Love a Local Business? Prove it with Intuit’s Foursquare Mashup

Adam DuVander, March 10th, 2010

FoursquareRadio stations are always looking for the “phrase that pays.” That’s passé. When it comes to local businesses on the web, it’s praise that pays. Whether it’s Yelp reviews, FourSquare check-ins, or customer feedback provided in Intuit’s ongoing Love A Local Business competition.

Love a Local Business map

This mashup uses APIs to enhance its message and improve a user’s ability to find a business. Search results are plotted using Google Maps (our Google Maps API profile), but are not a core part of the site.

Similarly, Intuit has used location-sharing service FourSquare (our FourSquare API profile). Optionally, users let Intuit connect to FourSquare to access recent check-ins. After all, places where users go often are bound to be ones they’d nominate for such a competition.

Love a Local Business nomination form

Each month Intuit selects five businesses to win grants of at least $5,000. Most are selected via a raffle, with each user vote counting as a “ticket.” Then, based on user comments, a grand prize of an additional $30,000 may be awarded.

Want to earn some dough for your favorite business? This contest could be just the ticket.

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5 Responses to “Love a Local Business? Prove it with Intuit’s Foursquare Mashup”

March 11th, 2010
at 1:01 am
Comment by: NatG

… Such great potential … Unforunately my customers had a really tough time voting (between privacy concerns and the process being too clunky/long/confusing) and they gave up. Getting similar reactons from my Facebook networks! Please fix this.

August 4th, 2010
at 2:17 am
Comment by: Foursquare Dating App: Check-in and Check Out

[...] The concept could actually be expanded to connect users in a time-shifted manner. Rather than needing to be at the same place at the same time, Singles could recognize two of its users that frequent a particular restaurant and suggest they go at the same time. With dating sites based on even more tangential commonalities, it seems like a reasonable service to give to Foursquare users who tend to love their local businesses. [...]

August 4th, 2010
at 9:53 am
Comment by: Breakup Girl » Check out who’s checking in!

[...] commonalities, it seems like a reasonable service to give to Foursquare users who tend to love their local businesses.” Plus, no [...]

October 21st, 2010
at 1:26 pm
Comment by: Jay Badenhope

We’ve made a number of improvements to the Love a Local Business nomination process, plus we’re awarding $100,000 in grants to three local businesses in October – December. Nominate your own business or a business you love at http://lovealocalbusiness.com. You can also read more about our new grants at http://bit.ly/9oPJL6.

January 31st, 2011
at 7:40 pm
Comment by: Check-in to Check Out Other Singles | SingleTease Blog

[...] The concept could actually be expanded to connect users in a time-shifted manner. Rather than needing to be at the same place at the same time, Singles could recognize two of its users that frequent a particular restaurant and suggest they go at the same time. With dating sites based on even more tangential commonalities, it seems like a reasonable service to give to Foursquare users who tend to love their local businesses. [...]

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