Minube enables travellers to earn via social travel guides on mobile
Spain-based social travel service Minube (my cloud) is going down the revenue sharing route with the launch of its mobile travel guide application.
Destination content on the mobile guides, which are for smartphones and tablets, is a collation of recommendations made by travellers on the Minube website and free to download.
However, within the app, users get the opportunity within the inspiration section to purchase additional snippets called Essential Plans such as ‘the best burgers in town’ or ‘coolest places to shop’ from travellers for $0.99.
Any income is shared between authors and Minube, for its time and effort in creating the additional sections.
The company, which started four years ago, says the model enables travellers to share their experiences and earn money while they travel.
Interestingly Minube says its original app was awarded best in Spain in 2011 by Apple so it has some background in app development.
More interesting is the revenue share idea which is a little reminiscent of Simonseeks, the website that ended operations last May citing problems with the business model and the reluctance of consumers to pay for editorial content.
UPDATE: August 2013:
Minube has launching a new version of its app for iOS and Android that allows hotel pricing and booking via mobile at over 300,000 hotels worldwide.
Linda Fox is deputy editor for Tnooz. For the past six years she has worked as a freelance journalist across a range of B2B titles including Travolution, ABTA Magazine, Travelmole and the Business Travel Magazine.
In this time she has also undertaken corporate projects for a number of high profile travel technology, travel management and research companies.
Prior to her freelance career she covered hotels and technology news for Travel Trade Gazette for seven years. Linda joined TTG from Caterer & Hotelkeeper where she worked on the features desk for more than five years.