Joining the Qpon Revolution…
About a year ago, Qpon Revolution started placing machines in businesses and restaurants around central Arkansas that would allow customers to come in and receive digital coupons on the spot.
Gabriel Mayes, president and chief operating officer of the company, said Qpon Revolution had some success with that approach but is after bigger game these days thanks to an Apple iPhone app (available here) that was launched at the end of February. Droid users shouldn’t feel left out in the cold — Qpon Revolution will have an application available for that smartphone OS on July 1. Mayes said a Blackberry app will follow and more systems may be supported in the future.
For now, Mayes said he and his business partner — Chaney Phillips — are concentrating on getting iPhone users to sign up for the service and are working on expanding. The company operates with vendors in central Arkansas now and is expanding soon to northwest Arkansas. Mayes said Qpon Revolution plans to open markets in Austin, Dallas, Nashville and San Antonio within a year.
As of this morning (April 8), Mayes said the iPhone app has been downloaded 3,443 times and there are over 50 central Arkansas businesses offering coupons through it. For a list of businesses that send out free coupons through Qpon, just click here.
Of course, it’s easier just to download the app, install it on your iPhone and browse the businesses near you that have coupons available. The app is free, consumers pay nothing to use it and the app even lists the addresses for businesses with coupons available. If you’re a fan of a particular business or restaurant that’s listed on Qpon Revolution, tap the “VIP+” button to sign up for push updates or emails whenever new coupons for that place are available. That service, too, is free to consumers.
How does Qpon Revolution make money? The businesses that sign up for the app pay to send coupons through it, Mayes said, adding that his company donates 10 percent of their profits to Big Love Cancer Care.
Big Love Cancer Care, Mayes said, works with families who have children with cancer and are being cared for at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital. The charity will buy groceries, toys for children and otherwise assist families that are paying for cancer treatments and can use financial help. Mayes said his company’s sponsorship of that program has prompted the company to develop a slogan of sorts — help a child, use a Qpon.
We might see that slogan used more in the near future as Mayes said Qpon Revolution will start advertising in earnest starting May 15.
If you’d like to save some money in area restaurants and businesses and help an Arkansas company grow, just run a search for “Qpon Revolution” at the App Store on your iPhone or click here to download the app. For more information about Qpon Revolution, click here to visit the Little Rock-based company’s home on the Internet.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.