In the future, POAPs can create a new mechanism for social coordination; a self-custodied passport, a resume, and a permanent, unchangeable system of record. Merit-based, self-custodied credentialing opens new possibilities for trust, collaboration, and governance that are increasingly vital in the online, connected world in which we live.
Today, POAPs are used as a digital proof of a collector's attendance or participation in an event. As such, they can be used for anything where you might want to give exclusive access only to verifiable fans/community members.
Some of the most common use cases for this functionality of POAPs are:
Access to exclusive merchandise, such as:
Band merch for concert attendees only
Ability to purchase new/limited merchandise before the general public
Entrance to raffles and giveaways, such as at POAP.fun:
For a guide on setting up a POAP.fun raffle, please see the article: How Do I Set Up a POAP.fun Raffle?
Participation in polls, outreach surveys, voting/governance, etc.
For a guide on setting up a POAP.vote poll, please see the article: How Do I Set Up a POAP.vote Poll?
Access to exclusive future events, such as:
Community hangouts with verified community members only.
Discounts for repeat attendees, such as:
Offering discounts to users who have attended a conference/concert multiple years in a row.
Free drinks/meals at venues, similar to a punch card.
Access to private Discord channels and chat groups