Many startups have removed friction for consumers trying to cash in on an online deal. Deals sites like Groupon and Livingsocial send out targeted alerts when deals come online, store your payment info for quick checkouts and encourage users to get the deep discounts before they sell out.
A new Seattle startup aims to bring that frictionless feeling to the other side of the table. DealTapp says its goal is to make posting deals as easy as posting to Facebook for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.
The company’s partners can quickly snap shots of discounted items, dial in the discount offer (at least 75 percent off for now, but often free), and select how many discounted items are offered. The deal is then posted to the DealTapp network, where users can claim offers to cash in next time they’re at the store, using tokens bought in the app if there’s any price to pay.
“Ultimately, we want our users to turn to DealTapp to discover new places to eat, drink, and find entertainment,” DealTapp co-founder David Gardner said. “We aim to be on the cutting edge of what’s new and exciting in Seattle.”
That doesn’t mean the app won’t be expanding to other cities, but right now, the small team is focused on building up a user base.
“Portland and San Francisco are at the top of our list for expansion when the time comes,” Gardner said. “We are entirely self-funded at the moment and intend to remain that way at least until we have established ourselves in Seattle. We’ve have had a couple of discussions with some third parties, but have opted not to pursue those options for the time being.”
Instead, the team wants to stay small. That not only helps them maneuver, but also helps them respond to their partner businesses better. Gardner and his co-founder Miles Hubbard give out their personal numbers so businesses can always get in contact with them.
Gardner and Hubbard have worked together before on a few websites before, but nothing of this scale. Hubbard is a drummer in a local band and Gardner was involved in film and video production before starting this venture.
The latest addition to the DealTapp app is Paseo, a Cuban sandwich shop named one of the top three places to eat in the country. While it’s initial batch of 50 free sandwiches is already sold out, you can download the app to claim the next batch when Paseo posts them. The DealTapp app is available on iOS and Android, with information from businesses available on their about page.