Team Foursquare won’t be heading down to SXSW this year (give Austin a hug for us!) We’re sticking around NYC and SF working on a bunch of great new stuff for you guys. We can’t wait to show it off to you later this spring!
We wanted to pass on our experience from five years of meetups, keynotes, parties, and searching for the ultimate breakfast tacos on to you. So whether you’re there for work, play, or a little bit of both, we rounded up the best places to see while you’re in Austin.
SXSW for Newbies
Is this your first time? Here are all the basics. Make sure to cross off all the places on this list. You can sleep when the conference is over.
SXSW for Veterans
You’ve been there, done that. So ditch the parties on Sunday and head to [Ginny’s Little Longhorn] and watch [Chicken Shit Bingo].
Exploring Outside SXSW
Need a break from the whole thing? Here are off-the-beaten track recommendations, so you can roam like a local. Pro tip: rent a car and head to Lockhart - the BBQ capital of Texas.
Whether you’re new to Paleo or are a long-time advocate of the high-protein/low carb diet, Foursquare can help you find new places to eat out near you. Try searching “Paleo” to find out where you can get your hunter-gatherer on.
Invite your non-Paleo friends along and these delicious tips might just inspire them to convert (well, at least for one meal).
Even if you couldn’t make it to New Orleans for Fat Tuesday this year, you can still get some southern comfort wherever you are.
Hungry? Use Foursquare to find Creole and Cajun cuisine like andouille sausage and crawfish or jambalaya and king cake. Thirsty? Down some Hurricanes and Abita beers and you’ll feel like you’re in The Big Easy in no time.
Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do (unless it’s for beads.) Then do it all.
Season four of Portlandia premieres tonight on IFC, and to celebrate saying cacao to its hiatus, we’ve rounded up a few tips about where the show was shot in Portland.
So next time you find yourself in the city where young people go to retire, try searching “Portlandia” to visit some of the places yourself. And yes, they’re local.
Fair Folks and a Goat is not your typical New York City cafe — it doubles as a design gallery and shop. Running an unconventional business means that expanding local awareness is critical to helping people understand what Fair Folks and a Goat is about.
“With Foursquare Ads, we are reaching out to people who are in the neighborhood and could come by,” said Creative Director Aurora Mazzei, who co-founded the business with her husband.
Mazzei said she appreciates Foursquare Ads because real customers come in as opposed to just paying for someone to see an ad online. “It’s a physical person with whom we have the ability to strike up a conversation, engage with in some way, and give them a full customer experience. That is definitely the kind of outcome we want from an advertising effort.”
Eater has been leaving insider tips about the best places to eat, drink, and party all over the world.
Want to know what to order next time you arrive at a new restaurant? Not sure where to go on your next date? Follow Eater for inspiration, just don’t blame us when you put on some more pounds. Don’t worry, you still look awesome!
Planning on spending most of the weekend hunkering down to finish House of Cards or catching up on True Detective? Health note: you’re going to need a break with some real human contact. Trust us.
When you get to that point, use Foursquare to find a great bar or coffee shop nearby. Get out for a little while and discuss your latest theory about Francis Underwood or Rust Cohle with a friend who understands what you’re going through.
Can’t leave the couch that long? Search for for snacks you can pick up nearby before the next episode starts. You’ll be caught up with your friends (and living free of your fear of spoilers) in no time.
Caffe Centro is located in the middle of a bustling neighborhood in San Francisco. To keep customers returning and attract new ones, owner Tom Buswell wanted to try something new to shake up his advertising efforts. Enter Foursquare.
Foursquare Ads allowed him to get targeted customers by focusing on people in the neighborhood. “When you make it simple and concentrate on the people nearby, you’re more likely to have success,” said Buswell.
He also wanted to make sure the ads were reaching people who were likely to return someday. “Foursquare has a very loyal user base, so that helps with getting new people who will come back again,” he said.
Buswell said he’s been happy with the value his business gets from Foursquare Ads. Considering the average Caffe Centro customer spends $10, the estimated return on investment comes out to 140 percent. “It’s also easy to get ROI from the actions, so it’s a good value,” he said.
Need some inspiration for dinner? Try searching “secret menu” and we’ll show you restaurants nearby with hidden menu items.
Keep an open mind and you might find your new favorite dish!
Today kicks off the first game of the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds. To celebrate, we’re teaming up with Heineken to introduce a contest for a chance to win soccer prizes and a trip to Europe to see a UEFA Champions League match live!
Here’s how it works:
Connect your Foursquare account with Heineken for your chance to Match Your Half Ticket daily and win UEFA Champions League signed memorabilia and Heineken prizes. The more you check in, the better your chances to win. (And we’ll create a map that shows the most active fans across the country!)
Fans name their team allegiance so you can see which teams are the most popular across the US, and track the competition between cities. You can also find which local bars and restaurants are popular with each club’s supporters.
One lucky person from the city with the most active fans will win a trip to Europe with two of their friends to see a UEFA Champions League match in person during the 2014-2015 season (courtesy of Heineken.)
Visualizations by our friends at B-Reel
The contest will be live through the UEFA Champions League final, so pick your team now for more chances to win.
Head over to Foursquare and sync your account to get started!