What is Tell A Friend King? Tell A Friend King is an easy to use, viral "Tell A Friend" marketing tool for your website. It will help you get more high-quality web traffic, better conversion rates, and honest visitor feedback.
How does it work?
It's Easy! You simply cut-and-paste a bit of text into your web pages. Your visitors can then use it to send personal messages to their friends, inviting them to that specific page, or any page you choose.
Now each friend receives an attractive, personalized invitation, from someone they know, recommending your website, along with an easy-to-follow link right to that page.
Now their friends visit your site and recommend it to their friends, who recommend it to their friends, who...
There are a lot of great options and features that let you control how the whole process works. See our features page, or try it free.
How long is it? 14 Days. What's included? Everything. You get full membership, the same as our paid members, for 14 days. There are no usage caps, disabled features, or 'trial version' notices. Do I need a credit card? No. Payment information is not necessary for your free trial. How do I start? Sign up through our free trial page. How do I change to paid membership? After logging in, your free trial can be upgraded from the 'My Account' page. If your free trial has already expired, logging in will bring you to the sign up page. Will my settings carry over to paid membership? Yes. There will be no disruption in service, and all of your settings, reports, etc. will be carried over. How do I cancel? It is not necessary to cancel your free trial - it will cancel itself if you choose not to sign up. However, if you want to cancel it ahead of time, you can do so from the 'My Account' page after logging in. Can I have extra time? Yes. If you need more time to test the service we'll be happy to extend your free trial. Just contact us to ask for a free trial extension. Will I be signed up automatically at the end? No. If you choose not to sign up, your free trial will simply cancel itself. top
How do I sign up? All memberships begin as free trials. To sign up for a regular membership, first sign up for a free trial here, then upgrade to regular membership from the 'My Account' page. Do you have different levels of membership? No. We don't have bronze, silver, gold, pro, etc. Our regular service and options can fit any website, and we want to spend our time adding new features, not disabling them to promote upgrades to more expensive levels. I have several websites - do I need multiple memberships? No. You can manage multiple forms and websites through a single membership. See your 'My Account' page after logging in. Are there usage limits, max. referrals per day, month, etc?
No. At this time we do not limit the number of referrals that can be received.
We use quality servers in an excellent datacenter and are happy to expand our resources as necessary to help our members get as many referrals as they can.
However, we do reserve the right to add usage limits if it ever becomes necessary.
We also reserve the right to move exceptionally active accounts to a custom version of our service on a dedicated server, to minimize their impact on our other members. In the years that we've been in business, this has never yet been necessary.
Billing & Renewal:
What does membership cost? For current pricing information, please see our membership fees. Will it renew automatically? Yes. Your membership will renew automatically until canceled. How often will it renew? Either monthly or yearly, depending on your preferences. Is there a minimum contract? No. You can cancel at any time. How do I cancel? You can cancel your membership by phone, email or though the contact form in the members section. What types of payment do you accept? We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. We can also accept your check or PayPal payment, though we request annual renewal for these payment methods. If you would like to use check or PayPal, please contact us for instructions. top
What support options do you have? We offer support by phone or email. Be sure to see the 'Great Support' section on our features page. I have a question - can I call you? Yes. You can contact us by phone or email here. top
The Tell A Friend King Service:
Where can I use it?:
Will it work with my website? Yes. It will work with any website. Will it work with my email? Yes. top
Can visitors refer a specific page? Yes. The form will auto-detect the referred page, and send a link to that specific page. You can also override this with a landing page. Can I control what pages are referred? Yes. You can specify a landing page for the entire service, or on a per-button basis, which will override auto-detection of the referred page. Can people be referred from one page to another? Yes. Can I include a link to my home page? Yes. You can include a link to your home page, along with the page being referred. When someone 'tells a friend' from an email, what web page will be sent to their friends? You will specify the web address to be referred when you create the 'tell a friend' button for your email. This can be your home page, a general landing page, or a landing page for a mail-blast. Does it work with dynamic pages? Example: http://www.example.com/path/to/page.php?category=234&view=columns
Yes. As long as the page is specified through the URL, dynamic pages can be referred with no problem. Does it work with named anchors (page sections)? Example: http://www.example.com/page.html#page_section
The 'Tell A Friend' Form:
Does a visitor have to leave the page to make a referral? No. They will be left on the original page after making a referral, unless you want them to be forwarded to a confirmation page. Will the 'tell a friend' form be blocked by pop-up blockers? No. The 'tell a friend' form is not a pop-up window. It won't be blocked by most pop-up blockers.
A 'pop-up' window opens automatically WITHOUT user permission or request. It is NOT triggered by the visitor.
The referral form opens in a new window, but only by the visitor's REQUEST. Since the visitor requests the form with a click, almost all pop-up blockers will allow it.
If an over-protective pop-up blocker does block the referral form, the script will detect this and ask the visitor to temporarily disable their pop-up blocker or allow an exception.
Can I embed my referral form into a page on my website? Yes. Just specify 'embedded form' when you create the referral code to add to your website. Can I customize the 'tell a friend' form? Yes. You can upload your logo, specify your colors, and add special content to the form. Can I add custom content or incentives to the 'tell a friend' form? Yes. You can add your own content, special offers, coupons, rewards, etc, to the form. Can I use SSL for the form? Yes. Your referral buttons and form will work as regular links (http) or secure links (https) with SSL. Should I use SSL for the form? Using SSL encrypts communication between your website and visitors. This prevents other people from 'sniffing' or reading it along the way. A good rule of thumb is to use the SSL version of Tell A Friend King on any of your pages that would normally use SSL, and the plain version on other pages. Is there a difference between the SSL and regular version? No. All of your settings, reports, etc, are exactly the same. The only difference is that you use secure links (via https) to link to the secure version. Can I customize the 'tell a friend' form? Yes. You can upload your logo, specify your colors, and add special content to the form. Can I add custom content to the 'tell a friend' form? Yes. You can add your own content, special offers, coupons, rewards, etc, to the form. Can I offer incentives or rewards to referral senders? Yes. You can offer incentives, special rewards, digital content like coupons and ebooks, etc, to the form. top
The 'Tell A Friend' Invitations:
What format are the referral emails sent out in? They are sent out in both HTML and plain text formats. Most people will see the HTML version, but people who don't have HTML email available will see the plain text version automatically. What about people who's email software won't read HTML email? Each referral contains an embedded plain text version that will be automatically displayed for people who can't format HTML email. Does the actual page get sent, or just a link to it? A link. Most web pages won't display properly in an email. Sending the actual page would result in a variety of problems like out of date information, broken links, missing images, etc. Can I customize the 'tell a friend' email? Yes. You can upload your logo, specify your colors, and add special content to the email. Can I add custom content to the 'tell a friend' email? Yes. You can add your own content, special offers, coupons, rewards, etc, to the email. Can I offer incentives or rewards to recipients? Yes. You can offer incentives, special rewards, digital content like coupons and ebooks, etc, to recipients via the invitation email. top
Opt-In List Building:
Can the sender join my opt-in list? Yes. The sender can join your opt-in email list with an opt-in checkbox on the 'tell a friend' form. Can the recipients join my opt-in list? Yes. The recipients can join your opt-in email list with an opt-in link in the referral invitation they receive. Can one person opt-in for another? No. That would not be a valid opt-in. Does it include an autoresponder? No. It will help you build your opt-in list by allowing senders and recipients to opt-in, but does not include an autoresponder, email marketing or list management. In order to use your list, you will need to import it to your autoresponder or email marketing provider. Can I import my opt-in list to my autoresponder? Yes. You can download your list for import to your auto-responder or email marketing software. If you use an email marketing service provider, please make sure that your email marketing provider allows list import, as some do not. Do you offer actual opt-in list management? No. We only help you build your opt-in list. In order to send email, manage your list, process opt-out requests, suppression lists, etc, you will need an autoresponder or email marketing provider. Do you offer an auto-responder service or email marketing? No. At this time, Tell A Friend King is for 'tell a friend' marketing only. top
Reports & Statistics:
What type of reports are available?
Your reports come in three categories.
Statistics including referrals by date, referrer, page popularity, etc.
Opt-In Email List for viewing online or download into your own software or email marketing provider.
Can I tell how many people are making referrals? Yes. You have usage statistics including your number of referrals, time, date, which pages are most popular, and other reports. You also have options for instant referral notifications to your email. Can I see the actual referrals? Yes. Depending on your settings, you can store full copies of all referrals in your referral archive. You can view/sort them online or download them into your own spreadsheets or other software for analysis. top
Design & Branding:
Will it mess up the design of my website? Not at all. Your referral buttons and links can match your website design 100%. You can use your own button image, a text link, a button you create with our easy button creator, or embed the form directly into your website. Can I customize the design of my 'Tell A Friend' form?
Yes. You can choose your own colors, upload your logo, and add your own special content. Can I customize the design of the referral that visitors will send?
Are there any technical requirements? No. As long as you can add text or a link to your website, you can use Tell A Friend King. Will it work on my website? Yes. It will work on ANY website. Will I have to install anything on my server? No, there is nothing to install. If you can add text or a link to your web pages, you will be fine. My website is hosted on _____, is that ok?
(windows / UNIX / etc)
Yes. It will work no matter what type of web server you site is hosted on.(windows, linux, etc.) My website is built with _____, is that ok?
Yes. It will work no matter what technology or programming language your website uses. (php, c#, ajax, jsp, etc.) top
Are there any maintenance requirements?
No. We take care of all maintenance.
Staying up to date couldn't be easier - we do everything.
You will ALWAYS be current with up-to-date technology.
You will NEVER have to download or install a new version.
Updates are free for life.
Updates are self-installing. Instant, automatic, and hands-off.
New features are available automatically for free.
What type of security do you have?
Our system is protected from spiders, spambots, human hackers, spammers, and abusers.
See the 'Security' section of our features page in addition to the highlights below.
Adaptive Multi-Routine Graphical Challenge (CAPTCHA):
We offer graphical challenge (CAPTCHA), so you can challenge each referral if you like. Our CAPTCHA includes multiple graphical challenge routines of escalating difficulty, and is automatically updated to overcome the latest OCR / CAPTCHA-breaking routines.
However, CAPTCHA is not always necessary - we have other security methods in place.
Other Abuse & Spam Prevention Methods:
We have 24/7 monitoring, adaptive network and pattern analysis, and multiple layers of abuse prevention, including automatic CAPTCHAs of escalating difficulty, variable-length service delay and denial periods, and escalation to human investigation and intervention.
Live Security Staff & Maintenance
We also have live security staff for incident investigation and prevention, security updates, etc.