Fri
Nov
26th
Walk In For Your Chance To Win over 31 MILLION kickbucks in prizes! :)

Starting TODAY until Dec 24, walk in and check in to our partner stores for your chance to win awesome prizes. Visit Best Buy, American Eagle, Target, Wet Seal, Macy’s, Sports Authority, and Simon Malls to get entries each day :)

The grand prize winner will win 4,000,000 kickbucks and will need to rent a truck to carry everything home. What can you get with 4 million kickbucks? We suggest a 60” HDTV from Best Buy, a whole new wardrobe from Macy’s and American Eagle and Wet Seal, a new golf luxury club equipment from Sports Authority, and on your way back from the Simon Mall, a stop by Target to get groceries for the next 4 months, and a whole new living room furniture set :)

Happy holidays! 

Fri
Nov
26th
300+ Deals For Your Black Friday!

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Hello Black Friday: Get double and even triple kickbucks for walking into Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Sports Authority, American Eagle, Wet Seal today!
And find 300+ amazing deals in shopkick. :)

Wed
Nov
24th

A High-Tech Edge on Black Friday

Debbie Young has a secret weapon in her quest for Black Friday’s best deals: her iPhone.

Using an app, or program, on her phone as a guide, the grandmother of seven from Counce, Tenn., plans to march into Toys “R” Us, Target and a few other retailers and grab just the gifts she needs on the day after Thanksgiving, the busiest shopping day of the year. The app—called TGI Black Friday—tracks deal flyers from top retailers, helping her map out her shopping trip.

"I don’t know how I would ever shop without my iPhone, especially this time of year," says Ms. Young, 58 years old.

The battle for holiday shopping dollars is shifting to the palms of consumers’ hands. This year, there has been a surge in two kinds of shopping apps: price-comparison services and loyalty programs. The latest price-comparison apps keep track of sales flyers—online and on paper—giving shoppers unprecedented amounts of power. At the same time, retailers are pushing a new generation of apps that offer exclusive deals, coupons and loyalty perks to smartphone users who are near stores, in hopes of luring people in.

As the number of such apps has surged, holiday shoppers have gravitated to them. An October survey by the Mobile Marketing Association, a trade group, found 59% of adult U.S. cellphone owners plan to use their handsets for holiday shopping and planning holiday celebrations, not including making phone calls. And 25% plan to use their mobile phone more for holiday shopping than they did last year.

Google Inc. reports that the number of shopping searches it gets from cellphones has grown by 30 times in the past three years. Some retailers, including Best Buy, say they will even match prices at other retailers shown on cellphone screens. But not everyone: Wal-Mart is one of the retailers that will match only prices in a printed ad.

Price-comparison apps generally let users scan bar codes with their phone’s cameras and list comparative online prices. But the latest programs go well beyond that. Ms. Young’s favorite, TGI Black Friday—which is currently No. 3 on the iPhone free-app list—stores copies of leaked in-store flyers. She was able to get a Black Friday discount at Kmart a week early by showing a photo of a flyer at the register.

Milo.com, which collects real-time inventory data, is consolidating Black Friday deals from stores and lets consumers check which store nearby has a product in stock before they battle the crowds. Milo says it has direct data feeds into the automated inventory systems for stores representing 150 retailers—though it can’t tell you if people are lined up to buy something and haven’t yet paid.


Price-comparison apps can be a thorn in retailers’ sides, since they encourage shoppers to put products back on the shelf and buy them elsewhere. So retailers are throwing their weight behind apps that re-imagine phones as coupons and shopping games that—thanks to GPS sensors on many phones—know where shoppers are.An app called TheFind lets users keep track of both online and in-store searches in one place, creating a virtual gift list. Shane Parkins, 32, of Sacramento, Calif., uses the camera on his iPhone to scan the barcodes on products and then compares prices online and at stores nearby. “It is a good way to plan out where to go and where to avoid,” he says.

Location-based social networks have been around for a few years, but they are now starting to get serious interest from retailers, because of the recent entry of social-networking company Facebook Inc. Facebook recently added location “check-ins” for mobile users, as well as the ability, for merchants, to post discounts or coupons that shoppers can get if they virtually “check in,” or click online to show they’ve arrived at a store.

In one test, Gap Inc. earlier this month gave away 10,000 pairs of jeans to people who “checked in” at stores using Facebook. In many places, the free jeans ran out in minutes, so the retailer gave all other check-ins a 40% discount.

"The fact that not only users but also merchants are embracing this platform makes this the first truly mobile shopping season," says Emily White, Facebook’s senior director of local.

On Black Friday, expect mobile deals on Facebook Places, as well as more niche location-based social networks such as FourSquare. H&M and Toys “R” Us have deals lined up for Facebook check-ins, according to the company. J.C. Penney Co. says it is offering $10 off a $50 purchase if you check in with Facebook, FourSquare and BrightKite.

At RadioShack Corp., shoppers can get up to 20% off their purchases if they’re willing to play a bit of a game. They have to use Foursquare to check in first at a so-called holiday hero location—a gym, coffee shop or place of transit—and then at a RadioShack store. RadioShack social media manager Adrian Parker admits a mobile game isn’t for everyone but says the idea is to “engage with the consumers who are going to be out there on the street talking about your product and driving influence.”

A mobile app called ShopKick has signed up some of the largest American retailers, including Target, Best Buy, and Macy’s, for its loyalty program, which gives users points just for walking into stores. Those points can be converted into rewards such as gift cards.

Starting on Black Friday, ShopKick will hold a sweepstakes where shoppers could win prizes just for turning on the app in stores. It’s also offering deals you can redeem by showing your phone at the register.

The reward points and deals have hooked shoppers like James Crenshaw of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., who recently used a ShopKick coupon. “The coupons are just getting better,” he says. “I assume they are going to be great on Black Friday.”

Write to Geoffrey A. Fowler at geoffrey.fowler@wsj.com

Tue
Nov
23rd
Today: Scan a Kraft Stove Top Stuffing for 75 Kickbucks!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, today’s one of your last chances to get prepared! But don’t stress, go check out Kraft Stove Top Stuffing and scan for 75 kickbucks today while picking up those last few groceries. Not sure what to do for stuffing? Scan and get a scrumptious stuffing recipe! 

Today: Scan a Kraft Stove Top Stuffing for 75 Kickbucks!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, today’s one of your last chances to get prepared! But don’t stress, go check out Kraft Stove Top Stuffing and scan for 75 kickbucks today while picking up those last few groceries. Not sure what to do for stuffing? Scan and get a scrumptious stuffing recipe! 

Sat
Nov
20th

Wet Seal joins shopkick! :) This weekend we should have enough choices for earning kickbucks with shopkick on the iPhone or on Android phones: at Target, Wet Seal, Best Buy, Macy’s, American Eagle, Sports Authority, and many malls… Enjoy!

Wet Seal, Target ramp up mobile LBS

to drive customer acquisition, loyalty

By Dan Butcher


November 19, 2010

Wet Seal uses mobile to reach its target demographic of teenage girls

The Wet Seal Inc. and Target are the latest retailers to tap the location-based mobile rewards and offers craze to drive foot traffic, customer acquisition and loyalty.

Wet Seal formed a strategic partnership with location-based shopping application shopkick to deliver location-based rewards to shoppers at nearly 100 retail locations nationwide. Wet Seal and Arden B shoppers can use the shopkick application to earn rewards and offers for walking into participating stores in the Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Houston and San Diego metropolitan areas.

“As retailers look to engage customers earlier in the buying cycle, we believe location-based events via mobile devices are a class of activities which hold great promise,” said Jon Kubo, chief information officer of The Wet Seal Inc., Foothill Ranch, CA.

“The ability to accurately sense the customer in our stores via the shopkick application—and location transmitters—is an absolute prerequisite to any meaningful incentive or interaction, and understanding the associated benefit,” he said.

“A smart mobile device is the most personal, social and location-aware device we own, and engaging interactions when our customers walk into our stores have the potential to be the most appropriate and meaningful interactions and thus the best for loyalty.”

The Wet Seal Inc. is a specialty retailer of fashionable and contemporary apparel and accessory items.

The company operates 522 stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 444 Wet Seal stores and 78Arden B stores.

Other shopkick partners include Target Corp., American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Best Buy Inc., Macy’s Inc., Simon Property Group Inc. and the Sports Authority. 

Currently more than 1,000 individual stores across multiple retailers and 100 of the country’s largest malls have fully deployed shopkick’s technology.

Read the whole story at Mobile Commerce

Thu
Nov
18th
75 Kickbucks if You Scan Philadelphia Cream Cheese Today and Tomorrow!
Craving some pumpkin cheesecake?  Today’s the best time to go get the ingredients.  Get bonus kickbucks when you scan Philadelphia Cream Cheese today and tomorrow! 

75 Kickbucks if You Scan Philadelphia Cream Cheese Today and Tomorrow!

Craving some pumpkin cheesecake?  Today’s the best time to go get the ingredients.  Get bonus kickbucks when you scan Philadelphia Cream Cheese today and tomorrow! 

Thu
Nov
18th

Earn Location-Based Rewards With

Shopkick for Android

Jennifer Van Grove, Mashable

Location-based rewards platform Shopkick is now available for Android users, allowing them to automatically check in at partner retailers to earn points and rewards.

Android users can download the newly released application from the Android Market and join their iPhone-toting pals in the mobile shopping experience at a growing list of national retailers that now includes Target.

In total, Shopkick rewards are now available at nearly 250,000 U.S. stores. If you recall, the mobile application, when open, automatically detects your presence as you walk in to partner stores to check you in and reward you with points in the form of kickbucks. Application users can also scan in-store product barcodes for additional points and rewards.

Shopkick’s mobile rewards program is proving quite popular with big name retailers and shopping malls. With the release of its Android application, the startup can extend its service to a growing mobile phone user basejust in time for the holiday shopping season.

Thu
Nov
18th

Shopkick Brings In-Store Mobile Coupons To Android Phones


Leena Rao, TechCrunch

11.18.2010

Fresh off a partnership with TargetShopkick 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 recognizeswhen someone with the free shopkick app on their phone walks into a store. Once a shopkick Signal is detected, the app delivers reward points called “kickbucks” to the user for walking into a retail store.

Kickbucks can then be redeemed across all partner stores for gift card rewards or for Facebook Credits. User can also receive special discounts on specific products at Macy’s, Best Buy or Target. And you can collect kickbucks at American Eagle for simply trying on clothes and scanning a barcode. One compelling part of shopkick’s platform is the ability to earn kickbacks and redeem them at any partner retailer.

Of course, shopkick is rolling out the Android app just in time for the holiday shopping season and Black Friday. The company says that by the Friday after Thanksgiving, more than 1,000 individual stores and over 100 of the country’s largest malls will have fully deployed shopkick’s technology.

Shopkick faces competition from Stickybits, Facebook Places and others.

Tue
Nov
16th

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


Leena Rao, TechCrunch
5 hours ago

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 or Gowalla, shopkick automatically recognizeswhen someone with the free shopkick app on their phone walks into a store. When guests enter a participating Target store, they will receive points, called “kickbucks.” Guests also can scan select product barcodes in-store to earn additional “kickbucks.”

You can then use “kickbucks” to redeem Target GiftCards. Users of the app will also receive instant scannable mobile coupons just for entering Target (the coupons can be scanned and redeemed at checkout). The retailers says that offers will be extended to a variety of products, including food, cleaning supplies, electronics and toys.

Target operates 1,752 stores across the U.S., so this is definitely a smaller implementation. Regardless, it’s a big win for the startup in advance of the holiday shopping season. The company also has partnerships with Macy’s and American Eagle. Shopkick faces competition from Stickybits,Facebook Places and a host of others.

Tue
Nov
16th
Shopkick Is Now Available For Android Phones!

For all those who have been waiting, it’s finally here!  Shopkick is now available for Android!  We’ve been working long hours and weekends to get it out for you guys to enjoy in time for the holidays.  Happy shopping!