AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON targeting ads based on distance between potential customer and a store - This application invented by a patent attorney seeks to patent the idea of...geo-targeting promotions from stores to potential customers! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before 1/5/2012 that discusses:
- using location between potential customer and a store to target ads to a potential customer
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO where user and store owner both set radii within which they are willing to receive or send promotional material
A good example of a spammy patent that (if allowed) will end up being used by patent trolls
TITLE: Location-based promotion delivery system
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] Delivering mobile promotions to potential customers based on location of user and location of store and respective radii determined by store owner and user for sending or receiving promotions
- Publication Number: US20130179265 A1
- Application Number: US 13/734,968
- Assignee: Christopher Winslade (a patent attorney)
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 1/5/2012
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through 1/7/2014
- Link to Google Prior Art Search - "Find Prior Art"
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for providing location-based promotions, the method comprising:
determining a current location of a mobile potential customer;
providing the current location of the mobile potential customer to a proprietor;
determining, based at least in part on information received from the proprietor, whether to communicate a promotional offer to the mobile potential customer; and
if it is determined to communicate a promotional offer to the customer, then communicating the promotional offer to the mobile potential customer.
In English this means:
A method for providing location-based promotions, comprising:
Determine location of potential customer
Providing current location of potential customer to a store owner (or automatically based on preferences he has setup in advance)
Determining whether to send promotional offer to potential customer
Sending promotional offer to potential customer
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 1/5/2012
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming the store owner and the mobile user setting radii within which they are willing to send or receive promotional material
"Communicating promotional content from the Applicant"
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