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Top Referral Offers to Convert Prospects to Customers

By Sunil Saha

May 23, 2022

There are two components to any referral program. What’s in it for the referrer (your client) and what’s in it for the prospect. While many businesses focus on how to create an incentive for their current customers to bring in someone new, what you offer to their friends matters just as much, if not more, in how likely you are to convert them to a paying customer.

We researched the referral offers for hundreds of businesses using Perkville to identify what types of offers are most common and which offers convert the best.*

The best referral offer for fitness.

Thirty-eight percent of Perkville customers in the fitness industry used a free offer for referred prospects. These free offers included a free day pass or free class. Fitness businesses using this type of offer had an average 11% conversion rate—meaning 11% of prospects sent this offer became paying customers.

Another 28% of fitness businesses used an offer with a discounted price such as a discounted class pack or month of membership. These introductory offers included 30 days for $30 memberships or 10 classes for $100. These fitness businesses had a better average conversion rate of 13%. That’s right—offering a free incentive usually isn’t worth it.

The best referral offer for salons.

Thirty-six percent of salons using Perkville used an offer showing the amount off such as $20 off your first service. These salons had an average conversion rate of 11%. Another 36% of salons used discounts like 25% off your visit. These salons had an average conversion rate of only 6%.

The best referral offer for spas.

Thirty percent of spas used a percentage off discount offer like 25% off your first service. These spas had an average conversion rate of 9%. Fourteen percent of spas used an offer with a discounted price like a new client massage for $49. These spas had an average conversion rate of only 4%.  

We hope these stats help inform how you structure your referral program.

*Perkville aggregate referral data. April-Jun 2018.

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About the author:

Sunil Saha



Sunil founded Perkville to help small- and medium-sized businesses compete with large companies by giving them a powerful, yet affordable rewards program. Today, Perkville has grown to serve over 2,000 locations worldwide.

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