The Holiday Sales Period: The best time to launch Refer-a-Friend

After this year's record breaking Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may have just about finished dealing with all those returns from Take-back Tuesday and are probably now fully focused on the Christmas period and the upcoming January Sales.

In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if you are feeling a bit exhausted by now, as you will have been planning for this busy time since early September. But as you make plans for spending the festive season with your family, while nervously watching to see how your marketing ideas actually translated into sales, you might think it strange to be already thinking beyond the end of the Holiday Sales. However, smart brands and retailers are already considering how they will get value from all those new customers acquired from almost two months after Black Friday.

And one thing on your checklist should definitely be a referral marketing programme. Whether that is launching a new scheme from scratch or replacing your existing one with a best-in-class platform to really leverage the goodwill from all those fresh new customers. That is simply because, as we see from verticals as diverse as beauty, fashion, finance, grocery, home furnishing, travel and telecoms, referral marketing


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River Island launches Friends with Benefits

River Island's new refer-a-friend programme

It's a big day for us here at Buyapowa, as we push the button on an exciting new refer-a-friend programme for the much-loved fashion retailer, River Island. This follows other high-profile launches for leading fashion brands including Zalando, ASOS, New Look and Gap.

For the past six decades, River Island has proudly maintained its place at the cutting edge of high street fashion, tracking trends in technology just as relentlessly as those in design. And it's that hunger to stay ahead that's led to their adoption of referral marketing - now the most effective form of new customer acquisition for fashion brands, both here in the UK and in the 18 other countries where River Island operate worldwide.

Friends are incentivised to shop

By using Buyapowa's ground-breaking refer-a-friend platform, River Island are now able to equip and inspire their army of customers to get their friends shopping. Everyone who does so will receive £10 off their next order, while those friends will be incentived to take the plunge via a trackable 20% saving against their first shop.

For more information about River Island's trend-setting programme, or to find out how the Buyapowa platform can transform your acquisition strategy, just get in touch.

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BT Mobile, Lebara and Three's Smarty all join the Buyapowa family

BT Mobile, Lebara and Smarty

Just last month, we announced the launch of a refer-a-friend programme for Vodafone's VOXI sub-brand. Today, we're delighted to announce that we'll be working with three further UK telecoms companies: BT Mobile, Lebara and Smarty - the brand new in-house MVNO from another of our clients, Three.

Each of these networks is highly distinct, with singular selling points: BT Mobile offers the UK's biggest 4G network, free wi-fi and perks such as BT Sport; Lebara specialises in international calling, offering packages including unlimited calls to 50 countries across the globe; while Smarty is one of a new breed of highly-targeted sub-brands with compelling features - in this case, a novel new approach to data, where any unused megabytes are refunded the following month.

For a number of years, Buyapowa has been the go-to referral marketing platform for the telecoms industry. Clients such as Three and O2 have benefitted enormously from our technology but, equally, we've benefitted from working with them - developing our understanding of the telecoms sector and its customers at a rate and to a degree which would never have been possible without such incredible hands-on experience. And it's that experience which enables our team of experts to


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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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