“ Get great rewards and prizes by collecting points on Coke Zone. Sport, music, entertainment, games, fashion and beauty - there is something for everyone! „
In this review I will talk a little about the website but mostly about the points and how to collect and use them. I don't know the technicalities of web design so can only say how I find it to use.
I have been using coke zone (www.cokezone.co.uk) for nearly two years now since I read a review about it here. The site has changed a little bit in the time I've used it, I don't really find much difference in how it works, it's still not the fastest, though a little faster than it was. They have tarted it up a bit and it looks more modern but it's pretty much the same with a little more emphasis on advertising and sponsorship.
Joining the site is easy, all you do is click on register and enter your details and voilà you're on. You get a few points for joining, and there are mini surveys and polls which you get a few points for answering. These polls are not like the huge hour long things you can get with sites like valued opinions and usually only consist of selecting responses to one or two questions. These little polls are few and far between and your best way to collect points is from the drinks themselves. You can also recommend friends for which you get 20 points once they start using the site and have accumulated their first points. Once you've joined it's easy to enter your points codes. The box to do so is right at the top and says "enter code to collect points" your total updates in a window to the left, if you mess up your entry -which is very easy to do as it's so difficult to read the damn codes - it doesn't matter just put it in again.
The site seems to offer quite a lot for people who are active online, giving options to get Coke 'news' before anyone else and links to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. They've also been sponsoring the bloody annoying 'Nominate a future flame' thing that's been saturating the airwaves lately, thankfully, in my opinion that ended yesterday (5.Sept.11). They have taken some trouble to make the site something you might stay on for a while and explore and use for other things than simply adding to or redeeming points. For me this doesn't have any attraction at all and I just nip on add my points, check on the total and have a quick sniff to see if there is anything decent on offer and bugger off again until the next time, which could be in a couple of weeks.
The site offers a range of rewards, a few examples are free stuff such as wallpapers for your mobile, a lot of these are simply advertising for coke though (but not all of them), you can choose to use a nominal amount of points (round about 1 - 6) to enter competitions for things like laptops, cameras and days out. I never do this anymore as I see it as wasted points, the likely hood of winning is slim and I'd rather use my points for something solid.
As far as rewards go I'd like to see a wider range of 'proper' useful rewards with a core catalogue of things that are kept in stock long term (anyone remember Greenshield stamps?), such as vouchers which for me are a great option. Vouchers for random stores are offered from time to time, but don't seem to be available regularly or in enough quantities. The selection wasn't brilliant (for me) before the recent change but the choice seems a little more limited if anything now, for example previously you could get a 6 month subscription to a fairly decent quality magazine using only points, any magazine subs that they are offering at the moment are only partially covered by points and you have to pay the remainder. I think this is a bit of a con as almost all magazines offer a discount for taking out a subscription as a matter of course, and often run promotions offering even more off. So I think it's wise to check out if what you are using your points towards (another example are two for one offers at certain attractions) is available with that offer anyway, or through another source. Then you can save your tickets for the genuine rewards. A lot of the 'gifts' seem to be advertising merchandise (as mentioned above), such as Coke glasses, and Coke fridge magnets.
There is usually something that I can use available on the site despite my moans about variety. Last year I managed to get fifteen pounds worth of vouchers for HMV, and ten pounds for Boots, which I'd saved most of my points for to use at Christmas. These vouchers while not making a substantial dent in the Christmas budget provided two extra DVDs and some stocking fillers from Boots, which isn't a bad return from something you are buying anyway.
More recently I used some points to get my daughter a very pretty Bourjois lipstick (which is still avialable for 100 points), and black rock chick Borjois eyeliner (and no postage to pay either), both lovely products. Bourjois are the most common cosmetics you will see offered there but often only the tiny mobile phone charm size, or a limited stock of one or two items in one or two colours. I am harping on about the girly reward stuff a bit but we are a household of women, and we feel that a lot of the rewards seem focussed on the male population or teenagers and a little older. It's a broad sweep to make assumptions about male and female interests and the rewards they might chose, and I don't like doing it, but none of the females in my family are particularly girly in our interests outside of cosmetics, and we can struggle to find things to suit us on the site. You can have a good look yourself at what is available quite easily. I haven't seen anything really worthwhile such as electronic/electrical items (which though often not available for long enough to save for, they did used to have) there for a very long time.
The site is very easy to join and navigate, for anyone who has visited websites before it is pretty standard and very intuitive in its layout. It's very easy to redeem your points, once logged in you just click on rewards at the top of the home page, you are given a choice to look at all rewards, or chose from a category, such as entertainment, fashion, hot rewards to name a few. You chose your category or just browse, When you find something you'd like you click on it and follow the simple prompts from there.
Something I'm not happy about with the reward system is that Coke Zone codes are not on all coke packaging. We buy a lot of Coke but most of ours comes in the plastic packed multi packs, and these hardly ever carry Coke Zone points, (though there is a little card in some of the packs with a code on it, but this is rare). The packaging you are most likely to find the points on are the larger sized bottles 1.5L and up, this is written usually underneath the label on the bottle itself, in small very grey writing, each number and letter is made up of grey lines, so not the easiest to read. I tend to resort to a magnifying glass but that is because I'm old and my eyes are rubbish now. Large cardboard packs have the code written on the inside of the box, the code is bigger, but not much easier to read because it's still in that liney grey print, letters like N and W for some reason look very similar and I often misread the first time. I don't buy coke in individual cans, but in Purple Haze's review she says that they sometimes carry codes underneath the ring pull. I have bought individual serving sized bottles of Coke Zero and have yet to see a code present on that size drink. I'm very annoyed about the lack of points on all packs as for every point I earn I miss out on several more. Last month I didn't earn any points despite spending approximately £15 on Coke Zero and Coke.
I suspect Coke apportion the points in this way as the sort of packs I buy are the ones that are the ones most likely to be on offer somewhere (that is why I buy them). Could they be trying to bribe you to buy your coke at the full price? (yes probably). As nice an extra as the points are I'd rather have a cheaper shopping bill than a few points so will never buy a pack that is more expensive per ml just because it has points.
Coke Zone changes it's rules from time time for example it has just introduced a weekly limit on the amount of code points you can collect from codes per week to 50, as there was already a monthly limit of 200 points before the only read difference is that any points earned through polls etc are not counted in that limit where they were before. so it's worth having a dig around on the site now and then to check on changing 'rules'.
I won't blather on about it any more, anything else you need to know can be readily found on the website itself. All in all I find the site easy to use, and it's so quick to enter my codes and as I'm buying the stuff anyway I would be silly not to use Coke Zone.
Now I love coke, however ever bad it is for you I am an addict to fizzy drinks. However coke can be quite expensive and that's why I like the idea of coke zone anything extra you get for your money is a good thing to me. All you have to do it open up an account, with the usual sign up information then start entering codes from bottles or cans of coke and your points come up instantly. Then you collect points to buy rewards or enter prize draws, they keep a history in your account so you can keep track of what you have entered/order. Every sound good, however I do have my issues.
My first issue was the website, though they have changed it and it is much approved it used to be awful in my eyes. The set up and layout were poor and the speed was incredible slow. The navigation of the site really was just painful, I in fact stop using it for a year but I randomly looked it up again and like I said before it is better now but I still think it lacks something. It is typically coca cola with colour schemes and logos, it now has a new tab to do with the Olympics and also has coca cola news, games and of course rewards.
This is where my second big issue comes in and for what is a reward site in most ways it is a big issue, it is the rewards they offer, and for lack of a better word most of them are lame. Now I know most people will have different opinions on what makes a good reward but for me coke zone just doesn't do. They seem to have lost of lot of rewards they used to do and now I think the best thing to spend your points on are competition and prize draws for the chance to win things like laptops, phones and ps3 and so on. I know I am being negative but it seems like coke are just selling merchandise, however they do, do some free and fun things like wallpaper for computers and phones as well as some games wish is nice.
My last issue and this may be a bit pedantic is where they put the codes, on the bottles they print them on the actual plastic bottle in small and hard to see black print, this can be irritating as I have misread codes a lot and I think it would just be easier if they put them on the back of the label in bigger print. I think the reason they don't is so people can't peel of the labels and get the code without buying the drink as you can't see the codes on the bottle until you have drunk the coke. On the cans of coke they print them underneath the ring pull which is fine for the can though you do have to be careful as I have cut myself lifting up before, but that probably me being stupid more than anything.
Despite thinking coke zone could be a lot better I think they are trying and it is a good idea. I will continue to collect codes as like I said anything extra is always a bonus and I guess I really shouldn't complain so much about something with is a free bonus. I would recommend this if you drink a lot of coke but it is not something you should good out of you way to do.
Well....what started out as great idea from Coke has turned into one of the biggest scams out there! Originally the company rewarded loyal customers with a variety of products that could be bought with coke zone points. Personally I thought that the points were well positioned and saw that if I carried on collecting as much as I was I would be able to afford a large ticket item (Playstation, Camera etc) in about 1 years time. I was at about 900 points when I noticed that the last offering of large electronic items were not replaced. Instead there was a whole lot of rubbish coke merchandise (bags, tote bags, shirts etc). Coke have since informed it's 'loyal' customers that they think the best way to reward them is to offer them a load of lower points tatt as the top points earners only make up 0.6% of the people on the site. Essentially what it comes across looking like is that Coke just want to offer coke products so they will get free advertising. Coke have really dropped the ball on this one. It really was an excellent way to get people to purchase their products....why they didn't just keep the products as they were I will never know. The high points earners could carry on collecting and getting some great rewards (while pushing cokes profits up) while those who aren't so addicted to the product could still buy themselves the lower point products. Personally a once trusted company has totally fooled some of its most loyal customers. Sure there will be some that won't care and will carry on purchasing coke but I have now finished with them. My 2 litre a day habit is now gone....after 2 weeks of caffeine withdrawal, headaches and mood swings I no longer drink coke. I flatly refuse to put any more money into the Coca Cola company....and you know what.....I don't honestly think they'll care.
Since the withdrawal of the high value prizes. Coke zone is a very sad and pathetic site.Not only are the prizes poor but the communication from coke zone to the customer is vague and patronising. A lot of people have been collecting the points from the bottles and cans for ages and all they can have is coke merchandise and a popup goal!Please take time and read the comments found in the blog section and you'll fnd that every week hundreds of unhappy customers posting their frustrations.This promotion has turned me away from buying coke and now I drink Pepsi (it's a lot cheaper).I don't think I'll be the only one.I cannot find one positive comment about Coke zone dated after October 2010.Coke zone Sucks!
It is often said that one man's junk is another's treasure and in the last eight months or so I have found one brilliant example of why this is true. For very little effort my partner and I have 'earned' £40.00 in gift vouchers for Boots and New Look thanks to the Cokezone promotion. Most (but not all) Coca Cola bottles and some promotional cans carry a code which is worth a certain number of points depending on the product. The idea is to collect the codes and trade them in for all kinds of rewards which are listed on the Cokezone website.
Registering with Cokezone is completely free and only takes a minute or two. You can start entering your codes immediately. On bottles the code is found etched into the plastic under the label. Sometimes they aren't that clear to read but if you hold them up into the light this makes it a bit easier. On promotional cans (like the current red can featuring the World Cup promotion) the code is on the underside of the ring-pull etched into the red background. For multi-packs of cans, the code is printed on the inside of the cardboard outer packaging.
You must enter the codes carefully; if you enter too many wrong codes in twenty four hours you are prevented from entering more until the following day. Likewise, if you enter fifty points worth of codes in one week, you are blocked from entering more until the following week. To give an idea of how the points work I've listed the scale below
1 code from a promotional can - 1 point
1 code from a 500ml bottle - 2 points
1 code from a two litre bottle - 3 points
1 code from a multi-pack of cans - 10 points.
If you have a code that looks very clear but is not recognised, a message pops up with a free-phone telephone number to call to get help. We have found that they will happily take the code and credit your account with the relevant number of points. Sometimes if we find bottles outside that don't have labels on we then find that the code has already been entered which can be frustrating. We tend to take bottles home and always carry at least one plastic bag in case of finds. There are often bottles where the code is not completely clear and we can't tell, for example whether a character is an F or a P. For this reason we take the bottles home for reference, rather than just taking the code down. We ALWAYS recycle the plastic bottles; you could say that in taking home found bottles we are doing our bit for the environment, clearing up bottles other people don't want. It is amazing how many Coke cans and bottle you can find without trying very hard.
To earn a £5.00 Boots voucher you need 100 points. There are lower and higher value rewards; the lowest ones tend to be for daft things like ring-tones and screensavers. Ten points will get you a voucher for £10 offer at Prezzo or you could be generous and use points to give to charity - for example, for 50 points you can make a donation towards the purchase of eco-friendly wood burning stoves for families in Nepal. At the top of the scale now, 200 points will get you a Cokezone backpack or an X-box 360 controller.
Over the time we have been collecting Cokezone points we had found there have been occasional issues with the availability of rewards. If something has gone out of stock it will still be listed but there will be additional information such as "Coming soon" or "Out of stock" provided too. Originally we were hoping to collect Debenham vouchers but when we were nearing our first one hundred points they went out of stock and have never returned. Boots disappeared for a while then reappeared. Having stocked up on Boots vouchers we have turned to New Look vouchers in the hope of saving a few quid of Christmas presents. HMV vouchers have just reappeared, or you can trade in 100 points for a £5.00 voucher for Snow + Rock.
Neither of us are huge Coca Cola drinkers so we don't generate many codes from our own consumption but colleagues and friends who are too lazy to do this themselves, happily give us their codes. Every so often I place a message on the intranet where I work and ask for any unwanted codes.
Once you've earned enough for whichever reward you want you can order them. This is very easy and Cokezone do keep you up to date with the progress of your order, sending a confirmation email with a reference code as soon as you make your order, followed by another when the voucher has been sent. We find that it takes between two and four weeks to receive our vouchers. There's no postage charge.
There are other features to the website but we tend to use them very little. Every month there is a new survey, just a few questions which take only seconds to answer. Completing this earns you three more points. The website is really geared towards younger people with brightly coloured graphics, entertainment features and games. It's easy to navigate and we've never struggled to find anything we've been searching for. There are regular competitions for prizes worth having; currently you can win £500 to spend at Boots or £250 to spend at Kitbag.
If you drink lots of Coke then this is certainly a website you should take a look at because you should find it quite easy to amass enough points for at least couple of vouchers a year. We don't drink much Coke but we do make an effort to find the codes and so we'll stand to make about £80.00 in vouchers over the year if we continue to collect them at a similar rate. Not bad for something that's about to go in the recycling bin, or that someone else just couldn't be bothered to put in the bin.
Coke Zone is a rewards incentive run by soft drink giant Coca Cola. It's a web based programme that works on a system of point collecting in exchange for rewards. To get started go to www.cokezone.co.uk and sign up. It's very simple to get started and you will receive a 2 point bonus as a thank you for registering, so that's a nice way to kick things off! There are is a clear and comprehensive help section which I have found to be very useful when I was getting to grips with the idea of this site.
To earn your points you have to purchase Coca Cola branded products, including Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero. Each of these products will contain a code with a varying points value. A can will give you 1 point, a 500ml bottle will give you 2 points, a 2litre bottle will give you 3 points, and a multi-pack of 6 cans will give you 6 points. On cans the code is underneath the pull-ring, on bottles the code is printed onto the plastic underneath the label, on multi-packs of cans the code will be printed on a cardboard slip inside the packaging. The codes are concealed on each item, and can be difficult to read in some cases. If I am taking a code from a bottle I tend to peel the label off first as the code shows up more clearly while the drink is still in the bottle, as it provides a dark background.
Once you have your code, sign in to the Coke Zone website and input the 12 digit code. It can be tricky to get the code right as they are not always printed clearly, and I have had to abandon my points from several products due to the code not being recognised on the website. Each code gives you one use only and the points are added to your account instantly.
It can take a long time to collect a reasonable amount of points that will enable you to select a decent reward. Be patient and stick with it, I think it's definitely worth the time as long as you're going to be buying the product anyway then you may as well take the points and get something for nothing. I don't buy Coke that often, but I do enjoy it and have it whenever it takes my fancy, usually with a takeaway or when the weather gets hot like it is now. Checking back through My Account on the Coke Zone site, I have a detailed history of my points, rewards, and prize entries. I joined Coke Zone on the 30th of May 2008. I must have forgotten about it afterwards as the next entry in my history is a 2 point deduction for inactivity! This came on the 18th of January 2009, and I thought it was quite cheeky of Coke to do this. However, once I got into it and started entering codes here and there it began to make a difference to my points level. In 2009 I collected 121 points from product codes and 17 points from completing polls and surveys. So far in 2010 I have collected a further 96 points from product codes and 17 points from completing polls and surveys.
As for the rewards, these are varied in 'price' and quality. The low end rewards often include freebies such as mobile phone ring tones and wallpapers. You can enter competitions for 2 points a turn, claim money-off deals for 5-15 points, and the actual merchandise starts at 25 points for a mobile phone camera accessory. At the moment there is Bourjois make-up for 50 points, plenty of World Cup and football themed rewards starting at 75 points for a DVD, board games and £5 vouchers for 100 points, and the big prizes start at 200 and up. I have seen some really premier rewards come and go on the site, but they are usually in the 1000+ points range, and include things such as mobile phones, digital cameras, and games consoles.
After finally working my way up to the 250 point mark (this took me 15 months) I decided it was about time I rewarded myself with my first claim from the site! I had spotted some of the rewards listed as 'coming soon' and amongst them were Skullcandy Low-rider Stereo headphones in black. Coke Zone release in batches as stated on the item page: "We've got 350 up for grabs so to try and give everyone who might want one a fair chance to claim one of these popular items, they will be released in random batches between 01/06/10 and 30/06/10."
These are a quality product and have a RRP of £36.99 so I was really interested to see these listed as one of the rewards. I watched and waited, and finally on the 24th of June I came across an open slot to claim - excellent! After excitedly confirming the claim and exchanging my 250 points, I received a confirmation email from Coke Zone stating that the headphones would be on their way soon. The postage is free so there are no extra costs involved anywhere, and I was really impressed when the headphones arrived today, 28th of June. They must have been dispatched straight away as they arrived within 4 days, 2 of those being the weekend.
Overall, this is a rewards scheme that will only benefit you if you're in it for the long run. Keep collecting and entering those codes and aim for the big rewards, it will most certainly be worth it, and if you live in a larger household or drink Coke more often than I do I bet the points will add up quicker than you think. A good move from Coca Cola to keep their customers loyal!
Whether it is Tesco Club Card and Nectar points or the Boots Advantage card we all like and benefit from a few rewards for showing loyalty to a particular brand or store, even HMV and Lego.com are operating schemes now to give something extra to customers.
Coca Cola are no different and if you enjoy drinking their products then it is definitely worthwhile sitting through the simple registration process to sign up and gain rewards. You earn points by entering the special codes you find on the different available sizes of Coca Cola, Coke Zero and Diet Coke. On the standard cans you will find a code printed under the ring pull and on the 500ml and 2 litre bottles the code is printed on the plastic under the brand label. You will earn one point for presenting a code from a can, two for a code taken from a 500ml bottle and the 2 litre bottles can be harvested for three points. The cans taken from a multi pack often do not have the codes on them individually but can be found a one collective code printed on the cardboard casing. I have also earned a few points by answering one or two questions available on the website when opening my account and apparently you can accumulate further bonus points for recommending friends.
Now the important part, the stuff you can get. There are items available for free such as screensavers and wallpaper for your computers desktop and other fun applications that you can use on your PC. Once you have collected some points though you can select rewards from different categories which are music, entertainment, games, fashion and charity.
In the music section if you so desire you can claim a £5 HMV voucher for 100 points, a 50% reduction in a years subscription to Q and Kerrang magazine for just 5 points or Glee season 1 for 200 points.
In the entertainment section you will find further 50% reductions in a 12 month subscription to magazines like Heat and Empire for 5 points and also for 5 points you can claim a 2 for 1 ticket for attractions like Legoland Windsor, Madame Tussauds and Thorpe Park. There are vouchers for restaurants, Coca Cola merchandise like keyrings, bottle openers and a glass and very in vogue at the moment because of the World Cup, a Vuvuzela. There is also a smattering of DVD's.
Fashion has £5 vouchers for Selfridges and New Look and in the charity category you can use your points to help people with learning difficulties to take part in sports training or donate to aid clean water projects in Africa.
If you drink a lot of Coca Cola products then it is worth collecting the points as there are some interesting and fun rewards available, take a look.
Coke Zone is a site where you can turn your purchases of coke in to cash. After a friend had suggested the site to me we began collecting the codes and inputting them online. The site itself is very easy to use and when you get the codes these can be inputted at the top of the screen. You can also text your codes to add them to your account, but having tried this I have found out that this method costs you about 30p a time and will probably vary per network. Charge still counts even if you have free texts packages on your phone.
As far as the codes go for points it is as follows.
For each 2 litre bottle of coke you receive 3 points. For each smaller 500ml bottle of coke you receive 2 points. There are no points rewarded for cans of coke.
All codes can be found on the bottles themselves therefore purchase is necessary to participate in the offer.
In terms of prizes or rewards for the points and the codes Cokezones current offerings include:
A VAIO Laptop for only 1800 points (approximately £900 worth of Coke, what a bargain)
300 points for the PS3 FIFA world cup 2010 game
In the past this promotion has featured xbox consoles for 600 points and cameras for 400 points. Lower point prizes include branded products such as bags, glasses and hoodies. Much lower point rewards include ringtones, phone wallpapers, and entry in to competitions run by the site. Often there are some new DVDs available to claim however supplies are very limited so you have to make your order fast this isn't a site where you can work your way up to a reward as they are regularly updating them. So from this I conclude that if you want a good reward you will have to drink your weight in Coke daily and pretty much pay for the reward yourself - but in Coke. You can also take part in the monthly surveys that are on the website but for these you only gain a measly 2 points!
My friend and I who as I mentioned above have been collecting over a year have just under 200 points. Although we don't make the effort to collect the codes we have chosen Coke over the other cola brands for the points, but have yet to reap the rewards from doing so. For collecting and purchasing so much Coke to get any decent reward you need over 400 points so in my opinion the Coke zone reward scheme isn't all its cracked up to be as to be rewarded you really have to live off the stuff.
Drinking Coke and getting an incentive? Who would have thought? Anyone who buys Coca-Cola may be aware of this reward scheme, one that's been around for quite a while, since it's launch in 2006, and has gained popularity ever since.
As someone who drinks too much Coke in general, this seemed like the perfect idea to make up for the amount of money spent.
The Cokezone website looks friendly and exciting, and is easy to join. Rewards can be viewed by the navigational bar running along near the top of the screen, and each have their own categorys, be it whether you're more interested in redeeming something from the Entertainment section, Game section, Sports section or otherwise. Now, each prize or reward has a certain number of codes you have to collect before this little luxury can be redeemed.
~What exactly is Coke Zone?~
Coke Zone rewards you every time you enjoy a can or bottle of Coke by presenting you with a special code which you can enter onto the website and build up points with. You can then exchange points for special rewards.
~How do I register?~
It couldn't be easier. Just go to http://www.cokezone.co.uk and follow the simple step by step guide to signing up. All you have to do is enter your name, email address, date of birth and place of residence. Please note, you have to have an email address to sign up. You can also register by mobile by visiting the WAP site at wap.cokezone.co.uk and following similar steps there. Accessing Coke Zone on your phone will mean that you can enter codes wherever you are!
~Where can I find these codes?~
Codes can be found on specially marked 2L bottles, 500ml bottles, cans or packaging at the time of a promotion. This will be written as a 12 character alpha numeric code lasered onto the bottle under the label on these packs or inside the packaging of promotional boxes of cans.
~Where do I enter this code?~
The Cokezone website is so bright and easily laid out that finding where to enter the code is especially easy. At the top of the page, the black box "Enter Code" stands out against the red background perfectly. You'll have to be signed in before you enter the code, but signing up for an account couldn't be easier. See ~How do I register?~ above.
Previously, users of Coke Zone were able to enter as many codes as they liked at one time, but this system became unfair for those who were falling behind, and it was very easy to "cheat the system" as it were. From July in 2009, the policy was reviewed and now it is only possible to enter 50 codes in a week, to make it fairer.
Points are easy to spend, once you've built up enough for the reward you may want. Your total will be shown at the top right hand corner of the screen, and each time you add a code, points will be added to your account. I believe it's 2 points for a 500ml bottle, 3 points for a 2L bottle, and 6 or 10 points on promotional packs. Sometimes there will be points for cans but this happens only occasionally, and will equal to one point per can. To spend your points, browse through the various categories then simply click 'Get it Now'. You'll be taken to a pop-up screen which may ask you to verify your address, mobile number or any other information they may need to get your item sent to you.
Keep in mind, if you fail to login to Cokezone for a certain number of days or forget to enter any codes, your points can be at risk from expiring. I believe the limit is 90 days at present, but you do get reminded every so often to keep checking back. It's a bit of a downside to the system, and keeps you drinking and spending money on coke to keep you entering codes, but if you already do it's not a huge issue.
Most of the time there is a number of Prize Draws running on the site, and entering will cost you 2pts each time. It's a small price to pay for the chance of winning big prizes, be it a gadget, tickets to a concert or similar, DVD's, or something else. There's no limit to the amount of prize draws you can enter, but you'll still have to spend 2 points for every single entry.
~Earning more points~
Other than the usual system of entering a code, there are a couple of other ways to earn a small amount of points here and there. When you initially join Coke Zone, you'll get the chance to answer a survey all about your likes/dislikes/drinking habits, which I think gives you an extra 15-20 points just for answering. You can only do this once however. After that, every month there is a poll question, which usually gives you 2-3 points when you answer it. You can get here by clicking "earn points" at the top of the screen. Referring a friend will also earn you some initial points, but this process can take time. Your friend must earn up to 10 points before you earn your 20 for referring them, and it can take a little while before it appears into your account (I think it's something like 2-3 weeks now.) In personal experience, I've referred two friends before, and once it worked out fine, and I acquired the points with no problems, the second time I received nothing, and since then haven't bothered.
~Everything has its bad points~
Coke Zone is a fun way to get rewards if you drink Coke like a fish. Bear in mind, it's not easy all the time. Sometimes the codes can be the problem. Codes are under the label etched on to the bottle, be it the 2L size or the 500ml. Sometimes however, the code will be so hard to read, or have parts of the letters or numbers missing, that it can be difficult to get it right when you're entering it.
Another little unfortunate matter, linked to this, is if you enter a code wrong five times or so, it locks you out of entering any more codes for the rest of the day. So if you've been trying to guess the rest of the code or the missing letter/number, it could lead to the disappointment of not getting anything. It is recommended apparently that you call up if there's a problem with a code, but I haven't bothered, even though it's freephone. That could just be down to my laziness though.
The biggest issue though, for myself included, is that rewards are far and few between and hard to get hold of. They're usually released in batches, more often than not the most popular rewards will be the ones to go first, and it's usually at very obscure times of the day or evening. I've logged on at 6am once to find PS3's available to get, alas though, I didn't have the right number of points to purchase. Once an item is sold out, where "get it now" usually is will be "Coming Soon" or "Sold out". Sometimes it seems impossible to get rewards, especially those high in demand, and this can be a hinderance if you've saved all your points up for that special thing.
All in all though, Coke Zone's perfect if you enjoy getting something for spending money you normally would. One little eyebrow-raiser is when you work out the comparison between the money spent and how many points something costs, it can sometimes cost up to twice or three times as much but it's not all that bad, and it's a good way of rewarding yourself if you're spending the money anyway.
Basically, if you drink Coke, sign up. What reason could there be not to?
Coke Zone is a website you are encouraged to visit if you read the packaging or label on any Coke drink. It is the place you go to to input the codes that are etched into 500ml and 2l bottles of Coke and printed on the inside of can multipack boxes. I joined Coke Zone about 36 months ago. Originally I had seen this advertised on a bottle label and saw the code etched (very badly at the time it was barely readable) into the bottle was worth 2 points. Points for what I had no idea, so I checked out the website and registered.
Registration is easy. You just input your name, email address, choose a password etc., You can answers a few questions about yourself to get 5 free bonus points and you get a few bonus points when you sign up. If I remember correctly you get 2 points for signing up. If you refer any friends who sign up too, when they COLLECT 10 points (not including free sign up or bonus points, they have to collect 10 points from actual coke bottles) then you get 20 bonus points for referring them. These offers can change, so please check the website for the latest sign up deals.
I have only managed to persuade one friend to join and it took them ages to collect 10 points (they thought as I did that all they had to do was get to "you have 10 points" and I would get the 20 bonus points.. no, they had to get to 17 points as Coke do not include the free points for sign up). Also my free bonus points were added 48 hours after my friend had input 10 actual collected codes.
Originally, I wanted a Coke t-shirt. But these were out of stock when I had amassed the 100 points required (typical!), then I saw I needed not 100 but 150 points, so I decided to get a hooded top instead, that was 300 points- reduced to 100 in a sale. So I redeemed 100 points and received a confirmation email from Coke to confirm my redemption and my top arrived two days later in the post. Postage and packaging is free. So it really does cost you NOTHING to redeem your points.
The down sides are the rewards keep changing. So, if you see you want a clock for 300 points, it is highly likely the clock will be sold out or will just vanish from the site by the time you collect the 300 points- unless you drink Coca Cola like there is no tomorrow. There is a code collection limit of 50 points per week too. So you are only allowed to input 50 points per week worth of codes. If you try to input any more, the site blocks you and just says "come back next week". Also if you enter the wrong code three times, the site blocks you for 24 hours in case you are trying to make up or guess the codes.
The codes you collect are really quite difficult to read on the bottles. These are laser etched into the plastic underneath the bottle label or printed randomly inside a multipack box. They are barely visible and you really have to hold the bottle up to a light and have near perfect vision to read them. They are 12 digits long and are a mix of capital letters and numbers. What you think is a P can in fact be an R or the 5 an S or the W and N or M etc so it is VERY easy to write down the code incorrectly or input it incorrectly then get blocked from the site for 24 hours just from misreading the code on the bottle. If you write the code down then throw out the bottle, then find the code you have written down is not recognised you have just wasted 2 points (I have done this MANY times... now I input the code with the bottle there!).
Coke seem to have tried to rectify this as some bottles now have clearer codes on them. Saying that, only last week, I bought a 500ml bottle from the Co-op and the first two digits of the code were almost non existent. I had to use a magnifying glass and a spotlight plus a measure of guesswork to try to read the first two digits! On the website there is an 0800 number to call if you are having problems.
The rewards are very changeable. So, where I want to collect points for a laptop, a coke tshirt, a hooded top, a coke beach towel, a clock- Coke Zone have removed these products and now offer 50 points to get a £5 off at xxx or 30 points for a £5 off when you spend £30 at xxx or 2 points for entry into a competition to win xxxx or you can get ringtones or games for your phone. These seem to appeal to the age 9 to 14 bracket and I hope Coke continue to let you redeem the points you have saved for ACTUAL THINGS not just e-vouchers or ringtones.
I have had no problems with the site- only issues with reading the codes. I like the free postage but hate how Coke often just remove rewards you were saving up for without notice (Coke beach towel.. ahem). The Coke site in the US is amazing for its gift shop and homewares you can buy online- I with the UK Coke site would have a gift shop or let you redeem points for items in the online Coke store and drop the ringtone redeems. Sounds like another letter I should write...
I have known about coke zone for a while but I have started to get into these past few months and what you have to do is this. You buy a bottle of diet coke, original coke or coke zero and there will be a code etched onto the plastic bottle - but this is quite difficult to see and the characters are not made out very clear either. But then all you have to do is enter the 11 digit code on to the coke zone website and it will give you two points for each code you have!
These codes and points accumulate and you can enter to win competitions on the site, you can get money off vouchers and you can 'buy' items with the points that you have, a bit like the boots advantage card system but you just have to.. enter codes. I think it is a really god idea and it is a really good site.
The site itself is really very easy and quick to navigate with its clear and colour setting. It has various sub sections for each section for winning prizes, for example, they have a fashion prize section, a music section, a Fifa world cup section and four other sections.
Once you have created a free account on the site (no credit card needed) then you can also complete a short questionnaire which gives you two extra points! You can also answer a question on the site I think there's a new one each month which allows you get gain another extra two points which goes straight into your coke zone account.
There is also a my account section when you log in which tells you your reward and point history and your details - which in my opinion is really good if you have forgot some information. For example, my reward history includes three songs that I received on the coke zone free song promotion (which I think sadly has finished) but there are also free stuff including wall papers and bebo and my space wall papers, screen savers and there are many competitions which continuously change - for example you could win football tickets or tickets to O2 gigs!
*Easy to navigate
*Loads of different prizes
*Easy to use the site
*The codes are usually hard to see and make out what the characters are
*Lots of free stuff (wall papers, screen savers, bebo and myspace skins and avatars)
*All you need to do is buy a coke!
*great competitions and prizes, for example, win a trip to Paris which needs only 2 points!!
Thank you for reading my review
If like me you drink way too much diet coke than is good for either your teeth or your wallet then this site gives you a chance to get rewards for buying the products.
The concept is very simple, for every bottle of coke of any type you buy there is a 12 letter/number code hidden behind the wrapper. Once entering the internet site and registering with a email address you can enter the code for 2 points, and points make prizes. So far I've got very quickly up to 50 points and have considered ordering the free prize for my points.
The rewards are the tradional freebies given away by companies that is dvd's, magazine rentals, day outs, ring tones etc etc. They range from free to the most expensive at 800 points, they also include Wii games and Coca cola branded products. You can also donate to charities such as WWF, special olympics and Coke's own charity. 10 points is approxitely a £1 for the charity.
There is of course a subtle game being played by Coke here, by introducing a rewards scheme for their products they of course make the buyer more likely to buy Coke ahead of say Pepsi because they know that they can get 2 points per 500 ml bottle of coke. This is a kind of advertising/exploitation but it's of a gentle type so we shouldn't be too harsh on them.
Most of the rewards are transient in that they are vouchers, ring tones, etc but some of them do require delivery and as yet I've yet to order anything which requires it to be delivered. I can't give feedback on that except to say delivery is free so you're not stung on getting something which you think is free but once you tag on P and P suddenly costs as much as buying it from a shop.
This is a fun web site, it gives points for the occassional one question survey and your points do add up quickly if your a coke drinker like me.
Diet Coke have been running a website and reward system called coke zone for a while now, I'm not sure exactly when it started, but I have been a member for well over a year now.
Diet Coke have set up this reward system where coco cola customers can redeem points for rewards. The system is simple. Customers buying a Coco Cola product with the coke zone promotional advert on get a 12 digit code on the product. The products included are 2 litre bottles, cans and 500ml bottles of Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero. The codes are placed on the bottle or on the cardboard of multi-pack cans.
Customers register at the coke zone website and then enter their codes, you can also do this by text on a mobile but I have always entered on my computer. Each code is worth points (1 point per can, 2 points per 500ml bottle and 3 points per 2litre bottle). You can save up points and then redeem for any reward on the site as long as you have enough points in your account. You can also earn bonus points by filling in short questionnaires and be referring your friends to the scheme.
I have redeemed my points once so far and got a Wii game completely free. I drink Diet coke all the time anyway so may as well get something back. I am currently saving up my points for a bigger reward. There are some free rewards like mobile phone wallpapers, icons and games. When I wanted to redeem my points I just selected the reward I wanted, filled in my name and address and within about a week it had arrived.
I think this is a great scheme and know it must be popular. They do a great selection of rewards including, days out, games, DVD's and even netbooks. They also run regular competitions and prize draws, sometimes these are free and sometimes you can enter for 2 or 3 points.
Overall I think this is great if you buy Coco Cola anyway. I wish more companies ran reward schemes like this. My star rating of 5 out of 5 is because I really can't find a bad thing to say about it.
I have always enjoyed receiving a 'freebie' and have only recently started collecting points in cokezone.co.uk. I really could kick myself, because I know this promotion has been running for a while and I never took the time to have a look at what was on offer.
Both my sons and their friends enjoy Coca Cola and I have lost count of the number of bottles I have thrown in the recycling bin for them. Never once did I think of saving the codes, until just recently.
The codes are stamped onto the outside of the plastic bottles, just under the label.
Cokezone.co.uk is a very colourful site, with the main colours being red, black and white. It is well set out, with headings along the top and the pages are not overly cluttered. There are lots of goodies for you to spend your points on, from fashion items like lipglosses and Grazia magazine subscriptions to charity items like transponder microchips to help protect polar bears and cash donations to charities.
There are some completely free items, mainly screensavers, wallpapers and avatars. Cokezone.co.uk also have lots of competitions to enter. You never know, you may be lucky and win a great prize!
Registration for Cokezone.co.uk is simple, with them just needing your basic details. When you do sign up, you will be given some free points and you also get opportunites to earn bonus points.
I have just completed a survery, which took about a minute and was awarded 5 extra points.
Points can be found on specially marked 500ml and 2L Coca Cola bottles. I buy the 2 litre bottles and the codes are worth 3 points. It can take a while to add up and I am personally saving for a £5 voucher, which will cost me 100 points. There are a choice of vouchers, including HMV, Vue Cinema, Debenhams and Selfridges.
With a large choice of items starting at 0 points, right the way up to 300 points, there is something to suit everyone here and delivery is free. Of course, it could take a long time to get the points you need, but if you're buying the bottles anyway, it really doesn't matter!
I am looking forward to receiving my first freebie!
I have always been a fond fan of something for nothing and as I drink a vast amount of coke I decided that I would join the cokezone offer I had seen so often and see what all the fuss was about. That was last summer and I haven't looked back since.
On average I drink a 500ml bottle of coke a day at least and when transferred into coke zone points thats 2 points per bottle. So as you can see if you drink coke often the points really do mount up fast. A 2 ltr bottle gives you 3 points and certain participating cans offer one point but they need to have the funky coke zone logo on the side to give you any points. 6 pack of cans and 10 packs give you a card inside containing 6 or 10 points respectively.
*** The Site***
At the top of the site is a red sitebar with cokezone written on the left hand side. It is imperative however that if you are going to enter codes off your bottles into the enter code bar that you have logged into your account first. Registration to the site is easy it just simply involves your email address and a password and some personal details so that the site knows where to send any of your 'winnings' to. The codes you enter into the enter code bar can be found on the bottles of coke you have purchased, you simply remove the lable and search the bottle for a white code. If the code is not accepted then you can simply phone the hotline and the people there will put the points on your account for you, I have found them very friendly and the points have been placed on my account automatically.
The main part of the site will show details of any recent deal that are going on for example at the moment there is a diet coke offer linked to various magazines including grazia and more! to entitle you to a free magazine with every 2 ltr bottle of diet coke you purchase. At various times of the year different deals are available e.g. at christmas a different present is unlocked each day of advent to be purchased or won.
To the right hand side of this is a hot rewards bar which shows you some of the best and most popular rewards available on the site at that moment. At the moment this shows a grazia subscription for 250 points, 15% off fashion hire for 10 points, a pink leopard print ipod skin for 75 points and a salon treatment for 200 points. Underneath this is a small section where you can read winners stories aswell.
At the moment there are two major coke zone offers. The first being the diet coke magazine offers. The second offer at the moment is the happy summer offer. This is available on normal coke and after you enter a coke zone code it will entitle you to spin a wheel and possible win extra coke zone points, a laptop, a phone or many other amazing prizes.
**Areas of Reward***
At the top of the website is a grey bar with the sections;
sport, music, entertainment, games, fashion, charity, fun and free and blog.
Each section apart from blog holds a wide range of things you can either enter a competiton to win or use your coke zone points to purchase rewards. I will give you a little taster of what is in each section at the moment.
Sport - Win a Big Match experience for 2 points, Free play at rileys for 10 points, Skirmish paintball day for 15 points, coke football backpack for 200 points and four four two subscription for 250 points.
Music - Win 02 event tickets for 2 points, 50% off Kerrang! for 5 points, £5 HMV vouchers for 100 points, MP3 player armband for 100 points and Share headphones for 150 points.
Entertainment - Win a Vaio Laptop for 2 points, Win an Alton Towers break for 2 points, 50% off FHM subscription for 5 points, 2 for 1 at Alton Towers for 5 points, 50% off Alton Towers hotel for 10 points, Angels and Demons DVD for 75 points and Vue cinema ticket for 100 points.
Games - Need for Speed Coke Zero car for 0 points, monopoly mobile demo for 5 points and Etnies skate 2 tee for 150 points.
Fashion - Win a clutch bag for 2 points, 15% off at Joe Browns for 5 points, £5 off at nailsinc.co.uk for 10 points, mini bourjois lip gloss for 50 points, Selfridges £5 gift voucher for 100 points, Fashion and makeover shoot for 200 points.
Charity - Protect polar bears in the wild for 40 points or buy a wood burning stove for 50 points.
Free and Fun - All of these are of course free and involve things like desktop wall papers, mobile wallpapers, mini games, a cool desktop clock, screen savers and desktop icons.
Blog- Ok I don't use this so I cant really review it but basically its there to keep you up to date with whats going on with Coca Cola and allows you to have your say.
Every month the site does a little survey which if you participate will give you 2 free points which as you can see can go towards something you want to save your points up for or you can enter into a competitoon to win a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I do tend to use this site everyday and am really cheeky and ask my friends to give me their coke bottles so I can get extra points, which of course i share my rewards with them. Recently i have been to Warwick Castle and Alton towers using me rewards so i know it works and im not saving up for something special, which i will probably find at about christmas time!!!
I hope you found this review helpful