Change your password plus social media sign-on

Posted by on 24-02-2011, under New features, User guide

PasswordYou can now change your Buyometric password to something more memorable. Apologies that it’s taken a little while to release this feature, but there is a story behind the delay.

We’ve always tried to minimise the number of times you’ll ever need a password to use our website because passwords are just plain annoying. Initially we thought that automatically logging members in when they clicked a link in our emails would solve the problem. Then we realised that some people don’t use our emails and instead come to the website directly every day. We tried to remember these people using cookies, so that we could restore their settings without a need for a password, but it wasn’t working very well.

The big problem is that most people expect to need a password. We’ve been conditioned to go to a website and log-in, and the absence of that process was confusing. So the number of emails requesting a memorable password has been growing every day.

As of today you can now set your own password via the Preference page. It can be anything between 5 and 20 characters long and can be used alongside your email address to enter the website.

Another cool way to enter the website is social media sign-on. If you have a Facebook, Google, Yahoo or Window’s Live (including Hotmail) account you can log in with that. It’s a very quick, painless process – just click on the relevant icon to start. You can even log in to an existing account with these new sign-on options, provided that the email address on your Buyometric account matches the one held by the social media provider.

New Partner – Kelkoo Select – Joins Buyometric

Posted by on 16-02-2011, under Group buying, Kelkoo Select

Kelkoo Select have just joined us and their deals are now going live in our email and on the website. They have some great offers for us to promote and they’re looking pretty good. With a similar take on the group buying market as Groupon and KGB Deals you might be forgiven for thinking that they’re just another clone. But KS are much more in tune with the needs of their customers and put a lot of emphasis on customer service so we’re hoping to see them really start to climb the ranks and come out with some amazing deals for us to promote.

Weekday and weekend email delivery

Posted by on 08-02-2011, under New features, User guide

Email deliveryWe know that some of you don’t check your email every day. It might be that you work in the great outdoors and so you’ll only log in to check your mail at the weekend. Or perhaps you’re chained to a desk all week (like me) and the thought of checking your email at the weekend fills you with dread.

The last thing we want to do is send you emails when you can’t pick them up – particularly when most of the offers we send you only last 24 hours. That’s why we’ve introduced weekday and weekend only delivery options.

Weekday delivery means you’ll only get an email from us Monday to Friday. Weekend delivery means that we’ll send you an offers email on Saturday and Sunday. I never said this was rocket science.

To change your delivery options click the Preferences tab.

Private Buying Sites – Secret Sales

Posted by on 07-02-2011, under Private buying, Secret Sales

Another introduction…

Secret SalesSecret Sales was the first private buying site to work with us. Offering a slightly different solution to the group buying and daily deals space,  we love the fact that Secret Sales offer fantastic discounts on premium products from designer handbags, sunglasses, watches and jeans to the latest converse trainers and much more.

There’s definitely something for everyone here…

Some of the great brands they offer include:

Boss, Converse, Diesel, Chloe, Armani, D&G, Adidas, Nike, Christian Dior, Lacoste, DKNY, Karen Millen and French Connection.

They don’t stop there!

Most recently, Secret Sales has started offering great discounts on selected holidays and hotels so keep an eye out for these fantastic offers and more and let us know what you think.

What are group buying websites?

Posted by on 06-02-2011, under Group buying, Groupon, KGB Deals, LivingSocial, Wahanda

Group buying websites have been around for a couple of years, although they’ve only really reached the mainstream in the last year.

Which are the group buying sites?

The largest group buying websites in the UK are Groupon, LivingSocial and KGB Deals, but there’s also a long list of smaller sites, some specialising in particular locations or particular types of deal (eg Wahanda, who specialise in health and wellbeing). What’s more, Facebook and Google are both launching services in this area, so it’s continuing to grow.

Why is group buying so popular?

Group buying sites put together special deals for their users – which are typically only available for one day – with very attractive discounts, usually at least 40% and sometimes up to 90% off the normal price. The discounts are available because consumers buy together (hence ‘group buying’), earning bulk discounts. Many new and small businesses offer great discounts through group buying sites because it is a good way for them to promote their business to a much wider audience than would normally be possible – helping them to expand.

How do you find out about deals?

To get notified of group buying deals, you’d normally sign up to receive a daily email from each group buying site.

However, this can mean you start receiving daily emails from an ever-increasing list of websites. That’s why Buyometric exists – to cut down on your email clutter and consolidate all the deals you’re interested in into one single daily email.

We also allow you to say ‘no’ to all the types of deal you know you won’t want, by telling us what you do and don’t want to hear about.

How do you pay for deals?

If you see a deal you like, you have to act quickly as the deals expire within 24 hours, or less commonly within a week. You’ll have to enter your credit card details to the group buying site directly, and in return you’ll receive a voucher for the deal which is valid for 6 months.

Obviously if you’re handing over your credit card details to a group buying site, you’ll want to know that they’re not a fly-by-night operation. That’s another great reason for using Buyometric to find your deals. We investigate any complaints or rumours we hear about any group buying website, and if there’s any doubt that they are legitimate, we won’t include them on our site (and will report them to the appropriate authority).*

*Unfortunately we can’t give you any guarantees about any company you may be referred to from our site (and we can’t give you your money back, because we don’t take your money), but we will give you our assurance that we will personally investigate problems and issues you may have with any third party site featured on our site, if you have been introduced to them by us.

Group Buying – The Big 2…

Posted by on 03-02-2011, under About Buyometric, Groupon, KGB Deals

We’re constantly adding new daily deals providers to the site so I wanted to keep you posted on who’s who and our latest additions.

GrouponGroupon and KGB Deals were among the first people to launch their deals with us and as two of the leading names in the daily deals space, provide us with a high volume of deals to present to you. Ranging from restaurants, theatres, spas, stores, experiences and special events, there’s something for everyone.

The more merchants we work with the greater the number of deals that become available and the more chance we have of finding that perfect deal for you.

KGB DealsDon’t panic though – We ensure that by providing you with a tagging system, we can eliminate the deals that really aren’t for you.  So if you don’t want to know about Spa Deals, simply don’t tag “Spas” – problem solved – you don’t receive deals relating to Spas.

Perhaps you’re ONLY interested in teeth whitening. No problem, make sure you ONLY have “Teeth Whitening” tagged and though few and far between, you’ll only receive an email from us alerting you when a great teeth whitening deal is on offer.

I’m sure you’ll love using Buyometric to source great deals, but if you have any problems, please feel free to contact any of us through our blog or email me – a.berry@buyometric.com

check back soon…

Finally, a blog from Buyometric

Posted by on 02-02-2011, under About Buyometric

Welcome to our blogSo finally we’ve decided to start a Buyometric blog and introduce ourselves properly to all our users. Why have we left it so long, after launching our site back in October? Well, we’ve been pretty busy making the site work as brilliantly as possible, and if we’re being honest, a blog has always come a bit further down the list than getting the basics absolutely spot on.

Why start now, then? Well, we hope that a blog can help you (our users and members) to get to know the Buyometric team a bit more personally. To understand that behind Buyometric, there’s not just some clever technology (which of course there is), but that there are real people too (we’re called Paul, Helen and Andy), and that we’re listening to what you have to say, and improving our service as much as we can, day by day.

We hope that this blog will make you, our users, more confident that we’re listening to you, and we hope you’ll feel able to contact us directly, to let us know your thoughts, ideas and feedback. Of course if you have ideas about the site that you’d like to share, we’d encourage you to use the ‘Feedback’ button on the right hand side of all our webpages, which will take you to a Get Satisfaction forum where you can tell us what you’d like to change.

I’ll be using the next few posts to let you ‘behind the scenes’ at Buyometric, and show you who we are, and what we’re doing, to bring you a better, more intelligent, and truly useful service. To slightly corrupt the lyrics to a famous Bryan Adams song – ‘Everything we do, we do it for you’.

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