CityMaps Expands Mobile Consumer Shopping Guides to San Francisco & Austin, TX
Last year, we raved about CityMaps launching interactive consumer shopping guides in New York City. To start Q1 of 2012 off right, CityMaps announced the next version of the website, a new iOS app and expanded local coverage that includes New York City, San Francisco and Austin. From deals at local bistros to “Angela” taking us shopping at her favorite BCBG store, the consumer shopping guides for the Bay Area and home of South by Southwest (SXSW) are sure to please all its users.
What is CityMaps?
CityMaps turns the streets of New York, San Francisco and Austin into interactive, block-by-block grids aimed at helping locals and tourists easily navigate their city. In addition to displaying all of the storefronts–including restaurants, coffee shops, movie theaters, parking garages, ATMs, shoe stores and dry cleaners–CityMaps also displays the latest tweets, daily deals, check-ins, reviews, menus and other social media information in the neighborhood.
“CityMaps is leading the social evolution of maps,” said Elliot Cohen, the company’s CEO. “Our maps are designed to give you every bit of information you could want to explore your city. We let you know what’s happening in your city, from a deal just tweeted by a coffee shop to when you can catch the train to that movie you just bought tickets for.”
The site now shows tips and photos from Foursquare, integrates with daily deal sites to let people browse deals in real time, Facebook connect and tweets from local business refreshed every hour. The company also unveiled the San Francisco and Austin version of its maps, with the Austin edition debuting in time for SXSW.
CityMaps’ iOS app delivers its social map to mobile phones for the first time. From the desktop or the app, users can click on businesses to make dinner reservations, buy movie tickets, find tweets and deals from merchants, check-in via Foursquare, read reviews, find parking garage rates and look up the next train time, among other functions. The map also overlay local tweets from twitter users on location in each of the cities.
“Mobile and app use is increasingly going local. According to a study by comScore, Localeze and 15 Miles, 49 percent of mobile users have searched for local content through apps,” continued Cohen. “There is so much content from businesses all around us, but it’s very fragmented online. With CityMaps, we’re pulling all the local information you could want onto one map.”
CityMaps is available on the Web at www.CityMaps.com and on the iPhone through the App Store.