Uber Drivers Forum banner
1 - 20 of 31 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,962 Posts
Does Uber in Rochester and upstate allow you $$$ for using your referral code?
I've never heard of an area where Uber does not support referrals, especially in start-up areas like Upstate-NY. The amount varies from city-to-city. For details in your area:
  1. Open the driver-App
  2. Click EARNINGS on the bottom of the screen
  3. Click "Invites". You may need to scroll down
You can send out emails or Facebook messages with your unique referral code. Some people buy or print up business cards with their own unique invite code that may be handed out to both riders and potential drivers.

Here's some templates. The flip-side can target potential drivers. I would not recommend using the same card for both Uber and Lyft.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Great. I'm starting Uber next week or so. So much from uber is vague. With the referrals for example- What are the exact numbers for upstate as far as ..is it $20 value for first ride? $150 sign up bonus? So much of the foot work is up to us, I just wish we had a go to place for info about Rochester and upstate region. Because not everything is the same everywhere. Some cities uber takes a 20%cut some 30% and Rochester is 25%. If it's our responsibility to produce and hand out cards, I wish we had more info to work with. Or am I looking in the wrong places?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
That's where I went to sign up. I asked questions. No clear answers. Asked for a guide or pamphlet. None to be found. All he did was send me a link to the already existing Uber site with all of its general info.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,962 Posts
That's where I went to sign up. I asked questions. No clear answers. Asked for a guide or pamphlet. None to be found. All he did was send me a link to the already existing Uber site with all of its general info.
Uber has never given in-person "new driver orientation", referring new drivers to their online resources. However, if you ask specific questions at a greenlight hub then you are more likely to get specific answers. Bring all related documentation.

These are several new driver guides online, not from Uber. A few are even worthwhile reading. For example, click "Newbie Help" below.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
What are the rules regarding Facebook and referral sharing? Can I simply post my referral code on my timeline for everyone to see?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,962 Posts
What are the rules regarding Facebook and referral sharing? Can I simply post my referral code on my timeline for everyone to see?
Not aware of any restrictions on Facebook. :) You can also tweet it to your millions (thousands? hundreds? Dozens? 5?) followers. ;) However, it cannot be posted in this forum.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
608 Posts
Referring new drivers can be very profitable. Particularly being new in Rochester. The bonus in Cleveland was 150$ but recently dropped down to 50. I was pretty aggressive recruiting new drivers. Probably 30 new drivers but on flip side I had many that signed up that didn't follow through(about another 30) the best recruiting story is when the RNC came to town last year. Uber had a deal if you recruit 1 driver week of free gas ....6 drivers = a year of free gas I went to school districts recruiting teachers. Great summer job. The districts were kind enough to send out a blanket email. Needless to say I got my 6 drivers and a Visa card for $3000 plus $150 for 6 drivers $900. Ironically I didn't drive all that much during security was very tight streets shut down etc but made $450 for a grand total of 4350 for the week. This is an exception not the rule. Anyway I talked to others and they said they didn't do it....too hard. You have to remember this is your own business and there are ways to make money besides driving. I have other marketing ideas that have also made me money. So when Uber has these different incentive I jump on it most don't. It takes time and most don't want to devote those extra hrs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
And you also get a small cut when you refer a new rider as well, right? Like $5? So, basically we're not just drivers, we're promoters. What's the most creative and effective way to get your code out there and people signed up? I was thinking I first go low tech, print out cards with my code and info on it and go to bars and clubs around the city.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,962 Posts
And you also get a small cut when you refer a new rider as well, right? Like $5? So, basically we're not just drivers, we're promoters. What's the most creative and effective way to get your code out there and people signed up? I was thinking I first go low tech, print out cards with my code and info on it and go to bars and clubs around the city.
Low tech business cards are best to start. Anywhere people might not take their own cars are good locations including: doctors offices, hospitals, auto repair shops, airports, train/bus stations, hotels, college campuses, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Remember: sometimes easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
608 Posts
Maven is right about the distribution. All those places he mentioned. I did that when first started. I truly don't know how effective it really is. And it takes a lot of time. There's no way to track where they came from. So I pass them out in my car.... faithfully. It's a numbers game. My experience 10-15% really get used but at 5 $ each it adds up. "Here is a couple coupons for first time riders. Maybe friend or family who has not used it yet. Download the app put code in it doesn't expire and good throughout the country" people do appreciate it and helps ratings. I make a joke....if you found a twenty on the ground you had a good day. I share this with drivers.....they don't do it. Riders tell me all the time they've never got a coupon before. A promoter yes we are more riders and they share their code for a free ride this is the Uber way. Maven mentioned social media it might be true now but not when I started.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,648 Posts
You may be better off searching for that answer outside of the Cities forums. You really can't rely on the Uber help feature on the app because you will more than likely get canned response on return. You can also stop at the Greenlight Hub as well and speak to an Uber rep.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
608 Posts
I when I first started I ordered through vistaprint. They look just like what maven posted. When they are used they may not appear in your pay for week or two. Also remember you're working with numbers. Pass out a hundred hope for 10-15% return. Maybe more since new in Rochester.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
608 Posts
He was referring to riders. But referring new drivers can be profitable also. There is a lot of turnover in drivers and uber is continuously recruiting. So why not enjoy the incentive. Either it's you or uber. Right now there are x amount of drivers. Six months from now x-75%. Driving is not for everyone because of various reasons. Welcome to the uber world.
 
1 - 20 of 31 Posts
Top