23 examples of leading telecoms referral programmes

To understand why telecoms marketers have turned towards referral or member-get-member programmes, we first need to look at the daunting challenges they face.

On the one hand, the demand for mobile, fixed line and broadband services never ceases to stop growing. Users now expect the highest-possible quality streaming to their fixed and mobile devices, with all the huge capex requirements in fibre networks5G etc. that necessitates.

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Our latest guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

I’m a better consumer than you - just look at my purchases

1. Promoting consumer arrogance proven to increase consumer word-of-mouth

Want to increase word of mouth around your company or product? A new study from Michigan State University found that you might want to work on tapping into your customers’ sense of consumer arrogance. That’s right, appealing to customers’ pride at finding a great deal or product means more word-of-mouth recommendations to family and friends. Why? Well, we’re all familiar with that feeling of getting a really great deal and wanting to tell others about it. We brag about shopping triumphs for the same reason we brag about anything else—it makes us look good. However, companies should obviously still focus on the quality of their product or offering before activating consumer arrogance—the same study also found that triggering consumer arrogance meant more word-of-mouth communication about the experience whether or not customers liked the product, meaning more positive word-of-mouth information if they were happy and more negative word-of-mouth communication if they weren’t. So while it could be a bit of a double-edged sword if companies aren’t careful, activating consumer arrogance is clearly a safe bet for increasing word-of-mouth. Read on.

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The importance of friend incentives in referrals according to Harvard University et al

What harvard can teach you about referral incentives

Sometimes clients and prospects ask us whether they really need to give an incentive to a referred friend. As if giving an incentive will attract the wrong type of bargain hunting customer? Or, where you feel your product or service is high quality, then surely the recommendation of the friend should be enough? Particularly, if your service is invite-only, like a private shopping club.

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Why you need to jump towards referral marketing

Brands need to leap towards referral marketing and add it to their digital marketing mix

You’ve heard of the boiling frog theory, right? Put a frog in boiling water and it’ll jump right out. But put it in cold water, then slowly bring that water to boil, and Mr. Frog will happily sit there until he’s cooked to death.

It’s completely wrong, of course. Put a frog anywhere and it’ll jump out – that’s just what frogs do – but, as a metaphor, the boiling frog theory’s pretty helpful. Because, as people, we act like boiling frogs all the time: unaware that the circumstances surrounding us are getting more urgent, but failing to do anything about it until it’s too late.

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This is how you maximize the benefits of your referral program

This is how you maximize the benefits of your referral program

When people think of advocate and referral marketing, more often than not they think it boils down to the economics – an influencer offers an incentive to someone they might influence and, when that person transacts, they receive a reward. But, as we’ve discussed in our three-part series on the psychology of referral, and again in our most recent webinar, there’s more going on with advocate and referral marketing than a simple exchange of incentives and rewards.

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