2010 – 2019: a decade of advocate marketing

Advocate marketing didn’t start in 2010 – or even, for that matter, in 2010 BC. Since the dawn of time, our grunting ancestors would drag fellow tribesmen down to the local fire pit to try the “mega-delish grilled mammoth”. But the modern, digital version of advocate marketing? That really kicked off when Uber launched with a referral programme that saw it rapidly grow into a multi-billion-dollar behemoth.

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Uber: lagging behind in the rearview mirror

Uber became a global behemoth on the back of its referral programme, where riders were rewarded for bringing in new customers. But what was once quite revolutionary now appears woefully behind the times and unfit for purpose. Let’s take a look at the cab-calling app’s programme and assesses where they may have gone wrong… and where you could go right.

Uber’s dramatic rise via referral

Back in 2012, if you’d walked up to a Londoner and said the word ‘Uber’, they probably would’ve started looking for neck tattoos and a copy of the UKIP manifesto sticking out of your pocket. Today, everyone knows you’re talking about the £50 billion cab company – and, what’s more, they probably know why you’re talking to them about Uber in the first place. You’re shilling your referral code in the hope of earning a free ride.
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