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How to stop freebie hunters and optimise your sampling campaigns

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August 15, 2023

freebie hunter hoards toilet paper in their fridge

In the ever-evolving landscape of marketing strategies, product sampling has emerged as a potent tool for brand exposure and customer engagement. Offering consumers the chance to experience a product firsthand can significantly influence their purchase decisions, and is a great way to generate reviews. However, as with any approach, challenges arise, and one persistent issue is the presence of freebie hunters.

Sampl, an industry-leading platform, uses an innovative data-led approach to filter out and stop freebie hunters, revolutionising the way brands can approach sampling campaigns.

Freebie hunters, often lured by the prospect of free products, can hinder the success of sampling campaigns. They might not genuinely value the product, nor have a sincere intention to make a purchase. Brands need to address this concern strategically to ensure the effectiveness of their sampling strategy.

Why avoid freebie hunters?

The adverse effects of freebie hunters on sampling campaigns are multifold. Their presence leads to wastage of resources, unbalanced distribution, dilution of campaign results, and the potential for negative brand perception. Because of this, marketing teams should target only those genuinely interested in the product, ensuring brands can maximise the impact of their NPD sampling campaigns. 


sampl match filtering report on the sampl dashboard


Reducing sampling waste

One of the most compelling reasons to avoid freebie hunters in sampling campaigns is the reduction of waste. Allocating product samples to individuals who have a genuine interest in the brand’s offerings is a more environmentally responsible approach. Unnecessary wastage of resources is minimised, aligning with your brand’s sustainable business practices.

Increasing campaign efficiency

Moreover, focusing on an engaged audience ensures that each distributed sample is more likely to lead to a meaningful interaction. This increased efficiency directly translates to a higher return on investment compared to other forms of product sampling campaigns.

Ensuring fair distribution

Equity in distribution is another key factor in avoiding freebie hunters. Every brand strives to provide their products to those who are genuinely interested and can benefit from them. This means each individual is provided with a fair number of samples, rather than cunning freebie hunters claiming multiples of the same item, ensuring wider reach.


sampl match filtering report avoiding freebie hunters and non-relevant audiences


The role of Sampl’s filtering system

Avoiding these audiences is incredibly challenging, but Sampl’s innovative approach addresses the challenge of freebie hunters head-on. The Sampl platform integrates a comprehensive filtering system, powered by a hashed database that evaluates multiple criteria to determine the authenticity of requests. This state-of-the-art system identifies and filters out suspect mail addresses, IP addresses, similar names, and access from suspicious sites, among other factors.

Behind the scenes, our dedicated team of experts meticulously assesses each request, ensuring that only your target audience receives their product samples.

This intelligent filtering system optimises audience targeting, resulting in higher opt-in rates and increased purchase intent. By weeding out freebie hunters, brands can focus on building genuine connections with consumers who will opt-in to marketing, provide reviews and intend to purchase in the future. 


As brands continue to explore innovative ways to engage their target audience, it’s essential to acknowledge and address the presence of freebie hunters. By avoiding these individuals through effective filtering systems, brands can reduce waste, increase efficiency, and ensure a fair distribution of samples to genuinely interested consumers.

Sampl’s advanced platform, SamplMatch, with our smart filtering system, provides an invaluable solution to combat freebie hunters, ultimately enhancing the success of sampling campaigns.

If you’d like to increase your sampling campaigns efficiency, contact our team at or book a call with our expert sampling team here to start using Sampl. 

About the author

Roland Spencer

Roland serves as the Head of Marketing at Sampl, a dynamic product sampling agency. Based in the vibrant city of Brighton, he brings extensive expertise in marketing and content development. With a passion for guiding tech businesses towards success. Roland thrives on crafting innovative marketing strategies and delivering exceptional results. When he’s not immersed in the world of marketing, you can often find him watching Formula E, playing football, gardening and cooking.

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