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Posted 11th FebPosted 11th Feb
Amazon non-Prime delivery information to be removed from deal titles
Amazon deal titles can already be quite long with the addition of Fulfilled by Seller information or Prime Exclusive information, but Amazon have recently introduced further delivery options…
Posted 10th FebPosted 10th Feb
The power (and kindness!) of our incredible community - £5 to buy a homeless person a Christmas dinner/gift
On the 16th December 2021 our member @DrJayDee86 posted this deal to donate £5 to Social Bite which would be used to buy a homeless person a Christmas meal or gift. It was incredible…
Posted 3rd FebPosted 3rd Feb
Introducing the Editor Assistant Test
Update - from 12th March, the team are only editing the Deal Description on HOT Online deals (purely instore / offline deals now excluded). (They may also occasionally make small corrections to: Deal Title; Main Deal Image; Next Best Price).
We just wanted to let you know that we are currently running an Editor Assistant test where selected hotukdeals community members have been invited to help add extra relevant information to …
Posted 2nd FebPosted 2nd Feb
Year In Review 2021 - what did the hotukdeals community (and staff!) get up to in 2021...
Welcome to the first ever official Year In Review where we take a look back at the highlights of 2021 on hotukdeals (party) You'll find it RIGHT HERE. In what was another year disrupte…
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Our Highlights page is becoming the 'For You' feed
From Tuesday 25th January we will start to show you the “For You” feed! This mean you'll see a mix of deals based on your interest and general popular deals. We hope you like it!
Update - 25 Jan 2021 - Highlights is becoming the For You Feed What’s changing? The main page will finally show the “For you” feed instead of the “Highlights” feed for all user that acce…
Trading Thread - The Great Christmas Flamedeer Hunt 2021
Got some spare deer? Get them traded with your fellow deerhunters :) Full trading instructions can be found in the Trade section of the game page >> HERE << Some notes a…
Posted 29th Nov 2021Posted 29th Nov 2021
Deal pages are changing - how, why and when...
Release of the image gallery
Our team have just released the latest change to the deal submission form. Here you're able to upload multiple images to your deal thread and pick one which you'd like to select as the cover image.
This new feature will let users upload more than one image and will automatically add more images from merchants where we’re able to fetch images. Users can remove images, change the order and drag and drop images into the form on desktop.
Users will see a warning if their image is not matching the quality criteria of at least 500 px in height or width.
Look forward to receiving your feedback on this Here are some screenshots below from the same deal.
We wanted to give you a quick heads up that we'll shortly be releasing some changes to the deal layout. Our goal is to restructure the information contained within deals to improve readabili…
Posted 1st Nov 2021Posted 1st Nov 2021
Some changes to your hotukdeals team and why we're making them plus staff updates
I'm really pleased to announce that we've had a couple of new Deal Editors start with hotukdeals
Note - waiting for some winners to submit their claim. All prizes were won as per the T&CS.
NO TRICKS...ALL TREATS! Introducing the 2021 Halloween Flamedeer Hunt (zombie) Seasoned hunters will already know what is required of them but for those new to these pesky little deer, w…
Posted 28th Oct 2021Posted 28th Oct 2021
The Official Trading Thread - Halloween Flamedeer Hunt 2021
Caught more than you need? Trade them with your fellow deer hunters :) Full trading instructions can be found in the Trade section of the game page >> HERE << Some no…
Posted 17th Sep 2021Posted 17th Sep 2021
New Feature Incoming - Reactions!
Thanks everyone for your feedback in this thread so far I'd like to announce a small change...
The new reactions have been live for a few weeks which has allowed us to take feedback from you here but also look into the usage of the reactions. Bringing it all together we can now say that the choice of the heart emoji was not the right one for the Helpful reaction. We'll soon (hopefully on 02/12) be replacing this with a new checked box icon. Thanks again for feeding this back and we hope the new icon will make it much clearer.
Some other good news...
Reactions can be used on the app from next week! So w/c 06/12 you'll see reactions available. For now though you still won't be able to see who gave the specific reaction - you'll just simply see the total number of reactions given and by which users.
Having a huge community has many benefits, one of the biggest being the wealth of knowledge and expertise our users bring to the platform. Large communities can also create difficulties; it'…
Posted 16th Sep 2021Posted 16th Sep 2021
Update to navigation on mobile website
Evening all Anyone who uses the website on a smartphone (ie, in a browser, rather than using our dedicated apps) may have noticed a change this afternoon. Or perhaps sooner, as we've been t…
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Update - Trial allowing Verified Partners to post deals ends July 10
Thanks to everyone for their patience here. We’ve spent the last few weeks assessing the trial, and I wanted to share the outcome. A bit more detail is below, but as I guess it’s the bit everyone is most interested in… Our decision is to not continue this scheme or run further tests at this time.
We genuinely learned a lot from doing this test, and we aren’t ruling out trying to find a way to get great deals shared directly from partners onto the site - but based on what we have found, we believe we shouldn’t continue on the exact same path for now.
Verified Partners did not spam the sites, which was definitely a possibility if we hadn’t had the rules we did. Unfortunately, the complete opposite happened - with VPs only providing 0.27% of the activated deals during the test period.
The quality of the deals varied massively by partner. But overall, not enough deals got super hot for anyone to be excited about, nor was the average temperature what we were hoping for. I think this is a real shame, as certainly in some of the other countries we ran the test in, we saw a good number of 1000 degree+ deals, but still not enough of them.
We appreciate there was very strong feedback from many of you, and of course we took that on board as part of the overall results - it was very much in the Cons columns, as we don’t enjoy annoying or upsetting members.
We also looked at what the community as a whole did before, during and after the test. We were pleased to see that the number of deal submitters, voters and commenters stayed consistent, and we didn’t see a spike in account deletions. We also ran a survey asking users if they trusted the site, and these numbers stayed the same before and then throughout the test.
As intimated above, there was a real issue with Verified Partners use of the test. 45% of them were either totally inactive, only submitted deals we had to decline, or stopped submitting within 4 weeks. This was frustrating, especially as the partners who did post popular deals gave us nice feedback about the test.
The click outs to partners and revenue driven was low - especially in relation to the amount of person-hours we had to put in to run the scheme.
Taking all these reasons in combination, we don’t think continuing this as a full time programme, or running a similar test in the short term future, is the right course of action.
We want to let you all know about a trial we are planning to run, aiming to start in May. For an initial period of eight weeks, we will allow a group of up to 30 retailers to post their own …
Posted 25th Aug 2021Posted 25th Aug 2021
Happy birthday to....us! hotukdeals turns 17 years old - win a share of £500 in vouchers...
(party) Get those L plates out...hotukdeals this week turns 17 years old (party) The site was launched way back in 2004. Natasha Bedingfield was number 1 in the charts with These Words an…
We wanted to let you know that we will end the Pepper Expert program on 31.12.2021.
Before I briefly go into the background, we would first like to thank all active and no longer active Pepper Experts. The effort put in has been incredible, and the Experts have shared loads of fantastic deals with the whole community. In terms of heat and other engagement metrics, Experts are often right near the top of all users, and they have been generous in sharing expertise in comment threads all around the site.
So ending the program (with the longest Beta phase in known history ) has been a really tricky decision, and not one we have taken lightly. We definitely see big benefits of having this group of dedicated, knowledgeable deal hunters, especially where offers have been found that wouldn't otherwise have been.
However, we have seen clearly that the program was not remotely as scalable as we had originally hoped. We hoped to expand it to 50, 100 or even more participants at some point - but the rewards that we feel are required to compensate for the huge amounts of time and effort Experts put in, would have meant this made no sense from a resource point of view. We also really understand the feedback we have received about this being a closed group and the impact that has on the wider community.
To make it crystal clear, these challenges are entirely of our (Pepper's) making and I don't think there is anything the Experts could have done differently to overcome them. But they certainly made future development of the programme seem increasingly unrealistic to us.
Therefore, in the future we would like to focus more on things that benefit a larger part of our community. For example, some of you have been contacted by us in recent months and received a small Amazon gift card for posting the hottest deal of the day in a category. We think that such an approach might be the more appropriate way to thank a larger part of our community for their help - so we will pursue this again and further.
Nevertheless, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Pepper Experts once again! And for the time being it continues through Black Friday and to the end of the year...
Black Friday is just around the corner, so what better time than now to test what might just be the biggest change on hotukdeals in its 14 yr history?! On Monday we’ll be launching the …