Free samples are a popular marketing strategy, since it lets businesses send product samples to those who are interested while increasing the odds they’ll buy the product. The challenge for interested consumers is finding legitimate and useful free samples without being bombarded with offers. Here are a few pointers on how to get your hands on free samples.
Visit the Big Box Mart on a Weekend
Many people go grocery shopping over the weekend and it is during these peak shopping times that booths get set up to offer free samples. This is a great time to taste test free samples of food. If you like it, there’s a good chance you can score coupons, too, from the presenter. Check the coupons at the bottom of your receipt, too, since they tend to give you discounts or coupons for free items in an attempt to lure you back.
Check Your Loyalty Program Emails
Many companies offer freebies as an incentive to keep people engaged with their loyalty program and its marketing emails. There’s a good chance your grocery store has sent you a coupon for free items, both as a thank you for being a customer and to get you as a regular customer. A side benefit of this strategy is that you don’t have to give anyone else your contact information; they already have it. And the freebies they offer are likely something you’d try, since they tend to make recommendations based on what you already buy or your demographics.
If you’re in any other type of loyalty program, check the incentives and rewards they offer. For example, your travel awards program may let you redeem points for books, concert tickets, household items or gift cards instead of discounts on your next trip.
A possible way to earn freebies is to refer a friend through your existing loyalty program. There is a good chance you could get incentives, discounts or other freebies whether you get them to sign up with your utility provider or an online newsletter.
Utilize Freebie Sites
There are websites that exist simply to aggregate legitimate freebies. Sites like My Free Deals allow you to search through lists of freebies so that you can find the ones you want. Some sites require you to sign up for membership to access freebies, while others offer true freebies though the ability to access a freebie may be limited to those already signed up with a freebie/marketing program.
Many freebie sites are able to host giveaways of good freebies like snack packs, sample boxes and books because they’re given the items by the supplier and asked to give it away to generate serious social media buzz about the product. Look for these giveaways for the chance to score free gift cards, swag or boxes of items.
Freebies are a proven marketing tactic, but they don’t always come with no strings attached. You can reduce the odds of being spammed by sticking with legitimate freebie sites or going through the marketing channels of businesses and services you already use.