Foodspotting, the app for finding and rating restaurant dishes, is getting in on the daily deals action. The San Francisco startup plans to announce Tuesday that it is hooking up with Atlanta-based local daily deals purveyor Scoutmob. It’s the first partnership for Scoutmob, and a sign that Foodspotting is testing the waters of the boiling-hot daily deals space.
Starting Tuesday in 13 major U.S. cities, users of Foodspotting’s iOS (s aapl) app will automatically see local deals from Scoutmob when they search for dishes that are nearby. Those cities are: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.
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. 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.
Foodspotting launched in early 2010, and has more than 1.5 million downloads of the app and 800,000 reviews and photos uploaded since then. The Scoutmob partnership is available for iOS users only right now, though Grubb said to expect the Android version to roll out in “about a week.”
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