Anxiety at the supermarket?

Has the thought of pulling our your phone to take a picture at the supermarket caused hesitation or stopped you entirely from performing paid tasks? In this article Roamler intern Jonathan will cover some techniques which may help you overcome the issues you may have at the supermarket.

In one occasion in my youth I remember pulling out my camera to take a picture of a comically large bottle of Heineken. I was unfamiliar with this particular size of bottle and wanted to show my friends that such a thing existed. After being relatively pleased with myself for getting a good shot, a security guard came up to me and stated that “You aren’t allowed to take pictures here.” This quick interaction caused my delicate ego to retreat back into my shell and took all the fun out of the experience.

Now, many years later I have this great opportunity to earn money in a quick and low commitment way but the trauma of this bad experience is causing me to hesitate.

Prepare in advance
It’s better if you solidify what you are about to do at the task location before you go there as UK Roamler Paul explains in his tips. This entails reading the app description and being aware of what you have to do beforehand. You could prepare materials in advance as well, such as printing a statement which explains to anyone with questions what you are doing. Start with a charged phone and bring an extra charger if plan a big route with lots of tasks. Being prepared frees up much mental space which you could use to perform the task in a more relaxed manner.

Reduce anxiety
If anxiety becomes too much in the moment, the first thing you should do is to clear your mind and take a few deep breaths. Ample time is given to perform tasks so you should consider running out of time as a stressor in this situation.
Some long term actions to reduce anxiety could help you perform better with tasks. Such as meditating, getting enough sleep, organizing your personal space, etc.

Be respectful and receive respect
You should also note that employees have to represent their companies in a respectful and appropriate manner so feel free to engage with them since are required to treat you well.
Each trip to the supermarket will be different, sometimes you may get asked what you are doing, other times your presence will go unnoticed. In the end it is always best to respect the boundaries that others set and withdraw from the store if you are not allowed to continue. In that case the best thing to do is submit what you could complete and describe as detailed as possible what difficulties occurred.

Roamler Vince: Investing with Roamler earnings

Can you tell us something about yourself?
I am Vince, 22 years old and I live in Groningen, in the northern Netherlands. I have been an active Roamler for about 1 year now. I study International Relations at the University of Groningen and I am supervisor at a market research agency.  With Roamler I earn some extra money.

“I noticed it is not a bad thing to be noticed by an employee”

How was it to do your first paid job in a store?
“Well, that was pretty exciting. I was especially nervous because I did not know what to say if I would be addressed. In the beginning I did my best not to be recognized. Now I am more confident and I have noticed that it is not a bad thing if you are noticed by an employee sometimes.”

How often do you do perform Roamler tasks?
“That differs every day. It mainly depends on the available tasks. Sometimes I perform 5 tasks in 1 day and at some points I do not perform any tasks for 3 days in a row.”

Do you have a saving target for your Roamler earnings?
“Yes, I started investing a while ago and I deposit all my Roamler earnings on my investment account. So with the Roamler earnings I have mainly bought bonds and shares.”

What are concrete tips for Roamlers who want to perform their first paid task?
“My biggest tip is related to your nerves; just go and do it! Once. Try it. It is not the end of the world to be approached by an employee. In the worst case you cannot perform the task, but I have rarely experienced that. In addition, make sure that you take sharp pictures and read the task description well. Roamler can be quite strict.”

What are your concrete tips for Roamlers who want to do more tasks?
“Take the bus or train to another city once. Next to Groningen, I regularly perform tasks in Assen. For me that is 15 minutes by train, but there are often a lot of tasks available there.”

Do you have an example of a mistake you made at Roamler, so your assignment was rejected and that you could give as a tip to other Roamlers?
“Unfortunately, my tasks are sometimes rejected.  Recently I had to take photos of a Pampers promotion and I mistakenly took a photo of the wrong type of diapers.  Always read the instructions carefully and double check everything. If you do not agree with how your task is reviewed, you can explain why you performed the task the way you did.  If they made a mistake, your task will be accepted.”

“Explain well and clearly what your goal is when performing Roamler merchandising tasks.”

Which tasks do you prefer and why?
“There are quite a few tasks that I like to do, but I do have 2 favourites; both merchandising tasks. The first task I liked is the Red Bull Check, the second is the ‘Stoomboot/open haard’ tasks during Sinterklaas. The Red Bull Check is often listed in the app; are easy to perform and have a nice reward. The Sinterklaas task only happens once a year, but the reward was high; 40 euro! I liked to assemble a whole boat.

Is there a difference between Roamler merchandising and other Roamler tasks?
“There certainly is a big difference between Roamler merchandising and other Roamler tasks.  For the Roamler merchandising tasks you always introduce yourself and you can always perform the task.  These tasks also have a better reward compared to the other tasks. Make sure to have your ID card with you, print out the introduction letter, bring the business cards and explain WELL and CLEARLY what your goal is. Often the employee is not aware of your arrival, even if you have permission from the head office.

Tips from Top Roamlers #2

A few weeks ago we published a blog post with the best tips from experienced Roamlers in the categories App and Photos. For part two, we are sharing all the best tips in the categories Strategy, Reading and Other! 

Strategy

Many Roamlers recommend you check the app at certain times. For instance, check it as soon as you wake up, as some of the tasks go live as early as 7 am. You will always be one of the first!
They also recommend you check the app during your lunch break. You may be able to earn the money for your lunch by completing a task, and simultaneously get some fresh air.
Another good time to check the app for tasks is when travelling to and from destinations, as tasks that were not initially visible because they were outside of your search range, may now be visible.
If you see a task you want to complete, accept it before setting off to the location. If you don’t, another Roamler may have accepted the task once you get to the location! Remember, the higher your level, the more tasks you can accept at one time.

Have an excuse prepared before entering the location. If you are approached and questioned by the staff, a fast and confident reply will defuse the situation. Always be polite to the customer service agents and other members of staff, as they will be more likely to help you.
A bit daunted by the possibility of being approached by the staff? The more tasks you complete, the more your confidence will increase.
A tip to avoid being approached at all: Look confident and act confident. And if possible, always take a shopping cart or basket with you.

Reading

When we asked the experienced Roamlers for the best Roamler tips, we received one answer more than any other: Read well. And for good reason! The vast majority of the tasks that we have to reject, are rejected because the submitter did not read well enough. That is why we always stress the importance of reading carefully!

This starts even before you accept the task. Read the task description well, so you know exactly what the task entails and if that is something you would like to do. As many Roamlers point out, the better you understand the task, the fewer issues you will have.
When you have accepted the task, take your time reading every question carefully. Some Roamlers even read every question twice. Some questions may be similar but are asking for specific details. By ensuring you know exactly what is expected, there is a better chance that the task will be completed correctly and your efforts will be rewarded.
It often pays off to go back through the task once you’ve reached the end, and read all the questions and your answers again, to ensure you didn’t miss anything and to correct mistakes.

Reading carefully may take some extra time, but if you don’t, you will miss the little details and ultimately it saves you time if your submission does not get rejected!

Other

Before you set off for a location you do not visit regularly, always check the opening times to ensure you visit it during the opening hours. Also check if the location is still open, and not permanently closed. If you visit a location outside of the opening times, Roamler will not be able to reward you. You will have to come back during the opening times to perform the task.

If a location is permanently closed, you can send the team a message in the app and we will ensure the location does not show up again. You can also choose to accept the task and visit the location. In that case you will need to enter ‘fake’ answers in the task and take a photos of the location, proving it is permanently closed. Your task will be accepted, and you will be rewarded £2 for your efforts (unless stated otherwise in the task).

If you have any doubts about your submission or if there was a notable situation when you performed the task, always leave a comment in the last question of the task explaining your concerns or the situation. The reviewer will read this and will then better understand the situation.

Submitted your task but forgot to add an important comment? Quickly send us a message in the app with your comment, and mention the task and the address.

Are you experiencing issues with the app? Most of these issues can be solved by closing the app and opening it again. Logging out and in again may also fix the problems. If that does not help, deleting the app and downloading it again will usually do the trick.
If even that does not work, message the team via the app (or, if that is no longer accessible, via Facebook or UKsupport@roamler.com) and we will find the solution!

Interview with French Roamler Flavien

 

In November 2016, Flavien set off on the Roamler adventure! He’s been performing tasks on a regular basis since, paid and creative ones (and he’s pretty good at this, as you can see in his picture) 😉
We’re sure you’re all curious to hear more about him, so let’s start with the interview!

What is your reason for performing Roamler tasks?
The main reason is that I need to earn money.

How do you perform tasks? How do you organise yourself?
Where I live, there’s a tram line which goes across the city, the main shops are located along this line. I usually follow the tram route in order to be the most productive.

The next day, if there are still available tasks which are not located on the tram line, I perform those as well. That way, I sometimes perform up to 18 tasks a day.

Could you describe a typical day on which you plan to perform Roamler tasks?
I’m a night owl, so I usually take a look in the app early in the morning, around 4:00. I take another look at around 10:00 and compare with other money making apps in order to choose the right locations and the right time to perform as many tasks as I can.

I usually take a break by around 14:00 and then go back to perform other tasks (I keep on following the tram line or go to other locations).

Around 17:00-18:00, I go back home (sometimes the battery level on my phone becomes an issue). Then around 19:00-20:00, once my partner is back home, I sometimes complete a few last tasks for the day.

What tasks do you like best and why?
I prefer mystery visits in stores. I feel at ease, and by now I know the shelve layouts by heart.

I think it’s interesting to guess what the client needs by reading the questionnaire. Some of the questions are quite accurate and allow me to understand the situation of a product or a store. Plus, mystery visits are a good way to learn more about what we buy and to pay more attention to this.

What’s the secret of your success on Roamler?

  1. Choosing the best route to be as productive as possible.
  2. Always take a lot of pictures! And don’t forget to leave a comment, this really can make a difference.
  3. Be yourself, act like a normal shopper. I often buy something I need in order to look like a customer. That way, it’s easier to perform a task discreetly.


One last word?
Thanks Roamler for helping me to earn some extra money, especially when I go through a complicated period 🙂

Tips from Top Roamlers #1

A while ago we asked the more experienced Roamlers for their best Roamler tips. In this blog we have collected the best tips in the categories App and Photos.
Take advice from the experts to ensure your next submissions will go as smoothly as theirs!

App

The search range determines the area in which you see tasks. The smaller your search range, the less tasks you will see. Widen your search area to check for available tasks on your route. You can widen your search range in Settings in the app.

Pay attention to the timer! Once you have accepted a task, you usually have two hours to submit it. A timer counting down the time you have got left shows up in the top right corner in the task. Pay attention to it, to make sure you have enough time left to complete the task. Allow a few minutes for the task to submit, especially if it is a long one. Don’t wait to the last minute to submit!

Go through the task before attempting it, this way you will feel more confident and look more confident. You can go through it by giving ‘fake’ answers and taking photos of the ground. This way you can go through the entire task and you will know exactly what information is needed, and when. But be careful not to submit it with any fake answers or photos left!

Bonus tips:

    • Check the available tasks regularly, tasks go live at different times of the day. Checking the app regularly throughout the day will prevent you from missing any.
    • Bookmark the tasks that you want to do but can’t accept yet. This makes it easier to plan your journey and to find back the task once you are able to accept it.
    • Always double check the location for a task. The pin in the app might not be completely accurate. You always follow the address if the address and pin do not match.
    • Use the map to understand where stores are and to plan a route. You can also use the map to view tasks in locations outside of your current area.

 

Photos

A few basic tips to make the perfect Roamler photos:
Make sure all photos are clear and sharp, and well lit. Be careful with photographing objects near windows, the backlight often causes the photo to be very dark and the products may not be clearly visible. To prevent this, when taking the photo, click on the screen on the object you want to focus on. This should change the settings of the camera to ensure the best possible lighting.

Always ensure you capture the full bay, including the top and bottom shelves, and make sure the product’s name and price tag are legible. If the product you are looking for is not available in the store, capture an overview image of where you would expect the product to be located.

Once you’ve captured a good photo, click on it and zoom in to check if it is as clear as you want it to be, and to check if all required products are included. If the photo is not as you would like it to be or if you have doubts about the quality, go back in the task and retake the photo. It may take a few seconds more, but it’s worth it to prevent your task from being rejected.

One last tip to remain undercover: make sure your flash is off and your phone is on silent, so you don’t bring any unnecessary attention to yourself.

Our top 10 Roamler memes!

We recently had a task where we asked Roamlers to create their own memes based on their experiences with Roamler. For those who are not familiar with the term, a meme is generally a captioned image which is created to express a typical feeling, situation, or person. A popular example is ‘LOLcats’ or ‘The Success Kid’ (which many of you used here!). We got a lot of funny and creative submissions which we want to share. So without further ado, here are our top 10 Roamler memes! 

 

Roamler A. Lindsay with a hilarious and relatable feeling from the grocery store.

That feeling when you get your hands on some Roamler access codes! By M. Parry.

When luck really isn’t on your side… By roamler M. Newton

Hurry hurry hurry! By roamler A. Manda

“I find on some of the roamler tasks you feel like you’re going on an adventure”, roamler N. Bhatt writes about her meme.

Yesss! We love those perfect shelf metre photos! By Roamler K. Adlington

Roamler S. Mchaffie on that wonderful feeling when there’s lots of live tasks nearby.

And roamler C. Joyce captures what to do next!

Gotta love the good guy invites! By K. Maguire

Last but not least: that confident stride when you walk out of a store after a successfully performed task! By L. Crawford.

Thank you all who made and submitted memes for this task! Your creativity really impressed us on this one. We hope you had fun – we really had a blast reviewing them! Happy Roamlering!

 

The Beer checks: The best way to bar-hop

For the past few months. Roamlers have been doing tasks in bars across the United Kingdom. They have been checking Stella Artois, Corona, Bud Light, and Budweiser (currently with a £10 reward!). These checks return every month to the same bars and are therefore well worth getting to know. The best part of the checks is that they are simple to do, and that they unlock a beer bonus task with extra financial rewards of up to £20 or more! The Slug and Lettuce Corona check is also a great one for the beer lovers; who wouldn’t love getting paid to order a free Corona?

A Roamler in London enjoys a free Corona for the Slug and Lettuce task

How easy are the beer checks?

For the beer checks (excluding the Slug and Lettuce task), we are looking for the availability of certain beers, promotional material on the bar and tables, and the availability of the specified beer on draught (5 yes/no questions). We also ask you to ask the bar tender for a beer recommendation. Below you can see the photo steps of the beer checks. These photos were taken by a Roamler in  Rotherham for the Stella Artois check.

 

Mystery shopping?

Although we encourage you to try the beer checks as a mystery shopper, we know that it is very often impossible. That is why we have included an explanation letter and a short suggestion of how you can introduce yourself to the bar tender. if you cannot perform the task at the location for whatever reason, that’s no problem! You will still be paid £4 for your efforts.

Strange/Impossible locations?

For the beer checks, there can also be some strange locations in your list. If you would like to perform a beer check, but are not sure about the location, send a message to the team! It is important for us and the client to know if locations are a bit unusual, so we will provide you with some advice and make sure we come to a solution in which you receive the money you deserve.

Customized maps

For the beer checks, the team is willing to go above and beyond. That’s why we will assist you in every way possible, including the creation of a beer checks map, customized to your daily route and/or a route you are planning to take (if you are traveling across the country, for example). Want to know more? Send a message to the team in the app now!

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the beer checks in the app now!

Game of Thrones – Fan Favourites and Photos!

Before Season 7 of Game of Thrones began, we wanted to celebrate with some GOT-related tasks! We were curious about who Roamlers’ favourite characters are. Don’t worry; this blog post does not contain any spoilers!

Out on top as fan favourites came Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Roamler Equipa F is a big Jon Snow fan, and says this about the Lord Commander:

“Jon Snow – he’s loyal to his friends and family, he fights for what he believes in, and he has a great personality!’

Roamler Equipo F even has a cup to match!

Another fan is Roamler is Lynne W, who reasons:

“Jon Snow (is my favourite), because he’s not your typical fiction hero. His loyalty and integrity to those around him, combined with his humanness, set him apart.”

Roamler Tracy C is a big fan of Khaleesi, and explains why:

“My favourite character is Daenerys Targaryen. She is a strong female who does not let anything or anyone get in her way. Daenerys is the mother of dragons and seeing these powerful, mythical creatures come to life through her is amazing!”

Roamler Tracy C added this fitting photo of a dragon and a (dire) wolf.

Roamler Marie H is also a fan, and explains it pretty simply:

“Daenerys Targaryen is my favourite – she is a badass!

We agree; she is pretty badass!

We also had five ‘prop’ tasks to celebrate the new season, in which Roamler had to collect and photograph 5 Game of Thrones props: Dragon eggs, Melisandre’s necklace, the Mountain’s sword, the King’s hand pin, and the Iron Throne itself. You got really creative with it!

Roamler Louise J made her own Iron Throne with the help of some cardboard and a child’s chair. Nice work!

“Jon Snow’s direwolf awaits him at the Iron Throne”, writes Roamler Simon F about his masterpiece.

 

Many Roamlers used Lego too create scenes from the show. Here is a submission from Roamler Sam R, who captions the photo pretty simply as “Scary man with sword!”

Roamler Volkan B submitted this creative photo of Khaleesi’s dragon and dragon eggs!

Thank you for all your wonderful submissions for these tasks. We had a lot of fun reviewing them! We hope you are enjoying the new season as much as we are. Winter is here!

 

Written by reviewer Runill.

A glimpse into Roamler earnings and spending

Ever wondered how other Roamler manage and spend their Roamler money? Look no further! In three tasks (Roamler Earnings, Impulse Buys and Impulse Buy Placements) we asked Roamlers to share with us certain details about their Roamler earnings and their spending habits.

Most Roamlers cash out small amounts whenever they need a bit of extra money or they use it to pay for small, everyday things, like groceries. However, some Roamlers do save up and cash out large amounts every once in a while.

For example, Rebecca P buys books:

Rebecca Potter books

 

Jonathon W would take his girlfriend out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant:

Jonathan Warner meal with girlfriend

 

And Vicky R bought an adorable dog!

Vicky Reeves pug

 

Jon G is saving up to have spending money when going on holiday:

Jon Gordon spending money for travels

 

Janine M wants to buy a horse saddle

Janine Maloney horse saddle

And Neha B wants to repair a broken phone:

Neha Bhatt fix a phone (1)

 

Regarding the general spending habits of Roamlers, it was interesting for us to learn that when Roamlers commit to cheaper impulse buys, they tend to splurge on chocolates, sweets and beverages. Even more interesting is the fact that most Roamlers (62%) said that the products they would buy on impulse are on the regular shelves and on the aisle ends. This contradicts popular opinion that the products at the checkout are most often grabbed on impulse. Only 16% of Roamlers said that the products they would buy on impulse are placed at the checkout.

When making big impulse purchases, Roamlers tend to go for electronics (many buy television sets). Watches and clothing are also very popular categories. Below we list a few other fun, uncommon or quirky impulse buys that Roamlers have confessed to:

Nicky P bought this wall mounted CD jukebox that came from an old pub:

Nicky P jukebox

She writes: “It looks a bit of a state at the moment, because we are doing some servicing work on it and have bought a black sparkly vinyl wrap to cover the wood. The CD movement is visible and is super cool, plus you can print inserts that flip over so you can choose your track. We love music and the whole family gets to choose their favourite CD’s to put in it. We are thrilled with it!

 

Mike H bought a very rate 1827 street directory of Wolverhampton in an antiquarian bookshop in Wolverhampton:

Mike H Wolverhampton

Mike writes: “I collect old and rare local history books of my home to town area. I didn’t intend to buy this one but when I saw it in the shop I just had to buy it!

 

Heather H went to the shop to buy a bicycle rack and ended up buying a car!

Heather H car

 

Sharon R bought this amazing looking bicycle:

Sharon R bicycle

She writes: “Well I rode it home! But it’s there and I AM going to use it… honestly… but think I’m a fair weather cyclist.

Judging from what Roamler had to say, impulse buying might not be a bad thing. 96% of Roamlers  indicated that they are happy with their impulse buys and that these purchases are enriching their lives in some significant ways.

Maybe it is time to do that Roamler payout and spoil yourself a bit…

Locations, locations, locations

The name ‘Roamler’ comes from the word ‘roaming’, which is an essential part of being a Roamler. Whether you are performing a scout task (with a fixed location), or an explorer task (any location outside of your home), Roamler is guaranteed to take you to new places in your area. Locations are a very important part of what Roamler is and so we have put together a list of top 4  location tips to help you have the best Roamler experience possible!

Top location tips

  1. Map view – In your app, you will see a little map icon in your ‘tasks’ screen. If you click on this, you will get a map view of all the tasks available in your area. This is useful for planning a ‘Roamlering route’.

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Please note, sometimes the pins on the map are slightly off, so always pay attention to the location’s address more.

2. Closed locations – Very occasionally you might come across a location that is permanently closed. For example, it burnt down, or a totally new kind of business now occupies the building (does not apply to simply a name change). In this case, the best approach is to still accept/continue the task at the address, take a photo of the building/site, and inform us in the last optional comments section that the location is closed. Then submit the task. This way we have photographic evidence that the site is closed, and we know it is the right address because of the GPS tracking of your photo. In this case you will usually receive a £2 reward, or 50% of the original reward (with a minimum of £2).

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3. Opening/Closing times – Always make sure that the location you are visiting to perform a task will be open when you arrive there! This is especially the case with bar/restaurant checks.

opening-times

4. Sent away – For most Roamler checks, the Roamlers must act as mystery shoppers, meaning the staff should not be aware that they are performing a retail audit. On very rare occasions, however, Roamlers are spotted by the staff and told they can no longer perform the task – sometimes half way through the task! In this situation, the correct steps would be to refer the questions of the staff to UKsupport@roamler.com, leave the store, continue the check outside, and inform us in the optional comments section at the end of the task what happened. Then submit the task as per normal. In this case you will usually receive a £2 reward, or 50% of the original reward (with a minimum of £2).

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