Loyalty and Reward Affiliate Programs
A Reward website is a website that offers rewards for performing tasks related to selected retailers and organisations. These tasks may include, buying goods or services through referral links, submitting content, or referral of members. Loyalty websites, typically characterized by providing a reward system for purchases via points back, cash back, or charitable donations
Some cashback websites often place a threshold on when a customer can withdraw their earnings, thus making it necessary for a customer to return to the cashback site to add to their cashback earnings in order to reach the threshold target, driving loyalty to the site. This is particularly important since many of the shopping websites advertised through cashback websites would rather customers visit their site directly.
Some cashback websites do not require a threshold on when a customer can withdraw their earnings.
When the member's earnings have reached the threshold they can request a payment from the cashback website. Usually this will be paid via BACS (bank transfer) or there may be the option of being paid in gift vouchers. The gift vouchers are usually obtained at a trade price, and so the cashback website saves money by paying people in online gift vouchers. These vouchers can be sent using e-mail to the customers, and consist of a code of numbers and letters, which when entered on certain online stores can be used to deduct money from the final cost of their order.
Many cashback sites incentivise their customers further by offering them benefits or cash to refer others to the site. This provides the benefit both to the cashback website and the customer as it helps the customer to build up their cashback and helps the cashback website to grow by signing up new members without having to worry about spending money on advertising.
The number of cashback websites has increased due to the presence of companies like Tradedoubler and Commission Junction which make it relatively easy to create this kind of website. Other low barriers to entry mean there are many new companies still entering the market.
Examples of reward websites that offer monetary rewards for purchases of goods or services include;
Examples of websites that offer monetary rewards for the submission of content;
Reward websites use affiliate networks (for eg. Commission Junction to track the transactions of users using third party cookies.
There are various business models used and therefore sites differ in the service and value offered to the consumer. For example Quidco operate a co-operative model whereby users are offered 100% of the commission the website receives from retailers etc in exchange for a £5 annual fee deducted from earned cashback.
In contrast, sites like rpoints operate a more traditional model whereby 50% of the revenue generated from purchases of goods and services through retailers is taken by rpoints in commission. This often means that sites like rpoints offer almost half the value of alternative sites.
ebuyandsave offers nearly 80% of the revenue back to its members in most cases. Besides that, ebuyandsave provides vouchers/promotional codes, Latest Merchant deals and sales related information on its website all in one easily assessible page.