25 Jul 2012

Foursquare Rolls Out Its First Big Money-Making Feature: ‘Promoted Updates’



By Colleen Taylor at TechCrunch:
Foursquare has revamped the experience of its app from the perspective of its users on both the consumer and merchant side. And on Wednesday, the company is pulling back the curtains on a long-awaited feature for all Foursquare watchers: Revenue generation.
Foursquare is announcing today the pilot launch of “promoted updates,” which will let companies issue messages about deals or available products to Foursquare users.
These new updates will come in two forms: Promoted updates, such as Gap saying, “We have new yoga pants!” — and promoted specials, such as Walgreens saying, “Foursquare customers get 10 cents off of shampoo.”
According to Foursquare’s chief revenue officer Steven Rosenblatt, Foursquare’s major focus with these updates are that users actually find them to be worthwhile — which is why they use the same technology to make sure they’re targeted to users specifically based on their locations and interests, just like the Local Updates are. “What we’re really excited about is that you have to be near a business to get an update,” he said in an interview today. “No matter how much someone pitches us, it has to be relevant, based on proximity and based on intent. Those are critical.”


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