Marketing Week says Co-buys "send conversion rates soaring"

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What do we mean by 'rewards'? What kind of incentive is it when retailers offer the same boring savings to everyone? How can we expect customers to be loyal when it's rarely a two-way street?

These are some of the critical questions facing brands, retailers and marketers today. And Marketing Week have tackled them in a stand-out feature about vouchers and incentives, published in their latest edition. Unsurprisingly, they've consulted the experts: Buyapowa, plus two of our clients, Tesco and GameSeek.

It's a seriously good read. So, seriously, read it:

http://www.marketingweek.co.uk/a-personal-touch-gives-smarter-rewards/4010009.article

If you take it all in and decide that smart rewards aren't for you, we'd love to know how you can afford to take that risk.

If, on the other hand, you decide that clever incentives are exactly what your business needs, we'd love to speak to you about that, too - so we can help you get started.

EIther way, get in touch now.


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Financial Services: why the industry needs to rethink its loyalty strategy

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The digital age hasn't been kind to the financial services industry. On the one hand, online banking and self-serve product applications have facilitated enormous growth and resource streamlining. On the other hand, there's no such thing as loyalty anymore. A quick scan for 'credit cards' on Google gives a top search result for a price comparison site. And the second result? Another price comparison site. That's before Wikipedia's even defined what a credit card is.

And that's a big problem: when customers have become ferocious deal-hunters, and when the very best interest rates and fees are only a click away, it becomes almost impossible to compete without stripping back your product to its bare bones and scrapping it out to offer the lowest prices. And, when you're racing to the bottom, it's pretty hard to keep your customers with you - the moment you're not the cheapest in town, you might as well quit town altogether.

In recent months and years, FS companies have tried to offer value-adds as an incentive to lure - and retain - customers. It's the "I might not be as pretty as the girl who just moved in next door, but I know how to


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We all agree, right? Affiliate marketing is starting to suck.

We all agree, right? Affiliate marketing is starting to suck.

It's amazing how candid people can be when they don't realise (or don't care) thatyou're listening. Here's a direct quote from a chap called Chris Rempel who works as an affiliate marketer. We're not saying it's representative, but... well, just take a look:

"Remember that most people still honestly believe – and follow – the bullshit myth about 'great content' and 'great user experience'. Exploit this for all it’s worth by outranking them with swaths of cheap, shitty links – and passable content."

Charming, innit? If you'd like to read more of this stuff, feel free to click the quote and explore his website. He's a bit of a hero to black hat affiliates, and he's made a lot of money out of doing this stuff - so, hey, he must be doing something right.

But not for you. And wasn't that supposed to be the point of affiliate marketing?

Let's back-track a little. Back in the mid-'90s, some very bright sparks (among them Amazon - lest we forget how the big A rose to such prominence) realised that the entire internet could serve as retail outposts for their online stores. Why spend a fortune advertising then converting on your site when,


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