Everything we know about referral rewards and incentives. (Hint: it's everything there is to know.)

Everything we know about rewards and incentives

You learn a thing or 39 working at Buyapowa, the world's leading referral marketing platform. And, day in day out, we share what we know with our hundreds of clients across all kinds of industries - from fashion and beauty to telecoms and financial services, and everything in-between.

One of the topics we're asked about most often is how to choose the perfect referral rewards and friend incentives. What are the different options available? Which ones work best in which circumstances? What value should they have? And what are the roles of rewards and incentives in the first place? Well, here's everything we know. And, now, you do too!

Rewards

  1. Referral rewards are a thank you to customers who have successfully referred their friends.
  2. They're also something to accelerate that referral in the first place.
  3. Guess what? The first point really isn't important. If the referral was going to happen anyway, a thank you is nice, but it’s ultimately unnecessary. Rewards should be designed to trigger actions that wouldn’t happen on their own.
  4. You’re rewarding referrals, but referring isn’t the action rewards should be designed to trigger. The actual action is sharing with a friend; whether they


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Golden global: L'Occitane's referral programme rolls out internationally

L'Occitane's referral programme

Hot on the heels of their recent UK launch, L’Occitane are taking their refer-a-friend programme into five more countries across four continents. As the programme rolls out over the coming weeks, customers in France, Germany, the United States, Brazil and Japan will be equipped and incentivised to introduce their friends to the world-famous luxury beauty brand, earning rewards every time one of them shops.

The expansion reaffirms L’Occitane’s commitment to referral marketing - now the leading channel for acquisition - and to leveraging the passion of their existing customers in order to win over new ones. It’s also a tremendous vote of confidence in the Buyapowa platform, which powers the brand’s referral programme, and in the expert team behind it.

With over six years experience staging hundreds of referral programmes around the world, Buyapowa have been able to offer invaluable advice and guidance on referral within the beauty sector - garnered from working with brands including Feelunique, L’Oréal and A.S. Watson’s The Perfume Shop. Buyapowa’s experts have also been able to provide invaluable insight on the very different habits, trends and drivers influencing customers and their friends in each of these


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L'Occitane formulate the perfect referral programme

L'Occitane

For over 40 years, the world-famous cosmetics brand L'Occitane has elegantly walked the line between accessibility and luxury, equally at home on the high street as it is at some of the world's most exclusive hotels, such as the Four Seasons chain.

Now, they're injecting that same combination of openness and first-rate quality into their digital offering, by launching a refer-a-friend programme - powered by Buyapowa - which engages and equips their army of loyal fans to share their passion for the brand (and a special introductory offer) with their friends.

By using the world's most advanced referral marketing platform, L'Occitane will have access to a cutting-edge suite of features, including Buyapowa's powerful branding module, an in-depth analytics suite and our unique multiple-referral engine, plus exclusive omnichannel referral tools which enable friends to shop online, on mobile or even in-store without impacting the trackability of their referrals.

Find out what makes our platform so special by taking the tour. Or, if you'd like to know more about L'Occitane's cutting-edge new referral programme, just get in touch.

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Lyko's beautiful new referral scheme

Buyapowa are the market leaders in powering world-class referral programmes for the beauty sector, so we’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Lyko - the celebrated Scandinavian beauty and haircare retailer.

With over 40 stores across Sweden and Norway, Lyko stock over 35,000 items from 500 brands, and their new referral programme will enable them to equip and incentivise their huge family of happy customers to get their friends shopping, too. From today, each customer who successfully refers a friend will earn 50 SKR against their next purchase of hair or beauty products. And the referred friend will receive 100 SKR credit to spend with the retailer.

Gideon Lask, Founder and CEO of Buyapowa said "Lyko partnered with Buyapowa for their first referral programme because of our extensive experience working with beauty brands and retailers including FeelUnique, Space NK, L'Oréal, Glossybox and Treatwell.

"As well as accessing our state-of-the-art referral marketing technology - which allows customers to refer across email, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS or any social network - they wanted to partner with the world’s beauty referral experts. Our client services team will be working closely with everyone at Lyko to ensure that their new


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Is this L'Oréal's Uber moment?

It's a big month for us, as L'Oréal - the world's largest cosmetics company - launches a new customer acquisition programme using the Buyapowa platform. We'll be helping some of their best-loved brands to bring peer-to-peer selling - a cosmetics industry tactic ever since Victorian times - beautifully up to date.

It couldn't come at a better time, with the challenge of acquiring new customers growing more and more difficult for the skincare and beauty industry every day. Shoppers are blinded by the flood of pharma-jargon spewing out of billboards and tv adverts ("five times more prettiness particles than other brands!"). Meanwhile, new players and hipster indies come to market every day, creating such an avalanche of choice that it's easier to find a botox needle in a haystack than it is to settle on a new moisturiser.

And the people we used to turn to for help - the celebrities, YouTubers and bloggers collectively known as 'influencers' - are so utterly in the thrall of paid promotions and playing the PR game that, every time you take their advice and purchase today's 'holy grail' product, you can't help but feel that it's your gullability which is paying for the


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