Man’s best (refer a) friend

First, subscription boxes revolutionised the beauty industry, with the likes of GLOSSYBOX and Birchbox. Then along came Trunk Club and The Chapar and the same subscription model turned the fashion world on its head. Now, in 2016, you can sign up for monthly boxes stuffed with everything from delicious cocktails to tools to help you get through the zombie apocalypse (we’d argue that those two are, actually, one and the same).

One of our favourites is FlinkBisk, a dog-owners’ subscription box from Norway’s Zentio Group - who also offer subscriptions across northern Europe for everything from razor blades to laundry detergent. And, as of today, FlinkBisk gets even better, with the addition of a refer-a-friend programme powered by Buyapowa. Existing customers are now equipped and incentivised to get their (human) friends signed up for regular deliveries of toys, treats and cool dog gadgets. For every friend who gets on board, they’ll receive a discount against their next payment, while the friend gets their first box for free.

Zentio are using the Buyapowa platform to handle everything from initial outreach all the way through to reward distribution, making full use of the platform’s super-simple but highly-effective plug-and-play


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The GLOSSYBOX Refer-a-Friend programme in 2 minutes

When GLOSSYBOX, the leading beauty subscription service, decides to empower and reward its customers for referring their friends and family, then surely that is worth taking a look? Particularly when the brand is rewarding and incentivising those referrals using its very own GLOSSYdot loyalty points programme.

Enjoy the video!

If you haven't already seen the GLOSSYBOX introduce a friend programme, the short walk-through above will show you how it works.

GLOSSYBOX is just one of many leading brands and retailers that have put their trust in the Buyapowa referral marketing platform. If you'd like to see some case studies, or if you fancy a full demo of our platform, we'd love to hear from you.

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What a Waste: Has Product Sampling Led To Global Warming?

How Innovation Has Made Sampling Better.......And Saved the Earth Tons of Trash!

If there was an area of marketing ripe for innovation it had to be sampling!

If you have any doubts, then the next time a smiley young person presses a face cream pack or International SIM card into your hand, just check the mountain of discarded packets round the corner.

Then just think of all that waste from all the sampling campaigns across all the cities and towns where teams are handing out sachets and packets heading to landfill sites and then you get an idea of the environmental problem. 

Whether from live sampling teams in co-ordinated sweatshirts or sachets glued into magazines pages, apart from the environmental waste of all that bubble wrap, traditional sampling’s problems are:

  • scatter-gun targeting meaning products go to people who will never become customers;
  • no feedback as to who liked and disliked the product and why; and
  • little conclusive link between the sample distribution and future purchases.

Yet sampling remains a valuable tool for marketers looking to introduce a new product or grow market share because it removes the ‘price barrier’ to adoption and lets potential customers try the product


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Why product sampling is dead

The two dullest words in the world:

This morning on my journey into work, I was given a free little can of pop, a crappy plastic ticket wallet, an international SIM card and a voucher for a free dental checkup (not by the same people who gave me the fizzy drink, obviously). The drink tasted... kinda fruity? Maybe? A bit like bubblegum? Whatever it tasted like, I'm buggered if I can remember the brand. The ticket wallet will go unused; the SIM card went straight in the bin and I'm pretty sure the dental 'checkup' would just be an excuse to upsell me expensive treatments once I turned up. So, you know: thanks but no thanks.

Running the free crap gamut at a busy train station these days is a bit like walking through the 'entertainment district' of a cheap winter sun resort: "My friend! Come inside my restaurant! Sit! Sit! Very tasty, good price, free drink! Your wife, she very beautiful - I give you three camel!" It's annoying, it's a wee bit aggressive and, fundamentally, it's pointless. If something's such a good deal or such a great product, it probably doesn't require some guy grabbing my arm and dragging me towards it, or shoving a


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