Foursquare partners with LivingSocial, Gilt Groupe for daily deals

foursquare-checkinOn Tuesday, Foursquare announced a partnership with five daily deal sites including LivingSocial, Gilt Groupe, Zozi, AT&T and BuyWithMe, according to the Wall Street Journal. Foursquare is also actively negotiating with Groupon to integrate its feed into the daily deals. When a user checks into a restaurant or shopping store, they will be presented with a daily deal based on location. Foursquare gets revenue from the sale of each deal, but the share is unknown at this time. If successful, this social distribution model for daily deals would help Foursquare create a positive stream of revenue to appease investors. While LivingSocial and Groupon offer a wide variety of deals, Gilt Groupe offers discounts on luxury stores and Zozi offers discounts on activities within a city.

foursquare-dealFoursquare has its own internal deal program with half a million merchants signed up to offer check-in bonuses, but the company lacks a large sales force to drive daily deal creation and marketing. However, Foursquare has a large database of check-ins that it can compare against the aggregated feed of daily deals from its affiliate partners. Users of the Foursquare service are going to be exposed to more advertising with this new model, but it’s likely that Foursquare will create options for controlling the frequency of deal notifications after the recent overhaul to its notification system.

Foursquare is currently valued at 600 million dollars after the company raised an additional $50 million in funding during June 2011. Foursquare believes that the conversion rate for daily deals will be much higher with location-based notifications over traditional email marketing that’s used by Groupon and LivingSocial. The Foursquare service competes directly with AT&T’s location based deals, but AT&T is welcoming the chance to reach coupon purchasers outside the realm of AT&T service. Foursquare is also facing competition from Facebook and its recent foray into daily deals as well as Google OffersAmazonLocal and Groupon Now.

Computing

You can now get a new Surface Laptop 2 for $900 at Amazon

Looking to save on Surface? It is not clear how long this latest deal will last, but an Amazon deal covers a wide variety of configurations of Microsoft's MacBook alternative and brings prices down to as low as $900. 
Deals

The best Presidents’ Day sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, Dell, and more

Presidents' Day sales are a great chance to score electronics, clothing, home and office stuff, and other goodies at a discount. We’ve smoked out a large handful of the best of these Presidents' Day deals, from tech to bedding, to help…
Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for February 2019

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.
Deals

Amazon discounts Garmin, Fossil, and Apple Watches for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you’re after a great gift for that special techie in your life, a smartwatch might be just the ticket. We’ve sniffed out the five best smartwatch deals available on Amazon right now.
Wearables

Galaxy Watch Active isn't official yet, but you can see it in Samsung's own app

Samsung may be about to resurrect its Sport line of smartwatches under a new name: The Galaxy Watch Sport Active. Leaks and rumors are building our picture of the device at the moment.
Mobile

Stop buying old tablets, says Samsung, buy the new Galaxy Tab S5e instead

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S5e -- the E is for Essential -- a reasonably priced tablet that includes many of the features we like from the Tab A 10.5, and the Tab S4. Here's what you need to know.
Wearables

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

It’s been seven years since Google took the wraps off Google Glass. Now, we’re finally getting a modern-day equivalent we want to wear. North’s Focals combine subtle style with an intuitive interface to craft smartglasses you’ll…
Mobile

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.
Computing

What is Wi-Fi 6? Here's a look at the next evolution of the wireless standard

We're exploring the new naming convention for wireless standards, how it affects the devices you buy, and what the upcoming Wi-Fi generation is changing for the better.
Home Theater

Samsung accidentally leaks its new Galaxy Buds ahead of launch

It's been all but certain that Samsung would launch a successor to its Gear IconX wireless earbuds soon, but a newly leaked photo and recent FCC certification document seems to indicate that the debut is very close.
Home Theater

Hi-res streaming audio service Qobuz arrives in U.S., threatens Tidal’s monopoly

For several years, Tidal enjoyed a monopoly on hi-res music streaming in the U.S. Now, French company Qobuz is here to offer some competition with a variety of monthly plans starting at $10 a month.
Mobile

These 13 gadgets walk a fine line between ingenious and insane

The annual avalanche of devices and gadgets is astounding, but how many will succeed? A few are destined to spark new trends, while the majority fade deservedly into obscurity. We look at some gadgets on the border of brilliant and bonkers.
Mobile

OnePlus 6T vs. Honor View 20: We compare the cameras in these ‘flagship killers’

For less than $600, you can buy either the OnePlus 6T or the Honor View 20, two extremely capable smartphones with plenty of exciting features. But which one has the best camera? We found out on a recent trip to France.
Mobile

Save space on your iPhone by turning off Live Photos in the camera app

If you want to save storage space on your iPhone or reduce the size of your backup for iCloud, then you should think about turning off Live Photos in the camera app. Find out exactly how to do it with our easy guide.