We've got The AA’s referral programme on the road

We're really excited to announce the launch of The AA's brand new referral programme.

When you think of The AA, you probably imagine their iconic yellow breakdown vans rescuing drivers by the roadside in all sorts of inclement weather. But The AA has come a long way since its origins in 1905 (when it was a protest committee formed to combat police oppression of motorists!), and it's now one of the UK's leading financial service organisations.

The AA not only offers its 15 million members insurance on everything from pets and boilers to caravans, but also a host of other financial products including loans, mortgages, savings products and credit cards. But what you might not realise is how often it's been at the forefront of innovation, from launching the first roadside petrol pumps in the 1920s, through launching two-way radios back in 1949, to laptop diagnosis in 2003.

And now it's taking the lead in marketing. Starting today, thanks to the Buyapowa refer-a-friend platform, every AA member will be able to recommend the brand to friends. Each time the referred friend takes out annual breakdown cover, both the referrer and the friend will get rewarded with either a £20 Marks


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83% of your customers want you to have a referral scheme

83% of your customers want you to have a referral scheme

Customers expect a lot. And, if you don’t give them what they want, they quickly go elsewhere. Can’t make free returns? See ya. Can’t ship to a secondary address? Adios. Now, 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, 87% of brands don’t let them.

Hasta la vista. Baby.

Here’s what happens when those customers go looking for a referral scheme on their favourite brands’ websites and come up blank:

That is the LAMEST

These businesses have taken all that goodwill and energy, all that advocacy and potential new business, and turned it into bitterness.

It needn’t be that way. Not only does any good referral scheme make back its capital expense within a matter of weeks, the ongoing results are exactly what we’re all looking for: 80% lower CPAs, eight times greater conversion rates and 50% bigger basket spends.

If you’re straggling, don’t worry. You can get up and running in no time at all by teaming up with Buyapowa's team of experts and using our plug-and-play platform. If you’re uncertain, don’t be.


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Now powering referral marketing across Norway

Like apple pie, muscle cars and blue jeans, referral marketing used to be a quintessentially American phenomenon. But, in the past few years, it’s spread like wildfire across the globe: first in the UK, then throughout Asia and Western Europe and now - with a bang - in Norway.

So, it’s no surprise that, hot on the heels of FMCG brand Zentio and the leading fashion retailer Nelly, our latest client win is a Norwegian one - the digital grocer (and Norway's fastest growing entrepreneurial company), marked.no.

Having worked with the likes of Ocado and Tesco, our team have unrivalled experience in the grocery sector, and we’re excited to see what we can achieve with a grocer that’s so innovative it's already delivering directly to people’s parked cars. It's certainly making great use of one of Buyapowa’s most innovative features - our referral leaderboard - meaning that the marked.no customer who gets the most friends shopping will get to enjoy dinner with world champion master chef, Geir Skeie.

Marked.no joins the ever-growing list of leading brands and retailers in the Nordics and across the globe that have placed their trust in


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Buyapowa and Morgans Hotel Group launch the world’s first luxury hotel referral programme

In conjunction with the Morgans Hotel Group, Buyapowa are excited to announce the world’s first referral marketing programme for a luxury hotel. The innovative scheme equips and incentivises guests and diners at the celebrated Mondrian London Hotel to encourage their friends to stay, eat or drink at the hotel and its iconic restaurant, Sea Containers.

By working with Buyapowa, the world-leaders in referral marketing technology - who also power programmes for brands including ASOS, Ocado, L’Oréal and Telefónica - Morgans Hotel Group have been able to implement their ground-breaking scheme ahead of schedule and with zero IT overheads.

The programme enables diners past and present to visit the seacontainersrestaurant website and share a unique link with their friends - via email, their favourite social network or any mobile messaging app, including SMS and WhatsApp. Any friend visiting their link will be given a code entitling them to a generous saving when they dine at Sea Containers and, once they do, the referrer who sent them will receive a voucher eligible against their next visit.

While the sharing takes place digitally, prospective diners will be able to activate their incentive whether they choose to book online, or even if


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Buyapowa and Heal's pioneer in-store referrals

Buyapowa can today announce that, together with the celebrated home furnishing retailer Heal’s, we’re breaking new ground in referral marketing technology - bringing a previously online-only phenomenon into the place where the vast majority of retail still takes place: physical stores.

As of today, Heal’s customers will not only be able to enrol in their hugely successful referral programme in-store, they’ll also be able to share incentives with their friends which can be redeemed either online at heals.co.uk or at any of Heal’s stores across the UK.

We’ve achieved this by developing world-first technology which can quickly integrate with any EPOS system, enabling sales assistants to validate digital referrals on the spot. The moment a friend presents their unique incentive code in-store, our technology translates any applicable saving for the EPOS system while simultaneously identifying the referrer and issuing them a reward for making a successful introduction. This too, of course, can be spent online or in-store, maximising the chance of repeat purchases from loyal customers.

Heal’s will be promoting their exciting new programme via in-store signage, with flyers and on till receipts in the run-up to the peak Christmas trading


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