AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON PROMOTION WITH DIGITAL CONTENT - This application from eBay seeks to patent the idea of... providing digital content to users to visit a physical store! 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 Dec 21, 2011 that discusses:
- Offering digital content to a user as a promotion to visit a physical store; and
- Checks whether the user visits the physical store and then provides the digital content to the user?
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 involves providing free e-Books, loyalty programs, or requiring user to purchase something at the store to get the digital content.
TITLE: DIGITAL CONTENT PROVIDED TO A USER A PHYSICAL LOCATION
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method of providing digital content to users as an incentive to get them to visit a physical store.
- Publication Number: US 20130166369 A1
- Application Number: 13/333,170
- Assignee: eBay, Inc.
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating Dec 21, 2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through Dec 27, 2013
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for providing a promotion to a user to do commerce at a physical location, the method comprising:
offering a right to a particular piece of digital content to the user as an incentive to a commercial transaction that occurs at least partly at the physical location;
discerning that the user is located at the physical location; and
in response to the discerning, interacting with the user to provide the digital content to the user on a mobile device associated with the user.
In English this means:
A method for providing promotion to a user to buy something at a physical store, comprising:
Offering the digital content to the user an incentive to visit a physical store
Recognizing the user is at the physical store; and
Providing the digital content to the user on a mobile device.
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the Dec, 2011.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming providing free e-Books, loyalty programs, or requiring user to purchase something at the store to get the digital content.
"Showing a user at a physical location receiving digital content" from eBay
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