Price Comparison Site ShoppingWish Pivots; Goes Mobile First With Scandid

scandidPrice comparison portal ShoppingWish, has pivoted it’s focus to a mobile phones only model and rebranded itself to Scandid.

The company’s new name is based on the barcode scanner app Scandid, it had launched in late 2013.

The Scandid mobile app allows users to scan the barcode on the product boxes or search by product names, and provide prices along with coupons for the device from more than 200 online retailers.

The app has included local shopping feature using which users can view and select from a list of more than 200 online as well as over 10,000 offline shopping options. The local stores covered by the app include those in Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Jaipur.

The portal plans to add local stores from new cities including tier 2 and tier 3 cities in the future.

Pune based Scandid, founded by Madhur Khandelwal and Sushil Choudhari, had raised angel funding from Sandeep Johri and other angel investors based out of Silicon Valley and New York in 2013.

Time To Go Beyond SEO

Most price comparison engines rely heavily on SEO for discovery and to generate advertising revenue. Price comparison portals need to go beyond this and help customers choose products which are useful for them and in turn be a part of the buying process. Needless to say, simple couponing and price comparison is a cluttered space.

One feature Scandid has got right is the offering of coupons currently available for various products. In the past many comparison services forgot to see beyond pricing, as a lot of the e-commerce portals also run short term coupons on the devices which are not immediately shown on the device prices listed.

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