shopkick was founded in June 2009 by Cyriac Roeding, Jeff Sellinger, Aaron Emigh, and is funded by Kleiner Perkins' iFund, Greylock Partners and Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, and investor in Facebook and Zynga, and Ron Conway.
shopkick bridges the worlds of mobile and physical retail. In August 2010, shopkick launched the first mobile application that hands consumers rewards and exclusive deals at shopkick's national retail partners simply for walking into thousands of stores and malls. shopkick created a new location technology that allows the app to verify the user is actually present inside a store (GPS is too inaccurate for that). shopkick broadcasts an inaudible audio signal at a high-pitch frequency that can be picked up by a smartphone's microphone, either through the store's existing music system or through a small transmitter. The shopkick app decodes the signal and the user receives shopkick's universal reward currency called "kicks."
Like advertisers can get measurable click traffic in the online world on Google, they can get measurable foot traffic and product engagement in the real world through shopkick. Shopkick generates and directs intent at home and in the store. Shopkick's growing partner alliance includes Target, Macy's, Old Navy, Best Buy, American Eagle, Crate & Barrel, Sports Authority, Toys"R"Us, Simon Malls (largest U.S. mall operator), Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Intel, HP, Disney, General Mills, Colgate, Clorox, Revlon, Levi's. The app was rated the #4 most widely used shopping app in the U.S. in 2012 by Nielsen, ahead of Starbucks and Target, and any other physical retailers' proprietary apps, and the #1 most engaging app (minutes spent per month per user). Target rolled out shopkick nationwide to all its 1,700 U.S. stores in 2012, after testing it for 1 1/2 years and getting "rave reviews."
Shopkick also rewards users for their actual purchases, requiring no technical integration from retailers, through partnerships with MasterCard and Visa.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) named shopkick a Tech Pioneer 2013, a recognition previously given to Twitter, Google and Wikipedia. one of the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail by Fast Company along with Apple, Groupon and Amazon.com, and one of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Apps.
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|Dec 14, 2015||Digiday - Op-ed: Black Friday, Shmack Shmiday. There are still plenty of deals on mobile|
|Sep 2, 2015||Business Wire - Shopkick Blows Past 15 Million Users, Doubles in One Year|
|Jul 19, 2015||MediaPost.com - Shopkick Bought for $200 Million|
|Oct 15, 2014||streetfightmag.com - Following Acquisition, Shopkick Posts Some Big Numbers|
|Sep 30, 2014||performancein.com - SK Telecom Completes $200 Million Purchase of Shopkick|
|Sep 27, 2014||PRNewswire All - Mobile Shopping Leaders SK planet and shopkick To Join Forces; Acquisition will Create the Global Mobile Shopping Innovation Leader|
|Feb 13, 2014||Venture Beat - Shopkick users have earned $25M in rewards, scanned 70M products, and viewed 4B offers|
|Jan 16, 2014||Gigaom - Shopkick expands iBeacon trial to 100 American Eagle Outfitters stores|
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