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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Zizzi top: a multichannel first for the casual dining industry

We’re delighted to announce the national launch of Zizzi’s ground-breaking referral programme, following a successful trial earlier this year. As of today, Zizzi customers will be able to recommend the award-winning Italian restaurant chain to their friends and family and, thanks to Buyapowa’s unique multi-channel referral system, Zizzi will be able to track successful referrals the moment those friends settle their bills in one of their 144 branches across the UK.

It’s an exciting next step for Zizzi and for the casual dining sector as a whole - a sector that understands the value of incentives when it comes to acquiring new customers, but is looking for an alternative to the indiscriminate way discount codes are pumped out by affiliate giants like vouchercloud and VoucherCodes. Ideally, these codes would only ever get picked up by customers who were going to eat elsewhere but, in the real world, they often cannibalise visits that were already going to happen (even ones that have already been booked), skimming away profits and eating into margins in the process.

Zizzi cleverly looked at the way brands like Uber and airbnb became multi-billion-dollar businesses by using a totally different way of distributing


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Ocado's Invite a Friend Scheme

When a retailer as great and sophisticated as Ocado rethinks customer acquisition, I guess you would be interested to know more?

If you haven't already seen Ocado's new Invite-a-Friend initiative, the short video below will walk you through how it works.

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Ocado is just one of many leading retailers that have looked to Buyapowa to help super-charge their referral marketing. If you'd like to see some case studies, or if you would prefer a full demo of our platform, we'd love to hear from you .

Just drop us a line and we can share what we have learned about referral marketing from working with over 100 of the World's leading brands and retailers!

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HOW TO: drive shoppers into physical stores using social

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Do you work in retail? Does the word 'multichannel' feature in your title or your job spec? Then you probably spend every working hour figuring out how to harmonise your online and offline offerings: developing strategies, finding synergies and delivering sales across channels.

But I bet you've ignored social - especially when it comes to using social to deliver sales instore.

Don't worry. It's not too late to start, and we're going to give you some fuss-free ideas any retailer can implement which are guaranteed to make a real difference. Sounds good? Then, let's go...

We’ve all seen how social can dramatically expand reach, decrease acquisition costs and drive sales (just flick through this blog for 1001 examples). And social is, essentially, a digital medium - so it makes a certain amount of sense that it should be used to guide potential customers to digital destinations. But only using social to power e-commerce is like only using your car to drive to streets beginning with vowels: a massive underuse of available resources.

Of course, if you do want to use social to help your physical offering, you need to focus on footfall. Footfall is everything in the world of


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