Posts Tagged ‘Best Buy’

Shopkick and Cheapest iPad Don’t Mix

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010


I went to Best Buy tonight and figured I would take the opportunity to test out Shopkick while I was there. I took the iPad I am testing out into the store with me and tried to check in. No dice. I was told I needed to connect to the internet. I looked for a Wi-Fi hotspot, figuring that Best Buy would have one. It didn’t. I was in the Best Buy looking like a total nerd holding an iPad that couldn’t connect to the internet. So much for that test. Evidently you need the iPad with 3G if you want to use Shopkick at Best Buy.

Based on the site, you get points simply for walking into a participating store. There was no mention of an active internet connection. Assuming the product works as advertised, I figure it is possible that my local Best Buy is not participating in the program. I’ll have to look into it.

Anyone else have better luck? Let me know in the comments.

Shopkick Now Available on Apple’s App Store

Monday, August 16th, 2010


Shopkick is now available at Apple’s App Store. It will be coming to Android soon as well. What is Shopkick?

“shopkick is the first mobile app that gives you rewards and offers simply for walking into stores. You can collect kickbucks and bonuses at nearly all places around you.”

Shopkick offers a number of rewards just for shopping in your local stores. You’ll be able to earn rewards at one of Best Buy’s participating stores, and can earn more rewards by offering your phone number at checkout. Macy’s is going to offer Shopkick rewards soon, as are a number of other retailers. Shopkick points can be redeemed for Best Buy or Sports Authority gift cards, Facbook credits, donations to causes, and more. You don’t have to make a purchase to get points. You just have to physically be inside of a participating retailer. Check-in is automatic and fraud-resistant. You can earn additional points by scanning promotional items with your mobile phone.

The program is scheduled to launch tomorrow. You get a couple of startup “kickbucks” just for installing the app. I see a few retailers near me are participating, so I’ll be swinging by to see just how easy it is to earn points. I imagine you’ll get more mileage out of an iPhone, but I am going to try it out on an iPad too. If you live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, New York City or Chicago you get first crack at Shopkick. Additional markets including Dallas, Miami and Minneapolis will be available by October.

If you live in one of the target areas, go ahead and install the app and check it out. You can also go to to learn more.

Google TV

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Google announced a new product at its I/O developer conference called Google TV. At the conference, the CEOs of Dish Network, Sony, Intel, Logitech and Best Buy participated in a Q&A regarding the launch of Google TV this fall. I want to highlight the big picture here, and then in subsequent posts break down the individual components of Google TV.

Here is an introductory video from Google.

The product announcement at the conference was pretty exciting. I’ll admit that I wasn’t too excited about WebTV when it came out, but this looks like it is a viable product. While there will be plenty of room to grow, I think the initial offering will be pretty good. Sony will provide the first Google TV set, accompanied by a companion box from Logitech. Dish Network is going to fully support Google TV, but it will work with any provider as long as you have the Logitech box. Intel is powering Sony’s television, but I was disappointed that AMD didn’t get the nod. Best Buy is going to tie it all together with special marketing and store displays to teach people about the product, and conveniently will offer it before the Christmas shopping season begins.

Google TV is a great way to watch web content on your home entertainment system. No more crowding your family around a tiny laptop screen. You can now share all your favorite web videos on your television. Google TV is going to be pretty cool out of the box, but Google left plenty of room for developers to get involved. Google told the developers at the conference that they are going to be making even better products to accompany Google TV. I think it will be really interesting to see what comes of it. I am conveniently going to be in the market for new satellite television just in time for the launch of Google TV, so I am pretty stoked. Now I just need to figure out how to afford a new Sony TV.

Stay tuned for a closer look at the individual components of the Google TV experience.