San Diego Real Estate .... WOW!...Wireless Discount Coupons with new iPhone App.... YOWZA!!
Wireless is in, paper is out. Even for those that like to clip coupons to their favorite restaurants or department stores. With competition heating up, having access to coupons on your cell phone will make it really easy. Remember to take your phone with you and forget the paper coupon.
Well,that is how it is for some businesses already and there will be growing encouragement on retailers to be sure to add their coupons online as well as running those coupons in newspapers and mailers and making them available to access right on your phone.
The software app was developed by Yowsa and can be downloaded now for iPhone users. Perhaps there will be other platforms in the near future but for now, iPhone is the place. When I have asked people what kind of phone they have and they answer other than the iPhone, I always chuckle and say , “Gee that’s too bad”. The truth is though that I am sure all phones with data plans will eventually have these type of apps. When you think about it, clipping coupons is not always convenient and most often, even when you have a coupon, you forget to take it, at least I do.
Problem solved. At least for a few companies that are integrating their coupons with the Yowsa software that runs the app. And the way it works is so cool. You either get a promotional code that is imputted into the cash register at time of checkout or you get a bar code right on the screen of your iPhone and it can be scanned.
What could be more convenient ? Frankly with the economy the way it is and people looking for breaks in retail and food prices anywhere they can find them, this new service could not be more timely. This idea could also work for any type of service that might include hair salons, carpet cleaners, dry cleaners, laundry, car washes, etc.
There will be more and more of demand for online coupons as people start asking about them. As people get used t the idea that these great money savers are online and ready for them, they will downloading the app and taking advantage so that they can carry all the coupons with them. These coupons might even determine where you might want to eat lunch one day based just on the fact that you have a coupon with you.
I downloaded the app and a number of stores come up. For example, REI, Sears, Saks Fifth Ave, The Container store, Islands Restaurant, Pier 1 Imports, Rubio’s, The Sports Authority,Tutti Fruiti Yogurt, Mountain Mikes Pizza , Loehman’s, golf courses and there were more. I had written to Yowza seeking permission to use their logo which they granted and they also informed me that some new restaurants in my area are about to come on line with Yowza. Great news.
Yowza has this cool little dial for how many miles away you want your list from. There is a also an FAQ section on Yowza’s Home page.
You will want to check this out. And I have an idea from the vast number of stores I haven’t mentioned that Yowza could use some help getting the word out and I for one will be telling stores where I shop about it and encouraging them to sign up. Hey, it’s in our best interest, right? So tell your clients about it, tell from friends and mention it at stores you shop in. I thnk Yowza is going to become one of my favorite iPhone apps.
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