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.

Roamler Reply: Peter

Peter's girlfriend depicting Michael Jackson's 'Bad'

I first started using Roamler during the Olympics after helping my girlfriend set up props for a couple of tasks. I quickly realised how much fun it was and the turning point was probably when I helped her set up a picture to depict an album cover. I knew then that I would have to get the app because it looked like so much ridiculous fun! Now we both regularly go and perform Roamler tasks, sometimes as a team effort, sometimes scooping each other to complete a task at a certain location… It’s a pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Peter's entry for 'Photo a Week: Animals' with which he's won a prize

I sometimes see Roamler as a way of developing my photography. Setting up imaginative shots, or editing photos to post (like creating special shots by combining multiple photos) for the creative shots; I even bought a photo editing app just to create some images. It also gives inspiration to take pictures of things I wouldn’t normally look twice at – eggs in the supermarket? Glasses of water in the pubs – I got a bit of abuse form my friends when I took out my phone after ordering some drinks and a glass of water just to take a photo of
the water.

Filming Location for 'The Flying Scotsman' in Glasgow

I enjoy my films, and am very proud of my home city – Glasgow. One of my all time favourite tasks was one where we had to go around and take pictures of all the filming locations we could find, it made me appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a great city!

 

 

 

I was really surprised at how great the banter (as we say up in the grey north) in the personal responses is. Not only do they respond to your tasks, but will also discuss suggestions for different tasks. It gives a real personal touch to the whole Roamler experience, and makes me feel like I’m contributing. I have enjoyed receiving comments on all of the different tasks, from explaining granny’s recipes and dieting habits to sci-fi films and instructional videos on Youtube.

I’ve definitely started to view everything differently since starting to use Roamler, not just as potential photo opportunities; as a result of some of the social tasks, I’ve started to think more about what I can do to help people and how the built environment might seem to people who experience the world differently.

I’m already planning how I’m going to complete my next task, and looking forward to the response from the Roamler team.

Happy Roamling!
Peter

Roamler Reply: Ankur

Been in London for 7 years … and I’m finally starting to discover it – welcome to Roamler!

One of many 'Filming Locations' entries from Ankur: The Langham Hotel in London, used for the film Goldeneye.

I don’t think I have ever walked so much as I have in September, since I joined Roamler, finding the best routes to new neighbourhoods … finding if there is a hidden gem round the corner from my friend’s house, or a treasure chest round the corner from mine … My favourite task till date is the Movie Locations one – I think I did about 30 of them (1500XP – read it and weep :P) – but to find out that almost all of Love Actually and Notting Hill (2 of my fav films) were shot all around my vicinity was fascinating!!!

Roamler is having a great effect on my health indirectly too – on the days I have to go out and perform tasks, I end up walking for a couple of hours … which is great!!! I live too much of my life indoors between office and work – so to have a couple of hours out and about a week – with the Flower Check task for example is great fun. Also ofcourse, coming up with the suite of excuses when people ask you why you are taking photos. I’ve now apparently been doing flower and plants research for my girl-friend / my mother / my aunt …. Love the excuses!

One of the many 'Flower check' entries that Ankur submits every week 🙂

Oh, and the absolute agony of a Rejected task … don’ think life prepares you for moments like this. It is clear the Roamler admin run a tight ship … where even Rank 3 and 4 folks are reprimanded for lapses in concentration and blurry photographs. But it does keep one sharp, and focussed at the task at hand. And FINALLY, I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth from my Oyster travel-card … it’s my best friend these days :).

Lovely London with better weather than Holland!

All in all, thanks Roamler – you have shown me, and taught me, more about London than I ever knew … made me think about my unworn clothes (which I wore promptly), my grandparents’ wedding photos, and even how wheelchair accessible London is. I’m sure you’ll continue to astonish and intrigue me … Looking forward to it!!

Ankur – logging off! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Roamler Reply: Hannah

After starting university last year I found myself with loads of free time, and ended up finding the wonder that is Roamler, through studentbeans.com. I actually study marketing at uni so I thought: “GREAT, this is perfect to help me understand a different type of market research.” Turns out that I didn’t use it with a marketing head on, instead I found it fun to participate in new tasks and eagerly anticipate the reply to see if they have been accepted! (I love the fact each reply is unique which makes me feel that my opinion actually matters!) It soon became part of my day, checking to see if there were any new tasks for me to do. Some days I would attempt five or more tasks, safe to say I got a little addicted! I soon made it on to the general leaderboard!

I am the type of person who likes to reach a goal, which Roamler provides perfectly! Seeing my experience points forever increasing and then leading to the next level gives me a sense of satisfaction. However it isn’t just the levels to motivate me, for some tasks you even get paid!! One task in particular asked for a photo of how Heineken is presented to you, this meant I HAD to go to the pub and get myself a drink and getting paid to do so, what a shame! 😉
A great thing I found is that you don’t have to go out of your way to complete tasks, once being notified of a task nearby it is usually where I am heading anyway! I was on my way to Tesco for the weekly shop when Roamler popped up on my phone, asking of I could take some photos of the egg display, to be perfectly honestly this reminded me I needed eggs! And there are also the home tasks which require very little effort, perfect for me!
The large variety of tasks means there is always something I will be interested in. If there is a football task, which is exactly my cup of tea, there will constantly be an alternative! The range of tasks go from ‘Getting to know you’ which is all about us the Roamlers, to ‘Granny knows best’ about helpful tips, which was great! I have even got my housemates involved in creating a giant post-it heart on our window for one task, which lead to a few of them downloading the app themselves!

One last little bit, on Facebook there are occasionally links to a blog post about a bunch of our entries all put together which I love to see what other Roamlers are saying 🙂 If you are simply thinking about becoming a Roamler I HIGHLY recommend it! It is something completely unique and you can even pocket a little money! 🙂

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Roamler Reply: Ben

I came to Roamler from what is probably quite an unusual route. I work in marketing as a brand strategy consultant and market research is a part of my job so my initial interest was based on professional curiosity.

I heard about Roamler through a trends and business spotting website called Springwise. I saw what they were trying to do, use the power of the crowd to understand what was happening in store and around the city so I signed up to give it a go!

After professional curiosity Roamler grew into a new little fun hobby that I do when I have some time! Now it fits into those things that you check absentmindedly: Facebook, Twitter, the news… Roamler!

To best illustrate what I like about Roamler and how I use it, I’d like to tell two stories that involve two conflicting interests of mine, food and cycling.

 


Food

I was just getting ready to cook dinner and realized I had ran out of a few key ingredients. It was late and I contemplated just making do, but realized food for breakfast was also looking sparse so decided to head to my local mini supermarket.

On the way I checked out Roamler and realized there were two tasks I could complete in the same shop I was visiting! So a few pictures of bananas and eggs later, along with answering a few questions and I was done. The best part of this was spending £8 on food but earning £4.50 from completing tasks. Thanks for breakfast Roamler!

Cycling
I’m a keen cyclist and it works really well with that hobby too. One day I wanted to go for a ride but wasn’t sure of a route. I ended up constructing one out of 2 different Roamler tasks that were quite a way apart. I managed to complete the first one that wasn’t too far away, taking pictures of flowers in Sainsbury’s and then set off on my next Roamler pitstop.

After about 45 minutes of fairly brisk cycling, although I am no Bradley Wiggins, I arrived at the location of the second Roamler task. Again it was flower based, but after riding up and down the road in the description the shop I was supposed to visit wasn’t there! I took a picture of the road sign I was on and the location the shop was supposed to be at and submitted my task informing the team I couldn’t find the shop thinking the task would be rejected. This was pretty annoying as I was looking forward to doing the task and I now wouldn’t get the money or experience points on offer!

But very quickly the Roamler team got back to me saying I had been successful in completing the task and apologizing for the mix up. Result!

I hope these stories have given you a flavour of how I use Roamler, for me it’s something fun you can build into your day to day life whatever you find yourself getting up to. The team are great and the range of tasks will always keep you entertained, so I suggest giving it a try! (And no I haven’t been paid to say any of this! I just think it’s cool!)

 

Roamler Reply: David

I guess if you are reading this you are already a Roamler. If you are only thinking about it, please read my story!

Just over a week ago I joined Roamler after it was recommended to me by my Sister in law over dinner: “Its great”, Emma said , “you complete tasks to gain points and unlock new tasks and some tasks you get paid for completing.” As soon as I got home I checked the app store and installed the app. After 2 minutes the easy to create account was set up and I was ready to Go, Go, Go!
In the last seven days I’ve completed just over 20 tasks, sometimes the tasks are interlinked and you have to complete one task to unlock another. After starting I was in 43rd position and as you can see after 7 days I’m now top of the leaderboard with 1110 xp. I’m ADDICTED to Roamler it’s just a cool app with the added bonus. To be competitive AND a great way to earn a few extra pounds.
As you can see I’ve posted some screen shots so you can see for yourselves. I’ve earned £11.50 which I can cash out to my paypal account at anytime. I’ve earned some badges along the way too but most importantly, ALL the tasks are optional and not 100’s of miles away.
I hope this goes some way to helping make things clear, or as Roamler would say: “Describe it in more than 10 words”. Here it goes: exiting, creative, unique, rewarding, challenging, addictive, fun, different, easy, fresh, innovative!

See you soon Roamlings 🙂

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Roamler Reply: Catherine

I started using Roamler a few months ago, finding it by chance when looking for ways to earn a little extra money. Being a student with a serious shopping issue I leapt at the chance, but soon found that Roamler offered a great deal more than I thought it would!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent the first few days carrying out tasks around the house; drawing Roamler pictures of hot air balloons and sending pictures of out of date flour. The time came to get out in the big wide world and, I have to admit, I was a bit scared! One of the first Scout tasks I undertook was in a supermarket near my house. I looked really shady hanging around the soft drinks, and after a few minutes I lost my nerve and left. I composed myself and went back inside, and felt rather pleased with myself when the task was accepted! From then on, there was no stopping me!

My favourite tasks are always the ones where I get to be a bit creative; it’s something my degree doesn’t really require – so I love to think a bit laterally to complete a task! I even found myself completing a task during a lecture, a neat little pen drawing of how Roamler fits in to my day!

I find myself spending more time thinking about my surroundings too; trying to find the perfect opportunity to photograph a rainbow for the Mother Nature task (almost becoming a preoccupation) and searching for a slug, which in England at the moment is proving harder than it should be!

It has even made me go through old photographs, something which I never do – and I found myself the perfect unique number – 26, iced on a birthday cake lovingly crafted last year by my boyfriend. Let’s hope it’ll be lucky for me!

So, a few months on I’m still probably the rather awkward looking lady in Tesco trying to both take a photo and pretend to text (all whilst leaning on an opposite freezer to get a decent picture); but Roamler is fantastic fun and has honestly become part of my day to day life. I think I sometimes see other Roamlers around and about, taking pictures of random stuff. If I do then that’s great and hello to you all; if they’re not they should really get on board, they’re wasting a talent!

Nice work Roamler!

Roamler Reply: Matthew

“Have you heard of this new thing, Roamler?”

“No, what is it?”

“It’s this app where you take photos of things, answer questions and sometimes you get paid.”

I was sold. I downloaded the app at that very moment and from then on I’ve been hooked. Ever since I completed the “Welcome to Roamler!” task the app has become a huge part of my life. I find myself always checking for new tasks that allow me get out into my local surroundings or for tasks that I can easily complete at home.

Tasks such as, “Into the Unknown”, “Pollution” and “Mud, Pints & Rock ‘n Roll” allowed me to become an explorer, searching for the keys that unlock the chest to the XP that allows you to boost your profile and help you climb up that leaderboard.

One of Roamlers huge positives for me is that it takes a huge interest in its users. Tasks such as, “What do you do?” and “When I grow up” allowed me to tell HQ that I want to become a school teacher but that I once wanted to be a footballer. Their replies are fast but it’s not just a simple well done, pat on the back. They ask you questions, show their enthusiasm and seem generally interested in your entries, which I think is what makes Roamler such a fantastic, personal and interactive universe.

My favourite tasks to complete have been “Blackout Poetry”, “Rock around the clock” and “Place your bets”. I really enjoyed “Blackout Poetry” as I was extremely proud of what I had created. It’s a difficult task that included around half and hour leafing through a magazine trying to find a good starting point. Once I completed the task I was very happy with it. I enjoyed the tasks “Rock around the clock” and “Place your bets” as they allowed to me talk about things I was really interested in like music and football. Again the tasks were met with enthusiasm and interest from HQ showing that they want to make Roamler as personal a service as they can make it, which is excellent!

A big part of Roamler is the paid scouting tasks. These are definitely my favourite category of tasks as not only do they make you feel like a spy but also you get paid for it. Up to now I have checked Heineken, paint, Coca Cola and eggs to name a few. Roamler makes you a mystery shopper and there is a certain thrill that comes from helping a company and gaining money while doing it.
Tasks such as “What would you like to?” and “What’s in store” allowed myself and other Roamlers to voice their opinion on what paid tasks we would like to see in the future which again shows HQ that they are interested in what we have to say and showing that it is not only a service for them but a service for us by allowing everyone’s voice to be heard.


This rang well and true just a few days ago when I noticed the task, “Coffee check”. As I was reading the briefing I thought it sounded very similar to the task I suggested in “What’s in store”. Then suddenly I read, “Matthew G. came up with the idea of this task”. I feel extremely happy and proud to have my ideas and name associated with this task. It feels great to know that Roamlers are going out to complete MY task and I am very thankful that Roamler appreciated my ideas.

I cannot speak more highly of Roamler. It is a fantastic app that allows us to explore, think, reflect and predict on situations, events and products in our daily life while not only gaining valuable life skills, but a bit of dosh on the side. ROAMLER ROCKS!

Like to share your Roamler experiences with others as well? Please send an email to anneclaire@roamler.com!

Roamler Reply: Carolyn

I joined Roamler at the start of June and was hooked within about 2 minutes! I have been a big fan of apps like Instagram or Foursquare for a while, but Roamler is the very addictive combination of challenges and photos. I love the challenges because they fit so well into your day to day life – giving a stroll round town an extra dimension or making you think outside the box during an evening at home. I love the mix of more creative and reward tasks – I am always on the lookout for cool street art but I never thought I’d be standing in Tesco counting eggs and thinking it was fun!

It’s not just the challenges that have kept me Roamling, who can resist the chance to beat your friends and get more points? More than once I found myself hunting for street musicians or wishing I drank Heineken after a cheeky email from a friend saying they had more points than me! The new update has been great too – I love seeing how my friends complete tasks and the pictures they have taken.

There have been some great tasks, one of my favourites was the ‘Favourite App’ task showing just what a geek I am by combining Instagram and Roamler! And more recently I enjoyed the ‘What’s In Store’ task coming up with possible new tasks for other Roamlers is great fun and got me using my background in marketing.

One thing that makes Roamler really unique and even more engaging is the personal response from the team. Probably like most people I assumed there would be an automatic response, but the first message from Fleur was a pleasant surprise! It’s really cool to hear Fleur, Anne-Claire, Merel or one of the team’s reactions to the task and – as we say in Scotland – it’s great banter!

I’m now about two or three tasks away from Level 3 (and of course trying to race ahead of my friends!) and I have to say that checking the app for new tasks is now a regular occurrence! I love Roamling and have definitely been encouraging my friends and family to get involved – I’m sure this is one app that I’ll be hooked on for a while!