Bondora Website Now Available in 24 Language to Boost Pan-European Usage

Bondora logoBondora has announced that the p2p lending marketplace platform is now accessible in 24 European languages. Bondora says it already has more than 42,000 investors from 85+ countries worldwide, that have invested more than 150 million EUR in the consumer loans listed on the Bondora marketplace. Bondora gives investors the choice of different investment products: Bondora Go&Grow, Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Pro and API Investment.

The popular Go&Grow product carries a yield of 6.75% and offers high liquidity.

Now the Bondora website can be used in 24 languages ranging from Bulgarian to Swedish. Bondora says they have taken this step, because they want to open their doors to Europe and make the platform accessible for all. Investors feel much more comfortable using a site which is in their native language.

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Map of the local languages Bondora now supports

Want to start investing at Bondora now?

Use this link to sign up at Bondora, and the normal signup bonus will be doubled for you, meaning, if you invest, you get 10 EUR bonus that you can use for investing. This is a limited time special promotion (after which the signup bonus will be 5 EUR again).

Fynanz lending bonus

Fynanz announced a lending bonus.

We're excited to announce that we're giving you and other lenders who lend $3,000 or more, a 3% Lending Bonus. That's on top of the great rates that you're already earning as a lender through the Fynanz Student Loan Marketplace …

Lending Bonus is earned on the aggregate amount you lend across all the loans you make, provided you have lent at least $3,000 in loans between May 15th and September 15, 2008 up to a maximum of $50,000 in aggregate loans

Lenders can earn an additional 2%, if they refer at least 5 new lenders, which each lend 50 US$ minimum.

In a recent "Tips for Borrowers" post, Fynanz says it added 700 more approved schools whose students may apply for a Fynanz loan.

Prosper referral program

Since June Prosper.com runs a referral program that allows Prosper members to refer new lenders or borrowers.

How does it work?

Prosper members are encouraged to put up text links, buttons or banners on their websites that advertise for Prosper. If someone clicks on that link, a tracking parameter included in the link format allows Prosper to detect which Prosper member refered the surfer. Should the surfer sign up the member who referred him will earn:

  • in case of a new borrower: 0.5% of the loan amount (up to $125) when the first monthly payment clears
  • in case of a new lender: $25 as soon as the first loan bidded on originates

Certain conditions apply – I won't go into the detailed rules here, Tom has already done a fine summary of the rules in his blog – just read it there.

Example: If you click on one of the following buttons and sign up as a new Prosper members I am eligable to earn the referral bonus if you get active:

 

Earn Great Returns. $25 Sign-Up Bonus. Borrow up to $25K. Rates as low as 7.00%.

 

Up to August 31st there is a huge incentive since new lenders that sign up through the referral program get credited $25 as well to their account.

Does it work?

Although I do not heavily use the Prosper referral links on Wiseclerk.com and considering that most of the Wiseclerk audience are already Prosper users before they discover Wiseclerk, I did have several members sign up through my referral links in the past weeks. Every time somebody signs up through my link, I get an email with the new member's screenname. Most are still in the status 'Registered' meaning after signup they did not take any further steps yet to become a lender or borrower. One became or borrower, but so far failed to receive a loan.

More interesting ways to use referrer links

Wondering how the referral links can be turned from pure ads to a widget that offers additional information and is spread through viral marketing methods. Kevin at Rateladder.com has created a tool that creates code for borrowers to promote their listing on MySpace or other webpages. The tool creates an ad for the borrower listing, showing the title, the photo, the interest rate and the percentage funded. It calls for action through a 'Bid Now' button. Cleary of interest to borrowers. And Kevin profits, since he incorporated his referral links. Therefore should somebody wishing to bid sign up as a lender, he can profit.

The Prosper referral program compared to the referral programs of other p2p lending services

British Zopa pays members 30 pounds for refering an active lender or borrower. This scheme exists since summer 2006 and occassionaly the bonus was increased to 50 pounds for a limited time.
German Smava.de pays members 25 Euro for referring an active lender or borrower.
Dutch Boober.nl awards points for sucessful referral of lenders. These can be exchanged for merchandise, e.g. for 3 referred lenders a member can earn an iPod.
As far as I am aware of Lendingclub does not (yet) have an referral program. (Correct me if necessary!).
It will be interesting to see if and what new entrants like Communitylend.com and Ireloans.com will offer for referring new users.

The next step for even more growth

Currently all referral programs mentioned above have one thing in common. They are open only to existing members of the p2p lending services. Assuming they are successful and the p2p lending serves are seeking opportunities to enable even faster growth then the next step could be to start an affiliate program through networks like Zanox, CJ or Affilinet.

This would allow (semi-)professional internet marketeers to promote the offers. This step would offer two advantages:

  • Huge exposure of the ads on many websites. Experienced marketeers promoting the offers (still on pay for performance base – no untargeted advertising spendings)
  • Simply by beeing listed many people will sign up for themselves instead of marketing the offer to others.

The only downside are the costs which are typically 30 percent of transaction value. In case of Prosper seeking lender referrals this would add up to $32.5 (25 for the marketeer plus $7.5 for the affiliate network).