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Billaway Teams with BBM Messenger to Launch BBM Rewards in Canada

BWW News Desk
June 19, 2017

iOS and Android BBM Messenger Users Can Earn Gift Cards by Participating in Surveys, Entering Sweepstakes, Getting Quotes and Redeeming Money-saving Offers at Major Canadian Retailers

NEW YORK, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Billaway, a U.S. based marketing technology company that enables mobile phone consumers the ability to earn rewards, today launches BBM Rewards with Creative Media Works, which operates as BBM Messenger, for consumers across Android and iOS platforms in Canada.

BBM Messenger users can now earn gift cards via BBM Rewards when they engage in surveys and other activities using Billaway's cloud-based marketing platform, and redeem at major Canadian retailers*. Users can access a range of different gift cards, for businesses like department stores, sporting outlets, pharmacies, supermarkets, gas stations and more by clicking 'Rewards' in the Discover menu within BBM Messenger.

The technology used for this service relies on Billaway's marketing platform, which can be integrated seamlessly into any mobile application. Since launching in South Africa two months ago, BBM Rewards has provided thousands of dollars of credit to participants.

"Everybody is always looking to cut costs where they can," says Paul Harkins, CEO of Billaway. "BBM Rewards provides an incentive to consumers for sharing their opinions. It's all about saving money at the end of the day and doing something fun like taking surveys is an easy, cost free way to do this."

The survey responses gathered on BBM Rewards are also helping brands better connect with consumers, enabling them to conduct market research with a highly responsive user base. With millions of BBM users worldwide, brands that are launching new products and services will be able to gather audience insight that will better their customer experiences and ultimately, provide consumers with the products or services that they want.

BBM is one of the largest mobile messaging applications. In addition to offering free voice and video calls, BBM also allows users to send pictures, audio recordings, files, share real-time location on a map, as well as a wide selection of stickers. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social eco-system unifying chat, social, commerce and services.

"At BBM, we continue to innovate and evolve our content and services, including the likes of bill payments, top-up, vouchers/coupons, news, video, career, polls, shopping, travel, games and comics," says said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally. "We're providing our users with an enriched experience within BBM, giving them more compelling reasons to spend more time within the app, and share BBM with their friends and family."

BBM Rewards is also available in the United States and South Africa, with further expansion to countries such as Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore and the United Kingdom in the coming weeks.

*BBM is available on the App Store and Google Play for free download.

*Notes to Editors
For a full list of gift cards available, visit http://cabbm.billaway.com

About BBM
On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division ofPT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX: EMTK) - one ofIndonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses - announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visitwww.bbm.com.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BBM and BBM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved.
Androidis atrademarkof Google Inc.
iOS is a registered trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. iOS is used under license by Apple Inc.
Windows Windows is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries

About Billaway
Billaway is a cloud-based marketing technology platform that seamlessly enables the conversion of global currencies, earned by consumers through their everyday activities, directly into free mobile airtime and/or free mobile data.Billaway's turn-key integration connects mobile operators with advertisers and brands. This creates a more meaningful relationship with their customers. It also enables the consumer to save more on their bills without being exposed to offers, which have no relevance in their lives. The company is based in New York City and operates in multiple countries. For more information, go to www.billawayglobal.com

SOURCE Billaway

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