A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
Groupon Deals Coming to Tourist Kiosks in Chicago (Crain’s Chicago Business)
Smart Digital will add Groupon’s deals to the stream of local content on its Chicago kiosks, which include weather, tourist destinations, entertainment and news. The machines give Chicago-based Groupon another avenue to market coupons for local businesses, potentially reaching out-of-towners who might be subscribed to deals in other markets.
Location-Based Shopping App Shopkick Now 3 Million Users Strong (TechCrunch)
Leena Rao: Here’s how Shopkick works. Instead of checking in, as you would with a geo app like Foursquare, Shopkick automatically recognizes when someone with the free Android or iPhone app on their phone walks into a store. Once a Shopkick Signal is detected, the app delivers reward points called “kicks” to the user for walking into a retail store, trying on clothes, scanning a barcode and other actions.
GuideHop and iStopOver Team Up To Fuse Local Activity and Rental Discovery (TechCrunch)
iStopOver, which lets people rent out their extra space and offer travelers local experiences at affordable prices, has partnered with a startup called GuideHop, to “help change the way people experience new and familiar places.” GuideHop offers a service that enables locals to post their own guided activities for those curious “experience seekers,” who’ve traveled from afar.
Infographic: The SMB Social Media Cheat Sheet (ReadWriteWeb)
The folks at Flowtown have put together a quick reference guide to six different social media services. Called the SMB Social Media Cheat Sheet, it contains basic stats on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr and Digg. Worth bookmarking for those noobs in your company that are looking to learn more about each service.
Google Offers Expands to Five New Cities (Mashable)
Google’s daily deals service, Google Offers, is coming to five new locales: Charlotte, Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Antonio and Tampa. These five cities bring the total number of locales where Google Offers is available to 38.