BOSTON, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pingup, the leading local services transaction platform with access to over 250 million monthly searches across their [expansive] online publisher network, and Vimbly, a leading one-stop service that lets consumers schedule local recreational activities like learning to hang glide, dueling with daggers and making macaroons, are partnering to make online booking faster and easier.
Thanks to the partnership, consumers searching for local activities and classes will be able to schedule directly from search results on Pingup's publishing partners, including Yahoo, Citysearch and Superpages. For example, people searching Yahoo for date night activities in New York City can locate a wide range of activities including a sunset champagne cruise, city lights sail and artisan pizza making class. Once the activity is found, the consumer can review the merchant's available timeslots and click "Reserve Now," to make a real-time reservation while staying within the Yahoo search experience. Vimbly has over 53,000 activities and classes now available on Pingup's publisher network.
"Vimbly is a great new partner, our 20th integration, with an impressive assortment of activities that we are excited to add to our growing portfolio of transactable local businesses," said Mark Slater, CEO, Pingup. "Our publishers want on-demand, integrated experiences for their consumers and they appreciate the simplicity of working with Pingup's aggregated feed of over 180,000 local merchants. They trust Pingup to deliver an optimized and branded checkout for the most desirable local businesses like those that Vimbly represents."
"Vimbly is passionate about finding the most interesting local things to do - from classes, to date night activities, to sports and life skills experiences - and making them fast and easy to book online," said Sam Lundin, CEO, Vimbly. "Our partnership with Pingup is a powerful way to provide huge distribution to our local merchants and make them immediately bookable exactly where consumers are searching - on the big search engines and local discovery sites."
Pingup is the nation's largest transaction platform for local services businesses, using proprietary technology to connect hundreds of thousands of local merchants with leading publishers such as Bing, Yahoo, YP, Citysearch and Superpages that have over 100 million monthly users and 250 million monthly local searches. Pingup aggregates over 180,000 US businesses, more than triple OpenTable's quantity in the US and continues to add thousands of businesses each month. The company is headquartered in Boston's Innovation District and backed by Avalon Ventures. For more information visit http://pingup.com. Follow us on Twitter:@pingupapp.
Vimbly is a free site to find and book recreational activities. Founded in 2011, it eliminates hours of research when reserving pizza bus tours, mixology classes, exotic dream car races, and now comedy shows. More information available at http://www.vimbly.com
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