SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IfOnly, a marketplace for unique local experiences benefiting charitable causes, announced today that it has launched a new feature just in time for the holidays called "Buy With Friends" that enables customers to book fun things to do with a group and facilitates the whole process, making payments, scheduling, and event management simple.
With the new "Buy With Friends" feature, IfOnly provides users with a simple way to invite others to a group experience while sharing the cost. When selecting an activity or offering from the thousands available, a user can choose the "Buy With Friends" option that enables them to customize an invitation and designate friends to receive an email with a link to the experience. Recipients can then RSVP and make a payment. In addition to being a convenient feature for IfOnly users, local luminaries are now able to more effectively market their experiences to larger groups.
"Our new 'Buy with Friends' feature allows our unique events and experiences to be more affordable for everyone by alleviating the hassles for event hosts who would typically be tasked with collecting payment from members of the group along with managing all logistics," explains IfOnly CEO and Founder Trevor Traina. "While there are other shared group payment apps out there, ours is directly connected to a worldwide emporium of local experiences unavailable anywhere else – from a private glass-blowing class at the Glassybaby factory to having an acclaimed vegan chef create an unforgettable meal for friends in your home."
"Buy With Friends" is just one of the latest innovations to IfOnly's platform in recent months. Earlier this year, the site received a makeover to enable more targeted searches by adding advanced filtering features such as location, price range, category and time range. In addition, the site has added new regional markets in recent months, delivering a deeper selection of local offerings in Los Angeles, New York and Boston, with plans for expansion into 20 cities by the end of 2017. All of IfOnly's local experiences are guided by or involve access to local talent or experts, known as "luminaries," and all benefit charitable causes. The self-serve portal also allows local individuals to become luminaries quickly and easily.
IfOnly Debuts Dedicated Holiday 2016 Store
This week, IfOnly also announced the opening of a special IfOnly Holiday 2016 store (live through December 25th, 2016) offering curated collections of exclusive experiential gifts for everyone ranging from local tours and tastings to once-in-a-lifetime trips. Gift collections include: For Him, For Her, Experiences Under $150, Chocolate Shop, Rock & Roll Photography, Sports Memorabilia, and over-the-top experiences that cost $100,000 or more. As with any experience on the site, a portion of the proceeds for all of the gifts in the IfOnly Holiday store is contributed to charitable causes.
IfOnly is a marketplace for incredible experiences. From unique everyday offerings with local experts to once-in-a-lifetime connections with lauded luminaries, IfOnly provides access to a curated selection of extraordinary experiences that benefit worthy causes around the world. IfOnly was founded in 2012 by serial entrepreneur Trevor Traina and is funded by Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, AMEX Ventures, Triple Point Capital, and other notable investors. The company is based in San Francisco.
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