Meet the Team… our new Community Managers!

We are very happy to announce that two new Community Managers started last month. In Belgium Sasha and in Germany Ute started their own ‘Roamler Journey’ as part of the team. And of course: they would like to introduce themselves to you!

Ute speaking:
Roamlers are famous for having an eye for detail, therefore I’m sure you already recognised the messages you received from me. So, I think it’s about time to introduce myself!
I’m Ute, 37 years old and the new Community Manager for Roamler Germany since July. Munich is not only my hometown. it’s also the city I love most!
Before joining Roamler I worked for publication companies for the last 14 years. In my most recent role I worked as a Social Media Manager.

I’m super excited to be part of this big Roamler family, but also to be your partner in crime on all your very exciting Roamler journeys! The opportunity of joining an incredibly passionate team and the ability to actively drive the business immediately triggered my ambition to become part of Roamler, a company that supports “out of the box” thinking and offers a wide range of challenging tasks.

From the first moment on I was really impressed about the great atmosphere and the strong interpersonal skills everyone adds to the team. Maintaining this is a priority for me. During my first week the team already showed how passionate and open-minded they were. I’m really interested in learning more about you (the Roamlers), your creativity and what’s driving you.I’m sure we can learn a lot every single day, given the wide range of Roamler tasks. What I have learned from you already: there is always a way!
I’m keen to learn more: I love mystery shopping, food and besides that: laughing and unicorns!

My tip from me to you:
Get familiar with the wide range of uploading pictures and use the options to leave comments! 😊

Sasha speaking:
My name is Sasha Coppens, I’m 29 years old and I live in Turnhout (near Antwerp).
I have done a lot of different odd jobs in the past. So it’s fair to say I went to the university of life 😉 . After a while I started working for Auto1. This is a company that buys cars from customers and sells them to business partners. I’ve had three different functions within Auto1. I really enjoyed working there for three years but I was in need of a new challenge!

Whilst working for Auto1, I was also a member of the party committee. Here is where I learned – through feedback from my colleagues – I can be creative and am skilled in writing and coming up with creative solutions for small (and sometimes bigger) issues.
Like I said, I was looking for a new challenge in my professional life. This time I took my time to look for something I really liked doing. In being Community Manager for Roamler, I found it! I love the diversity, challenge and colleagues that come with this function.

I have to confess I didn’t know Roamler before I applied for the job, and I also have to confess that my favourite task until now is the Domino’s pizza check. (#foodislife 🍕)

A tip I can give all Roamlers is to place the application on the home screen of their smartphones. That way you remind yourself to regularly check the app and its tasks.

As I want to keep a close contact with the community you can always contact me! If you ever happen to find yourself in Belgium wanting to do a Roamler task, don’t hesitate for a second to contact me with questions, stories or simply to get to know each other. I’m already looking forward to meeting and working with you guys! #roamhardorgohome

A Roamler’s Journey

From a Roamler newbie to an experienced Roamler!
What does the growth of a Roamler look like? Where does it start? What advantages do you have in the higher levels?

One Roamler starts out of curiosity and does it for fun while the other thinks it is a challenge to do as many tasks as possible. Where one is saving for a new car or a holiday, the other does it for relaxation and tries to get to the highest possible level: it is all possible, because you decide for yourself.

After you have completed the level 1 training tasks you can start earning from level 2. There you go! Your first real paid Roamler task: you go to your nearest supermarket and count the shelves and meters. You have to get used to the ‘mystery feeling’ a bit at first, but quickly discover how nice and easy it can be. When you have returned home you receive a message from a reviewer saying “Your first paid job has been approved.” Well done! Your first earned money is added onto your account. You immediately decide to look at more paid tasks for more things to do in the area.

Because you are an enthusiastic Roamler and do different tasks on a daily basis which earns you both XP and money, you have now reached level 3! That goes well and it’s great to see that there are even more tasks to do now in your area. In the experience tasks you see that you can sign up for Roamler merchandising ‘What is Roamler merchandising exactly?’ we hear you thinking. Roamler merchandising is a separate community within the Roamler community that allows you to see even more tasks, more challenging tasks and more practical tasks, such as building displays or replenishing shelves. That’s nice: you take a look in the app and can immediately build a display at the store around the corner.

After a number of months (or years) you are a level 10 Roamler and you, the app and your phone are inseparable. Fortunately, there still are the trusty old checks from a few years ago, but you also have access to more challenging tasks. You have already learned a lot because you have received a lot of feedback from the Roamler team of reviewers. Mistakes are made less and less, so tasks get approved even more often! Where at the beginning you might have been a bit uncomfortable walking through the stores, you now know exactly how to handle it. It gets easier and easier for you.
On to the next level, because there are a lot more levels to come!

What to do if…

What to do if…

A Location is closed?

If you arrive at a location which turns out to be closed, the first thing you do is checking the opening times of the store. Make sure you always check the official website or Facebook page of the location, as Google can sometimes show incorrect opening times.
It’s best to always check the opening times before you leave.
What if a store is really closed, either permanently or temporarily (e.g. when it’s under refurbishment)?
Unless the task has a question for this (e.g. ‘Can you perform the task at this location?), you can fill in ‘fake’ answers to allow you to get through the task. Always use every photo option to take a photo of the outside of the store.
When you reach the last comment question, please explain the situation to us as detailed as possible and submit the task.
A location is also considered closed if:
– The name of the store has changed (e.g. the location in the app says Tesco, but it is now a Sainsbury’s)

– The store has moved to another address. In this case you do not visit the new address, but you take photos of the address mentioned in the app.

A product isn’t there?

In tasks we often ask you to take photos of specific products. For instance, we will ask: ‘Please take a photo of Twinings English Breakfast (50 bags) on the shelf. Please ensure you take a photo of the entire bay, captured from top to bottom.’
It can happen that this product is not sold at the location you’re visiting (no stock and no price label). Sometimes the question in the app tells you what to do in that case. When it doesn’t, you always use the photo question to capture the place where you would expect the product to be.

In this case, you would take an overview photo of the tea section in the store. When we are reviewing your submission, we will check the overview photo to see if we can find the Twinings English Breakfast (50 bags), or if you’re correct and the product is not in the assortment of this store.

You are experiencing issues with the app?

Of course there are different types of issues, with different types of solutions. Always read the error message if you get one, as it often tells you what is wrong and how to solve it.

If you do not receive an error message, there are still several things you can try.
If you are in the middle of completing or submitting at task, always try the following:
– Check if your GPS is switched on, and refresh it
– Switch from using Wifi to mobile data, or…
– Switch from using mobile data to Wifi
– Make sure you have a strong internet connection or go someplace where you do have a strong internet connection to submit the task
– If the above does not work, send our team a message via the message function in the app and we will try to help you
If you are not in the middle of completing or submitting at task, always try the following:
– Check if you are connected to the internet
– Check if your GPS is switched on and refresh it
– Close the app completely (not running in background) and open again
– Log out off the Roamler app and log back in
– Delete the app and reinstall it (this will not affect your account)- If the above does not work, send our team a message via the message function in the app and we will try to help you.

You are approached by staff?

A lot of the Roamler tasks are mystery guest tasks. These are tasks in which you cannot announce yourself to the staff, but have to remain a mystery guest.

It can sometimes happen that you are approached by a member of staff or a security guard. In that case you politely explain what you are doing. Explain that you are here on behalf of Roamler (if needed, explain what Roamler is and does). Always remain polite and professional.
Often the member of staff will allow you to continue with your task. In that case, please thank them and carry on.
It can also happen that the member of staff will not allow you to continue, and will ask you to leave. If this happens, you always do so. Please thank them for their time and leave the store. Do not under any circumstance start an argument or discussion. The store owner and their staff have the right to ask you to leave.
Some tips:
– Always dress representatively. Many Roamler notice this increases their chances of being allowed to continue with a task.
– Always be polite to the members of staff (and others), as they will be more likely to help you.
– Be prepared, know and understand what you are going to do in store. This way you can clearly explain when you are approached by staff.
– Make sure you are never in the way of customers or staff.

– 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, this will make you look like a regular shopper.

You are sent away?

You are sent away, either because you were approached by staff, as mentioned before, or because the member of staff did not allow you to complete the call when you came to sign in at the store. What to do now?

As mentioned before, you always leave. Please thank the member of staff for their time and leave the store. Do not under any circumstance start an argument or discussion. The store owner and their staff have the right to ask you to leave.
Completing the task when you are sent away is much like when the store is closed. You can continue through the task by entering ‘fake’ answers, and taking photos from the outside of the store. It may be best to take these from an angle, so you won’t be visible from the inside of the store. Never take photos of the floor!

When you reach the last comment question, please explain the situation to us as detailed as possible and submit the task.

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!

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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