Browse Prior Art Database

Method for Mobile Shopper Location based Coupon Usage Alert

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000212163D
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to alert a mobile shopper to the presence of an applicable coupon within their MD mobile device when they are at the location of the product for which they have the coupon, for but for which they are not actively pursuing the item, and will only purchase with an available discount coupon.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 66% of the total text.

Page 01 of 2

Method for Mobile Shopper Location based Coupon Usage Alert

What is need is a method to alert the mobile shopper (MS) when they are near an item in the store for which they have previously downloaded a coupon. The MS may only buy this item when they have a coupon for it and therefore not be looking to pick up the item during a particular shopping run.

Prior art:


• Customer pre-selected electronic coupons. [1] This is enabling technology for downloading a coupon into an MD-Mobile device. It teaches how to alert the MS to a stored coupon via Near Field communication (NFC) - the MD needs to have near field communication receiver - shelf/product needs to have NF emitter and detector. What is proposed in this disclosure is a simpler and different method.


• Methods and systems for tracking customer response to a coupon. [2] This shows an active mobile shopper wanting to find the product for which they have a coupon. What is proposed is a method of shopper alert to the product not being actively pursued but having a coupon in place.

The core idea is to have the mobile shopper alerted to the presence of an applicable coupon within their MD when they are at the location of the product for which they have the coupon.

The implementation process follows:


1. Mobile Shopper actions


A. MS enters coupons into MD for latter usage - know tech

B. MS enters store and communicates with MD to the store with the store app that they wish to shop as a MS

C. MS location is tracked by...