How to create a special

Foursquare specials are a great way to reward your most loyal customers and attract new ones!

To get started, log in and make sure that you’re using Foursquare as your business. Go to your Manager Home page (you can find it by hovering over your profile picture, selecting "Switch Accounts," and then select the business listing you would like to manage.) On this page, you can create and review your specials by selecting "Manage your specials.”   

To get started creating a new special, just click on the green “Create a new special” button in the upper right hand corner of that page. Once you’re on this page, you can build your special. This is where you can enter the details of your offer, upload a photo, and add any fine print to your special. 

Please note that specials must offer something of value that is specific to Foursquare users. The kind of value, whether monetary or experiential, is up to you! Pro tip: The best specials are short and sweet.

Specials that don’t meet this requirement will not be approved by our team. Specials that do not meet our terms and conditions include:

  • Specials that indicate users must Tweet, Follow on Twitter, “Like” on Facebook, etc.
  • Free consultations for Law Firms, Car Dealers, Medical Doctors, Real Estate Firms
  • Gibberish / “Test” Specials
  • ”Welcome” or “Have a Good Day” Messages-- Make sure a special is being offered!
  • ”Call Now” for more information


On the side of the page, you will see a preview of how your special will appear to users who are visiting your business.

Now you can choose to activate your special right away or schedule it to start at a later date.

You have now created a special!

How do I turn off a special?

If a special has expired, you can remove the special from your business listing by going to the “Manage your specials” link and expanding your active specials. Under active specials, you should see the option to turn your special on or off. Click off to end a special.

You will also be able to see your inactive specials, and have the option to turn those back on.