Best Practices For Successful Foursquare Marketing

Updated: October 8th, 2022


Social Media (Organic)
Brand Exposure
Cost Details
Creating an account on Foursquare is free. Claiming your business costs $20.

What Is Foursquare App?

Foursquare is a local search-and-discovery mobile app developed by Foursquare Labs Inc. The app provides personalized recommendations of best places to visit based on users:

  • Current location
  • Previous browsing history
  • Check-in history

Over 50 million people use Foursquare to discover great businesses. Therefore, creating a foursquare account provides your brand a great approach to attract foot traffic to your business.

Foursquare Key Takeaways

  • Brands use the Foursquare app to vary their content, in order to create compelling campaigns.
  • Only verified business owners have access to the Foursquare merchant platform
  • Foursquare venues become active immediately while Foursquare pages take about two weeks
  • Brands pay a fee to create a Foursquare partner badge

Understanding How Foursquare App Works

When users download and install Foursquare App into Smartphones, the app notifies the user's friends about what friends are doing and vice-versa.

To maximize the benefits of the Foursquare app, the app pulls a list of nearby businesses or attractions, whenever the user checks in. Then, the app will notify businesses where the user is and the time of arrival.

This is where businesses with a Foursquare account benefit because user's friends see which locations they eat, shop, work, and more.

Therefore, whenever friends visit the same locations, they are influenced to check out the same venues, based on the recommendations from the trusted connection.

Examples of Businesses Using Foursquare Successfully

Here are great examples of brands using Foursquare to deliver successful campaigns

1. How Anheuser-Busch InBev used Foursquare Tech To Deliver Targeted Ads

The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, wanted to create product awareness in stadiums, and drive brand association with the NFL.


Using foursquare real-time audience segments, Bon & Viv delivered 7.5 Million mobile ads to fans during the games at 27 NFL stadiums leading into the playoffs.

The campaigns resulted in:

  • 31% lift in brand recall
  • 28% lift in ad recall
  • 18% lift in purchase intent.

2. L.L . Bean Leveraged Location To Showcase its Summer Products

L.L. Bean an American, privately-held retail company, wanted to drive brand awareness and engagements around the seasonal products.

Foursquare identified and analyzed outdoor enthusiasts, providing rich insights on where they go in the real world. Utilizing user-generated content and machine learning, Foursquare developed location-contextual media units recommending the top outdoor spots nearby.


Foursquare delivered video and high-impact display advertisements, optimizing in real-time. As a result, LL Bean exceeded benchmarks for rich media engagement by 2 times and time spent by 1.5 times.

How To Begin Using Foursquare Marketing

  • Claim your businesses location
  • Use and promote local updates
  • Offer Foursquare specials
  • Add engaging tips about your company
  • Create the foursquare page
  • Use lists on your page
  • Add Foursquare Plugins to your website
  • Enhance your events
  • Create Foursquare badges
  • Use signs at your business locations

Visit the Foursquare website today and signup.


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Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.