80% of January Sales are over by January!

80% Of January Sales Are Over By January!

Five social strategies for maximising your January Sale

With January sales starting earlier and earlier, most have run out of steam by the time January even begins.

‘New Products Added!’ claims don’t work and the high street is already awash with ‘70% off messages’, so how are you going to ensure your campaign gets long-lasting cut through?

Here are our tips for using Social-Ccommerce to launch and maximise the potential of your January Sale:

1. Get your social audience involved early. As we approach the tail end of December use Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to ask your audience what they want to see in your sales. Make them feel like they’re curating the campaign.

2. Sometimes less is more. It’s tempting to launch all your offers on day one, but hold some back. Treat them as mini-marketing hand grenades and launch them regularly throughout the duration of the campaign.

3. Make some of your offers exclusive to your social audience. Low-volume, so it feels exclusive, and high-discount will create buzz and excitement. Launch them mid-way through the January Sales and you’ll get people talking about your campaign again.

4. Get shoppers in the first 2-weeks of


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Argos teams up with Buyapowa to launch Co-buying on social media

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• Argos customers rewarded for sharing deals via social media

• Available at www.buyapowa.com/argos

Argos, the UK’s largest high street retailer online, and Buyapowa, the leading social-commerce technology company, have launched a trial partnership to enable Argos’ Facebook fans and Twitter followers to shop together and earn unbeatable deals.

Buyapowa’s technology will enable Argos customers to request special offers on their favourite products, then improve those offers by sharing them via social media and shopping together. The more people who buy, the better the prices will be for everyone who participates. These offers, or ‘Co-buys,’ will be presented via a customised platform and will be promoted across Argos’ social media and other communications channels, including its website which saw more than 635 million visits in the last 12 months.

The service is now live at www.buyapowa.com/argos and will feature products from Argos’ general merchandise range of more than 29,000 items. Customers will be encouraged and rewarded for sharing information with other potential customers to help increase customer acquisition but, more importantly, generate long-term loyalty by listening to and rewarding shoppers.

Neil Tinegate, Head of Digital Innovation at Argos, said: “We’ve


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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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How to offer discounts without trashing your brand

How to use discounts without trashing your brand

"The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself," said William Churchill and, given that he reputedly drank 42,000 bottles of Pol Roget champagne in his lifetime, you'd hope there's some truth in that. Here's a little nugget of purest nonsense we stumbled upon recently, based on research carried out by The Logic Group and Ipsos MORI.

According to their survey of over 2,000 customers, people are more likely to be motivated to shop by earning loyalty points (27%) than they are by discounts (11%) or offers (9%).

We smell a rat. A fishy rat. We're not saying that the survey isn't 100% accurate, but there's no way those 2,000 people answered that question that way, so maybe something's been lost in translation (from English to... um...). Loyalty schemes are great, but no one's going to accrue rewards tomorrow instead of reaping benefits today. It's just not going to happen.

But here's where we do agree with The Logic Group (quoted here): “Brand Britain has become eroded as a result of rampant discounting across the board. By ‘flogging’ merchandise through widespread discounting, the prestige of many British brands is being compromised.” That's absolutely true because,


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Tesco launches Social Commerce channel, powered by buyapowa

Tesco Launches Social Commerce Channel, Powered By Buyapowa

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a brand new Co-buying channel for Tesco – the UK’s largest retailer.

Co-buying is the fast-emerging new form of online retail, allowing the customer to define what's on offer and for the offer to increase in value as more people participate; smart rewards rather than blanket discounting. It turns social media into a powerful transactional channel, driving customer acquisition and insight.

Powered by buyapowa’s award-winning technology, Tesco’s Co-buying channel features products selected by their shopping community. The more people who buy the better the price becomes for everyone. Whoever brings the most other people into a Co-buy gets their product for free. Co-buys only last a short time, and stock is limited, so customers are urged to sign-up for alerts so they don't miss out. In fact, the more people who sign up for alerts, the bigger and better the Co-buys become.

Tesco have always led the way in using technology to serve their customers - from being the first to launch a loyalty card in the UK to their celebrated social customer service.

Co-buying represents the latest expression of that innovation and, following an initial pilot phase featuring Co-buys


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