Location based shopping apps

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When you head to the mall for holiday shopping this year, take along an LBS (location-based service) shopping app. These helpful assistants can earn you points and merchandise credits, tip you off to hot or limited-time special offers, round up coupons from local merchants, and tell you where to buy that special do-dad for Grandpa.

Location-enabled social networking and shopping apps have been all the rage since Facebook rolled out its Places service this past August, which allows you to see where your friends are and share your real-world location with others. More and more people are “checking-in” at their favorite places through such popular apps as Gowalla or Foursquare, and local merchants are even joining in and offering special deals and incentives for coming to their location.

LBS shopping apps do a lot more than just push coupons: Groupon proved that bargain-hunting can be a community activity. Stickybits lets you attach a text, voice, or video review to any product based on its barcode. You earn points in SCVNGR (pronounced “scavenger”) by completing challenges, such as answering a trivia question.

20 Hot Location-Based Apps and Services You Should Know About
According to the study by• LBS users are increasingly using services to enrich their social lives, with one in five (22 per cent) using it to find their friends nearby. • Around a quarter use the technology to find restaurants and entertainment venues (26 per cent) or check public transport schedules (19 per cent) and 8 per cent to book a taxi. Navigation – 46% Finding friends nearby – 22% Finding restaurants – 26% Checking public transport – 19% For a deal or special offer – 13%
Foursquare
Foursquare• Foursquare encourages users to check-in at locations in return for virtual badges and points.• It works across many mobile devices and businesses can offer rewards of their own, currently for free.• It helps you keep up with friends, discover what’s nearby, save money and unlock deals.

Gowalla
Gowalla• Gowalla allows users to earn virtual passport stamps as they discover new places, and share places, highlights or photos with friends.• Businesses can add offers and rewards for free and personalise greetings to users checking in.• Easy for friends and families to share and discover photos, experiences and recommendations on the go.

Groupon
Groupon• Get itCheck your email, Facebook or Twitter feeds for daily deals on coollocal businesses.• Share itGroupons are more fun when used with friends. Pass along deals byemail or broadcast them to your social networks.• Enjoy ItPrint the voucher or bring it up on your mobile device, then present it atthe business to get your deal.
Google Places
Google Places• Google Places helps you discover nearby places youll love.• Quickly search for Restaurants, Cafes, Bars and other places, while on the go.• Google Places also makes it easy to quickly rate the places you visit.• By rating places youll get place recommendations based on the places you like and recommendations from your friends.

SCVNGR
SCVNGR• SCVNGR is a location-based social game platform.• SCVNGR builds a game “layer” on top of the real-world places, by rewarding discount, badges and points to players for checking in places and doing challenges.• Youll discover cool new places to go, find fun new things to do and share your activity with your friends.

Shopkick
Shopkick• Shopkick is the first mobile app that gives you rewards and offers simply for walking into stores.• You can collect kicks and bonuses at nearly all places aroundSave while shopping at Target, Macy’s, Old Navy, Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, Toys”R”Us and many more stores in your neighborhood.• Turn your kicks into store gift cards, music downloads, Facebook credits, restaurant vouchers or movie tickets!

Loopt
Loopt• Loopt enables users to see where your friends are in real-time, sharing offers and rewards.• Loopt makes it fun to explore the places around you!• See and share fun, mini reviews of places.• Find nearby friends on the map.• Save money! Get nearby deal alerts from groupon and loopt.

Open table
Open table• Make online reservations, read restaurant reviews from diners, and earn points towards free meals.• OpenTable is a real-time online reservation network for fine dining restaurants.• Specify your dining date, desired time and party size to view available tables at nearby restaurants – listed by proximity or plotted on an interactive map.

Fandango
Fandango• This smartphone app enables users to see what movies are playing in theaters near them through geo-locator technology.• It can also be used to find show times and purchase movie tickets. • Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Fandango Movies – Times & Tickets on the App Store.
Vouchercloud
Vouchercloud• Discount vouchers and offers based on location. • You search for deals and discounts near you – or you can search by area.• Find the latest Voucher Codes and Discount Vouchers with our huge selection across thousands of retailers and services in the UK.

NearbyFeed
NearbyFeed• Location based (LBS) social networking. Discover whats happening around me.• Checkin, share nearby information (photo, deal, news), places, and opinions with friends.• Share geo-tagged photos and status with friends on Facebook/twitter and nearby people.• Find out nearby interesting information and opinions, meet like-minded people near you, and explore nearby interesting places.• Follow nearby people and see what they are doing, where they are and who they are with.

GetGlue
GetGlue• GetGlue is a social network for entertainment.• Check-in and rate things to discover new favorites, see what your friends are into, get stickers and win free stuff.• GetGlue enables user to check in to and rate TV shows, movies, music and books while consuming entertainment, to share with friends, and to see what their friends are consuming in real-time.
Google Latitude
Google Latitude• Integrated with Google Map, Google Latitude enables users to check in places, to share where they are with select group of family and friends, and to see where their friends are in real time.• Latitude lets you share your location in the background, even when the app is closed or your device screen is locked.

Yelp
Yelp• A mobile yellow pages with reviews and offers.• Search for places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play then read reviews from an active community of locals in the know.• In addition to this you can also engage with customers privately and publicly within the application.
Where
Where• Allows users to discover and share their favourite places.• Feature highlights: • Find nearby restaurants, bars, stores, and more with just a few taps. • Get access to special offers and deals at local businesses. • Save your favorite places and share them with friends. • See your friends’ favorite places and get suggestions for where to go together. • Get personalized recommendations for places and offers you’ll love.
Facebook Places
Facebook Places• Facebooks new Places feature lets you share your whereabouts with all your friends.• Checkin Map displays your friends’ Facebook Places checkins on an interactive map.• See who is across the world, or just next door. Keep in touch with what’s happening and where.

Urbanspoon
Urbanspoon• SHAKE your iPhone and the Urbanspoon slot machine will suggest a restaurant.• See whats NEARBY in your hood, or BROWSE a comprehensive list of restaurants.• Make a RESERVATION, and expand your DINELINE by checking in. See what your FRIENDS like.

Sonar
Sonar• Sonar is a mobile app that uncovers the connections you share with people nearby. Its the easiest way to discover friends at cafes, parks, meetups & conferences.• Sonar shows you how you are connected to the people around youby analyzing your Foursquare, Facebook, and Twitter networks.

Geoloqi
Geoloqi• Geoloqi is a private, real-time mobile and web platform for securely sharing location data.• Features include Geonotes, subscribing to interesting nearby content, and private real-time GPS tracking.• Geoloqi gives you full control over your privacy.• You can use Geologqis notes feature to write yourself a reminder note, and then ping your local grocery store.

Instagram
Instagram• Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram.• Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – its as easy as pie. Its photo sharing, reinvented.• Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos.• Transform everyday moments into works of art youll want to share with friends and family.
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