Phlok - Connecting Local People with Local Business.
Phlok is all about connecting local people with local business. It's a unique Irish social media platform that rewards you for shopping local, it's also a free app available in the app store and Google Play.
Every merchant and business that you see on Phlok, gives you the availability to collect Phlok points. These points are a virtual currency and worth real money (1,000 points = €1). Just from signing up, you receive 2,000 points! Phlok points are unique, in that you can collect and spend them in any participating Phlok store by simply clicking on your points total at the top of the screen and follow the simple instructions.
You can collect Phlok points by checking into locations, following Phlok businesses and making purchases in Phlok stores. It is quite addictive building up your Phlok points and you can also collect points by inviting your friends to join! With the app, you can check out where your friends have checked in and see how you compare with their phlok points, it has most certainly has brought out that competitive streak in me!
Phlok is very much a social media platform with a focus on shopping local. When you sign up with Phlok you set up your profile and it gives you the option of signing in through email or facebook. Once logged in, the app uses your GPS to locate business using Phlok close to you. Your mobile will even automatically alert you when you are near an offer! It also has a map option, so that you can search locations and business to see what other offers are in place. You can see a live feed of people who have checked-in and received points in doing so. There is also the option to send group or private messages to people in your 'Phlok'.
Each business also has a profile, with information such as address, phone number, website and what their latest offer is etc. and they can also update their status with relevant information to their customers that will appear in your news-feed/activity page.
Phlok has numerous different local businesses signed up to bring you a wide variety of different categories that will benefit all users of Phlok. There are local businesses from bars to motoring to butchers to clothes shops all signed up, wanting to pass on the reward for encouraging you to shop local. Phlok can only grow stronger and in the coming months you will see it rolling out into more counties across Ireland and abroad. Recently is has landed in the UK and only last week gained press coverage in Ilkley.
Another great app to come from the Emerald Isle, definite one to download and watch this Phlok grow!
Check out Phlok's blog here.
So today, we were going through our newsfeed looking for something to light up our day when we noticed a lot of chit chat especially jokes from a Garda parody twitter account talking about a bit of a mix up by @GardaTraffic . When I clicked on I noticed our hard working public servant had gone from discussing "Traffic collision on the N3 outbound just off M50 and before exit for Blanchardstown Shopping centre. expect delays" to doing their public duty and letting the country know "Ronaldo going back to utd" only minutes later to let us know "sorry mistake re ronaldo" That left us in a state of confusion was it a mistake to post the tweet on the official Garda Twitter account or just an update to let us know in fact Ronaldo is staying put?
*Both tweets have now been deleted.
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