There's nothing niche about referral marketing in Germany

Giants like Zalando and Expedia have embraced referral marketing

E-cigarettes were invented back in 2003. The first patent for fidget spinners was granted in the early '90s. People have been drinking almond milk since the 13th century. There's nothing new about these things but, suddenly, they're everywhere.

That's what happens when a niche phenomenon goes mainstream, and it's exactly what's happened with referral marketing in 2017. Once regarded as something only risk-taking, edgy brands like Uber and Airbnb dared to do, it's now the fastest growing form of customer acquisition.

That's why international giants such as Germany's Zalando, the biggest fashion retailer in Europe, and Expedia.de, part of the largest travel company in the world, have both recently jumped on-board and embraced referral. Like Feelunique, ASOS, Telefónica and hundreds more brands before them, they've teamed up with the leading experts here at Buyapowa to launch programmes designed to get their customers sharing and their friends shopping.

Of course, just like your local Starbucks didn't offer almond milk lattes back in Middle Ages (although I hear their mead frappucinos were divine), none of these brands prioritised referral until their customers began to demand it. According to the Ivy League data-scientists at the Wharton School of Business, 83% of customers


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Conrad plug in Buyapowa to power their referrals

Conrad

As one of Europe's leading multi-channel retailers of electronic gadgets and gizmos, Conrad know a thing or two about technology. That's why millions of customers visit their websites and stores each month, selecting from among half a million products from brands including Apple, Microsoft, Philips, Samsung and LG.

It's also why they've quickly spotted the potential in referral technology: the fast-growing marketing tool in mainland Europe. To get up and running quickly - but with unlimited room for growth - they've selected the Buyapowa referral platform, and the first of their programmes goes live across France today.

Phase one of the programme sees every successful referral rewarded with €15 credit, while friends are incentivised to make their first purchase at Conrad via a 20% saving plus free delivery. Further phases will roll out over the coming weeks and months, as Conrad experiment with Buyapowa's unique multiple-referral engine and omnichannel referral tools.

Stay tuned for more details and, if you'd like to learn more about our platform and the exciting work we're doing in the world of retail, just get in touch.

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