Posts Tagged ‘Check-In’

Shopkick Now Available on Android

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Shopkick, the check-in app with a twist, is now available for Android. It had previously only been available on iPhone or 3G iPad.

What is Shopkick? Simply put, it is a check-in service that rewards you for being in a participating store. You can read my earlier posts about the service here. I’ve been waiting for it to make it to Android, and today it has arrived.

Best Buy is one of the more notable early adopters of the app, and Target joined up this week. Shopkick works differently than Foursquare or Gowalla, in that it checks you in automatically when you are in a participating store, and it is harder to cheat the system. The app does this by picking up a subtle audio signal and automatically checking you in. Shopkick rewards you simply for shopping. Additional rewards can be earned by scanning certain products.

You can download the app (from your Android phone) here or use the QR code below.


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.

Shopkick Offers a New Twist on Checking In

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010


Shopkick is going to change the way you check in with your mobile phone. At least that’s the plan.

Checking in has had its hazards, some of them involving rampant cheating and others involving insurmountable odds. Shopkick hopes to change that. Instead of being able to check in by being near a business, or in the parking lot, you will check in automatically just by walking into a store. The app can’t check in outside the store, which helps keep the system honest. When you walk into a store, a Best Buy or Macy’s, for instance, the app checks in and you earn rewards. The stores will give you special discounts, and you will earn “kickbucks” from the app that are redeemable for gift cards, iPads, music downloads, and more, according to the site. TechCrunch has featured the app a few times, and even interviewed its co-founder and CEO, Cyriac Roeding.

I tried to download the app on an iPad, but only found CauseWorld, a similar app from Shopkick. This app lets you earn rewards for charities. I was able to find a few businesses near me that offered points. I’ll be checking them out soon to see how easy it is to earn points. You earn 5 “karma” points just for joining, and then increase your tally by visiting sites. This looks to be a good preview of this new Shopkick app, so be sure to check it out.

Shopkick offers a brief introductory video on its website. Check it out below.

While you can get kickbucks by simply walking into a store, there are other ways to earn points. You are also able to scan certain items in the store for points. There will be some promotions to watch out for as well.

Shopkick will be available primarily in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago at launch. A more limited offering will be available in Miami, Dallas and Minneapolis. This looks like it could be a viable alternative to other check-in sites, and may help bolster brick-and-mortar sales in a web world. A win-win for all involved. As more information becomes available, I will keep you up to date. You can also sign up for the mailing list here.