There’s a certain magic that happens when a dream finally becomes a reality. After months of planning, hours of design work, and late night meetings fueled by countless cups of coffee, my team and I get to experience that magic. Today, I’m proud to announce that our dream of offering you a 2.0 approach to daily deals has become a reality! Meet Pirq!
Pirq is a deal app and service that integrates Microsoft Tag into a 100% smart phone solution to offer a new approach to daily deals. Right now, the Pirq app is available in the App Store for iPhone, and it will soon be available for Android users as well.
The idea for Pirq was born about a year ago after a friend of mine bought a daily deal that offered a $60 service for only $30. But wouldn’t you know it, after six months of trying to wrangle an appointment to use her service, the deal expired—leaving her high and dry. We knew there was a better way to do business.
Pirq delivers quality deals to a user’s smart phone in real time based on the user’s location. This is a benefit to both the user and the vendor. The user can save 20-50% off their total bill instantly without messing with prepaid coupons that can go unused, and vendors don’t get overwhelmed with deal redemptions during peak hours and fake coupons that ultimately hurt business.
By 2015 consumers will spend roughly $119 billion on goods and services bought via their smart phones. Pirq makes that buying experience a breeze (click here to see how it works). More than 130 food establishments in Seattle and on the Eastside are currently offering quality discounts through Pirq. That means users can Pirq multiple times a day! For example, grab your morning latte at Caffe Ladro and save 30-50%; pick up lunch on the go at somewhere like Tacos Guaymas and save another 30%; then hit up a fun place like the Melting Pot for dinner and drinks with friends or family and take at least 30% off of that bill too. The savings can really add up, and that means more money in your pocket!
So far the response from early Pirq users and vendors has been amazing. We want to thank all of you who have supported Pirq from the beginning. Your enthusiasm shows us that we are on the right track to creating harmony in the maze and craze of daily deals that have overwhelmed users and vendors for so long.
Thanks again for downloading the Pirq app! We want to hear your stories about how you use Pirq. We’ll also be regularly updating you on new vendors who join Pirq, great discounts being offered, contests and freebies, and much, much more. In the meantime happy Pirq’ing!