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Aggie Rewards Makes it easy to Support USU — Earn Prizes at the Same Time


Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013


graphic illustration for USU's new 'Aggie Rewards' program

Utah State University recently launched an innovative online rewards program called Aggie Rewards

 

“It’s a fun, free and easy way to support USU and get something back in return,” said Brandon Taylor, director of marketing for Advancement and Alumni Relations. “The best part is that it doesn’t cost participants anything. They just install the program and every time they shop online they earn points that can be redeemed for great prizes.”

 

Participants can choose from more than 2,000 major online retailers, including Amazon, Walmart and Dell. While shopping online generates fundraising dollars for the university, it is not the only way participants can earn points. Completing online ‘quests’ is another option. 

 

“The quests are designed to encourage online social interaction with various departments and organizations at Utah State,” Taylor said. “For example, you can earn 100 points for ‘liking’ the Aggie Ice Cream Facebook page. Then you can use those points to earn a free scoop of Aggie Ice Cream, which is worth 200 points. “

 

Aggie Rewards is a browser-based application, which means it runs within the web browser, allowing it to function on either a Windows PC or a Mac. Another advantage of the platform as a browser-based app is the login process. Once Aggie Rewards is installed for the first time, it remains on the browser on which it was installed and can be accessed by an Aggie icon in the top, right corner of the browser window, similar to Pinterest. As a result, users do not have to enter a name and password each time they want to access their account. They simply click on the icon and are immediately directed to their personal Aggie Rewards page.

 

“Now is a great time to introduce Aggie Rewards to our students, alumni and friends,” said Taylor. “It’s just in time for the holidays, when people are doing a lot of online shopping anyway. We’re hopeful that USU fans will download Aggie Rewards when they do their holiday shopping so they can help USU at the same time.”

 

Currently, the program works on desktop or laptop computers. A mobile-friendly version will be available soon, allowing users to access their accounts and earn points via their smart phones or tablets, Taylor said. 

 

Aggie Rewards can be used in any common web browser, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari. However, it is more compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Safari, than with Internet Explorer.

 

Alumni, students and friends of the university can sign up at no cost by downloading Aggie Rewards online.

 

Contact: Brandon Taylor, 435.797.8537, brandon.taylor@usu.edu



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