Quibus by Instadeal is a search engine app that connects users with merchants to offer local ... More
Quibus by Instadeal is a search engine app that connects users with merchants to offer local services at the best price. It gives users the freedom to decide what a "deal" is according to their own definition (price, merchant reviews, or distance). In addition to improving the traditional coupon market, Quibus wants to do for services what UBER does for car rides and AIRBnB does for houses.
When searching for goods or services, what do we normally do? We Google, read reviews, talk to friends, go on Facebook, etc. We then have to call the shortlist of merchants we’ve narrowed down! Quibus has consolidated this drawn-out process into one easy step.
Quibus has 3 core features:
1. Live Deals
2. Last Minute Deals
3. Booking System and Analytics
Users specify what they need, when they need it, and how far they’re willing to travel. Local merchants are then notified of the request. After checking their calendar, merchants will offer an appointment time and price. Merchants can offer deals automatically by adding empty appointment slots, or send them manually. For instance, if a user needs a haircut on Wednesday evening, a merchant may send them an offer like this: 6pm haircut for $40 instead of $60.
From these offers, a user will decide which deal is the best according to their own definition. Maybe it’s the cheapest, the most convenient, or the merchant with the best reviews.
As soon as the user accepts an offer, the appointment is confirmed and the merchant is notified of the booking. After the service is redeemed, the user leaves a review about the merchant, and the merchant leaves a review about the user. If merchants have favorable reviews, it’s likely they’ll attract more users. If users have favorable reviews, it’s likely they’ll attract better offers. More business for merchants, better offers for users. Everyone wins.
Sometimes merchants are slammed, sometimes they're not busy at all. Sometimes clients show, sometimes they don't. Because Instadeal wants merchants to thrive, we try to fill in those gaps. If merchants have a cancellation or an unbooked appointment slot, they can list the availability on Quibus at a discounted price - to encourage users to take advantage of the deal! This allows merchants to fill those unbooked appointment slots.
For example, if a spa has an opening at 4pm on Thursday, they can offer the appointment slot at a discounted rate and we’ll notify local users of the availability. If a user wants the deal, they'll book and pay for the service directly through the app. The merchant will then be notified of the confirmed appointment.
BOOKING SYSTEM/PERSONAL ASSISTANT (Analytics)
Quibus isn't limited to just Live Deals and Last Minute Deals. For merchants, the app acts as a personal assistant! When merchants update their weekly schedule and set rates for certain services, Quibus will promote that availability to help them fill the open time slots. Merchants continue to do what they do best, while we do what we do best!
Once a user fulfills a service with a particular merchant, they'll be notified any time that merchant posts a new offer. Not only can Quibus be a merchant’s personal assistant, but can also act as a business strategist. We collect and analyze every deal offered, every deal purchased, every review written. This data allows us to help merchants customize offers based on user demand. If a merchant doesn’t win a deal, Instadeal will use that data to explain why, and help the business adjust their positioning for future deals. For example, if a business offers house cleaning at $55 an hour, but the average rate is $40, Quibus will inform them so they can compete with others and have a better chance of landing new clients. In other words, Quibus helps businesses grow and strengthen their brand.
Last updated 13 Mar 2017
Published 16 Mar 2017
It's interesting how a simple tweek to a service can totally change the way it works and the way that we live. It wasn't that long ago that we were at the mercy of the cab industry. We had to fit into its busy schedule and wait until a cab came along in order to get to where we wanted to go. Then UBER appeared. It was the same for the hotel industry until AIRBnB revolutionized things there too. Now it's the turn of the coupon industry. Coupons are a great advertising tool for service industries as well as a money saving item for customers. They only trouble is, the customer still has to fit into the service industry's busy schedule. Now Quibus by Instadeal has turned that concept on its head.
Quibus is a search engine app for iOS that connects users with merchants to offer local services at the best deal going. Let's face it, a great deal is only a great deal if it fills your personal criteria. A haircut for ten bucks is useless if it's miles away or if you've read reviews that the cutters' aren't particularly good at their job. Quibus gives users the freedom to decide what a 'deal' is according to their own definition - whether it be price, merchant reviews or distance. In addition to improving the traditional coupon market, Quibus wants to do for services what UBER does for cab rides and AIRBnB does for hotels.
The app has three core actions. First up there's the 'live deal' feature where users specify exactly what they are looking for. For arguments sake let's say it's a haircut. The customer will announce when they need it and how far they are willing to travel to get it. Local merchants will receive this information and respond accordingly and, if they have any gaps in their schedule, they will offer an appointment time and a price. Let's assume, for example, that you want a haircut on a Wednesday evening. The merchant may have a gap in their schedule and reply to entice you in with a message like '6pm Wednesday evening haircut for $40 rather than the advertised $60.' Maybe there will be two or three similar offers from merchants with their own version of the deal. You choose which one suits you best. After the deal is accepted and redeemed, both the merchant and the customer write a review of the other to attract more customers for the former and better deals for the latter. Simple really.
While the first core action is mostly about the customer, the next two concentrate on the merchant. The 'last minutes' feature gives businesses a chance to advertise gaps in their schedule and encourage customers to take advantage of those gaps with reduced prices. Maybe there's a cancellation or they are just not busy that day. They can offer a discounted price to bring in more custom and fill those gaps. Last but not least, Quibus acts as a personal booking assistant. When merchants update their weekly schedule and set rates for certain services, Quibus will promote that availability to help them fill any open time slots.
Right now, when we need a particular item or a service, there are a number of avenues that we can take as consumers. We can Google an item, we can read reviews about a product, talk to friends about their experiences or check on Facebook etc. Then we can narrow it down to a shortlist of merchants to choose from. It's quite a long, drawn out process with a lot of steps involved. The beauty here is that, by turning the process around, it can be consolidated into one simple action. Finally, Quibus analyses every deal and review posted. If a merchant fails to win a deal or its offers don't match up to similar ones, the client will be informed so they have a better chance of competing next time round. The idea is to help businesses grow, attract more clients and strengthen their brand. At the moment, the app is only for iOS and is only available in the US. However, the Quibus revolution is likely to thrive in the same way that UBER and AIRBnB has, so keep your eyes open.