Lots of you signed up for Shopkick when they ran their last Target 200-points promotion last week. If you've been walking in to Target stores at all the last few days, you might have enough kicks (points) by now to redeem a $5 Target gift card (1,250 kicks). If you've got the 1,250 kicks, redeem a $5 Target gift card today and you will get a bonus 200 kicks on your next Target walk-in (usually 60 kicks). This promo is for today, 5/30/12, only. The 200 kicks bonus is valid on Target walk-ins on 5/31 and on. One 200 kicks bonus per Shopkick user.
What is ShopKick? Only my current favorite smartphone app.
Basically, it's a smartphone app that rewards shoppers with "kicks" (formerly called "kickbucks," points which can be redeemed for store gift cards) simply for walking into a brick & mortar store. Sounds pretty un-techy, you say, for this day and age? Not at all. How does Shopkick know you are actually in the store? Because you "check in" via the smartphone application that locates you via GPS. Shopkick also gives you points for scanning items in-store and in some cases, for buying items. Shopkick also has some unique digital coupons (that I haven't seen anywhere else) that you just show to the cashier and ask her to scan when you purchase something in a Shopkick member store. Finally, if you'd want to earn points without getting in the car, Shopkick's also got "Instant Surprises" that allow you to earn kickbucks while sitting on your couch. The points accumulate pretty quickly (frankly, I can't be bothered with points programs where you need to wait forever for a reward). I'm now on my fifth Target gift card reward.
Now, here's an even faster way to get Shopkick on your phone, and get a 50 kicks bonus to boot. Click here through my special link (and thanks for letting me refer you), and fill out the short form. Shopkick will text the link to their (free) app directly to your smartphone. Just click on the link in the text and it will download and install on your phone. You'll get an instant 50 kickbucks just for signing up through my referral link. Gift cards start at 500 kickbucks, so when you refer nine more of your friends, you'll qualify for a gift card immediately. I love this app.
Using Shopkick is pretty intuitive, but for more info on how to navigate through it and earn kicks, check out my Shopkick tutorial here.