Airbnb: travelling in the wrong direction

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We recently launched a world-class referral programme for Expedia, the world’s biggest travel company. We couldn’t be more excited to have partnered with a brand that’s been revered as an ecommerce pioneer for over 20 years. And we’re delighted to bring their millions of happy customers a refer-a-friend scheme that’s more powerful, more engaging and more effective than anything the travel industry’s ever seen.

Of course, when you think referral and travel, one brand currently springs to mind: Airbnb, who became a household name on the back of their referral programme. In fact, Airbnb (along with Dropbox and Uber) just about wrote the referral rulebook - so you’d assume their scheme would be right up there with the very best. But here’s the thing: if you take a look at Airbnb’s referral programme, it’s actually starting to look worryingly out of date.

So that’s exactly what we’ve done. Below, you’ll find our expert take on Airbnb’s refer-a-friend scheme. But, first, a little history…

Airbnb Referral 1.0

Airbnb’s referral programme didn’t always look like it does now. In fact, they didn’t even have


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Yoo-hoo, we're working with boohoo!

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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. As of today, millions of boohoo customers can introduce their friends and earn £5 credit to spend at boohoo.com (we’re guessing a lot of that credit’s going to be spent on boohoo’s headline-grabbing new collaboration with the ultimate It girl, Paris Hilton), while their friends will each receive 25% off their first shop. Better still, thanks to Buyapowa’s unique gamification feature, everyone who successfully refers a friend will get the chance to win a holiday worth £1000.

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This exciting launch 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, Gap, 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 updates about


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An army of lovers: the surprising new stars of influencer marketing

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Once a function of PR, but now very much embedded within everyone's marketing strategies, influencer marketing is the biggest game in town. But, in the light of recent reports highlighting the untrustworthiness of many influencers, is it time to think again?

We explore the past, present and future of influencer marketing, and take a look at the technology that's helping marketers engage millions of genuine voices with genuine influence, delivering genuine results.


The internet was supposed to save us from marketing bunkum. Gone were the days of super-expensive creative, plastered over billboards and magazines and televisions with nebulous impact. This was a new dawn, where everything was measurable, where scale kept prices down and where campaigns could be tweaked or switched in a heartbeat.

Then the internet broke.

Ad-blockers went all ad-blocky and blocked all the ads, leaving the field clear for giants like Facebook and Google to scoff up all the scale and inflate their prices accordingly. And the interweaving of customer-service with social meant that people were far more likely to respond to a sponsored post by grumbling about the last thing they bought from you than they ever were to go and buy anything else.

So, along


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Buyapowa acquires RewardStream

Business combination creates the first truly global leader in referral marketing

Buyapowa Ltd is pleased to announce that it has acquired RewardStream, a leading provider of referral marketing solutions for telecommunications, financial services and e-commerce. Together the two companies have created the first truly global enterprise referral marketing platform with programs in over 27 countries.

Formed in London in 2011, Buyapowa provides refer-a-friend solutions for brands and retailers including Expedia, Gap, L’Occitane, Vodafone, Desigual, and Zalando, Europe’s largest online fashion retailer. By bringing on board the experience and passion of RewardStream’s North American team, the organization is now perfectly positioned to make referral marketing - already the most effective form of new customer acquisition - a must-have tool for enterprise-scale brands and retailers across the globe.

As the de facto provider of referral technology to the UK telecom industry, Buyapowa recognised a natural synergy with RewardStream, who is the leader in the North America telecom industry. In addition to Vodafone, Buyapowa proudly works with many of the other major European mobile networks, including: EE, BT, Three and Telefónica’s O2. In North America, RewardStream powers the referral marketing platform for major national brands including Sprint, Boost Mobile,


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Your refer-a-friend programme... your way

Customising the user experience

The Buyapowa refer-a-friend platform is the most advanced platform of its kind anywhere in the world.

That means that, while it's easy to get up and running in next to no time, you’ll have incredible power at your fingertips to customise the user experience to suit your brand, your products and your customers.

From advanced design flexibility to custom creative to special features, there's almost nothing you can't do. And, because our platform is endlessly flexible, you're free to change things again and again and again, whenever your needs evolve.

Take a look at the presentation below to see how one of our longest-standing and best-loved clients, the luxury lifestyle retailer Amara, have customised the Buyapowa platform from top to bottom.



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If you're thinking about launching or improving a referral programme, or you'd like to see even more examples of how different brands have crafted the perfect refer-a-friend scheme, just get in touch. We've got a lot to share.

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