8 Referral Program Examples (& the Referral Marketing Strategies You Can Steal)

8 examples of world-class referral programs to get your customers referring and their friends shopping.

NOTE: We’ve updated this article to include yet more fantastic examples of brands that are deploying creative and innovative ways of maximizing the performance of their refer-a-friend program.

What is a referral program? A referral program is growth marketing tactic that seeks to encourage existing customers to recommend a brand to their friends, family and colleagues. Often called word-of-mouth marketing, it seeks to supercharge natural or latent word of mouth with easy to use sharing tools and referral rewards.

Finding the right method to acquire new, valuable customers for your business is hard work. That’s where referral marketing companies come into their own.

Due to that fact that 9 out 10 customers trust peer recommendations, a figure much higher than that achieved by traditional advertising, more marketing leaders are turning to conversational, trust-based marketing, and continuing to adopt new marketing technology to reach new customers.  However, the proven tactic that continues to bring in more loyal customers for titans like Dropbox, Slack, Uber and so many more is referral marketing.

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Our latest guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

1. The top 12 most reliable marketing channels for entrepreneurs

Keeping existing customers happy while gaining new ones is key to any business’s success. And the best way to do that is to connect with your target audience–those customers that won’t just buy your product, but might also spread the word to their friends. But, how do you figure out the best channel to reach them? While it naturally depends on your consumers and your product, we also might have some ideas. For example, creating personal connections with consumers is key, and referral marketing is the best at that. What separates you from the competition isn’t just your product, but the feeling you leave your customers with. Referral marketing allows you to leverage your happy customers’ trust to elevate their experience. Another top marketing channel? Word-of-mouth. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there’s no better marketing channel than a happy customer, and one happy target customer can lead to many more. Interested? Check out 10 more top marketing channels that might just help you find your target audience.

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How Nine 7-Figure E-commerce Companies Scaled Their Customer Acquisition Channels

When you’re looking to scale your customer acquisition channels in order to grow your business, it can be tough to know in advance which platform will bring your site enough high-converting traffic to make a difference to your bottom line.

Even if you have killer content on your site and blog and you study your site analytics – so you know exactly which channel is bringing in the money – the question is how you get more and better traffic. Finding new channels inevitably involves some testing and learning, but you can always new test channels faster, be more flexible, and leverage existing customer data to plan your next testing hypotheses more efficiently.

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