We’ve been whispering about it for months, but now we can finally share the news with the world: Access has built the nation’s largest collection of “show your phone” discounts. A year ago Access set out to create the biggest, baddest mobile deal network in existence, and we think we’ve done that.
Some common questions we’ve heard from early previewers:
Q: I’ve seen other coupon apps; what makes yours so cool?
A: Glad you asked. Let’s start with three reasons:
In-store redemption. Because we negotiate our deals directly with the merchantsthemselves, they know to honor our offers when they appear on customer’s phone. (In comparison, apps that merely “scrape” offers without permission from around the internet tend to get the cold shoulder at the cash register.)
More deals in more places. The Access mobile app is valid at over 100,000 restaurants, retailers, hotels, movie theaters, auto shops and more. That includes every metropolitan area and each of the top 500 markets in the nation. It means we have a mobile coupon at the Big Box store down the road as well as the mom-and-pop cafe next door.
Deeper discounts. Because Access deals aren’t available to the general public - only to members of private groups - we get better offers than you can find laying around on the internet or other deal apps. Also, we don’t charge our merchants to participate. They’re fans of that and willing to pass that happiness on in the form of unique offers.
Q: How does it work?
A: Exactly the way a mobile discount application should. You tap open the app, find participating merchants nearest you (using your smart phone’s GPS capabilities) or by entering a location-specific keyword search, and redeem the offer by showing the coupon on your phone at the point of sale. If you find a deal you like, add it to your favorites for quick access. It really is that easy.
Q: Can I put my own brand on it or include the information as part of my own app?
A: Yes, and yes. Access offers skinning options that allow organizations to take our existing application and give it their own unique look and feel. And for organizations looking to integrate the Access mobile discount network into their own mobile applications, there are “data transfer protocol alternatives” available.
In regular-speak, yeah…we can do that.
Q: How can I get my hands on this?
A: Let’s talk. To learn how your organization can “get Access” to our mobile discount network for your member benefits, fire off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form below.
Update, January 2013:
We're proud to announce that the Access Mobile Coupon Network has surpassed 125,000 merchant locations, with no plans of stopping anytime soon. Check out our mobile coupon network page on the new AccessDevelopment.com for more info.
Brandon is a former writer and marketer for Access Development. He's a frequent blogger on customer and employee engagement & loyalty, consumer trends, and branding. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter at @bscarter