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Earning a currency called “kicks” (previously “karma”), visitors to stores can then donate to a variety of causes, or cash in themselves. The service is historically noteworthy: the earlier version (CauseWorld) was the first location-based service for charity, and raised more than $1m in its first year. Now charity has taken a back seat.
Purchases are not required or necessarily part of the core action. Instead, the action is similar to the "check-in" mechanic of Foursquare, plus the scanning of QR codes on-site, such as in a dressing room or at checkout.
Consumer activism is on the rise, alongside corporate social responsibility. How do these trends align with the rise of commercial location-based services? "More than half of smartphone owners are using their devices to enhance their shopping experience by comparing prices, finding store locations and checking for discounts, including two-thirds of those under 35" (MobileCommerceDaily, March 2011). Yet for ShopKick, its roots are actually in charity.
Related: the GoodGuide iPhone app is one of several that allows consumers to scan the barcode of a product while shopping and immediately receive ratings regarding health, environment and social responsibility.
Butcher, D. (2011, March 14). More than half of smartphone owners use mobile devices in retail stores. MobileCommerceDaily. Retrieved May 31, 2011, from http://www.mobilecommercedaily.com/2011/03/14/more-than-half-of-smartphone-owners-use-mobile-devices-in-retail-stores-study
Game OverviewEarn money for causes (or yourself) by visiting stores in the physical world and viewing products
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