Influenster is a program that I've tried twice and had nothing but frustration with ... until now. I don't remember if I've blogged about it before, or if I've just grumbled about it somewhere along the way. Earlier this year, when I'd considered making this blog a review blog, I'd heard about the Influenster program through some YouTubers. I checked it out and thought it would be great fun. If you don't know, it's a totally free program where you 'earn' products to try and then review and discuss them through social media like blogs, Twitter, Facebook. You create a profile on the Influenster site, and then you unlock badges related to different areas or interests. You unlock these badges by answering questions, linking your accounts, etc. That part was fun. Then it all got frustrating.
Back when I first signed up the website was so uninformative. You were limited on how many badges you could unlock but it didn't really tell you that. So I just went through the list starting from the beginning, instead of picking the areas I was most interested in. And then there was nothing. No way to earn more badges. No extra things to do to boost your chances of earning products. No sort of news on the homepage or anything. Just nothing. So I rage quit. (Ha, gamer terms.) I wanted to delete my account but couldn't. I think I had to email them or something, and then they only deactivated it.
Some time went by and I heard others talking about the program more, and that there had been some changes. So I tried to sign up again. Ah, but it told me my name/email were already associated with the program. Really? Cuz I closed that account. So I can reopen it if it's still there, right? Nope. Contacted them to ask about reactivating. No, we can't do that. Oh, well then can you get rid of my info so I can sign up again? Uh, no, but you can use a different email address. Wtf? *rage quit #2*
Or maybe I did sign up again with a different address. I can't remember the order of events.
Anyhoo! More time goes by and I see someone who does almost nothing online get a one of the Influenster boxes. Really???? So once again, apparently just having a YouTube channel is the key to it all, even if that channel is crap and barely active. Maybe that was when Rage Quit #2 happened.
Shortly after that I got an email notification that I was on the list of possibles to get the next box. All I had to do was log in, fill out the special survey, and wait. Well, that's fabulous except I can't log in to that account because you say it doesn't exist and can't be reopened, even though the site tells me the email addy is still stored and, hello, you just sent me a notification for the program. Whatever, people.
Fast forward to now. Maybe two weeks ago I received another such notification, and I once again tried figuring out how to either reopen that account or get it deleted once and for all. Somewhere in my raging anger, I noticed THIS notification was sent to my second account addy (which is forwarded to my main addy). DOH! Duh me! Once I discovered that I was able to get into that second account and fill out the survey. While there I found tons of changes to the website and the program. I was having fun filling out the surveys and things, unlocking badges, raising my 'influence' score . . . and then again received the message that I'd reached the limit on badges. I wish you'd make that clearer from the start, guys!
But whatever. I filled out the survey, tended my profile, and waited. I was actually quite surprised to get word that I would indeed be getting a box. Woot!
I guess I didn't realize there were so many different products in the boxes. Or maybe that's one of the changes since I was last paying attention. This was almost like a Cravebox! Yay!
This is the Venus Embrace razor, with an extra packet of interchangeable Venus & Olay replacement blades, and $2.00 off coupon. Pretty nice for freebies. Plus, the organza bag these came in could come in handy during this holiday season to put small gifts or something in.
So after a rough start in this program, I must admit that I'm quite thrilled and impressed with the boxes they send out. I know they have different types of boxes (this one is the Cosmo, remember) that different people are selected for based on their interests or however it works. I know each type of box is different, but I don't know if each box within the same type contains all the same things. Like, did everyone who got this Cosmo box get exactly the same items I got? Or did some get a different flavor chocolate, or different color pen, or different B&BW scent? That I'm not sure about.
And I realize that trashing the program as I did at the beginning of this post doesn't do much to earn me points, but on the other hand it points out some very real and frustrating trouble spots in the program. Maybe I'll never get another box. Who knows? Considering I did nothing the past how many months to even boost my chances of earning this one, I wonder if it really matters? Still, I will do all the followup things they want us to do, and I will try to stay more active on the site now that I know I *can* get something without a YouTube channel. But whatever happens, I was bucket loads of thrilled to have received all these goodies!
Disclaimer - I received each product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.