KANSAS CITY, Missouri - If you’re a coupon clipper or Groupon user, there’s a new smartphone application created specifically for Kansas City that you may want to download.
The new app, Front Flip, was created by Sean and Matt Beckner. The brothers grew up in Johnson County and then both went on to graduate from the University of Kansas.
Their goal in developing Front Flip was to better connect local businesses with customers interested in their products. And they say it’s better than online coupon sites like Groupon.
“Front flip is looking at the thousands of people who already come through your door, who already like, who probably live or work nearby. An now you’re…able to reach back out to them, but making it really fun and exciting,” Matt Beckner said.
To use the app, you scan a QCR code at participating locations, then “scratch” off to see if you win. Gifts can range from free appetizers or entrees at restaurants, to dry cleaning discounts or even free tanning sessions.
Sean Beckner said one of the benefits for businesses using Front Flip is that the companies control how often people win. The business owners decide what prizes or gifts to offer and how often people win. Businesses also have the option of sending gifts directly to their customers once a month.
Currently 500 area locations are signed up to advertise on Front Flip, but only 150 are currently active on the app. The Beckner’s say all 500 should be up and running by the end of the year.
And there is another bonus for users. Everyone who downloads Front Flip by Dec 31, 2011 will get 10 separate $10 gift cards to business around Kansas City. So that’s $100 worth of free stuff just for downloading the free app.
Currently the app is available for iPhone and Android smartphones.
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