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Ali Abdullah Creates Claim It! App
By Shannen Hill, Contributing Writer
Published October 12, 2017

Ali Abdullah, Inventor of Claim It! phone application. (Photo Courtesy: Sheryl Huggins)

There is now an app that gives away items for free and lets you ‘Claim It!’.

There’s an app for everything, including getting free stuff thanks to Ali Abdullah. His Claim It! phone application gives away all types of free items, from cleaning supplies to drinks at trendy restaurants.

The idea came to Abdullah in 2008 when he noticed the popularity of coupon sites. He was already working as a developer, so the technology aspect came easy to him. He had to get a little creative with the marketing, however. While the app was still in the early developing phase, Abdullah thought it would be great to have a Claim It! truck that people could come to and get free stuff.

“We saw the opportunity to do something new and we launched the first generation of Claim It! just over a year ago, it’ll be two years in January,” said Abdullah. “We started with the Claim It! truck that happens to be in LA. Businesses would send us products and people could use the app to find out where the truck is to get something for free.”

While the Claim It! truck is still active, the application has broadened itself to the entire country. Now people can get deals that are posted on the Claim It! app from the comfort of their home. Another unique addition is the ability for app users to promote their own business. Not only can the app users claim free items, but they can give out free items to promote their brand with just a few clicks.

“Anyone could give to share or to promote in a very social media way. You can even upload 15 second videos of what you want to give away and make it fun and exciting.” said Abdullah. “We also have a new countdown feature that changes the virtual giveaway game, where someone can say, ‘for the next five minutes, you can enter for a chance for a free car.’ It’s very exciting.”

Ali Abdullah talking about his Claim It! app at Apple Music’s “Planet of the Apps” event. (Photo Courtesy: Sheryl Huggins)

The companies on Claim It! range from up-and-coming brands to some really big names. There are giveaways from companies, including Foot Locker, Home Depot, and Ford and there are also event giveaways from World Wrestling Entertainment and free appetizers at your favorite restaurants. Claim It! has something for everyone, and best of all, it’s free.

“We truly built a platform that benefits the users and we made it fun and social, from reaching customers to just wanting to help someone,” said Abdullah.

Claim It! Is gearing up for a 11-city college tour this month that will go all over the country. For more information on the app and getting some free stuff, visit claimitapp.com

 

 

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