Time Inc.'s new refer-a-friend scheme

Time Inc. UK has partnered with Buyapowa to empower all its subscribers to refer friends to any of its publications.

As Britain's leading publisher of print and digital magazines, it publishes over 60 titles including People, Sports Illustrated, Country Life, Horse & Hound, NME, InStyle, Decanter and the eponymous Time Magazine. Subscribers can now recommend that friends try any of these publications with a 55% discount on initial subscription. Each successful referral earning the referrer a £5 John Lewis card.

Gideon Lask, Founder and CEO of Buyapowa said "Time Inc. always knew that word of mouth played an important part in driving magazine subscriptions offline. But because consumers now spend so much time being social online, that represents an enormous subscriber-get-subscriber opportunity.

Time Inc. partnered with Buyapowa because of our advanced and easy to use sharing tools. These enable any subscriber to refer friends directly from their laptop or mobile phone using email, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, SMS or their social network of choice.

Word of mouth works well for subscription businesses like magazines as people with a niche interest often know people who share their passion. But we all know friends, family and colleagues with different interests. So by making


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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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GLOSSYBOX: Redefining loyalty

We’re all used to earning loyalty points for shopping more, but the leading beauty subscription service, GLOSSYBOX, have taken the concept to an exciting new level. And we’ve worked with them every step of the way.

Starting today, GLOSSYBOX - who sell one beauty box packed with luxury cosmetics and lifestyle products every 12 seconds! - will be rewarding their customers with GLOSSYdot loyalty points not just when they spend more themselves, but also when they convince their friends to sign up via their brand new referral programme.

It’s a really clever idea - especially since, given GLOSSYBOX’s subscription model, there’s little room for existing customers to increase their personal spending. But there is enormous scope for them to spread the word and get their friends spending, too.

And that marks a new era for loyalty. Where it’s traditionally been one-to-one (brand to consumer), it can now be one-to-one-to-many: brand to consumer to all the consumer’s friends. And, rather than spending a fortune on a new loyalty points system, GLOSSYBOX and other brands can simply use the Buyapowa rewards engine to do all the heavy listing with absolutely no development overheads.

It’s


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Niche to see you, to see you niche

There’s a strange law of nature which says that the more niche and specialist a person’s interests, the more likely they are to shout about it… and to know loads of other people who share that interest. (Case in point: people with allergies, cos-players, pencil sculpture*.)

Maybe that’s why Immediate Media, the UK’s leading special-interest publisher, sell 74 million magazines every year: you love a magazine because it caters to something you’re incredibly passionate about and you tell your friends who share that passion. Or maybe it’s just because they produce fantastic mags.

I’m guessing it’s a bit of both, but Buyapowa are certainly delighted to help Immediate take that organic word-of-mouth element into the digital age, powering brand new refer-a-friend programmes for a range of their titles, starting with 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus.

Both programmes are smart and simple, incentivising existing subscribers to get their friends on board by rewarding them with vouchers to spend at Wiggle - the specialist cycling retailer - whenever they made a successful introduction. Their friends, meanwhile, are incentivised to subscribe via a range of special welcome offers, including three issues for £3, 30% off


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