone, has partnered with Buyapowa to launch a new Refer-a-Friend program, allowing happy customers to spread the word about the brand among their friends, family and colleagues.
To understand why utilities (natural gas, electricity and water suppliers) are increasingly looking to harness positive word-of-mouth to gain new customers via referral marketing, we need to look at the challenges utilities marketers face.
First, as the name suggests, a ‘utility’ is something that’s seen as interchangeable commodity, and if you switch gas, electricity or water supplier you get exactly the same gas molecules, electrons and water flowing through your pipes and cables. And so, at least in developed countries, changing supplier doesn’t typically impact the nature or regularity of the supply of gas, electricity or water to your home or business. So it’s hard to compete on product, other than by offering some nice apps and IOT applications to monitor and control your usage. And being a regulated business means that there’s usually a whole heap of red tape that restricts the kind of marketing that can be done, and what can be included in product bundles.
On the one hand, the demand for mobile, fixed line and broadband services never ceases to stop growing. Users now just expect the highest-possible quality streaming to their fixed and mobile devices, with all the huge capex requirements in fibre networks, 5G etc. that necessitates.
We are proud to announce our partnership with Atol Les Opticiens – France’s leading opticians, who have focused on providing freedom and finding innovative solutions for eyeglass wearers since 1970. Atol have been constantly ahead of the game – realising the importance for customers to feel comfortable wearing glasses, they offer augmented reality to try different glasses at home and share with friends on Facebook to get a second opinion, and allow customers to change the style of their frames to match their attire. Innovation is in their DNA: back in the day they were the first in the market to offer a free second pair of ‘emergency’ glasses and have always been focused on protecting the environment through sustainability.
If you have been regularly reading our blog, you will have seen that the Buyapowa Referral Marketing Software platform is a sophisticated and powerful tool, packed with value-added features, fully configurable and capable of integration with a whole host of other platforms. And it’s also capable of extending to many use cases far beyond simple refer-a-friend marketing.