More than 40 million people have used Foursquare to check in more than 4.5 billion times. Through those check-ins, we’ve learned a lot. That data, along with your tips, likes, and more, helped us come up with lists of the best places around the world, as chosen by all of you. It’s a series of city guides like no other.
We created these same lists last year, but a lot has changed. Here’s what’s different in 2013:
Since no two cities are the same, each page is customized to help you get a feel for what the locals love. Get to know your city better, or discover a new one now. Happy exploring!
Foursquare has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 and there’s a lot to see. It’s smarter, faster, and has a whole new look.
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It’s smarter: When you arrive somewhere new, we tell you what you need to know (like the best thing to order or a money-saving special), even if you don’t open the app.
More of what’s nearby: We shuffle the deck every time you open the app so you don’t miss a thing. Just swipe to explore great tips, find money-saving specials near you, and check out the feed to see what your friends are up to tonight.
Enjoy the all-new Foursquare— a smarter, faster, and more beautiful way to keep up and meet up with your friends.
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Mable’s Smokehouse has a reputation for authentic Texas-style BBQ that serves them well. But in order to keep reaching new people in their Brooklyn neighborhood, the husband-and-wife run business needed to go beyond word-of-mouth.
Originally very skeptical of digital advertising, co-owner Meghan Love said that she and her husband Jeff Lutonsky have been approached by everyone to advertise, but had the best results when using Foursquare Ads.
“Foursquare Ads are really about your location and what’s nearby,” said Love, “I’m also able to see something tangible in front of me a few days later with actual results and stats. I can see my return on investment quickly.”
Mable’s BBQ platters range from $10.95 to $19.95 a person. Every person who checks in from a Foursquare Ad usually comes with a group, so Mable’s ROI is about 233% on average.
“That number doesn’t even count all the extra exposure,” said Love, “I feel fairly confident that a lot of those people come back, because we get so many repeat customers. It feels really worth it to me.”
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You already know the basics. Don’t talk politics at the dinner table. Go easy on the sides. Turkey makes you sleepy. But we’ve got some ways for you to stay entertained (and sane!) when home for the holidays this year.
Some things haven’t changed since you last came home (we know that black light Bob Marley poster is still hanging in your room…), but we bet there are some new spots to check out. No more swigging from that bottle of peppermint Schnapps behind the local 7/11 for you! Now you’re old enough to go to real bars, where the real adults go. Use Foursquare to find ‘em.
Need to get some gifts for the holidays? You can use Foursquare to avoid the Black Friday craziness. Find the best Black Friday deals nearby.
This is the time of year to be thankful. Remember to share what you’re thankful for (as well as your turkey and tofurkey photos) with those you love.
And don’t worry, even though you’re grown up, your mom will still feed you every two hours. Happy Thanksgiving from the Foursquare family!
Brrr, it’s getting cold out there. How can we fix this in three steps or less?
Starting today, you can map out all your great finds on Pinterest with Foursquare-powered Place Pins. Whether you use Pinterest to scout your dream vacation spots, discover amazing meals, or to plan your future wedding, you’ll love this new feature. Our powerful API makes it easy to tag pins with a location, or choose from one of our 100 million photos to add to your boards.
Because inspiration often strikes when you’re out and about, you can view and create these pins on your mobile phone or tablet. Place Pins include all the information about the place, from the hours, to the address, making your maps come alive. It’s now simpler than ever to create personalized travel itineraries, collaborate with friends, and share your beautiful maps with others.
Happy exploring (and pinning)!
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Do you use HootSuite to manage social media for a business? Starting today, you can now handle your Foursquare presence right within the HootSuite dashboard. Check it out:
This update makes it super easy to write and view tips, run specials to encourage check-ins, or post updates to highlight what’s great. Here’s something fun: check-ins are updated live, so just sit back and watch them roll in.
Haven’t claimed your business on Foursquare yet? Get started now.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is not your typical bookstore and coffee shop. It’s run based on donations and volunteers, and all profits benefit people affected by HIV/AIDS and homelessness. That means that staying lean is crucial.
“We don’t have a lot of staff or resources, so we’ve always relied on advertising where we get more bang for our buck,” said Amanda Bullock, director of public programming for Housing Works.
“Foursquare Ads are measurable in a way that the other things we were considering using weren’t. With a sponsored tweet, it’s just once and then it’s done. But with Foursquare Ads, it was an accessible price point for us, and it’s been successful in targeting new customers.”
For every $1 that Housing Works spends on Foursquare Ads, they generate $2 in charitable donations from book and cafe sales.
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We traveled to TechCrunch’s Disrupt Hackathon in Berlin last month and we were excited to see that a quarter of all submissions used the Foursquare API to power their hacks. We teamed up with Lufthansa AG to give away an all-expense paid trip to our headquarters in NYC to the winner— an awesome website called Travelsquare.
Check it out: Travelsquare is your personal travel planner that uses Foursquare to generate a specialized itinerary for any city in the world. In just a few seconds, you’ll see a day-by-day plan of the top sights, shopping, nightlife, and more to see in any city. We love it because it’s super simple and easy to use. Who needs to buy a bulky travel guide?
Congrats, Travelsquare team! See you soon in NYC.