Every time a registered supporter makes a purchase from a participating business using the Erth Points App, that supporter, their nominated CCC and the Rewards4Earth Foundation each receive Erth Points.
Erth Points are the first digital global reward points, and they are patented. Erth is a ticker code, like the currency codes seen on foreign exchanges, such as $AUD, £GBP and $USD.
Erth Points are the way participating businesses reward customers to say thank you for buying from them. Unlike most loyalty points, Erth Points, once gifted by the business, are wholly owned by the supporter that receives them – not the business that gifts them. Erth Points also have market value, the value is established on exchanges where CCC’s can sell them, and businesses can buy them. Because the value fluctuates, the business always gifts them based on the market value at the time of the transaction, the number of points received by a supporter could vary with every transaction. The same happens when a supporter uses them to purchase products, the price will vary because of the market value fluctuating as it does with currencies.
The Rewards4Earth Philanthropic Foundation is a registered charity with a mandate to repair the planet through partner-led programs. These programs work towards reforestation, ocean rejuvenation, saving endangered species, plastic clean-up and recycling, clean energy and local causes, such as assisting drought and fire-ravaged areas in Australia. Every time a customer is rewarded for their loyalty with Erth Points, the Foundation also earns Erth Points. The Foundation sells these points on the open market – to businesses that need to reward customers – creating a continuous funding source for the organisations that are working to repair the Earth.
The short answer is ‘no’. For compliance purposes, Erth needs a technical expiry date, which is the year 99,999AD (midnight on the 31st of December, to be exact). Exactly one second later, all points will be renewed for another 100,000 years. If anyone today is still alive at that time, we’ll gladly give them $1million worth of points – that’ll make for a happy new year!
Erth Points are not like loyalty points tied to a specific company, such as frequent flier points. Once a business gifts Erth Points during a transaction, those points have nothing to do with that business anymore. If the business goes bankrupt, the point it has given remain valid and can be used at any business that accepts them worldwide.
Erth Points are earned by downloading the Rewards4Earth App, registering your debit/credit card, nominating your favourite CCC to support and making a qualifying purchase from any participating business using the App. The transaction happens automatically, within seconds of your purchase is being confirmed. Your Erth Point balance, shown on your App will immediately be updated. That’s the signal to tell you that you received Erth Points, your CCC, and Planet Earth, have also benefitted from the Erth Point system.
It’s as simple as opening the Rewards4Earth App on your phone and scanning the Business’ QR code. Press ‘Spend Erth‘ on your phone and follow the prompts.
Erth Points cannot be bought by individuals. They must be gifted by a business to a customer as a purchase reward.
Look for the Rewards4Earth logos in store or check out the search page on the Rewards4Earth App.
To buy a Gift Card:
1. Log in to the Erth Points App
2. Press the Erth Pay Cards button on the main screen
3. Press the Buy button
4. Choose the Gift Card by scrolling down or using the Search Card option
5. Choose a payment option
6. Your Gift Card is ready to use and your Erth Points are allocated to your account.
7. Please note that there may be a delay in the Erth Points arriving in your account as some Companies have a longer transaction time frame.
8. Please be aware also that if your Debit/Credit Card is the same bank that the business has a merchant facility with, the time it takes for your Erth Points to be deposited into your account could be up to 7-days.
To use a Gift Card:
- Log in to the Erth Points App
- Press the Erth Pay Cards button on the main screen
- Tap the Gift Card to choose
- Check the balance of the Card
- To use the Card click the Use Erth Pay Card button
- Scan the bar code or provide the Gift Card Number to the Cashier as well as PIN Number
- After transaction on the screen, you will see the Card balance summary
- Manually update the Card balance in the App
To register your Debit/Credit Card in the Erth Points App:
- Log in to the Erth Points App
- From the bottom menu choose Account
- From the list choose Credit Cards tab
- To add a new Card press the “+” button
- Fill in the Card details and press Accept
The real benefit comes from supporters making as many purchases as possible from businesses that gift Erth Points. That’s the quickest way for a supporter to increase their Erth Points balance, support your favourite CCC and help save Planet Earth. This all happens while the business makes more sales so all parties benefit. It is partly your choice where businesses spend money on marketing now get them to use Erth Points.
No, as the business does not own the Erth Point system and the value is set by the market price. The business has no control over the value of Erth Points. This is another key difference between Erth Points to all other loyalty points. For a business, the market value of Erth Points is irrelevant, as they are rewarding a percentage of the sale price, which is in the local currency. As a result, it doesn’t matter whether Erth Points is trading at, $1 or $100 per point, the value of the reward is set by the percentage of the price, not the amount of Erth Points. Therefore the number of Erth Points received for a cup of coffee and muffin will always be $0.20 from a particular café, but $0.20 may be 1.000 Erth Points one day or 0.005 Erth Points another day or 2.335 Erth Points another day, it is always $0.20 worth of Erth Points but the value of Erth Points fluctuates like one currency compared to another.
Yes, you can share Erth Points with any of your friends and family that are registered on Rewards4Earth and have the App. It’s a great gift and can also get them into supporting their favourite CCC and helping save Planet Earth, how cool is that?
No, Erth Points are free to transfer to family, friends, staff or charities.
You can view your transaction history in the transaction history section of the App. Your account balance is shown on the home page of your App, and you can even hide this away from prying eyes if you wish so that other people don’t see how many Erth Points you have.
If you want to know what the value of an Erth Point is, then the App also provides a link to one of the exchanges so you can see the current market price. Please be aware that the exchanges are third party companies that have their own rules and regulations and Rewards4Earth has no influence over these accounts and that your account with Rewards4Earth does not enable you to have an account at these exchanges, merely a window to see the current market price.
Erth Points will fluctuate in value, the same as anything traded in a free market. Rewards4Earth is not responsible, nor liable, for these fluctuations and does not make any warranties, guarantees, opinions and/or suggestions as to the past, current or future value of Erth Points or how their value may behave in the free market.
Yes, you can gift or donate your Erth Points directly to the Rewards4Earth Foundation or any charity or non-profit organisation that is registered with Rewards4Earth.
Individuals cannot purchase Erth Pints directly and even if they did they would not be tax-deductible to individuals as they are not businesses and the individuals get no tax deductions for marketing services.
The percentage-of-sale price reward may be tax-deductible for a business as it is for marketing services, however, this should be checked for each and every individual situation with a qualified tax adviser. Rewards4Earth does not offer tax planning or advice.
Rewards4Earth takes data security and privacy extremely seriously. That’s why we have partnered with Oracle Corp, one of the world’s leading enterprise IT companies, to manage all data security and storage. Most banks use Oracle.
As a registered Oracle partner, Rewards4Earth has access to the Oracle Partner Network, a global network of established business partners. Through this network we have partnered with a global payments processing technology firm that supports over 40,000 firms with payments in excess of $20bn, meaning the overarching technical infrastructure and data processing are in some of the best possible hands.
Most businesses already offer some sort of affiliate incentive system in order to attract customers. This incentive is tracked through links for e-commerce when the customer clicks on the link to purchase.
Rewards4Earth uses the same principles and makes them simpler. A business registered with Rewards4Earth simply sets the percentage of a sale they want to spend on marketing.
When the customer purchases using their Erth Point App, Rewards4Earth technology tracks the purchase and automatically gifts the customer, their nominated CCC and the Rewards4Earth Foundation the appropriate value of Erth Points.
The business has invoiced the cost of the Erth purchase at the time of the transaction. This is a very precise and secure PAY-per-SALE model as it is tracked through the payment processing technology, not a third-party link, although we can do that as well for online transactions.
The Business has total discretion, and it can accept full or part payment in Erth Points as it desires. There is no technical reason why a business could not accept $20 in Erth Points and the balance in cash or via credit card, that is a decision for the business and for the supporter to negotiate.
Once a business registers with Rewards4Earth it will automatically appear on the App for search and geo-location services and be searchable by all supporters of all CCC’s. Businesses can also sign any of those supporters to be VIP customers of that business.
The business will also have permission to use the Rewards4Earth logo. We will provide digital Rewards4Earth branded materials so that the business can have them printed for in-store customers to be made aware of used in advertising and marketing programs.
Businesses have access to several free-to-use marketing tools within the App. These include a listing in the local location-based directory, search exposure based on category or product, geo-location services and free push notification services to opted-in VIP customers. These services are designed to be user-centric, yet add significant real-time, geo-targeted marketing value to businesses. Businesses only PAY-per-SALE and every transaction supports local CCC’s and helps to save the planet while rewarding customers.
Sadly, there is no mandatory monetary obligation that businesses have to Planet Earth to replenish what that business takes from Planet Earth. Nor is there any mandatory monetary obligation to give back to the local community. Having said that most businesses want to be seen to be contributing to the local community and to Planet Earth. It is good PR if nothing else. The Erth Point System enables businesses to give back to both the local community and to Planet Earth and promote that to all its current and potential customers. The more supporters that spend money at businesses that use the Erth Point System, the more good we do for the community and planet Earth, and the business benefits.
It is free for all supporters. Clubs, Churches, Charities and others registered not for profits – NFP all joins for free. Businesses pay $200 to be a member. This includes $50 worth of marketing services in advance to automatically credit Erth Points when Apps are used for payment, as well as $50 worth of Erth Points for cash or IOS devices or other transactions that are not made on the payment gateway system. Our beloved CCC’s benefit when more people and more businesses participate enabling their supporters to purchase from more businesses. Every transaction helps CCC’s, customers, businesses and save the planet.
All the digital marketing tools available to businesses are free. This includes listing on the directory, local search function, geo-location services and push notifications to opted-in VIP customers.
There are no ongoing administrative fees. There is an ongoing purchase of Erth Points that businesses gift to supporters based on the percentage of marketing fees they have agreed to issue.
Yes, a business can change the percentage at any time, as long as it is 3% or more of the purchase price. For example, a business could change their gift from 3% or 20% for a special offer at any time and then back again when the offer has finished. The amount of Erth Points rewarded will depend on the price of the good or service, the percentage rewarded and the market rate of the time of the transaction.
No, as the business does not own the Erth Point System and the value is set by the market price.
No, 3% is the minimum amount businesses can spend on our marketing services. The customer gets something, the CCC gets something, and Planet Earth gets something, so everyone gets something of value.
Once a business has registered with Rewards4Earth the technology behind the payment gateway and App automatically allocates the correct value of Erth Points to the supporter, the supporter’s nominated CCC and Planet Earth via the Rewards4Earth Foundation with Android systems. With Apple phones or cash payments, or other transactions that do not use the payment gateway network, the business simply enters the transaction amount on the BIZ App and then scans the supporters QR code and the points are transferred instantaneously. We are hopeful that Apple will soon allow us to work more smoothly on their devices, please contact Apple to help us.
A business that is part of the Erth Point System will be instantly more attractive to the supporters of all CCC’s that are part of the Erth Point System. This is because supporters earn rewards for themselves, their CCC, and help save Planet Earth. The built-in digital marketing tools are another benefit, making businesses easier to find when CCC supporters are looking to see where they can earn Erth Points to support their CCC and save Planet Earth.
Customers want to feel valued and appreciated. According to a KMPG report, loyal customers account for 85% of a business’ growth. With Rewards4Earth and Erth Points, you’ll be not only gifting your customers something of tangible value, but you will also be making them feel good when they know they are helping to support their favourite CCC and helping to save Planet Earth.
One of the less beneficial things about internet marketing is that it makes most things about price. The Erth Point System focuses more on what the supporter is passionate about, their CCC and supporting that CCC and helping to save the planet. Think of a passionate football club supporter. Given the choice between a business that supports their CCC and a business that doesn’t, they will always go to the business that supports their CCC. They feel as if your business is as passionate about their CCC as they are because the business supports that CCC. That supporter will keep coming back and bring their fellow supporters with them, and the business only PAYS-per-SALE.
The Erth Point System is a completely new concept – there is nothing like it with such a triple benefit to the supporter, their CCC and Planet Earth, nor has there ever been. There are a lot of unknowns as a result.
We won’t know how people feel until the system grows and adoption increases, however supporters and their nominated causes will be receiving the Erth Points as rewards, coupled with the philanthropic nature of the allocation. We believe the vast majority of people will accept the system for the broader purpose it is trying to achieve.
We are certain they will be happy if the Erth Point increases in value, not so happy if it decreases in value, but it is better than losing all the points as they would if a business went bankrupt with old-style reward points.
Customers may also be confused if they got fewer points for the same purchase. Once they realise that the points they received with the previous transaction have increased in value, they should be happy though. They could also be happy if the points went down in value and they receive more points for the same transaction.
That’ll most likely be an individual preference. However, for businesses, Rewards4Earth is a new way to market to their customers. It doesn’t need to replace existing marketing tools – in fact, it can happily operate alongside other strategies. For example, if the reward is a percentage of the price, then a discounted price generates a smaller reward. While a business can calculate the dual marketing cost of such a promotion, to ensure it is still profitable, the customer may perceive this as a double benefit, potentially encouraging them to complete the sale.
Some customers may prefer discounts, but discounts don’t help their CCC and they don’t help save Planet Earth.