4 steps to save money with shopping apps

4 steps to save money with shopping apps

Happy Labor Day!  Here is a shopping inspired post to help you get in the mood for the Labor Day sales!

It seems like everyone is glued to their cell phones these days, right?  Why not add some shopping apps to the mix?  Admit it, you’re tired of spending all your time on the Facebook and Instagram apps anyway.  Add a little variety to your smart phone and follow these 4 steps to save money with…

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Real-World Shopping Gets More Interactive

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The modern shopper looks very different from the consumer of just a decade ago. Not only can she buy just about anything she wants from any number of online stores, but now that she has a smartphone, she can buy those things from anywhere and at any time she chooses.

U.S. consumers spent over $4 trillion at retail last year, 95% of it at traditional brick and mortar stores. But each year, consumers shift more and more of their spending online. 

The proliferation of smartphones has so far contributed to that shift, most notably with the rise of showrooming, when people find an item they like in a store and order it at a discount from an online retailer.

But smartphones can also fuse the online and real-world experiences in a way that makes in-store shopping better. There’s a large opportunity to help retailers influence shoppers as they’re considering purchases.  

Shopular has a unique vision for how to enhance the in-store shopping experience and we’re pleased to announce today that we’ve partnered with them to build a company around it.

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4 Apps for Snagging Boxing Day DEALS!

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Thanksgiving and Christmas have both come and gone – officially marking the holiday shopping season as OVER… or is it? Today’s Boxing Day, and we want to help you get out there and scour the best and brightest deals in the shopping universe. Whether you’re navigating the mall or hanging around the house on your smart phone, here are a few of our favorite apps for doing the least amount of damage to your holiday raise. 

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While most mobile applications today are heavily concerned with getting users to remember to open them regularly, mobile deal-finding application Shopular has been content to run in the background, alerting consumers to sales and discounts when they’re in a store or mall. Now, its focus on practicality over spammy behavior has paid off, in the form of a $6.4 million Series A round, led by Sequoia Capital. Sequoia’s Tim Lee will also join Shopular’s board of directors.

The startup had previously raised a seed round from Y Combinator and other angel investors, including Adam D’Angelo.

Shopular first emerged just ahead of the 2012 holiday season, after participation in Y Combinator’s Winter 2012 batch. Founded by former Shopkick engineers, Navneet Loiwal and Tommy Tsai, Shopular offers a different take on mobile deal-finding than their previous company’s solution.

“We have a lot of respect for Shopkick for showing the world mobile can be used in novel ways for physical retail,” says Loiwal. However, the team wanted to build something that was more intuitive and logical for consumers. Where Shopkick rewards users for walking into stores and making purchases, Shopular is a tap on the shoulder letting you know why you should walk into a store.

Shopular’s New App Alerts You To Nearby Deals, No Coupon Clipping Required

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Shopular, a mobile shopping startup coming out of Y Combinator’s Winter 2012 batch, is today formally launching its smart couponing application on both iOS and Android. Founded by two former Shopkick engineers, Shopular soft-launched its app a few weeks ago, but with today’s update, it now offers national coverage at retailers and malls across the U.S. http://dlvr.it/2dkzY2 @suryaray

Shopular, the leading mobile app for saving money in stores, has announced it has partnered with Sequoia Capital and received $6.4 million in Series A financing. “Everyone loves a deal, but it’s still far too hard to find the one you want when you’re out shopping,” said Navneet Loiwal, CEO, Shopular. “We give people the right information at the right time so they can save a ton of money and be more efficient shoppers.” “Mall of America is the largest mall in the country, one of the top tourist destinations, and the most recognizable brand in physical retail,” said Mark Ghermezian, a member of the family that owns the Mall of America. “We have been looking for a solution like Shopular that would combat showrooming and increase foot traffic for our retailers and we are excited to see their tremendous progress since the early days.”

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