Twitter Enters Brick-and-Mortar Retail With “Offers”

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After experimenting with several ecommerce features, today Twitter is officially entering brick-and-mortar retail with Twitter Offers, a new feature that allows users to claim discounts right from a brand’s promoted tweets by linking their credit or debit card account with Twitter. Users can then redeem the discount simply by paying with the linked card in the retailer’s store.

As of now, Twitter is only charging brands for the promoted tweets. If this type of digital coupon catches on, Twitter could start charging retailers a fee for every offer claimed or redeemed. If anything, Twitter Offers would certainly provide physical retailers with a new way to measure the impact of online promotions.