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Thursday, October 11, 2012

The New Influenster!

It seems like there are a million and one 'social' websites about. I know I've signed up to my fair share and ended up never using them. Now, it seems like the trend has turned to sites that use your 'social' media influence as a way to earn free swag and of course give brands a bit of feedback.

One site that I joined, and until recently, had almost forgotten about (like so many others) is Influenster. If you read many blogs, you've likely heard of it as well. The main idea is fairly simple, complete tasks, earn badges, and unlock Vox Boxes- Vox Boxes are the boxes of goodies Influenster will send you to review. Sounds pretty awesome right? That was why I initially joined. I joined in December of last year, and eagerly earned every badge I could. All I had to do was wait it out, and before I knew it I'd get picked.... right? Urg, not so much. I never heard anything. I suspected it was that they'd tricked me, and they didn't actually ship to Canada. In the end, I was kind of right, but I am happy to announce that they do in fact ship to Canada, and now with their improved site, it's easier than ever to earn a Vox Box of your own!

My profile

The new site is heaps easier to navigate than the old one. You have a clear view of your info and what badges/tasks you're working on. I like that you can choose which areas you want to be an expert in- you initially only get to unlock five, but can earn more. Being an expert of a specific topic gives you a better chance of reviving related Vox Boxes. While you can only be an expert in few topics, you can still unlock what they call LifeStage Badges in for all topics. You work towards them in the same way, but can't claim expert status.

 Review section landing page

Review page

One of the ways you work towards building op your expert status, is by reviewing items. You're currently restricted to the items Influenster has added to the section, but from what I've discovered from snooping around the site, is that in the future, users will be able to add their own items. Reviews consist of a letter grade you submit and your thoughts of the product. They've included topic prompters to fill in (optional) to help aid in your review if you're uncertain as to how to go about it.

I love how easy the new site is to navigate- no more getting lost/confused! There are clear instructions on what you should be working on and you can clearly see what you've already accomplished. If you love to share your opinions, and enjoy the odd freebie (who doesn't?) I totally recommend giving Influentster a try. The best part? You don't have to be a blogger, or have a million twitter followers or what not, anybody is free to join. For more detailed information, check out their About page here.

Are you an Influenster? What do you think of the program? Would you join? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

*I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
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