Buyapowa masterclass: why no brand is too big for referral

Too big for referral

The popular belief is that referral marketing is a sledgehammer, something you deploy to get masses of new customer acquistions in one big slam. But, here at Buyapowa, we know it can be much more surgical than that - less a sledgehammer and more of a scalpel; something you can deploy in very specific ways to achieve very specific goals.

In this article, we'll take you through two use cases where referral can be extremely surgical. And, to illustrate the point, we'll use one example brand, Boots: the kind of brand that might think it's too big for referral but, once it understands that referral needn't be a blunt tool, quickly sees the value.

So, imagine you're the Chief Marketing Officer at Boots. You've got busy stores on every high street up and down the UK, your omnichannel offering is going from strength to strength, just about everyone who's ever going to shop with you has already shopped with you. What are you going to say when someone asks why you don't have a refer-a-friend programme? Well, chances are, it'll be something like this: "I like the idea of referral, but it's just not for us. We're too big."


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Yoo-hoo, we're working with boohoo!


Smashing it since 2006, the UK-based fashion firm boohoo is both an ecommerce icon and a multi-billion-pound empire, parenting other hugely-successful brands including Pretty Little Thing and the US phenomenon, Nasty Gal.

So, it goes without saying that Buyapowa are incredibly honoured to be powering their first ever refer-a-friend programme, coming soon to boohoo's millions of dedicated customers.

This exciting news cements Buyapowa's position as the world's leading referral platform for fashion brands and retailers, coming hot on the heels of recent launches for the likes of ASOS, Zalando and River Island. It's a position we don't take lightly, and that's why - just like boohoo - we never stop creating and delivering products our customers want, need and love.

Stay tuned for more details about boohoo's upcoming programme but, in the meantime, if you'd like to take a closer look at our platform - or you simply fancy a chat about how referral can work for you - just get in touch.

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Podcast: referral and Lebara mobile


This week, Buyapowa's Director of Client Success, Robin Bresnark, catches up with Dipesh Sanghrajka from Lebara's Digital Growth team to chat about traditional marketing channels, online acquisition and, of course, referral marketing.

Dipesh is a fascinating man and Lebara - one of Buyapowa's latest clients - is a fascinating telecoms brand, set up specifically to serve migrant communities and to help family members, displaced across the world, keep in touch with each other.

Fundamentally, Lebara serves communities - and that makes them an absolutely ideal client when it comes to referral marketing. When it comes to switching mobile phone network, the first thing we all do is ask our friends: "What’s the service like? How’s the signal?". So referral’s a natural fit in telecoms.

Add that to the sense of community Lebara’s customers have - where it’s all about helping your relatives and neighbours - and you’ve got something very special indeed.

You can stream the podcast below, or just hit the download button to save it to your device. Enjoy!

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Referral marketing is failing 91% of shoppers (but don't worry - we've fixed it)

Here's a really worrying statistic:

According to the latest Census Bureau report, 90.9% of all retail sales still happen in-store. Not online, not on mobiles, but in brick and mortar stores. And yet, only 5% of refer-a-friend programmes allow for that.

Say what?

Now, obviously, lots of these in-store sales are small, casual purchases that could and would never take place online - a coffee here, a pack of gum there. But, as PwC’s Total Retail Survey recently made clear, many sales take place in-store not because online isn’t an option, but because it’s simply not the preference for huge numbers of customers:

37% of shoppers prefer to buy toys in-store.
40% prefer to buy entertainment products in-store.
47% prefer to buy health and beauty products in-store.
51% prefer to buy both fashion and consumer electronics in- store.
59% prefer to buy furniture and homewares in-store, and...
70% prefer to buy groceries in-store.

So, surely referral marketing should cater for that? Surely referral marketing should be as omnichannel as the rest of retail has become? Well, yes, it should be - but, almost invariably, it isn't.

And that's insane. But, thankfully, the latest referral tech has

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Our heaven scent referral programme for A.S. Watson's The Perfume Shop

As the largest international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, A.S. Watson are the leading experts in their sector and home to household-name brands including Savers, Watsons and Superdrug. So it's no surprise that they'll be teaming up with Buyapowa, the world's leading experts in referral marketing, to deliver a refer-a-friend programme for another one of their best-loved brands, The Perfume Shop.

Buyapowa's experience in beauty sector is unparalleled, having worked with brands and retailers including L'Oréal, Feelunique, L'Occitane, Space NK and many more. And, thanks to our ability to integrate with clients' loyalty schemes, plus our omnichannel referral tracking features, we're uniquely placed to deliver a programme that not only gets The Perfume Shop's most passionate customers sharing, it also gets their friends shopping - whether that's online, on mobile or in any one of The Perfume Shop's 250 stores.

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting launch. In the meantime, if you'd like to know more about the Buyapowa platform and how beauty brands and retailers are using it to acquire unprecedented numbers of new customers, just get in touch.

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