“Only On Venga Priceless Prizes” promotion launched

Photo by Natalia Janetti
Venga President Winston Bao Lord (left) confers with Venga investor Thomas N. Papadopoulos (middle) and John B. Gogos at Cities
Venga President Winston Bao Lord (left) confers with Venga investor Thomas N. Papadopoulos (middle) and John B. Gogos at Cities

Social media-savvy young people packed Cities restaurant Wednesday night for the launch of Winston Bao Lord’s newest promotion for Venga, a free mobile app and source for what’s happening at DC restaurants and bars.

The promotion “rewards Venga users with social experiences that money can’t buy,” said Lord, president of Venga, at the event which drew 200-plus people.

“We have 30,000 eyeballs for Venga,” Lord told the Dish when asked how Venga is doing overall.

What’s more, he said, over 100 restaurants are using the service, including all of the Clyde’s restaurants, 1789 Restaurant, the Palm, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, Buddha Bar, Ceiba, and Chief Geoff’s.

“We have turned the corner” he said of the relatively new service.

Samia Filleul, VP at Jones Lang LaSalle, and Doug Damron, senior VP at Jones Lang LaSalle. among the Venga's guests (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Samia Filleul, VP at Jones Lang LaSalle, and Doug Damron, senior VP at Jones Lang LaSalle. among the Venga's guests
“This promotion is a way for us to focus on our loyal users, thanking them with unique rewards that you simply cannot put a price tag on,” said Venga Chairman and co-founder Reg Stettinius. “We have designed the prices so they can be shared by winners and their friends. In fact, the more a user tells friends about the promotion, the better their chances are to win.”

A new prize will be rolled out every two weeks, and Venga users will be eligible to win these awards, such as free dinners and brunches, cocktail-making classes, and wine tastings.

Venga alerts users on a real-time basis to specials, products and events.  Someone looking for a spur-of-the-moment activity, for example, could learn from Venga that a restaurant only a few blocks away is having a wine-tasting, or a happy hour, or a live jazz brunch.   

Venga –which translates in Italian and Spanish to “C’mon, let’s go” -- is a free app available on the IPhone and Android. The mobile site for Blackberry and other smartphone users will be released soon.  Venga, based in DC, plans to expand to other cities later this year.

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Anonymous

Too bad that LivingSocial and Groupon Now will bury Venga in a matter of months. It is a shame that all of those investors will lose their $$$$, but let Winston and his peeps have some fun and party while they can.

Good article

I'm very impressed by how well Venga is doing. Great job guys!!!

Anonymous2

@Anonymous: I haven't seen either LivingSocial and Groupon offer promotions or contests like the one descirbed. I also can't use their offers realtime, which is what I like about Venga.

Anonymous

Of course you can use their offers realtime, at least with livingsocial you can. It's called instant deals...

Venga fan!

what's great about Venga is that it's not just focused on the daily deal space. sure, i like to get money off every now and then but i love knowing what a restaurant is up to even if no deal is associated with it.

Anonymous

Venga is off to a terrific start and carving out a special niche .