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.

closed-location

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.

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Great blogs as recommended by Roamlers

During the past two weeks Roamlers have been telling us what their favourite blogs and websites are. We received  hundreds of excellent recommendations! We selected a few interesting ones, covering a wide range of topics, to share with you. A few of these are blogs and websites created by Roamlers themselves. Interestingly we learnt that 14% of Roamlers have their own blogs or websites!

Money-saving blogs

One that popped up in many submissions is the The Money Shed, one which is close to our hearts because many Roamlers found Roamler through this site!

There were also more personalised options, such as the one Roamler Jill B shared:

diary-of-a-frugal-family-by-jill-barlow

Jill recommends this blog, because “It sets realistic goals and is down to earth in its wording – some articles are in depth, others skim the surface but they are all very informative and on occasion personal to the blogger.

Cooking and baking blogs

In line with the great submissions we have received from past tasks such as ‘Roamler recipes’, many Roamlers recommended blogs and websites about cooking and baking. Among these, we especially liked the following two:

minimalist-baker-by-tanya-partridge

Tanya P. explains that the Minimalist Baker offers simple, healthy recipes with less than 10 ingredients. She likes it for the following reasons: “It has loads of great vegan/vegetarian/gluten free recipes for inspiration for a healthier lifestyle, plus just some really different ideas.

Caroline C. recommended the following food blog:

gimme-some-oven-by-caroline-clarke

Caroline describes this blog as follows: “It’s a recipe website that reads like a food blog. The creator is a very interesting woman who tells excellent stories about her life alongside her wonderful recipes.” And Caroline likes it because “Ali is interesting as she tells stories about her day to day life in Kansas whilst sharing the most brilliant recipes. She takes all her own photos.

City lifestyle blogs

Laura K. suggests:

the-londoner-by-laura-klark

She explains that The Londoner is a “Lifestyle blog featuring great places to eat in London (and around the world), affordable fashion pieces and cool photography images.” She likes it, because “It’s really interesting and inspires me to go visit the places in London that she writes about. All the fashion items are normally at an affordable price too! And the photography in the blog is amazing.” Combining these kinds of blogs with the execution of Roamler tasks makes for a great day out!

Louise P. drew our attention to another interesting city-specific blog, which is her own:

cheltenham-foodie-by-louise-paige

For this blog Louise gets creative in reviewing food and drink places all over Cheltenham, a nice opportunity also to do Roamler bar checks!

Motherhood

The following motherhood blog featured more than once in the submissions:

hurrah-for-gin-sarah-abbatt-walker

Sarah A. explains that the purpose of this blog is: “To talk about the reality of parenting without the patronising rubbish that parenting websites usually spout. She tells it like it is and makes us all feel a little bit more normal and less guilty about the everyday stresses of being a parent.” It is Sarah’s favourite because “She tells the truth. No dressing it up, no pretending, just the truth about the reality of parenting. I feel like I can identify with her and very often, after a looooong day of feeling guilty about all of my parenting choices, taking her blog makes me laugh and feel slightly less guilty.

Other interesting blogs

Curtis W. recommends:

love-and-hisses-by-curtis-wilkin

This website was created by a kitten fosterer and the aim is to entertain, mainly through cute kitten pictures. Curtis loves this because “It has cute kittens and it’s nice to follow them growing up without any of the mess of having kittens myself. I’ve followed it for a few years now.” This site reminded us a lot of the submissions from the task ‘Pet shaming’, such as the photo of the mischievous Roamler cat below.

Submission for 'Pet shaming' from Roamler Pete W.

‘Pet shaming’ submission from Roamler Pete W.

 

Another unusual, but interesting blog was suggested by Rebecca D.:

post-secret-by-rebecca-davies

She explains the purpose of this blog as follows: “People from all over the world send secrets to one man who uploads onto the website.” Rebecca writes: “Insightful, emotional, interesting, feelings, deep, intimate secrets shared, books are released of all secrets, and all classic secrets are also shared. I check this site every Sunday morning.”

Then, of course we received recommendations for some tech websites and blogs.

One that featured more than once is:

macrumors-by-rob-williams

The purpose of the blog is to share news regarding Apple products. Rob W. explains that he likes it, because: “It’s first to get the drop on all the latest apple news and it’s well written and balanced on its opinion. And they do great live streams of apple events.

Kiran K. recommended an interesting feminist blog:

the-f-word-by-kiran-kainth

She explains that “It’s the UK’s first feminist webzine which is responsible for reviving debates around feminism in Britain.” Kiran is a fan of this blog, because it is dedicated to providing a forum for contemporary feminist voices.

And something for the guys:

askmen-by-dean-johnson

Dean J. writes that the purpose of this website is: “Everything for men, health , exercise, gadgets and relationships.

Lastly, we received many recommendations of blogs telling the stories of different people. Here we selected two blogs created by Roamlers themselves.

The first one is Lucy L.’s blog in which she relates and discusses her experiences of suffering from Grave’s disease and hypothyroidism:

thyroid-girl-by-lucy-lewis

And a second fascinating and heartrending one is Shelley F.’s blog in which she shares the story of how her life suddenly changed:

shelley-by-shelley-faulkner

Happy reading!! And thanks for all of the great submissions!

 

Mottos to live and die by, as shared by Roamlers

On this cold day in these turbulent political times, we decided to give all our Roamlers a little pick-me-up by sharing some of the powerful and uplifting mottos that Roamlers live by.  

For those in need of a smile:

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

smile-by-dominic-r

Dominic C. explains this motto as follows: “Everyone deserves to be happy, and everyone can help them with this!” He applies it in his life by “smiling at others as much as possible (without looking like a total crazy!)

For those in need of bit of motivation, Paige B. writes:

Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing

For Paige this means: “Don’t half heartedly put effort into two separate things when you can put all of your effort into one thing for a greater result.

For those who feel that life is a bit dull today:

If it’s not fun, then what’s the point!?

fun-by-lynsey-m

She explains this motto as follows: “Time is precious and so valuable – especially in such a vibrant city where there is just so much to do and so many amazing people to see! So, if you try something and  it’s not so fun – well, go do something else…” And she applies it in her life by “If I’m somewhere and I’m really not having fun then there’s places I’d rather be…I also love what I do in my work, I sell accessories which I hand make (which is very fun!)” Check out Lynsey’s work here.

For those who are experiencing a difficult time:

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

dancing-in-the-rain-by-anahita-m

For Anahita M. (only one of the many Roamlers who shared this motto) this means: “Make the most of what you have because life is about experiences.” In her life she lives according to this motto by doing the following: “I always look on the bright side and know that things will get better when they are bad.

For those who dream (and know that others do too):

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

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Sinead M. explains: “Be nice to those around you and demand the respect for them to be nice to you. And have dreams and aspirations.” She applies this in her life by “learning new things that I’ve always wanted to do, such as paddling a canoe on my own. And supporting others in their dreams.

For all of us, everyday, who encounter strangers:

There’s no such thing as a stranger, they’re just friends you haven’t met yet.

friends-by-joanna-h

For Joanna H. this motto requires of us “To be open and friendly with new people. Accept people. Everyone is someone you could potentially get along with.” She lives this motto as follows: “When I go out I always speak to people I don’t know and try to involve others so as not to leave anyone out.

And finally, when all else fails:

Chocolate doesn’t ask questions, chocolate understands.

chocolate-by-tim-w

Tim W. writes: “I like this motto because chocolate is one of my favourite guilty pleasures and always helps when I’m stressed about anything at that point in time. I don’t have to worry about being judged by chocolate because it knows just what I need…My daily fix of cocoa!!” He explains further: “Whenever I feel as though I’m not in the mood to do anything productive or I feel as though I’m not performing to the standard that I should be, I will have some type of chocolate to take the edge off things and also to give me that extra shot of energy that is needed to get through the day!

Thanks for these wise words everyone!

Here at Roamler we wish you a very happy, calm, productive and love-filled day!

World Turtle Day

Turtles are incredible animals. They live for hundreds of years, migrating in groups from one sea to another to find the best place to spawn. They have been rocking this earth’s seas for over 215 million years! Many species of turtles and tortoises are in peril, though. Their habitats are disappearing, due to the effects of climate change. Consequently, the association American Tortoise Rescue has sponsored the World Turtle Day since 2000, as an occasion to bring attention to these species, and increasing at the same time knowledge and respect for them.

Here at Roamler, we thought “What better way to spread the word about it than having a little quiz set up?” and a minute later we created a task for it. A good portion of you accepted the task and tested themselves about the topic. We asked you 3 true/false questions and here are the results.

“A turtle is cold-blooded animal, like every other reptile.”Matthew B.

True

This one was easy, right? Apparently, yes. 82% of you got it right! 😉

 

Jenna B.“The leather-back sea turtle is the largest turtle; it can weight up to 900 kg (2000lb)!”

True

Well, this one is very big, indeed…did you know that the largest leatherback ever found was an 8.5-ft-long (2.6-m-long) male weighing 2,020 lbs (916 kg)?? It washed up on the West coast of Wales in 1988. Almost all of you knew the answer (92%!!)…or was it a lucky guess? 🙂

 

Penny B.“An average turtle can stay under water for 12 hours in a row!”

False

This one was the trickiest, wasn’t it? I’ll probably never know what was going on with your minds in that moment, but 54% still selected “No”, meaning that average turtles can’t stay under water for a 12-hour period. In this case, the answer is correct! Indeed, a turtle is a reptile, and as such it has to swim up to the surface to breath. Sea turtles like Green Turtles can stay submerged for five hours; Leatherbacks for over an hour and Hawksbills for 45 minutes. Cool, isn’t it?

I hope that this task was useful in reminding you about the importance of respecting animals and the ecosystem we live in. Thanks for the many nice photos!

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Roamlers’ stories – part 2

As promised, the second part of the anecdotes task results is here.

“I started the Purdey’s drink task and realised I needed to photograph the bottles on the shelf so I put it back. I took the photo, got strange looks from other shoppers and totally forgot to put it in my shopping basket so failed to actually buy the product. Too busy distracted by wine section.” Penny B.

When photographing my cousins damaged fence panel I was asked by the neighbour why I had allowed to wind to blow it down and was I going to take responsibility for the damage. I did try and explain I was just a visitor and the storm caused the damage, but she wasn’t going to listen and even suggested she should call the Police! A weird conversation and maybe her eccentricity was heightened that day! 🙂”. Clayton P.

I was very nervous as it was my first task and I wanted to get it right. Each time I focused my camera phone and thought I had a good view an employer who was stalking shelves would walk past and then after a few times asked me if I wanted help choosing bananas, I just smiled and said I wanted a picture of the bananas minus the model. He felt good I called him a model”. Faith K.

A security officer walks up to a woman beside me. Her young child was playing a kids programme on her phone. The guard interrupts her and says that her son cannot take pictures instore of the displays. It was clear that it was I completing the check. The mother of the child giggled and dismissed the security guard, offering me a high five for looking so young. That I looked like a 2-year-old kid.” David M.

I was taking a photo of the items on the shelf when someone asked me what I was doing. I said I was a ‘mystery shopper’. They must have misheard me, as they replied, “What’s a mystery stopper?” We both then giggled.” Fil T.

I once was in a hotel as a covert auditor when my phone was called by reception. They thought they had been put through to the kitchen staff and began saying that they thought I could be the auditor, so to be on guard and make all staff aware. They were rather surprised to hear me ask if they had the right number.”  Caroline C.

This beauty cosmetic store was very small and empty. When I (a big, hairy and scruffy looking chap) started taking photos of various products the lady approaches me. I had to pretend I was interested In These products for myself, and boy, could this lady talk! For over 45mins I was humouring this sweet woman, and I still walked out without buying anything. (Didn’t want my £3 reward to be spent in there!). Haven’t returned since.”  Jack S.

We entered the store and I located the bananas and I was with my daughter and she shouted ‘mummy why are you taking pictures of the bananas’ which resulted in people looking over thinking I was strange” Sophie M.

I was performing this Pepsi challenge. I approached the manager and explained that I was a representative of Britvic and would like to take a few pictures in the store. He said no problem, I turned around and found myself standing in front of my partner looking suspiciously at me. He said, “Are you hiding something from me? I thought you were working for XXX”. Of course, he knows about Roamler and was only joking. We had a good laugh.” Kirill M.

My sister came along with me to buy a couple of things as she was waiting for me she was walking away looking at me another person and her walked straight into each other unfortunately she had a yoghurt in her hand the whole thing exploded all over her.” Rachel H.

Did you enjoy the reading? I hope you had fun like I did while selecting the best ones. The most part happened when going around for the very first Roamler paid task: the Banana check! Can you believe that? Apparently, supermarkets are good places for funny sketches. 😉

Roamlers’ stories

Here we are again dear Roamlers, this time to share with you funny (or sometimes embarrassing, :D) moments some of you have experienced.
Watch a staff member drop the entire box of bananas? Check!
Bump into another shelf trying to get a good angle? Check!
Hilarious things have happened to these Roamlers, who are the true main characters of this piece.  Their stories follow:

I was photographing the bananas in Tesco and a kid asked me if I was taking photos because I liked banana leaves so much. Alice S.

I was taking pictures as unobtrusively as possible but I was approached by staff members. I thought I’d have to explain myself but instead, they started chatting away, asking how I was doing, they hadn’t seen me for a long time, etc. I didn’t have a clue who they were and after contemplating trying to wing it, finally admitted I couldn’t remember them. Even after they explained we used to work together, I still couldn’t remember! I usually pride myself on remembering people so I was quite mortified and blamed it on age! Lindsay N.

I was in a relatively small shop, and the shop owner was watching me. He saw me take a photo, and came over and started shouting at me for taking photos in his store! As it was one of the first ones I did I was really nervous, so I abandoned the task and ran away! He came running out, probably thought I was a criminal!!Louise P.

I was taking a picture of the scratch card position and a sweet lady thought I was from Camelot and pronounced It could be you, pointing at me. When I looked at her she gave me a cheeky wink and walked off!! I didn’t imagine what she was referring to, lol. How bizarre it was. She had such a cheeky wink I dare guess what she meant but she was about 90, bless her lolAlan M.

A lady had parked her trolley in front of the bananas and I kindly asked her if I could possibly take a photo and if she would mind moving to the side, which she did. She then asked me what I was doing and I said I’m a banana enthusiast. She said… ohhhh, looking extremely confused hahahaha. Jodie G.

Barry and I tried to do the perfect packaging task, but Barry submitted a photo of his thumb, oh how I laughed 🙂 Helen T.

I had several funny looks from people walking by wondering why I was trying to take a photo of the bananas. I overheard someone say to his mate “He must be going bananas”. It made me laugh! Matthew B.

Many stories came through and it was difficult to choose just a few comments. That’s why this was just part 1 of the best comments of the task “What is your anecdote?”. Check the blog updates for the next round of good laughs. 🙂