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Starting Today: It Pays to Procrastinate

If you haven’t started your holiday planning, you are officially a Procrastinator — and TaskRabbit wants to help you out.

Beginning December 17 through December 22, TaskRabbit is offering all in-store Banana Republic shoppers a $30 credit to have a Tasker help with holiday tasks and errands!

Will you have a Tasker help wrap the kids’ Christmas presents? Clean the house in preparation for the big holiday dinner? Or maybe hire a Tasker to deliver a caroling-gram wishing a Merry Christmas to Grandma who lives across the country? Your options are endless.

The promotion is part of Banana Republic’s Procrastinators Event, which unites some of the biggest “helping hand” startups like TaskRabbit, Curb, deliv and SHYP. Shoppers can claim their $30 credit — among other perks — by going to their local Banana Republic store.

Here are all the ways Procrastinators can cash in:

  • Extra Help: Customers who shop at all U.S. stores will receive a $30 credit from TaskRabbit to help with any last-minute to-dos – holiday party cleaning help, peppermint hot chocolate runs, hanging Christmas tree lights, picking up your office’s Secret Santa gift, etc.

  • Free Rides: Shoppers can avoid congested parking lots and lugging shopping bags on public transportation by catching a free ride (up to $20) with CURB to or from Banana Republic stores across the U.S.

  • Free Same-Day Delivery: Customers who shop on bananarepublic.com and reserve their must-have items through Reserve In Store will receive an email from which they can choose to have those items shipped that same day for free through DELIV.  This service is available in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington D.C., Houston and Seattle.

  • Free Shipping and Gift Wrap: Shoppers in San Francisco, New York and Miami will be given a $25 credit at the register that can be used to ship their gifts through SHYP. Customers who visit the Banana Republic Grant Ave store in San Francisco, Soho store in New York and Aventura Mall in Miami, can immediately hand over their gifts to Shyp ambassadors to be gift wrapped with Brit+Co designed wrapping paper and shipped off to loved ones anywhere in the world.

  • Discount on everyone’s favorite gift – Gift Cards: Spend $50 or more in gift cards & receive 10% off your gift card purchases. Don’t want to wait in line? Some stores will be offering an “express lane” for gift card purchases.

This holiday season, you don’t have to be the early bird to win. It finally pays to be a Procrastinator!

TASK OF THE WEEK: HELP ME WITH MY MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

One of the most romantic locations in San Francisco is the Palace of Fine Arts, with a gorgeous dome and columns rising majestically above the reflective lagoon. This is the spot that Mary decided was perfect for proposing to her girlfriend, but she needed a bit of help to create an even more magical atmosphere. Tasker Joyce is a professional event designer, and she was excited to get Mary’s request for help making a romantic proposal. Mary’s original plan for luminaries didn’t quite work out (not enough sand!) but Joyce thought on her feet and placed the tea lights by themselves around the pre-arranged area.

Joyce then sat on a bench and texted the guitarist Mary had hired to start playing when she saw the couple arrive. “This took a lot of the stress off of me – I was worried about having to secretly send a text message when we arrived!” Mary said. Everything went off without a hitch, and the couple are on their way to being married. Congratulations Mary and Alycen!

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TASK OF THE WEEK: THANKSGIVING HELP

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend as much as we did. With the holiday behind us, we wanted to share some of the awesome ways that our Taskers helped create memorable Thanksgivings around the country last week.

Our Taskers:

  • Deep cleaned homes in preparation for visits from family and friends
  • Assisted in the kitchen to prepare epic turkey feasts
  • Pet-sit cats, dogs, and birds while their guardians were traveling for the holiday
  • Delivered pies, turkey dinners, and last-minute grocery requests
  • Cleaned up after the festivities were over

Let us know how we can help you take care of your holiday to-dos.

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TASK OF THE WEEK: DELIVER ICE CREAM CAKE TO MY GRANDPA

This one melts our hearts a bit – Alexandra wasn’t able to deliver her birthday greetings in person, so she got TaskRabbit on the case. Tasker Lan N. picked up an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins and surprised Alexandra’s grandpa with it. No word on how many candles were lit or if Lan got to sample the sweet delivery. If we can help you deliver a surprise gift or anything else on your to-do list, please let us know.

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Did a TaskRabbit Just Sing the Best Rendition of ‘Summertime’ Since American Idol’s Fantasia?

Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 4.29.23 PMElla Fitzgerald sang it. So did American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. Now, a Southern California Tasker was caught on camera delivering a command performance of the jazz standard “Summertime” while helping a Los Angeles-area woman move into her new home.

The special moment happened while 30-year-old Tasker and aspiring Broadway star LaVance Colley was working with a fellow Tasker/aspiring composer to help their client move into her new apartment. When the client discovered her helpers were musically inclined, she gave the three a break from unpacking dishes and picture frames, leaving Colley with the living-room stage and his fellow Tasker with a piano to accompany his vocals.

“It’s been my lifelong dream to become a recording artist,” said Colley. “TaskRabbit has been a great way to make supplemental income and maintain a flexible schedule to support this dream. It makes me my own boss. I can work around my next audition.”

Colley recently moved back to the US after a decade of performing for Universal Studios in Japan and other venues across Europe and Asia. Before that, he made it through two rounds of auditions for American Idol, but just missed the televised rounds of competition.

Support LaVance leading up to his auditions this fall for the Broadway musicals “Beautiful” and “Book of Mormon” in NYC by hiring him to help you move into your new apartment, organize your office or sing at your next office party here.

 

TaskRabbit Leaps in London: Expands to Surrounding Towns, Eyes Greater UK in 2015

shutterstock_146829458It’s a sunnier day in Foggy London Town today after TaskRabbit announced that strong growth is driving an expansion to Greater London to help busy professionals stay on top of their home services and provide the opportunity for Taskers to earn money.

Just 12 months since launching in its first international city outside the US, TaskRabbit is moving beyond the Capital due to popular demand. Beginning today, TaskRabbit will be live in Greater London and the commuter hubs of St. Albans, Reading, Guildford and Brighton. The marketplace will also be available in Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester in the New Year as it accelerates its international expansion.

Jamie Viggiano, vice president of marketing at TaskRabbit commented, “London was our first international launch, and in just twelve months it’s become one of our top performing cities. Busy Londoners have embraced the service as a way to help eliminate their never ending to-do lists. We’ve seen growing demand from commuters and residents across Greater London and the South East, wanting to use the service both at work and home. Thanks to such high demand, our expansion to these regions was a natural next step for us.”

Viggiano continued: “Our launch into these commuter hubs is just the start for TaskRabbit, as we continue on our journey to come to the aid of busy Brits. We’re also excited to be launching in Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester in 2015 – some of the most tech-forward and busiest cities in Europe.”

TaskRabbit allows busy individuals to outsource tasks to skilled and fully vetted professionals in their neighbourhoods, whether they need help putting up flat pack furniture, getting a last-minute deep clean of the house or helping with the Christmas shopping. Ahead of the busy and sometimes stressful festive season, it’s never been easier for people in London and the surrounding towns and cities to get help with their to-do lists with dozens of  local Taskers already in place covering Reading, Brighton, Guildford and St Albans.

Pioneering “service marketplace,” TaskRabbit connects people who need an extra hand with a network of 200 fully vetted individuals in the UK, who have the time and skills needed to get the job done. A full-time Tasker can earn up to £3,200 per month.

TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that provides people and businesses with an easy, trusted, and safe way to get both every-day and skilled tasks done.

To become a member of the Tasker Community, please visit https://www.taskrabbit.co.uk/become-a-tasker.

For more information, visit TaskRabbit.co.uk or follow TaskRabbit on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

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How to Brave the Cold and Crowd at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

TaskRabbit and The Warwick New York Hotel are giving out “front-of-the-line” passes so guests can score unobscured views of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next month.

The Warwick New York Hotel has partnered with TaskRabbit to provide Taskers to hold prime viewing spots on the parade route to any guest who books a VIP package. 

The VIP package – starting at $500/night – includes overnight accommodations, one Tasker per adult and daily, complimentary breakfast for two at Murals on 54, with reservations recommended 48 hours in advance.

For reservations and more information on the Warwick New York, please visit www.warwickhotelny.com or call 212-247-2700. For more information on TaskRabbit, please visit www.taskrabbit.com.