TASK OF THE WEEK: BUY TICKETS TO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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When the Ohio State Buckeyes made it to the national championship, one of their smart fans used TaskRabbit to source her tickets from afar. Standing-room-only tickets were solely available for sale in person at the stadium, so Kim asked the TaskRabbit network in Dallas for assistance. After Kim posted her ticket request, Tasker Alyssa jumped at the chance to help, driving to the Dallas Cowboy stadium before the box office closed for the day. Alyssa grabbed three precious tickets and overnighted them to a very excited fan who was “extremely impressed and grateful.” To make things even better, Kim’s team won the championship. After a few days of floating on air, Kim tweeted, “Just sinking in that I witnessed my team winning the National Championship thanks to @TaskRabbit!“ We really enjoy delighting Clients and helping people do the things that they love. How can we help you?

Updated iOS and Android Apps Make It Even Easier to Hire the Best Tasker

It’s a pretty exciting way to kick off 2015 — we are launching an updated version of the Client App for iOS and Android, featuring a sleeker look and improved hiring flow to get your tasks done.

We’ve spent the last few months talking with hundreds of Clients to understand what would make their mobile tasking experience even better, and we are excited to introduce a few enhancements:3_Build-Handyman_Populated

  1. A new look and feel to make booking your tasks even easier. You will notice a more simplified form, including four fields of pertinent information, when posting a task.
  1. Introducing “Find Help Now”: This new feature allows you to request a Tasker immediately without scrolling through individual Tasker profiles. Simply select “Find Help Now” and we will match you with the most qualified Tasker for a flat hourly rate.4_Recomendations-Broadcast

Of course, you can still choose to review Tasker profiles by simply scrolling to the right to see a variety of Taskers available in your area.

We look forward to hearing what you think of the new apps. Please share your thoughts and we’ll continue to build a tasking experience that helps our community live smarter.

The updated app is available for download in the iTunes Store and Google Play Store.

TASK OF THE WEEK: WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS

It’s clear that members of the TaskRabbit community really value friendship and will do anything for their friends. Over the last week, we’ve seen an uptick in requests to bring soup and medicine to sick friends. We’ll be here all flu season to help nurse you and your friends back to health. Here are some other ways pals used TaskRabbit last week:

  • Had a Tasker snap a picture of a friend’s band logo beside the HOLLYWOOD sign.
  • Reserved bowling lanes for a friend’s surprise party.
  • Whipped up a two week supply of dog food (mix of dry food and cubed turkey breast) to deliver to a friend’s pup while the Client’s friend is in the hospital.
  • Delivered birthday cakes, flowers, cupcakes, tickets, wallets and keys to friends.
  • Stood in line for rush tickets for a Broadway show for a friend’s husband.
  • Delivered a special gift to a friend’s bereaved family.

Let us know if there’s someone special you’d like to delight today!

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TASK OF THE WEEK: SHOVEL ME OUT OF THE SNOW

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The first week of 2015 has been a snowy one for several cities in the East Coast and Midwest. We received lots of requests for help shoveling snow off sidewalks, staircases, walkways and driveways this week. Many of our savvy Clients in Chicago, DC, and New York reached for help from TaskRabbit as they stayed warm and cozy inside, letting Taskers shovel and sand their sidewalks. Let us help you live smarter by handling your errands while the cold weather lasts.

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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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