Posts Tagged ‘Location’

The mobile social tsunami continues to build. The latest indication being this week’s interview with Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of the super popular social media blog, Mashable. The interview was done by financial giant, Bloomberg, at this year’s South By Southwest interactive conference – the mother of all social media conferences held annually in Austin, Texas. If it’s launched (as the mobile social network Foursquare was last year), at SXSW (the conference’s Twitter hashtag), it’s going to be big – at least for a little while…with social media early adopters. Cashmore said the hot topic this year was the “faceoff” between Foursquare and competitor Gowalla (seems Gowalla won as it beat out Foursquare for the Best Mobile Site award). When asked how businesses could monitise “lo- so” apps (location social), Cashmore said Foursquare already has deals with companies allowing them to offer free stuff to people who check in near one of their locations (a bar offering a free drink to someone checking in somewhere near by bar for example). This got me thinking about the various deals I’ve heard Foursquare has signed with companies in its attempt to monetise its growing network. In the last couple of months I’ve heard about Foursquare deals with:

* Metro local daily papers to deliver local news to people relevant to places where they check in.

* Bravo! Television to provide special badges to people checking in at locations related to Bravo! TV shows.

*New York Times – In conjunction with the Winter Olympics, The Times offered tips to Foursquare users on restaurants, attractions, shopping and nightlife in Vancouver, Whistler and the nearby town of Squamish. The tips were pulled from The Times’s travel and entertainment coverage. Foursquare users who checked in at one of the suggested venues earned a New York Times Olympics badge.
Does mobile social media fit your objectives and strategy? If so, get going by checking out these great 9 Killer Tips for Location-Based Marketing in this Mashable article by Shane Snow and please leave a comment about what you’re up to.

For weeks I’ve been trying to figure out how to tag places in the new mobile social network FoursquareTags are labels that you give to content on the net, like tagging a picture of you and the family “cottage” or “summer09” or tagging a blog post about skateboarding tricks “skateboard: or “rad”. The tags may or not be visible on the page – but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that they’re visible to search engines like Google.

My interest in tagging places in Foursquare was the tags being visible to Foursquare’s search engine. 

Here’s a concrete example of why this matters….

I was at a local Bridgehead coffee shop that sells only fair trade, organic teas and coffees.  I searched for “Bridgehead” on the Foursquare website, found it and tagged it “fair trade” and “fairtrade” (never know how people will spell it). Now when someone near that Bridgehead searches for “fair trade” in Foursquare that Bridgehead shows up. Before I tagged it it wouldn’t.

This is the power of location-aware mobile – especially for impulse based products like food. When someone wants it, they search for it and find the nearest place to get it.

Here’s what the Foursquare page with the tagging feature looks like:

Tag – you’re it.