Word-of-mouth marketing works wonders. Here are 5 inspiring industry examples to learn from as you craft the ideal referral marketing program for your store.
There’s a reason word-of-mouth, or referral marketing works and is one of the fastest growing channels for ecommerce. People trust their friends, families, co-workers, even social media communities more than advertisements and marketing. Just look at the numbers:
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But in order to be successful, referral marketing should always come from a place of authenticity, promoting true brand loyalty and deepening customer relationships. When done right it should feel like a win-win for both customer and brand.
Here are five referral marketing examples that get it right, with key takeaways for each you can apply to your own referral marketing program.
The Sill is a modern plant brand for those who desire a deeper connection with nature in their home or workspace. Customers can buy individual plants and earthenware planters or sign up for a subscription box where they will receive a new plant and pot each month. They also offer giftable subscriptions, making it the perfect “gift that grows” for any plant or nature lover.
They also have a referral program called Spread the love and earn $ where anyone looking to refer to a friend can submit an email for a personalized referral link. The customer who sent the referral then gets rewarded if their friend uses the link to make a purchase.
The Sill created their perfect, simple, and effective referral program with the help of Shop Circle’s Conjured Referrals app, which also included a landing page and post-purchase pop-up.
Are you looking for a Budweiser Christmas sweater, colorful “ball-hammock” boxer shorts, or an American flag bikini? Shinesty's outlandish and amusing clothing line is like no other. They sell single purchase men’s and women’s clothing products and a variety of subscription memberships, including a boxer- or thong-of-the-month club.
Their referral program also allows you to give a friend $20 while earning $20 for your own purchases. Once you fill out your name and email they send you a link to share with a friend--or anyone looking for matching flannel onesies.
Originally Shinesty was using an expensive platform to manage their simple referral program. Shop Circle built out the Conjured Referrals app to simplify and streamline the process.
Morning Brew is a daily newsletter that provides business tips and industry insights for career-savvy millennials looking to kickstart their day. The company has 2.5 million subscribers, a milestone they’ve achieved by doing nothing other than publishing amazing content.
Their newsletter became so popular that subscribers began referring it en-masse to their friends even before Morning Brew had a referral program in place. Once they launched their program in 2017, their audience grew from 100,000 to 1.5 million in 18 months.
So what’s the secret sauce to their wildly successful referral program? Not giving away any cash or discounts. Yes, you read that correctly. Instead they use a tiered reward system where subscribers earn bigger and better rewards each time they rack up a new referral.
This gamified referral model makes it extra fun to share Morning Brew content with friends while earning exclusive rewards and ecommerce uber-nerd cred. Anchored by this referral program, Morning Brew is well positioned for continued growth and expanding readership in 2022.
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Ned is a full-spectrum hemp oil brand designed with the intent of making people feel better through natural remedies. They’ve embraced a subscription model that allows customers to easily replenish oils and remedies before they run out, with an emphasis on user experience and personalization.
They also have a Spread the Ned! referral program that lets you give friends $15 and earn $15 on your next purchase. Referring users only need to fill out their name and email and they will receive a shareable link to pass along to a friend.
Ned created and customized their simple yet effective referral program using Shop Circle’s Conjured Referrals app, which enabled them to leverage customer referrals to increase sales and grow their brand.
Otherland sells scented candles that every home needs to create the perfect aroma and ambience. Candle-obsessed shoppers can buy individual products, bundle for a discount, or build their own candle box for the most savings. They also offer flexible gifting options like gift sets, build-a-gift, or personalized gift cards.
Candle collecting is contagious. Which is why their referral program works so well. Not only do referring users get $10 towards their next purchase, but they give a friend a discount as well. If the friend isn’t sure which candles are for them, they can always start by taking a “scent quiz” designed to help choose the right vibe for your space.
Otherland uses Shop Circle’s Conjured Referrals app to create their refer-a-friend initiative. With a solid referral program in place, they no longer need to “burn the midnight oil” to achieve their customer acquisition goals.
Ready to build your perfect referral program that will put your revenue and growth on autopilot? Almost all of the brands showcased above used Shop Circle’s Conjured Referrals to customize, build, and launch their successful referral program.
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