Real Life User Benefits of Foursquare
In this series on foursquare, Janet and I have spoken a lot about business impact of the location based social media platform. Though that is our focus, I’m going to take today to discuss the consumer side and what that means for business.
When I proposed a foursquare special for a a Salt Lake bar and grill, the first thing the co-owner did was add the special to the register. That’s when I knew I was dealing with a smart business person. I love tracking!
Though he was new to the idea, the first thing that came to mind was to measure it. Smart.
It’s too bad the person that posted this receipt on Twitter didn’t include the business’ name because Foursquare picked it up and shot it out to 70,000 plus Facebook fans. That doesn’t actually matter, because the people in the original poster’s network saw it and they are the most important people to see it.
I have friends who don’t see the value of foursquare. The 10% this person saved can’t be that useful, but the advertising benefit they provided the restaurant is incalculable. That’s exactly why businesses should provide an offer and promote it to death. What will drive foursquare growth and local business profits is going to be local businesses promoting the medium and providing value typical consumers don’t see.
Department stores offer a standard 10% discount for getting a store credit card. How much more powerful is that offer if a delivery mechanism to hundreds of like minded individuals is in place? There already is one and it’s called foursquare!
On our podcast a few weeks ago, I suggested foursquare’s exponential growth was tied to a recent promotion with Starbucks. Surely that is part of the reason, but so is the wider adoption of smart phones that can actually acommodate foursquare applications. As more people upgrade to smart phones, foursquare use is bound to increase.
People won’t continue to use foursquare just because of the game aspect. They want awesome discounts and they want information about places they’ve never been before. This is where businesses need to step up and offer compelling deals and provide information about their own venues.
My point of this article is pretty simple; businesses need to make compelling offers. In Salt Lake the only one that seems to be of value to me is the one I engineered. It has a great offer for the Mayor and a compelling offer just for checking in.
All the other offers I’ve seen are minor in comparison. Sorry Starbucks…
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