Foodspotting, the app for highlighting good food and where to find it, announced that it has teamed up with Scoutmob to begin offering daily deals.
Foodspotting lets a diner snap a photo of a dish, tag it, and share it with friends on Foodspotting or through Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, or other social networks. It can also double as a meal guide for the uninspired; they can just launch the app and search for photos of food taken nearby.
Since early 2010 the San Francisco-based startup has seen more than 1.5 million downloads and 800,000 uploaded reviews and photos.
Starting today Foodspotters in 13 major U.S. cities – including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C. – will be able to launch Foodspotting’s iPhone app and gain access to nearby Scoutmob deals.
“The deal space is something that’s exploding right now. There’s going to be a shakeout, so before we go full steam, we really want to understand it and see how our users react to it,” explains Foodspotting co-founder Ted Grubb. “Whether it’s creating our own deals–we don’t have a salesforce, but we’re very user experience and research-driven, so we want to understand the landscape before we make any decisions. For Scoutmob, they want to know what distributing their deals looks like.”
The difference between Scoutmob and daily deals sites like Groupon and LivingSocial is that the deals are mobile based. That means that rather than being offered a deal for a restaurant through emails, Foodspotters can take advantage of deals on mobile phones. There are no upfront commitments or pre-paid credit card transactions.
Furthermore, Scoutmob works exclusively with locally-owned businesses and supports neighborhood cafes, restaurants, bars and bistros. The company tends to avoid major chains or heavily populated tourist destinations. It seems like both companies are still testing the daily deals water, but this could be a great partnership for future opportunities with small businesses.
Currently the partnership is only available for iPhone users. Grubb expects to launch the Android version in “about a week.”