I’m an avid outdoors fan, and there is no way I’d rather spend my weekends than hiking, running trails, or exploring the backroads beyond 285. Finding somewhere new however, is not always the easiest of tasks, and let’s just say the people who manage the outdoors spaces I love aren’t typically whiz kids when it comes to SEO, easy to use websites or social presences.
Yesterday while reading a blog post on local Atlanta startups, I stumbled across a company I had not heard of before and within the last 24 hours, it may be my new favorite app on the market.
Dayzipping allows users to select a city and preview a selection of days trips within their area to sort by various categories such as distance, popularity, price or theme.
Let’s compare dayzipping to Scoutmob, but with deals and adventures to take you someplace to burn all of those calories you just consumed at 50% off.
Currently available as a website and Andriod app (+1 for finding something my Apple lovers can’t have just yet), dayzipping is an easy to use experience to stumble across some of your areas most well hidden treasures, all in one place.
I can’t wait to get out explore, starting with this trip this weekend.
How do you discover things to do around your area? What are your favorite Atlanta destinations on the cheap?
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Facebook Deals coming our way, and as of today, they have made their debut.
If you are curious as what a Facebook Deal is or where to find a deal, check out this post. For now, let’s take a look at some of the platform’s more interesting features.
- How to find Deals: Facebook has added a Deals tab to the left rail of every user’s homepage. Here you can click to see current deals as well as any unused or past deals you have bought or received from a friend.
- How to pay for a Deal: Use your credit card (which will remain on file within your Facebook account until you remove it from your account settings) or pay with Facebook credits. This is perhaps one of the most interesting features as Facebook clearly pushes to make the realm of social commerce a reality. Facebook has not revealed whether revenue will be greater for the merchant or Facebook depending on the method of payment.
- Sharing a Deal: Users can Like or buy a Deal directly from the Deals page, which will also generate a News Feed story automatically. This also allows a user’s friends to directly buy a deal from the News Feed.
Aside from another group deal service, what does this mean to users, brands and the multitude of existing deals services?
Ease of use, the power of the Facebook News Feed and the allure that we could see a deal platform to cater to all audiences. As the group deal playing field continues to evolve, we will all keep a close watch on how Facebook can capitalize and integrate into the space.
Facebook deals made a quiet launch a few weeks ago with a lot of buzz surrounding how the largest social network would break into the group coupon model.
While the actual tool has not launched, we have uncovered a few more details around how it will work. The program will launch first in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and San Francisco, you can sign up for deals today and Facebook will alert you once they go live.
Deals will go beyond the mobile phone. Currently Facebook users can claim a deal through Facebook Places. With the different options for check-in deals, it will be interesting to see how Facebook expands upon this feature.
Deals will work with friends. Given the social nature of Facebook, this definitely doesn’t come as a surprise, but it does come as an added extra. Other deal sites like livingsocial allow users to forward a deal to friends in order to receive perks of their own. Since this can be tough, it will be interesting to see how Facebook taps into the social networking nature to create meaningful rewards.
Facebook deals will aslo be activated through a tab on a brand’s Facebook page. Apart from check-in deals alone, Facebook has created a dedicated tab to all deals so that a user can easily see offers for local businesses. Although the future enhancements of this are not clear, it is clear Facebook is ready to make this action easy and functional for users.
What are you thoughts on Facebook deals? Have you signed up? What will you expect to see when they finally go live?