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Free Stuff to Try Out from Sites Like BzzAgent and House Party
Do you like free stuff? Did you know that some companies will give you free products to try out and tell your friends about? Well, it's true! There are several companies like this. You have probably even heard of a few, like BzzAgent or House Party. If not, keep reading for a great list of word of mouth marketing sites!
If you're not familiar with Word of Mouth (WOM) Marketing, you should be. It is the most influential type of marketing and it happens every day. Basically, it boils down to someone telling someone else about a new product or service that they like. If you've ever told someone about a new, cool product, you've participated in word of mouth marketing.
Now don't you wish you could have received a FREEBIE for doing so? Well now you can!
All of these opportunities are 100% FREE. They do not charge to join nor do they charge you for shipping the items to you.
BzzAgent is the cream of the crop when it comes to word of mouth marketing. They have the most campaigns and the most members of any of the word of mouth marketing companies. When you join, you become a BzzAgent and your job is to spread "Bzz" about products that they send you. You do have to take short surveys (less than 5 minutes each) to determine whether you fit into the demographic of a Bzz Campaign but the really nice part is that you get MyPoints (a cashback/rewards program) for every survey you complete as well as every time you Bzz about a product and report back to BzzAgent about it. You can trade these points for gift cards to restaurants, department stores, travel companies, etc.
Crowdtap is a unique word of mouth marketing company. After you sign up, which they call "tapping in", you take one-question surveys for points. Sometimes the questions qualify you for a discussion board topic. Other times, they qualify you for product test reviews or parties. The majority of the time, though, you just answer the questions for points and nothing comes of it. They have some really cool brands working with them such as Old Navy, Listerine and Hawaiian Tropic. The best part of this company, though, is that your effort rewards charities. When you join, you choose a charity and Crowdtap donates money to that charity whenever you cash out your points.
I will admit that this word of mouth marketing company has gone downhill lately. They used to reward you with cold, hard cash but now they've switched over to points that you can redeem for gift cards, t-shirts, etc. This sounds better but it also takes a lot longer to earn anything cool. Before the switch, I had earned $20 in cash and donated several dollars to Charity: Water.
Ripple Street (Formerly House Party)
Ripple Street is one of the coolestd word of mouth marketing programs! You throw parties sponsored by brands! Ripple Street reveals new parties on a regular basis and you apply for the ones you're interested in. You take a short survey that covers demographics as well as shopping and lifestyle. Then, they select the best candidates for each party. Ripple Street sends you a kit with enough items for 10-15 guests and then you throw a party and have some fun. This is a really popular word of mouth marketing website and some of the parties are very hard to get into but they are VERY worth it. Over the years, I've hosted parties for Microsoft, Zumba, Ford, and American Idol. They were all REALLY fun and my friends are still talking about how fun and unique some of the parties were.
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- What is the ONE thing you should NEVER do on a freebie site?
- Enter credit card data or social security number
- Tell all your friends about the site
- What does WOM stand for?
- Women Own More
- Word of Mouth
- Enter credit card data or social security number
- Word of Mouth
Influenster is a really fun word of mouth marketing company. They send out "VoxBoxes" which are boxes filled with products to test out and share. The boxes you receive are based on your interests and lifestyle. You take very short quizzes about various parts of your life to earn badges. These badges determine the type of boxes you can receive. In order to receive a VoxBox, you should have some method to "influence" people, meaning that you have a blog to write reviews on, a YouTube channel to do video reviews, a Twitter account, etc. I've noticed that the more influence you have, the better your chance of getting a VoxBox.
Once you get the VoxBox, you have challenges to complete for each product in the box. These challenges can be as simple as following the manufacturer on Twitter and Facebook or as complex as doing a video review. When you complete the challenges, you earn a badge. The badges qualify you for special giveaways or discounts. The most active Influensters have the highest chance of being chosen for another VoxBox.
Smiley360 is newer and does not have as many opportunities as the other companies, however Smiley360 has some great ones! Similar to all the other companies, you take short surveys and your answers qualify you for Smiley Missions. These missions are like BzzCampaigns, you receive a box with the product, and usually some coupons and a guide on how to spread the word about the product. For every mission activity you complete, such as posting to Facebook or telling someone face to face, you earn "Smiles" and these Smiles determine your level. The higher your level, the more opportunities you receive.
Smiley360 also has a great blogger program, so if you're a blogger looking for products to review, definitely join Smiley360!
SampleSource is a relatively new company. It is different than most of the other word of mouth marketing companies in that they don't require you to fill out a feedback form or actually tell people about the product. They send the samples no strings attached, which is nice, because if you hate the sample, you don't feel obligated to tell anyone about it unless you really hate the product.
SampleSource works by allowing you to fill out a profile about your household. Using the information provided in the profile, they offer you various products to sample every few months. Usually, the samples are health and beauty products like toothpaste, shampoo, and lotion, but sometimes they offer food or pet products.
Once you are offered a sample box, you log in and accept the products you want. Within 4-6 weeks, you receive a box in the mail. I joined SampleSource in fall of 2015 and I have received 2 boxes since then. I have been quite happy with the products and the service.
Did I miss any companies? What's the coolest product you've received? Come on, we all want to know!
© 2012 Jessica
Do YOU Spread the Word? - Leave a Comment!
Jessica (author) from Southern Indiana on January 16, 2020:
@erinshelby I haven't noticed any increase of spam or junk mail since joining any of these.
erinshelby from United States on September 01, 2019:
When you tried these ideas, did your email (or snail mail) start getting flooded with spam? Just curious.
Sarah Mae on March 24, 2019:
angela on April 18, 2018:
i love crowdtap
Dallas on August 31, 2017:
I want free offers! email@example.com
Mary from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on July 27, 2017:
I love Crowdtap I have got so much free stuff from them.
Nicole on July 15, 2017:
Love them all although Klout is confusing?
Dalisha on May 23, 2017:
I am on all of these websites and I love them all. However they are a couple of companies that are missing like PinchMe, P&G Everyday, Daily Goodie Box, Exactly, Social Nature, She Speaks, Sampler, All, Snuggle, and many more!
Dan on July 01, 2016:
I've been signed on to some of these sites since February and I've gotten 1 product to test from BzzAgent which bums me out cause I had high hopes. Now CrowdTap I am as active as possible and have gotten to text 2 products and earned $25 in Amazon cards to boot. Swaggable had sent me a few things. I keep trying on Influenster but haven't gotten lucky. I recently got my 1st full sized sample from SheSpeaks. It's all about the surveys if u fly through them or in my case tell the truth you won't get nearly as many campaigns as someone who says they like everything and do everything and have every social media account out there. Be true to yourself and be patient there some cool stuff.
bridget on May 06, 2016:
I love influenster!!! The best campaign i received was the keurig k55 with extras. They are great
kitty Ortiz on September 26, 2015:
So far i get the most samples from Pinch me . Every month i receive samples from them. In Influenster i opened the badges and zero voxbox nothing. I have also received smiley products and bzzagent products.
Jessica (author) from Southern Indiana on June 16, 2015:
PinchMe is good but it's more of a sample site and you don't have to tell your friends afterwards if you don't want to. Also, it's very difficult to get samples from PinchMe because they only release them once per month and their website gets slammed by traffic during that time so they often "sell out" before you can get a full box. I've only been able to get samples once in the past 6 months from them and there were only 2 samples I could get.
Julie on June 09, 2015:
I just got 6 awesome samples on Pinchme today! You should definitely add them to the list. Much easier to use than the other sites
Rebekah on May 09, 2015:
I haven't had much luck with bzzagent since I signed up only got to participate in one mission and it was for excedrin, which was great however not exactly the kind of mission I was hoping for lol Smiley360 has been my fav I've gotten to do quite a few missions from them :D
virgo1982 on July 01, 2014:
pinchme is an awesome site.it is legit. do some posting and write reviews,do a profile and every so often,is a new product to try.when you get the sample in mail,write a review and start all over. i love that site and going to try some of these sites.crowdtap wont confirm me after i did a bunch of missions.im waiting on my sample from bzzagent,smiley360 gets me lost idk how to get a sample so i keep doing reviews and getting nothing but a few smiles.
jhonnywhokidwalker on June 24, 2014:
flacaweda on June 03, 2014:
This was a super helpful post!
fathomblueEG on May 18, 2014:
I really love being a BzzAgent because you get lots of great products that you can try to tell about and share with other people out there. It truly benefits the everyone in the loop. I have received everything from full size baby formula, diapers, sippy cups to skin cream, makeup and toys to name a few. Another one you should try is for moms, be a mom ambassador at www.greenmomsmeet.com Great lens!
scotty-allen-332 on February 25, 2014:
Awesome, it's cool to see someone taking about this and sharing it.... lots of chances to try things out and getting something for free or at least at a very low cost is fun...keep it up!!!!
jerrybarndorf on February 23, 2014:
Thanks for this! I know little about word of mouth and I didn't there were this many sites and programs for it. Klout is the only site I've tried and for my kind of marketing I don't really find the relevance of using the site. I think it's something you would be able to use if you had more 20,000 followers or so. Getting Klout to rank you is good in that sense.
Jeph Maystruck from Regina, SK on August 29, 2013:
Very cool, love these WOM sites, haha!
thenoisemovement on August 19, 2013:
Congratulations on a very well made and interesting lens.
Everyone likes free stuff so this really helps understand the companies and methods behind how free stuff is given.
Thanks again !
MC Productions on June 09, 2013:
Very interesting will sign-up to one of these and let you know how I find it. :)
moonlitta on April 26, 2013:
I have to confess I didn't know any of these sites, though the concept is not quite new to me:)
neneix on February 09, 2013:
It'll be interesting to see where Klout and some of these other tools go in the next few years!
anonymous on January 26, 2013:
Crowdtap is the worst of all these. They don't even want to confirm you.
Mala Papachan from Matlock Bath, England on January 20, 2013:
Thanks Jessica, I have not heard of any of the above considering I spend a lot of time researching on the internet. Most definitely, look into it to see which one is suitable for me.
anonymous on January 06, 2013:
This is an area that I'm not very familiar with, since I don't participate in survey sites. But I appreciate this inventory you've compiled! In passing, I have not heard of many of them. House Party looks like it could be real fun for Avon-type people. I just wonder about how much time it takes in relation to how much work needs to be done. Do you feel it's worthwhile? Just curious.
msparrow82 on December 03, 2012:
I love using fb its one of my favorite forms of networking with other
thespamama on November 20, 2012:
I just added this to my favorite page on Facebook. I will try these out. Thank for the great information
VladimirasRiabcevas on September 15, 2012:
Spiderlily321 on September 01, 2012:
I've just started discovering these types of sites. Can't wait to start trying out the products. Thanks for sharing this great lens!
aquarian_insight on July 20, 2012:
Fab lens, with great information. I had never heard of any of these. *blessed*
anonymous on June 22, 2012:
I've been a member of most of these sites, for a while. Housparty was my first. Although, I haven't had one in a while. I'm very active on Bzzagent and Crowdtap. And, I'v just become a new member of Influenster and Smiley360 this year.
Alicia from New York on June 20, 2012:
Great lens! I'm a member of all of these sites. I love reviewing their products. :)
makemoneyonline5 on May 17, 2012:
I had not heard of these sites. Great job finding them all. There is another store where all the products are free (when it opens within a new site) I have a lens on the store and on the new social site :)
Margaret Schaut from Detroit on March 15, 2012:
I've never heard of any of this. Thanks!