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location-based services

How Consumers Are Using Inverted Deals [Infographic]

by · April 6, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Mike Schneider, SVP Digital Incubator at Allen & Gerritsen, and co-author of Location-Based Marketing for Dummies.

Location-based applications seem to all fall into the same trap of unnatural behavior. You whip out the phone, take 20 steps and then pray that the person behind the counter will know how to give you the deal you deserve. Marketers like Aaron Strout and I have been big proponents of passive check-ins or making location a secondary data point in an app that is part of a user’s natural flow.

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Foursquare? Wherefore Art Thou, Foursquare?

by · December 16, 2011

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve seen increasingly less activity on my Foursquare account lately, in my own stream and others’. While I do have a few new friends every so often, those whom I’ve followed for a long time (Foursquare early adopters, like myself) seem to not be checking in as much (and nor am I). The leaderboard has thinned and the checkins seem more and more mundane (Gym, Starbucks, office. Repeat.)

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Local Social Media And A FREE Social-Loco Ticket

by · April 12, 2011

In late 2010, at Web 2.0 Summit Google VP of Product Management Susan Wojcicki spent just under 15 minutes presenting new services that Google had recently released (video here) to make the upcoming holiday experience a more enjoyable experience both for shoppers and advertisers. Although much of what she demoed was very interesting, the most telling bit of information was what she shared to set the stage.

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The Magic Words

by · December 27, 2010

Businesses are clamoring to hear the magic words that will let them know what to do in the social space. And those magic words are as familiar in everyday speech as they are absent in any real conversation about social media adoption:

Yes and No.

Simple Answers?

I have a bad feeling about this...I was on a panel discussion recently in Birmingham, where the theme was trends for 2011. Our audience was not the tweet-up insider crowd — I was pleased to see that most of them were from small businesses, and most of them didn’t look like Digital Natives. I was also pleased to find out that most of them were on Facebook, and nearly all of them had heard of Twitter, even if they weren’t active.

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Five Social Media Trends for 2011

by · November 16, 2010

Where is social media headed? What is important to learn about now so that we feel like we’re “in the know” six months down the road?  Although everyone and their uncle is doing or will be doing 2011 prognostication pieces, I’m jumping into the fray and offering my own predictions and a bit of analysis on where we’re headed as we close out the final six weeks of 2010.

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Geolocation done right

by · November 10, 2010

There’s an old maxim in television newsrooms, that you’re not going to get the audience’s attention unless you clearly sell the WIIFM.

(What’s In It For Me.)

That’s been the failing of so many services within the social media space. It took Twitter more than three years to brand itself as a platform for news. For the longest time, it floundered as people stared at that “What are you doing?” prompt and still didn’t know what the service was about. Twitter is the exception, as most networks that don’t enunciate the WIIFM eventually die.

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Checking In With Whrrl … At Whrrl

by · August 9, 2010

If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter, you know when it comes to location-based services, I’m quite partial to Whrrl. Unlike Foursquare or Gowalla, there’s more to Whrrl than checking in and getting coupons. Whrrl allows you to annotate your visit with notes, images and more to create virtual scrapbooks of your event or visit. (Think a child’s T-ball game.) When there are more Whrrl users at an event, you can tie the stories together on the location’s page and see what other users are adding to the scrapbooks.

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Common Sense Safety Tips For Foursquare And Gowalla

by · March 29, 2010

Location-based platforms like Foursquare and Gowalla (and I heard Friday Facebook might be unveiling location-based data soon) are the hot new thing in the tech world. That means the rest of the world will probably think they’re cool about 6-9 months from now. Like many Web 2.0 companies, the location-based services have open source coding and Facebook-like privacy ignorance in their DNA. It’s astounding how little concern has been given to people’s privacy, safety and security with these softwares. But I blame the users almost as much as the companies themselves.

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