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rotten teeth? Still put a smile on your face with a coke zone reward
Member Name: Dryad
Date: 06/09/11, updated on 06/09/11 (176 review reads)
Advantages: Gives you a little something back for pumping yourself full of sugar and or sweeteners
Disadvantages: Points not on every Coke product. Only the cola and then not every pack, can, or bottle
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 voilą 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.
Summary: A very easy site and system to use