An architecture for anonymous mobile coupons in a large network

posted Nov 17, 2016, 6:32 AM by Eric Medvet   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 2:10 PM ]
A mobile coupon (m-coupon) can be presented with a smartphone for obtaining a financial discount when purchasing a product or service. M-coupons are a powerful marketing tool that has enjoyed a huge growth and diffusion, involving tens of millions of people each year.
We propose an architecture which may enable significant improvements over current m-coupon technology, in terms of acceptance of potential customers and of marketing actions that become feasible: the customer does not need to install any dedicated app; a m-coupon is not bound to any specific device or customer; a m-coupon may be redeemed at any store in a set of potentially many thousands of stores, without any prior arrangement between customer and store. We are not aware of any proposal with these properties.
Eric Medvet,
Dec 19, 2016, 2:17 PM