Last September, Foursquare launched in Vancouver. This location-based social network allows users to “check-in” to the places and businesses they frequent, with applications available for iPhone and Blackberry.
If you “check-in” more than anyone else to a certain location and you could become its “Mayor”. The concept is to inform your friends while also collecting virtual badges and hopefully taking advantage of specials offered specifically to a Foursquare audience.
From the business perspective, it’s a great way to reward loyal customers. For example, if you become the Mayor of any Starbucks location in America, they will reward you with a discount deal, which will be displayed on your screen.
Locally, I knew of V at Earls in Yaletown having an offer, as well as Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar. However, I decided to do a little search (and consult the likes of Chris Breikss) to put together a compilation of Mayor deals in Vancouver, available through Foursquare.
Earls in Yaletown
Complimentary round of Albino Rhino pints for the Mayor and up to three friends
V at Earls in Yaletown
Free round of cocktails for the Mayor and up to three friends
Vancouver Police Museum
Show staff you’ve checked in to the Police Museum and the Mayor will receive a 25% discount in the gift shop, plus free admission for themselves and a guest
30% off all food between 3pm-5pm when you check-in on Foursquare
Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar
Check-in at Rogue then email your server’s name & your favourite dish to receive a gift card for a complimentary cocktail during your next visit
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Check-in on Foursquare and get a free fountain pop every 3rd visit
Ceili’s Irish Pub
Choice of pint on Ceilis for the Mayor at any time, any day
The Mill Marine Bistro & Bar
Mayor receives a free beer
For every 5th check-in, receive a free Ketel One martini for you and a friend
Half price websites every 3rd check-in
The idea of virtual badges and letting your contacts know where you are (all the time) might sound silly but for those who do have favourite coffee spots, libraries, live music venues or pubs, the app-based loyalty program can have its rewards.
It’s free to sign-up for Foursquare and to download the app that suits your mobile device. If you are a business owner you can sign-up to offer a deal by “claiming” your business on Foursquare. Who knows, someone might already be the Mayor of your establishment.
If you know of any other deals that I can add to the list, please feel free to leave a note in the comments.