There's nothing niche about referral marketing

Giants like Zalando and Expedia have embraced referral marketing

E-cigarettes were invented back in 2003. The first patent for fidget spinners was granted in the early '90s. People have been drinking almond milk since the 13th century. There's nothing new about these things but, suddenly, they're everywhere.

That's what happens when a niche phenomenon goes mainstream, and it's exactly what's happened with referral marketing in 2017. Once regarded as something only risk-taking, edgy brands like Uber and Airbnb dared to do, it's now the fastest growing form of customer acquisition.

That's why international giants such as Zalando, Europe's biggest online fashion retailer, and Expedia, the world's largest online travel company, have both recently jumped on-board and embraced referral. Like Feelunique, ASOS, Telefónica and hundreds more brands before them, they've teamed up with the leading experts here at Buyapowa to launch programmes designed to get their customers sharing and their friends shopping.

Of course, just like your local Starbucks didn't offer almond milk lattes back in Middle Ages (although I hear their mead frappucinos were divine), none of these brands prioritised referral until their customers began to demand it. According to the Ivy League data-scientists at the Wharton School of Business, 83% of customers want to refer their friends to


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Why is Expedia's refer a friend programme arriving now?

Expedia has embraced referral marketing

E-cigarettes were invented back in 2003. The first patent for fidget spinners was granted in the early '90s. People have been drinking almond milk since the 13th century. There's nothing new about these things but, suddenly, they're everywhere.

That's what happens when a niche phenomenon goes mainstream, and it's exactly what's happened with referral marketing in 2017. Once regarded as something only risk-taking, disruptive brands like Uber and Dropbox dared to do, it's now the fastest growing form of customer acquisition.

That's why the travel giant Expedia, the world's largest online travel company, have recently jumped on-board and embraced referral. Like Zalando, Feelunique, ASOS, Telefónica and hundreds more brands before them, they've teamed up with the leading experts here at Buyapowa to launch programmes designed to get their customers sharing and their friends shopping.

Of course, just like your local Starbucks didn't offer almond milk lattes back in Middle Ages (although I hear their mead frappucinos were divine), none of these brands prioritised referral until their customers began to demand it. According to the Ivy League data-scientists at the Wharton School of Business, 83% of customers want to refer their friends to their favourite brands and services. Crazily, until this


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Airbnb: travelling in the wrong direction

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In the next few weeks, we'll be launching a world-class referral programme for Expedia, the world’s biggest travel company. We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with a brand that’s been revered as an ecommerce pioneer for over 20 years. And we’re looking forward to working with them 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


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