Mobile shopping app launching in NOLA, 8 major U.S. cities
Shopkick, a location-based mobile shopping application that rewards shoppers for walking into stores, kicked off its retail program for small business in New Orleans this week.
Initial product runs for the Palo Alto, Calif., company targeted big box chains such as Target, Best Buy and Macy’s. Shopkick is now in a partnership with financial services firm Citi, plans to install its signal boxes free of charge for 1,000 small businesses in New Orleans and eight other U.S. cities over the next month.
The free mobile app is intended to update the paper loyalty cards typically punched at local bakeries, coffee houses and retail stores.
When shoppers walk into Shopkick stores they instantly earn points that can be redeemed for in-store gift cards, song downloads, movie tickets, hotel vouchers, Facebook Credits to play games online and donations to charitable causes. Users can also manually check into stores or scan barcodes of featured products to earn rewards. The Shopkick app is currently available at 2,500 retail and 160 mall locations throughout the country. The small business program will also launch in Austin, Texas; Chicago; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. Businesses interested in participating must apply at www.shopkick.com/local by July 21. Please visit the original post here