2010 – 2019: a decade of advocate marketing

Advocate marketing didn’t start in 2010 – or even, for that matter, in 2010 BC. Since the dawn of time, our grunting ancestors would drag fellow tribesmen down to the local fire pit to try the “mega-delish grilled mammoth”. But the modern, digital version of advocate marketing? That really kicked off when Uber launched with a referral programme that saw it rapidly grow into a multi-billion-dollar behemoth.

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That’s the way (uh huh, uh huh) I psych it

The psychology of referral

Step right in. Make yourself comfortable on the couch there. Yes, yes – lie down. Good, very good.

Now, what seems to be the matter with you? What’s that? You’re sad? Tell me more about that. M-hmm, uh-huh, I see. Well, it seems to me that you’re understandably troubled by missing Buyapowa’s webinar about the psychology of referral this week. And now you feel a tremendous sense of loss, grief and shame.

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October’s guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

The problems with 5-star rating systems and how to fix them

Does your business rely on a 5-star rating system for feedback? New research suggests you might want to rethink this approach. The truth is that 5-star systems are good at weeding out very low-quality businesses or products, but they make it hard to separate the good from the great. Why? Well, the 5-star system has built-in selection biases. Without incentives to rate businesses or products, most customers who leave feedback have either had a very good experience or a very bad one. Also, some businesses inflate their ratings system, meaning that 4.8-star average score might not be as exceptional as you think. The solution? Show customers an average rating for products or suppliers in that sector. Or, adjust user ratings based on differences in their reviewing behaviour. Follow the few easy tips laid out here to make your rating system more meaningful.

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Carrefour: winner is served

Carrefour is on a mission. Within the next three years, the world’s second largest retail group wants to change the way it does business: rationalising its campuses, exploring new partnerships and reducing costs. It wants to change the way we eat: au revoir to planet-killing crap; bonjour to healthy, sustainable nourishment. And it wants to change the way we shop – a process that’s already underway in the group’s homeland, France, with the integration of all its services under one digital roof: Carrefour.fr.

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first direct takes its referral programme to the next level with Buyapowa

first direct

It’s hard to believe that 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of HSBC’s first direct hitting the scene. But, three decades before the challenger banks, fintech disruptors and open-banking of today’s landscape, there it was – changing everything with 24/7/365 always-open phone banking. And first direct has continued to innovate ever since, leading the way with online banking, SMS banking, mobile banking and even next-gen wizzbangery such as voice recognition to help verify customers’ identities.

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