Swagbucks.com is an El Segundo, California-based online rewards destination by Prodege LLC. It enables users to earn points (called SB) by performing a variety of online activities, including searching, shopping, taking surveys, playing games, and discovering online content, and then to redeem those points for retail gift cards, PayPal cash, or additional rewards. As of November 2015, Swagbucks.com is ranked by Alexa Internet as the 153rd most visited website in the United States and the 675th most trafficked website globally. As of March 2015, the site serves more than 12 million members and has awarded more than $100 million in retail gift card rewards to its members. The site operates in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia. providers like AOL and Hulu, to reach Swagbucks’ active audience. Headquartered in El Segundo, CA, Swagbucks is a subsidiary of Prodege, LLC.
Swagbucks' website is owned and operated by Prodege, a provider of digital services, including an online rewards portal (Swagbucks), content distribution platforms (Yowgo, nCrave), and an online polling technology platform (SodaHead).
In 2006, Prodege introduced its first product: private label search engines that allowed charities to raise funds by having supporters perform internet searches. In early 2007, Prodege developed a second search loyalty product that allowed celebrities, brands and sports teams to engage fans through their own branded rewards programme offering "swag" merchandise. Musicians including Kanye West and Kiss, and sports properties like WWE and the Indianapolis Colts were among the users of the platform. In February 2008, Prodege launched its current business, Swagbucks.com – under Co-Founders Josef Gorowitz and Scott Dudelson – and introduced the SB as a digital currency earned for activity throughout its network of websites.
In January 2013, Prodege Founder Josef Gorowitz appointed former Shopzilla and Fandango CEO Chuck Davis as the company's executive chairman. Davis led the 2005 sale of Shopzilla to E.W. Scripps for $569 million, and the 2007 sale of Fandango to Comcast Corp. for an undisclosed amount.
In May 2014, Prodege announced that Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) had invested $60 million into Prodege, parent company of Swagbucks and additional portfolio brands, and that Prodege additionally had appointed Executive Chairman Chuck Davis as its new CEO and Chairman, while Josef Gorowitz assumed the title of Founder and President. This was the company’s first external investment. Prior to the TCV investment, Prodege had been fully bootstrapped and had grown to $53 million in profitable revenue in 2013.
In July 2014, Prodege announced its acquisition of SodaHead.com, an online polling technology platform founded by Jason Feffer. SodaHead.com CEO Chris Dominguez and Founder Jason Feffer joined Prodege’s executive leadership team in the move. SodaHead operates a consumer website and provides polling technology to media partners including ESPN, FOX News, and Good Morning America.
Members of the Swagbucks programme are able to earn and redeem SB in a variety of ways through the Swagbucks website and mobile apps.
While a single SB is generally worth 1 US cent (¢), the value might be greater when used for certain rewards.
- Searching – Swagbucks hosts a custom search engine that will periodically reward registered users with random amounts of SB. The selection of winners is completely random, and it is emphasised that searching more often won't necessarily increase the odds of winning.
- Special Offers – Members might earn SB by completing various offers made by third-party companies via the Swagbucks website or mobile app.
- Swagbucks TV – Members can discover and watch videos selected by the user, in a similar fashion to YouTube.
- Surveys – Members might complete market-research surveys from third parties to receive SB. Generally, surveys take longer to complete than additional activities, and consequently the payouts are larger on average.
- Shopping – Members might use the Shop and Earn feature to shop at a number of popular online e-commerce retailers (Walmart, Target, Apple, Kmart, etc.) and receive a set amount of SB per dollar spent, in a “cash-back” format.
- Games – Members might play online casual games to earn SB.
- Swag Codes – Special text codes can be periodically found on the Swagbucks network and can be entered into a special Swag Codes box in the menu bar to earn SB. These can appear and expire anytime.
- Referral Program – A current user can invite another person to use Swagbucks. If the additional person signs up as a new Swagbucks user using the current user’s referral link, the current user will earn a referral fee equal to a percentage of the SB earned over time by the new user.
- Daily Goals – A metre on the home page shows an amount of SB that's the user's goal for that day. If the goal is reached, bonus SB will be awarded at the start of the next month. These bonuses accumulate, and meeting the goal for a large number of days in a row will earn additional bonuses.
- Hourly Random Winner – Users that are logged in to the site can cheque the Swagbucks blog every hour. If their username and avatar is displayed in the "Hourly Winner" section, the user can click "Claim Your Swagbucks" and might earn 1,000 SB. The hourly random winner is now seen in the .
- Rewards Store – Users can redeem their SB for a variety of popular retailer gift cards that are delivered in an electronic format, as well as PayPal cash and additional redemption options. The site’s most popular rewards include retail gift cards from dozens of top Internet retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target and others.
- Swagstakes – Sweepstakes that require the user to pay for entries in SB. Depending on the usual price of the item being offered, the entry amounts change. Some of the rewards are Swag Buck giveaways, which, if won, credit the user's account with more SB.
It was announced on September 30, 2015, that Swagbucks had reached $100 million in payouts to its members.
Mobile site and applications
A mobile version of the Swagbucks site is available for use on smartphones like iPhone and Android devices. It is a stripped-down version of the regular site that contains fewer features, but is optimised for use via touchscreen.
- Searching: Just like the regular site, users can search using the mobile site and periodically earn SB.
- Special Offers: A mobile version of the special offers on the regular Swagbucks site.
- Daily Poll: Also available on the regular site, a new poll is posted each day, and answering it rewards 1 SB.
- A selection of popular gift cards for major retailers are available on mobile, including Amazon, Walmart, Target and others.
Swagbucks mobile apps for iOS and Android
Swagbucks has released mobile apps on both Google Play and the App Store that allow the user to cheque their SB balances, perform mobile searches, answer the daily poll, complete special offers, and redeem SB for a selection of popular gift cards for major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target and others. These apps are currently only available in the U.S.
Swagbucks has additionally released separate mobile apps on both Google Play and the Apple App Store for the Swagbucks TV feature. These apps are currently only available in the U.S.
Awards and Accolades
|2014||Josef Gorowitz, Founder of Prodege / Swagbucks||Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Los Angeles, Advertising Category||Won|
|2014||Brad Kates, CFO of Prodege / Swagbucks||Los Angeles Business Journal: CFO of the Year||Won|
|2014||Shane O'Neill, CTO of Prodege / Swagbucks||Los Angeles Business Journal: CIO of the Year||Nominated|
|2011–2014||Prodege / Swagbucks, #28 for 2014||Los Angeles Business Journal, Best Places to Work Awards||Won|
|2011–2014||Prodege / Swagbucks, #41 for 2014||Los Angeles Business Journal Fast Growing Private Companies||Won|
|2013–2014||Prodege / Swagbucks, #96 for 2014||Deloitte Fast 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies||Won|
|2011–2014||Prodege / Swagbucks, #1,245 for 2014||Inc. 5000||Won|