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How to set up a referral website for services (ex. hair salon website)

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mikemiller, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. mikemiller

    mikemiller Newbie

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    I am building a salon website for my friend & for every customer that gets a discount coupon from my website & gets a hairsalon service done, I get a % referral fee.

    How can I set this system up?


    I need to get paid before the customers take her service-right?
    The coupon code # system cannot work because, the customers can take the salon services with the coupon code from my site, but I wouldnt know if they got the service or not, unless my friend tells me.

    How can I know that the customer took the discount coupon from my website & in fact did take the service ?
     
  2. skylimit

    skylimit Junior Member

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    I don't know if there is a way to set accomplish your goal. The only way to know is through your friend, because you don't know if the people are going to use these coupons. I hope your friend is honest:)
     
  3. boro

    boro Regular Member Premium Member

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    why not set up an opt in list to get the coupon
    then you can always email a few at a later date if you think your friend is ripping you off .
    Plus you will then have a targetted list of clients you can blast to for a price for your mate at a later date with any specials they have
     
  4. im n0t lurer

    im n0t lurer Regular Member

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    hers what u gonna do,

    1. put some sort of scanner at the saloon desk.

    2. to get those coupons they have to enter thier phone number/email adress, this info will be printed on the coupon, in a unique way(bar codes maybe, or somthing else so that the scanner can see whos number or email it is to),

    and also those email adresses/phone numbers that havn't "checked in" at the saloon scanner, you can call up and ask if they went there, or an emailer saying did u visit the saloon?

    haha now i dont know how much this system cost but...

    laser scanner, probably $XXX
    Coding, Alot.. $xxx
     
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  5. loamigad

    loamigad Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Cheapest way, have the users submit email/phone number
    And simply call them a month later and ask if they used the coupon, or maybe even if they were satisfied with the service

    Every other tracking option will be easy to fraud for your friend, for example the suggestion above fails since he could just take the coupon and not use the system.
     
  6. littlejohn

    littlejohn Newbie

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    Incentivize it. Perhaps you can give your client a token discount on your services for each coupon she returns to you. Just a thought.
     
  7. naturallydrawn

    naturallydrawn Newbie

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    HI,

    Try to setup an opt in list so you can get coupon. And if you think your friend is ripping you off then try later

    also there are other many good features which you can use
     
  8. im n0t lurer

    im n0t lurer Regular Member

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    well if he fraud and not scan the coupon, the email will be sent out, or he could call them because it didn't get registerd.

    your idea is quite the same, thought you would have to call/email everyone. and there is no scanner... so your fried would need to keep count..
     
  9. loamigad

    loamigad Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I agree my idea is similar, but it's the only way to verify the leads that won't involve trusting his friend.
    We all know how easy money corrupts so..


    And another thing you need to consider, at least with offline promotion iv'e found that the convert rate for coupon use is often lower than what you might expect. I got a feeling it's the same with his idea.
     
  10. im n0t lurer

    im n0t lurer Regular Member

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    what about the scanner? that sends the info to your computer when it is registerd, and the nonregisterd coupons will be contacted via email/phone, his friend does 1 or two things,

    1, tell the customer to scan the coupon, and give you your refferal money, and remove the coupon of the system

    2, fraud and not scanning it, but if he do, the scanner havn't got the coupon registerd, so you can call or email to verify.
     
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  11. loamigad

    loamigad Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    But is it really worth the cost?
    But it is true, if he wishes to expand to more than one store then a system like that is needed.

    But i defo wouldn't get something like that coded/built/bought before i knew how much profit there is from the traffic :p
     
  12. DLMoney1

    DLMoney1 Newbie

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    I use coupon/certificates which require customer to put name, email or address when redeemed which then comes back to me because each coupon/certificate redeemed enters them into, a small # of entries for, a larger incentive (1 of mine is a pair of round trip tickets anywhere in the continental USA). The customers make sure they get registered and there are other smaller incentives. I tie in with other clients to defray the cost of the incentives but I wind up with an excellant email list (as do the clients) as well as satisfied clients and their customers.