I love reward programs and one of my faves is EXPO (or ExpoTV). Basically, you upload video reviews of products and earn points for doing so. “Earning rewards is fun and easy! If you’ve got an opinion, you’ve come to the right place. EXPO members earn points, redeemable for great gear, by voicing their honest opinions about products they buy and sharing consumer experiences in video with the rest of the world.” There are 4 main programs within EXPO and here is a little bit about each one:
SPECIAL INVITATION: Receive email invitations to participate in programs where you’ll be asked to upload product reviews and share thoughts on seasonal topics. You’ll be specially selected, so be sure to share your thoughts. Earn 300-500 points for each video. (I have reviewed Dawn w/Olay, Cascade Action Packs and was invited to a 2,000 point Kashi cereal program)
MOST WANTED: These are the product reviews EXPO wants the MOST. Check out the Most Wanted list every month and see if you own the latest products people are buzzing about. Submit a video review and earn big points! Earn 500 – 2,500 points for each video. (I reviewed an Xbox Kinect game, with my son playing in the background, and earned 1,500 points)
TRYOLOGY: Get free products to sample and review–sometimes before they hit store shelves! Learn more about the Tryology Program and see if you quality for any of our current programs. Earn free products. (I’ve qualified to test Tide Washing Machine Cleaner and Suave Keratin Treatment. They have had Tryology programs for men from Norelco giving away a $199 razor and for big screen TVs!!)
DAILIES: You can upload reviews of any products you care about! Select any product you want and tell EXPO what you think–good or bad. Every video uploaded is a chance to win, so upload a new one every day.
NEW REFER FRIENDS: EXPO is now rewarding you for getting your friends to join in on the fun! Share your custom Refer-a-Friend URL with your friends and family and if they sign up and create a video, you’ll earn 200 Points. That means after 3 friends sign-up and upload a video, you have earned 600 points and can redeem for a $5 gift card! Check out the Refer-a-Friend page for easy Facebook, twitter and email sharing options.
At first I didn’t use the program much because of the whole video uploading piece. But once I figured out a new digital camera that also can take short videos; the process is a snap! I record my video review (making sure to follow all the requirements and going at least 1 min) and upload it straight off the SD card onto the EXPO site. When I first started, I earned 5800 points for 5 video reviews! So what does that 5800 points equate to? FREE GIFT CARDS and a lot of them! EXPO offers actual products and many gift cards through their rewards program. For 600 points you can get a $5 gift card to CVS or Amazon (nice to stack with Swagbucks earnings) and at 3000 points you can get a gift card for just about anything: Amazon, VISA, Darden Restaurants, Nike, Red Robin, iTunes and the list goes on!
I also have to share this funny story. You do sign a waiver that says the company of the product you are reviewing has the right to use your video. So if that doesn’t sit right with you, this is not a good program for you. I don’t mind- and a good thing too because excepts from one of my reviews (for my fave cereal Quaker Oat Squares). Ended up on a “commercial” on aol.com! Ha! My 15 min of fame! Of course now I make sure I have makeup on before doing a review! 😉