BOSTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Recognizing that increasingly busy lifestyles require more ways to get things done while on-the-go, Pingup today unveiled booking capabilities in its mobile app. Providing direct access to more than 5,000 local businesses nationwide, Pingup users can now book a salon or spa appointment, make a dinner reservation and request a taxi, all in one easy-to-use app.
“Responding to feedback and demand, we’ve worked hard to evolve the product to empower users to take an easy, immediate action within the app. Our plans involve continued aggressive expansion to add even more local businesses and create a ‘wow, that was simple’ moment for every user.”
Launched in 2012 as a messaging platform, Pingup saw that more than 80 percent of its users wanted to immediately and conveniently accomplish a task like making a dinner reservation or booking a manicure. With Pingup, users now have one app that gives them access to a nationwide network of local businesses and the ability to easily and quickly take action.
“Our goal has always been to help busy people get things done,” commented Mark Slater, Pingup founder and CEO. “Responding to feedback and demand, we’ve worked hard to evolve the product to empower users to take an easy, immediate action within the app. Our plans involve continued aggressive expansion to add even more local businesses and create a ‘wow, that was simple’ moment for every user.”
Today, Pingup provides access to more than 5,000 local businesses nationwide. The app currently includes key industries such as:
- Health and Beauty with 4,000 salons available on the Pingup platform and plans to support more than 30 percent of this market by year-end
- Food and Restaurants with more than 600 restaurants available to book reservations
- Taxis and Transportation with a third of Boston’s taxis covered and growing to a potential footprint of 45,000 taxis, representing 25 percent of the nationwide market
Rapid expansion plans are already underway to support more local businesses on the Pingup platform. The company expects to have 25,000 businesses onboard by year-end. In addition, Pingup will add new service offerings in the first quarter of 2014 including food ordering and delivery.
“We don’t believe that consumers should have to pay a premium for convenience,” stated Karen Parker, COO, Pingup. “Unlike other single use apps that provide access to only one type of service and charge add-on fees, the Pingup platform is free for users to download and use. Our users don’t pay surcharges or fees when taking a taxi or booking a dinner reservation and we’re excited to continue expanding our local offerings to make it easy for users to book any service, no matter the industry.”
Pingup, a mobile booking app, is designed to help busy, on-the-go users get things done by shortening the distance between the consumer and local businesses. Providing direct, convenient access to nationwide local businesses anytime, anywhere, Pingup puts the power of action into the hands of the mobile user. With Pingup, to-do lists, calls and web-based interactions to book appointments, make reservations and request taxis are a thing of the past. Pingup is expanding its national footprint of local businesses empowering users to move from “To-Do” to “DONE.” The company is headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District and backed by Avalon Ventures. For more information, visit www.pingup.com.