The Best of 2018

Over the past weeks we’ve asked you for your favourites of 2018 in a few categories, and the results are in! Find out what Roamlers think was the best film released in 2018, what songs they played non-stop, what national and international news moments kept them on the edge of their seats, and of course: what their favourite Roamler task of the year was!

Best film
2018 was a good year for films, it seems. But there can be only one winner, and for most Roamlers that was Bohemian Rhapsody. As Roamler Chris E. says ‘The film is a great story and the portrayal of Freddie is incredible by Malek, he lives and breathes Freddie and his mannerisms and movements are just incredible. The reconstruction of the Live Aid show was amazing too. Can’t wait to get it on DVD’. Another musical favourite of the past year was A Star is Born. Many Roamlers were moved by this emotional story and its excellent soundtrack. The third place is for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. This long awaited blockbuster seems to have been worth the wait!

Best song
The winner for this category, by far, is the catchy Shotgun by George Ezra. ‘It became a really iconic ‘song of the summer’, says Roamler Carla G., and many of you agreed! It was the important message in the song This is America by Childish Gambino that made this song in second place a popular choice! The third place for this category has to be shared between no less than five songs: Havana (by Camila Cabello), No Tears Left to Cry (by Ariana Grande), One Kiss (by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa), Shallow (by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper) and Thank u, next (by Ariana Grande).

Best Roamler Task
We have welcomed many new Roamlers this year. The first few tasks are always special, and nothing quite beats the excitement of the first paid task: the Tea Check. Many Roamlers have fond memories of this first task: the start of their Roamler journey! Roamler Gabriella L. says: ‘This was my first task and got me hooked!’ Another favourite was the recent Whitley Neill in Tesco task. ‘It was fairly easy & I found it fun to actually get a product on to a shelf!’, says Roamler Valerie M. The J2O Mystery Visit was also enjoyed by many. Perhaps the free drink and sunglasses had something to do with it?

Most important national news moment
Perhaps it is not very surprising that any news regarding the Brexit is considered the most important national news of 2018. More than half of you chose what some described as the ‘ongoing Brexit saga’ for this category, and mention its importance and the effect it will have. Another unforgettable moment of 2018 was the Royal Wedding, of course! The happy news moment was a welcome distraction for many. As Roamler Sarah H. says: ‘Beautiful broadcast of the wedding. A real feel good moment to be British!’ We didn’t have to wait long for more good news, as England’s performance in the World Cup was another occasion that brought the country together, according to many of you!

Most important international news moment
In his second year as President of the United States, anything relating to Trump is still the most important international news moment of the year, according to many Roamlers. Another memorable moment was the Thai cave rescue, in June and July. Many Roamlers were impressed by the way the world got together to try and save the twelve boys and their coach. Roamler Daniel H. said: ‘The world rallied together to help the soccer team in Thailand that got stuck in a cave. It gives a glimmer of hope, humanity can still help each other.’ The third most mentioned international news moment is, again, Brexit, as it wasn’t just big news in the UK, but in many other countries as well.

Best photos
We have received many, many great photos, often with great stories behind them. We’ve chosen a few of our favourites to share with you all!

Flamingo – Roamler Jenny S.
Sunrise – Roamler Charlotte U.
Gingerbread village – Roamler Catherine A.
Dog – Roamler Carrie R.

“Roamler gives you a lot of freedom to work whenever you want, wherever you want”

Sam joined Roamler in December 2016. It soon became clear, as he raced through level 1, that he would become one of the top Roamlers! With an average of 71 tasks per month (with some months reaching over 200 or even 300 tasks!), he reached level 8 and has given us the opportunity to share with you his best Roamler tips.

Why did you join Roamler?

My main reason for joining Roamler was to earn some extra money for holidays. I am a student and perform most tasks on the weekends. Roamler to me is a fun way of making money, much more fun than working at some boring part time job. It also gives you a lot of freedom to work whenever you want, wherever you want. I perform most tasks in London, where I get a travelcard for the weekend so I can travel to all the tasks I want to do throughout the city.

I save my Roamler earnings for holidays.  I’m going skiing soon, and going on another holiday in April. Both funded by my Roamler money!

Do you remember what your first paid task was like?

Yes, I do remember!  I think it was a ‘Twining in Tesco’ task.  I remember being quite nervous, as this was my first paid task in a store. I kept looking around for staff members, to see if they’d spotted me, and I tried to avoid them.  The task itself went fine, it was really short and the app guided me through it.

My advice for new Roamlers about to do their first task would be: just go ahead and give it a go!  You don’t really have anything to lose, especially if you start with a short task.  In the worst case you only lose a few minutes of your time.

Keep calm, don’t worry.  The app will guide you through the task and will tell you exactly what to do. Do make sure you read the task description carefully, that way you know what you are going to do before you enter the store.  And use the support feature in the app to ask questions or ask for help when you need it.

Have you got any advice for Roamlers who want to do more tasks?

Plan a route.  Open the app and decide what tasks you want to do and what locations you want to visit. Then plan the most convenient route to get all the locations.  If you don’t, you might get confused and perform the tasks at the wrong locations.

I sometimes perform tasks during the weekdays, but I usually don’t plan routes then.  I just see what’s available and perform a few nearby. I perform most tasks on the weekends, I always plan routes then.

It also helps to allocate time for all the tasks you plan.  That way you don’t have to rush through them, and you don’t make mistakes.  Another piece of advice would be not to get sidetracked by products you see in the store!

Always read all information in the task description very carefully, so you are prepared and you know what to do.  When you perform the task, read every question. Never assume what the question is! I once assumed I had to take a photo of a certain product, and didn’t bother to read the question well enough. It turned out the photo had to be of something different and my task was rejected.

If you are going to do tasks which require interaction, dress for it!  I recommend you wear a suit, or something semi-casual at least. I often find that members of staff are much more willing to help you when you dress professionally.  Also, make sure you know exactly what the task is about and what you are going to do. It looks much more professional if you can tell the staff what you are going to do in the store, and what it is for.

My last advice would be to always use the last optional question to add any information, especially if something out of the ordinary happened. Explain what happened and how that may affect the task and your answers. Explain the situation in the store!

What do you think about Roamler Merchandising?

I joined Roamler Merchandising because to me it means I have access to more tasks.  It is also the variety in tasks that I like, the Roamler Merchandising tasks have a very different aspect to them compared to the other Roamler tasks.  I like it when tasks require interaction and Roamler Merchandising has that a lot.

It is also the fact that you can do something yourself.  Usually, with regular Roamler tasks, you only register information and take photos.  With Roamler Merchandising, you get the chance to actively do something. You may need to build an FSDU (Free Standing Display Unit), or face up shelves.  After completing tasks like that, I always feel like I have accomplished something, and I like that. And of course, Roamler Merchandising task pay nicely!

My advice for Roamlers who are interested in Roamler merchandising would be: expect to do some hard work.  Make sure you know exactly what you are going to do, why you are doing it, and what the benefit for the store is, so you can tell your story confidently and have a clear idea of what needs to be explained. When you interact with the staff, they are more likely to allow you and help you that way.

 

Roamler Paul’s Top Tips

Relatively new Roamler Paul flew through level 1 and has been performing paid tasks since. In this blog he’s sharing his Roamler experiences and tips with us, which might prove useful not only to new Roamlers, but to our more experienced Roamlers as well!

Hi, I’m Paul and I’ve been a Roamler for three weeks. I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences with other new members.
Why did I join? Well, after Christmas I was feeling a bit out of shape and my finances weren’t looking great, but I wasn’t looking forward to shelling out for another gym membership and dragging myself there after work. I was looking for something a bit more interesting and preferably something that wouldn’t cost hundreds of pounds a year!

Joining Roamler appealed to me because I can fit tasks around my work, and the support and training tasks have been great. I’ve never done mystery shopping or app tasking before, so I was a bit hesitant at first, but I’m living proof that if you do the experience tasks and pay attention to task requirements you can have a lot of fun while making some useful additional income.

Here are my top tips:

In the beginning, when you’re working through the initial level one tasks, you might be tempted to rush through so you can get to the paid tasks. Take your time with level one tasks, get used to the app and don’t be afraid to contact the team in the message feature in the app. They are all lovely and helpful!

When you get to your initial paid tasks, I’d recommend just taking one. That way, you can plan your journey and not feel under pressure.

Being a mystery shopper doesn’t mean you have to be James Bond! Having worked in retail, I know that staff are happy for you to help them, so long as you don’t get in their way or hassle other customers. So long as you are considerate and polite, staff are happy to see people take an interest in their store.

Be prepared! Make sure you know what the weather is going to be like before you accept jobs. I’ve been out in the teeth of a blizzard this month when I could have waited until the following day had I just planned ahead properly. But, be aware that others might brave the cold and perform the tasks you wanted to do!

Have you read the task requirements? Good. Read them again. Whether it’s a specific product line you have to locate or individual photo requirements, it’s all too easy to rush through it and miss an essential step. I’ve had a task rejected for this reason.

Enjoy your missions. Being a Roamler means being able to pick jobs at a time of your choosing, so make it work for you. Get used to the app, don’t be afraid to ask the team when you have queries in Messages and have fun!

I’d love to hear from any recently joined Roamlers so feel free to add me as friend on the app.

“You fulfil an important task for the client”

In Janary 2017 Dutch Roamler Dennie started with Roamler and reached level 2 in 2 days. Since that time he performs about 30 tasks per month and earns some extra pocket money with that. “Money can literally be found on the street,” he states a few times in the conversation, and he shares different experiences with performing Roamler tasks.

What is your reason to perform Roamler tasks?

The main reason to perform tasks is to earn some extra money. I also believe Roamler is an important company for the clients. The clients spend a lot of money on advertising and there are agreements on the promotions. If those agreements aren’t met, it’s going to cost the client a lot of money. That’s the beauty of Roamler; Roamler has a network to check how the promotions are executed in store.

I value honesty and believe people should always keep their promises, for instance on promotions. I often tell other Roamlers to be aware of the importance of their job to Roamler clients.

Know that you fulfil an important task for one of the brands you like or buy. You save them money and help them deliver a better experience to shoppers.

How do you perform tasks?

There are some stores I visit regularly for Roamler. It has happened that members of staff recognise me; ‘It’s that Roamler again!’. That is always nice to hear. I have only had one negative experience in a store, where they weren’t happy about what I had come to do.

In about 2% of the tasks I perform, I am approached by a member of staff. In those cases, I always explain the reason for my visit, what promotion I am looking into and that the client wants to know how it is executed in the store. After that, they usually let me continue. Some stores do ask me to sign in with the service desk beforehand next time.

I am a perfectionist and pay close attention to detail. I always use the optional question at the end to add relevant information to the submission. I do sometimes have discussions with the Roamler team about my submissions, especially when the task description wasn’t clear to me. They always answer my questions. I feel connected to Roamler as a company, mostly because of the nice team!

What tasks do you like best?

Well, I sometimes perform tasks in Belgium, and they had a task at a cafeteria. In this task you had to take a photo of the menu and you had to order a snack. The reimbursement was included in the reward. I am a big fan of Belgian fries and this task allowed me to eat them for free!

A while ago I was at the airport and I wanted to get something to eat. But why pay for it myself? I checked the Roamler app and saw a Red Bull task which earned me €6,50.
I will be going to London soon, and now that there are no extra costs for roaming in the EU, I can easily perform some tasks there, too! I really like that.

Before, I always accepted Belgian tasks right before I crossed the border. I would then perform the task and submit it using McDonald’s WiFi. Without the roaming costs, it has become a lot easier to perform tasks in other countries.

Tasks in which I can reveal myself as mystery shopper are my favourite. I always like to have a chat with people, and it makes me feel useful. I can show the client how his promotions are executed and can make sure everything looks perfect.

Dannie is a bus driver in public transport and is studying law.

Do you still have time for Roamler? When do you perform tasks?

As a bus driver, I sometimes work split shifts. On a day like that I start at a quarter to seven and finish at half past nine. My next shift that day starts at half past two and ends at seven, so I haven’t got anything to do in between those shifts. Those are horrible days, they are very long but I only get paid for 6 or 7 hours, because I’m not working in the hours in between. That’s when I always perform Roamler tasks. I open the app and just start Roamlering.

Last summer I went to the beach and saw some tasks available at petrol stations nearby. I made an additional €60 that day, by not going home directly, but performing the tasks at all the petrol stations on the way home.

I always say: ‘there is money to be earned everywhere!’. There are Roamler tasks everywhere; whenever you have a bit of time to spare, you can always earn some money with Roamler.

Since April 2017 Dannie also performs Roamler Merchandising tasks. He has performed over 50 successful Roamler Merchandising so far. (Roamler Merchandisers, previously known as Roamler Works, have an extra set of tasks available for them, like setting up displays or facing up shelves. If you are interested in performing these kind of tasks in the UK, keep a close eye on the app in the following months).

What is it about Roamler Merchandising that you like?

First of all, the diversity in tasks makes it fun to do Roamler Merchandising tasks. The rewards for these tasks are great too.

A while ago I was in a supermarket for Roamler Merchandising. I introduced myself and explained I was going to perfect the Red Bull fixture, to save them some time. ‘Facing up the products is important, but you won’t have time for that.’

The manager was surprised, but was really happy with some free help. And I just did what I had to do. At that moment you’re doing valuable work for Roamler and Red Bull. That alone is reason enough for me to perform Roamler Merchandising tasks. When you’re finished facing up, the fixture looks all nice again. The Roamler Merchandising tasks are all very rewarding, which motivates me.

I also enjoyed the Merchandising tasks in which we had to go to banks, take down old posters and put up new ones. At times like these you realise how brilliant the concept of Roamler is. The people at the bank don’t have much time to change the posters themselves, and I think it’s great Roamlers can do it for them.

Roamler really is a great company to work with. We all do fairly easy tasks, that benefit everyone: the client, Roamler, and the Roamlers!

We provide clients with the extra pair of eyes they need, and Roamler and their Roamlers earn money from that.