How Small Businesses Benefit from Pokemon Go
The popularity of the new Pokémon Go mobile app has skyrocketed, and trainers everywhere are in search of the best Pokemon around. Pokemon Go uses the GPS on the user’s mobile device. The GPS syncs with Pokemon Go allowing trainers to use an accurate map to catch their favorite Pokemon. Throughout the map players also find blue colored poles called PokéStops where trainers can collect free items, such as Pokémon Eggs and PokéBalls. If lucky, PokéStops can be placed on the Pokémon map and be located at your business, to which trainers will be inclined to shop and eat, ultimately bringing more business. Small businesses are capitalizing on this new opportunity. Here are 4 ways you can use the Pokémon Go mobile app to boost your business.
Host a Lure Party
Lures are items in the game that can be placed at PokéStops for the sole purpose of attracting Pokémon, and thus trainers. Hosting a lure party is a great way to attract players to your business. Advertise that on a specific date Lures will be placed down, and players will have the chance to catch new Pokémon. Lures have a time limit of 30 minutes, but if you choose to buy a pack of them the party can last for as long as you want. While waiting for more Pokémon in the meantime, the players will most likely be looking for something to do, such as shop or eat at your business. This is a cheap and easy way for small businesses to bring in some extra money and make Pokémon Go players very happy.
Host Gym Battle Tournaments
If your business is close to a Gym this is a perfect opportunity to host a gym battle tournament. A Pokémon Gym is a place where trainers can use their Pokémon to battle other teams. There are three teams in Pokémon Go, and each one is trying to defend their own team’s Gyms. Advertise that the winner of each battle gets a discount at your business. This brings the winning team’s teammates into your store.
Host a Poké Hunt
Gathering people to participate in a Poké Hunt is a great way to bring in business. Just advertise a date and time, with the starting and ending point being at your shop. Local players will gather around your business and head out on the search for Pokémon. After, host an after-party. This encourages the players to become customers.
Offer Pokémon Go Social Media Deals
Using the Pokémon mobile app to boost your appearance on social media is another great way to advertise your business. One way this can happen is through discounts. Offer a discount for taking a screenshot of a Pokémon in your business and tagging it on social media. By doing this, your business name spreads online, and more players will see the cool Pokemon in your business. This will make players want to stop by your store or restaurant, becoming paying customers.
No Slowing Down
Pokemon Go isn’t slowing down. Pokemon Go is helping small businesses. It will likely continue helping business owners for years to come.