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  • Visa Teams Up With Shopkick To Dole Out Retailer Reward Points At The Point Of Sale

    Visa Teams Up With Shopkick To Dole Out Retailer Reward Points At The Point Of Sale

    Visa is making a major move in the commerce and technology space, teaming up with Shopkick, an innovative geo-coupon system that has received funding from Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, SV Angel and others. The two companies will begin offering consumers a way to receive rewards points for retailers at the point of sale when they use their Visa credit cards. With the new partnership, called… Read More

  • How Google, eBay, And PayPal Are Gearing Up For A Very Mobile Holiday Shopping Season

    How Google, eBay, And PayPal Are Gearing Up For A Very Mobile Holiday Shopping Season

    Online holiday shopping reached record levels in 2010. And e-commerce spending is up this year. All signs point to consumers spending even more online this holiday season. I sat down with executives from Google, eBay, PayPal and ShopKick to discuss the trends that are expected to emerge in the e-commerce space over the next few months.  They center around mobile, tablets, and deals. PayPal… Read More

  • Shopkick By The Numbers: 700M Product Views; 7M Product Scans; 2.3M Users In The Past Year

    Shopkick By The Numbers: 700M Product Views; 7M Product Scans; 2.3M Users In The Past Year

    We’ve written plenty of times about Shopkick, a geo-coupon system that has received funding from Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, SV Angel and others. Today, the company is revealing a number of impressive stats about its service. Instead of checking in, as you would with a geo app like Foursquare or Gowalla, shopkick automatically recognizes when someone with the free Android or iPhone app… Read More

  • Shopkick Hires eCommerce Vet Doug Galen as Chief Revenue Officer; More Nationwide Deals Coming

    Shopkick Hires eCommerce Vet Doug Galen as Chief Revenue Officer; More Nationwide Deals Coming

    We’re at that point in the startup cycle where everyone wants to be a founder and it’s easier than ever to make that desire a reality. At least it’s easier than every to raise enough money to try it out; building a real business is another matter. And paradoxically one of the threats to building a real business is the intense startup talent war we’ve written about a… Read More

  • Shopkick 2.0 Puts Your Favorite Stores (And The Best Deals) On Display To Their 1.5 Million Users

    Shopkick 2.0 Puts Your Favorite Stores (And The Best Deals) On Display To Their 1.5 Million Users

    Let’s say you go to a store and check-in. Then what? Maybe there’s a deal. Maybe. But for many location-based services, the check-in is the end of the equation. Shopkick is pretty much the opposite. From the beginning, they’ve shied away from the check-in. Why? Because most of them are pure BS. Either they mean nothing, or they’re fake. Retailers don’t yet get… Read More

  • The Power of Velveeta: Shopkick Announces 3 Million Product Scans

    The Power of Velveeta: Shopkick Announces 3 Million Product Scans

    Sleeper location-based service Shopkick is quietly amassing some impressive numbers. Its users are still small, at about 750,000 compared to Foursquare’s 5 million users, but those users are doing totally different and far more monetizable things. Ten percent of users use the app every single day, and later today Shopkick will announce a new milestone: Users have scanned more than… Read More

  • Shopkick Brings In-Store Mobile Coupons To Android Phones

    Shopkick Brings In-Store Mobile Coupons To Android Phones

    Fresh off a partnership with Target, Shopkick is bringing its geo-coupon system to Android phones with a free app. Now Android users can access in-store coupons from Best Buy, Macy’s, Target, American Eagle, Sports Authority and more. Instead of checking in, as you would with a geo app like Foursquare or Gowalla, shopkick automatically recognizes when someone with the free shopkick app… Read More

  • Target Rolls Out Shopkick's Geo-Coupon System To 242 Stores

    Target Rolls Out Shopkick's Geo-Coupon System To 242 Stores

    After announcing a partnership with Best Buy a few months ago, Shopkick is debuting a new implementation of its geo-coupon system at Target today. Users can now unlock coupons via Shopkick’s app in 242 stores in the Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, and San Francisco/Silicon Valley markets. Instead of checking in, as you would with a geo app like Foursquare… Read More

  • Stickybits Turns Product Barcode Scans Into Rewards

    Stickybits Turns Product Barcode Scans Into Rewards

    Foursquare and Facebook Places are popularizing the location check-in. Instagram and PicPlz are perfecting the photo check-in. Is the product check-in next? Billy Chasen, the founder of barcode-scanning app Stickybits, thinks so. He’s spent the past few months pivoting his startup to focus more on brands and turn product check-ins into rewards. A major update of Stickybits is in the… Read More

  • Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let’s Stop Pretending This Is Fun

    Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let’s Stop Pretending This Is Fun

    It’s a bad month to be Foursquare or Gowalla. Ten days ago, 900-pound gorilla Facebook announced Facebook Deals for Facebook Places (i,e., location-based coupons) and check-ins for third-party apps. A day later, Pew Research reported that, despite all the hype, the use of location-based services is actually declining in America, from 5% of the online population in May to 4% last month. Read More