Buyapowa and Morgans Hotel Group launch the world’s first luxury hotel referral programme

In conjunction with the Morgans Hotel Group, Buyapowa are excited to announce the world’s first referral marketing programme for a luxury hotel. The innovative scheme equips and incentivises guests and diners at the celebrated Mondrian London Hotel to encourage their friends to stay, eat or drink at the hotel and its iconic restaurant, Sea Containers.

By working with Buyapowa, the world-leaders in referral marketing technology - who also power programmes for brands including ASOS, Ocado, L’Oréal and Telefónica - Morgans Hotel Group have been able to implement their ground-breaking scheme ahead of schedule and with zero IT overheads.

The programme enables diners past and present to visit the seacontainersrestaurant website and share a unique link with their friends - via email, their favourite social network or any mobile messaging app, including SMS and WhatsApp. Any friend visiting their link will be given a code entitling them to a generous saving when they dine at Sea Containers and, once they do, the referrer who sent them will receive a voucher eligible against their next visit.

While the sharing takes place digitally, prospective diners will be able to activate their incentive whether they choose to book online, or even if they simply quote their code upon arrival - all thanks to Buyapowa’s unique online-to-offline referral technology, which enables businesses to track and verify digital referrals at physical locations.

Following this launch at Sea Containers, Morgans Hotel Group intends to roll out the programme across all their restaurants, bars and hotel rooms, enabling delighted customers, who have included the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Ivana Trump, to share their passion for the brand’s entire portfolio of venues.

“The luxury hospitality sector is all about relationships,” said Buyapowa CEO, Gideon Lask, “and yet so many bookings are made via faceless OTAs and booking aggregators who can’t hope to replicate the full experience. By weaving our referral technology into their marketing mix, Morgans Hotel Group will be able to increase the ratio of their direct bookings while, at the same time, ensuring that new customers - the lifeblood of any hotel or restaurant - continue to discover these amazing venues and spread the word to their friends in turn.”

If you are in the hospitality industry or your business is focused on the luxury or premium segment and you would like to understand how referrals could help grow your business, then get in touch and we will be happy to talk you through some case studies.

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