Though it seems they’re a bit late to jump on the bandwagon, Yelp announced today they’re now offering location-based rewards to users who check in to certain locations.
The company says there’s already over 1,500 Yelp check-in offers to get the ball rolling, and that it’s currently only available on the Android version of its app. An iPhone version is in the pipeline, the company said. While I would normally criticize a move like this into an already saturated market where studies have shown users aren’t very responsive on a large scale, the fact that Yelp has created a rather vibrant community surrounding restaurants and similar businesses could mean success on the LBS rewards front.
A lot of people, including myself, frequently turn to Yelp to find coffee houses, interesting restaurants, etc., and seeing a reward within the search results could definitely sway me. I’ll be anxious to see how the strategy plays out and to see what kind of rewards start flowing.