MapQuest and MLB.com’s original online video series, “Key to the City,” hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedian Matt Fisher, proudly unveiled it’s “New York Yankees” video today. From Little Italy to 30 Rock, the “Key to the City” series highlights the heart of New York with a Yankees gameday itinerary best experienced with the industry first, seamless MapQuest integration.

The new “Key to the City” online video series complements MapQuest’s original Gameday Guides, featuring articles created by MapQuest’s editorial team with area travel experts who know MLB ballparks and cities inside-and-out.  Check out http://gameday.mapquest.com/ for more info.

MapQuest Awards 199 Amazon Coins for In-app Purchases 

DENVER (June 16, 2014) – MapQuest, Inc., today launched a weeklong promotion offering 199 free Amazon Coins, Amazon’s virtual currency used to purchase apps, games and in-app items, to users who download the free MapQuest navigation app within the Amazon Appstore from a Kindle Fire or other Android  device, along with the purchase of an an MLB team kit.

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MapQuest and MLB.com have launched an original online video series, “Key to the City,” hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre comedian, Matt Fisher, that accompanies MapQuest’s completely customized ballpark content featuring “Gameday Guides” for all 30 MLB teams.

 

MLB.com “Key to the City” Online Video Series

The original video series, “Key to the City,” located at gameday.mapquest.com, features new custom content for MapQuest’s community of travelers and baseball fans.  Upright Citizens Brigade comedian and MLB fan, Matt Fisher, hosts the new video series offering a unique, 5-minute episode on what to do on game days in select baseball towns.  From iconic tourism attractions to local hangouts to hidden gems, the “Key to the City” series highlights the heart of each town with an itinerary best experienced with the industry-first, seamless MapQuest integration.

Feature cities include:

·      Denver: Today, Colorado Rockies

·      New York City: New York Yankees

·      Los Angeles: Los Angeles Dodgers

·      Chicago:  Chicago Cubs

·      Washington, DC: Washington Nationals

·      Boston: Boston Red Sox

 

MLB Gameday Guides

The new “Key to the City” online video series complements MapQuest’s original Gameday Guides, featuring articles created by MapQuest’s editorial team with area travel experts who know MLB ballparks and cities inside-and-out.  Each of the Gameday Guides features six chapters:

·      Welcome to the Stadium: History and key information

·      Before the Game: Get to know the best offerings near the stadiums

·      Inside the Stadium:  From gluten-free fare to exclusive micro-brews

·      Game on a Budget: When to buy, where to sit and the deals inside

·      Best Bets for Families: Make a child’s first visit memorable or get tips on the best experiences for families

·      After the Game:  From celebrating wins to drowning gameday sorrows, these places are worth the stop

This original content series is part of the MLB.com and MapQuest partnership to deliver MapQuest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” smartphone app.

Each year I look forward to Monster Help Day. It’s a great way to spend time with my co-workers while giving back to our community. This year was extra special, as I was nominated to choose the day’s activities and decided to return to the Denver Children’s Home for the 2nd year in a row. These kids have so little and the team’s rewarding experience last year made such an impact on them that they were excited to be a part of it again this year.

Denver Children’s Home (DCH) restores hope and health to traumatized children and families through a comprehensive array of therapeutic, educational, and community-based services. As the first non-profit in Colorado, Denver Children’s Home was originally created by Colorado’s founding families as the Denver orphan’s Home in 1876 to take care of the orphans building railroads, working in the mines, and the thousands of poorly housed homeless children.

Our day consisted of several projects including, cleaning up the garden, and painting the 2nd floor, deep cleaning and my favorite part–cooking lunch for the staff and kids (a total of 80 people). We made tacos and had a sundae bar with all the toppings–THEY LOVED IT! The kids were so excited and told us it was their favorite meal. It was great interacting with them and seeing first-hand how our contributions impacted their day. We were able to create a fun and friendly atmosphere, and with one boy in particular who was celebrating his birthday, a lasting and positive impression.

This experience with DCH is especially rewarding for me as I’ve prior experience working with abused children. Before I came to AOL, I was a social worker for 10 years at the Denver Family Crisis Center.  Working with kids on a day-to-day basis can be a challenge and leaves its mark—usually with frustration and exhaustion for those involved. As a mother I am grateful to have a wonderful family and be able to provide for them, so taking the time to pitch in to help DCH–weeding their garden, painting their walls a little brighter, and making their lunch a little tastier and fun—is just another way to make a difference.

I keep in touch with Denver Children’s Home throughout the year to see how MapQuest can help with supplies for the kids, whether its shampoo, body wash, clothes, head phones or other needs; we keep a box in the office and I take it over as it gets full. We even have interest from co-workers to continue to cook for the kids either once a month or on a quarterly basis so I will be organizing that soon. I love working for a company that allows us to do such wonderful things and has amazing values. We really are in the business of helping people. Period.

Travel is more fun today, isn’t it?  Travel is easier, more intuitive, more fulfilling and just plain better.  If you had asked the good people who founded MapQuest in 1996, I think they would have shared that their hope for this — the pioneer provider of online maps and directions — would be to do just that: Make travel better.

Nearly two decades later, that’s why we MapQuest folk get out of bed every day.  Our teams around the country and partners across the globe spend literally every second on the job working, yes, to improve travel, but also to expand your idea of how we can help make your DAY better.

As consumers, we look for help making 254,800 decisions each year.  It’s exhausting!  Just trying to decide what’s for dinner or where to take fido for a groom can spin the day in a sour direction.

But what if that didn’t have to happen?  What if MapQuest were there to help with the most remedial decisions required every day?

Friends, that day is here.  If you haven’t checked out the new MapQuest Local experience launched just last month, that’s a good place to start.

  • Taking Timmy to a soccer game and need to have dinner waiting when you get home?  Review menus and order online from hundreds of thousands of restaurants nationwide.
  • Did your favorite professional hockey team surprise everyone and make it to the second round?  Let us help you try and find last-minute tickets.

And don’t miss the myriad of other functionalities from booking an appointment and checking your flight status to finding a hotel or making a dinner reservation. It’s the beginnings of what we believe will be the best single source of local discovery and experience on the planet.

Though we find people appreciate printed directions and riding shotgun with them, millions have taken a liking to our free, re-imagined navigation apps launched late in 2013.  Our heralded iOS and Android apps focus on the three most important areas for our consumers:

  • Safety: Our upside-down mode means you don’t have to monkey with your phone to navigate the road.  Keep your hands on the 10-and-2, and we’ll flip things around for you.
  • Accuracy: Nobody in this business offers the plethora of algorithms we do to get you there, even if road conditions change and an alternate route is required.
  • Relevancy: Driving more than a few hours on your trip?  Drag and drop the map icon to find hotel options along your route.

There’s a lot to see and do with the new MapQuest these days, and while we hope you take a peek at these meaningful offerings, we’re not even close to being done with them.  Keep an eye on us these next few months as we continue to roll out features to make the every day better.  Because it’s what happens AFTER you get there that matters, isn’t it?

We’d love to hear from you!  Tell us what you think and what you want: @MapQuest or feedback@mapquest.com.

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General Manager, MapQuest

JFK Airport details on the new MapQuest Local

Want to know if your flight is delayed?  Need to find a quick grooming appointment for the family dog? Late night at an offsite and need to order-in dinner from someplace close? On the eve of its 18th anniversary, MapQuest today launched the initial phase of its desktop property reinvention — a completely reimagined experience for local discovery and a nod to nearly two decades of enhancing local experiences for millions of travelers. The new MapQuest Local is available on desktop and tablet website, delivering relevant details, handy functionality and valuable reviews from several trusted partners to create a single source for in-depth, local information.

Do More: What The Newly Improved MapQuest Offers Users

  • Order online or book a restaurant reservation
  • Book a wide-range of service appointments … even for a pet
  • Search and secure an event ticket
  • Book travel via MapQuest’s booking widget
  • Find airport delay information, concourse maps, and terminal information
  • Take advantage of great local deals
  • Find user reviews, ratings and tips

MapQuest partnered with top data providers and included publicly available government data sources to create the most relevant information set, including:

  • Foursquare: Providing venue tips*
  • GrubHub: Access to online and mobile ordering from more than 28,000 takeout restaurants
  • SinglePlatform: Menu information for nearly 500,000 businesses
  • Booker: Scheduling functionality for more than 40 business types including spas and salons
  • SeatGeek: Ticketing for more than 180,000 events at 50,000 venues
  • FAA (Federal Aviation Administration): Airport status information such as ground stops and average airport delays made publicly available by the FAA (Airports are the No. 1 queried search on MapQuest.com)

MapQuest leads the industry with patented algorithms that determine what information is pertinent and how it is served. These information sources complement MapQuest’s existing partners, including Priceline Partner Network and OpenTable.  

We believe we’ve created a truly intuitive one-stop shop for all relevant information a consumer may need – the right information, at the right time, in the right place.   This is a game-changer for current and new MapQuest users who are looking for that one resource to save them time and better empower their decisions.

*Foursquare tips to be integrated in mid-2014.

**MLB.com integration currently available; expanded content scheduled to debut in mid-2014.

Just in time for Opening Day, MapQuest and MLB.com announced an official partnership delivering MapQuest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” smartphone app, as well as integrated into MLB.com and all 30 MLB team websites.

The MapQuest integration into the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” app and responsive, mobile-optimized sites now make it easier for fans to find their way to games throughout the 2014 season.  As part of the official partnership, MapQuest created custom-branded MLB team experiences, available within its iOS and Android apps and developed original MLB content to enhance local experiences. MapQuest and MLB.com are also co-creating an original video series for MLB fans and MapQuest users alike, expected to debut in May 2014.

 

MLB.com + MapQuest Integrations

MapQuest traffic-influenced rerouting accommodates for game-day traffic to get game-goers there for the first pitch.  Available today, MLB.com and MapQuest’s integrations include:

MapQuest for iOS and Android Apps:  Super fans can customize their free MapQuest apps by upgrading to a premium team experience for $1.99:

*   Team Colors and Map Icons: Customized with team’s colors and four logo options

*   Baseball-themed Progress Bar: Customized industry-first ETAstatus bar with a baseball icon

*   Field Wallpaper: Background menu image

*   Team Start Screen: Team loading screen (Android Only)

 

 MLB.com: Optimized experience for mobile with MapQuest-powered mapping and desktop-to-mobile directions from the MLB.com “At the Ballpark iOS and Android apps.

 

Put some mustard on that app and download your favorite team’s experience.  And if you can’t decide where your loyalty stands, we’ve got 29 more team options to choose from.  Though we’re not taking sides, we do hope our Blake Street Neighbors make a run for Rocktober.

Click here if your mascot is of the domestic type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know you could customize your map icon in our iPhone and Android apps? The map icon marks your position on the map and while the default is a basic blue dot, we offer 25 other icons to help you add a little pizzaz to your MapQuest app, free! In the most recent update, we’ve added cat and dog icons to the mix, paying homage to fido and our feline companions. Show your furry friends a little love and customize your map icon! Here’s how:

  1. Open your MapQuest app for iPhone or Android. Need the app? Click here.
  2. Click the menu icon, then click “Settings”
  3. Click “My theme” or “My Position Icon” and choose your map icon

Feedback? We love feedback! Get in touch.

Let’s be honest. Getting places on time is stressful. Being late can have many consequences, so it’s no wonder some of the most used and discussed features across all of MapQuest are our ETA-based solutions. We estimate your arrival time based on your specific route, traffic, and other road conditions to help you better plan for what’s ahead. Since millions rely on these estimates to navigate and plan their trips of all types, we take this pretty seriously. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve and we take pride in giving all the information needed to make a cool, calm, on-time arrival.

When re-designing our mobile navigation apps last November, we kept ETA top of mind and launched an industry-first ETA status bar in our iPhone and Android apps. Today, we are excited to announce some significant improvements in how we calculate ETA in our iPhone app and, soon, our Android app. ETA is now more responsive to traffic conditions than ever before and, in combination with our automatic traffic re-routing feature, you can impress your friends, family, and boss with your punctuality and effortless navigation style.

While others are sweating it out in standstill traffic, know that your navigation app is giving you the most desirable route and ETA. Haven’t tried the new MapQuest app for iPhone and Android? Get it today.

 

Have feedback? Get in touch.

Press inquiries? We’d love to chat.

For nearly two decades, MapQuest has been helping people get from A to B. We’ve introduced tools, we’ve improved the interface and, after observing how people interact with our products, we iterate again. One such instance is how businesses are using the MapQuest Local Business Center (LBC). We noticed businesses were using our LBC to handle information corrections, so we created a more streamlined way to change existing business information such as contact info, hours of operation and even addresses. This has always been and will continue to be a free service. For businesses looking to amplify their presence, whether it be monitoring customer reviews, adding enhanced content to a listing or syncing content with their business Facebook page, MapQuest will still offer business solutions there, too. At the end of this month, the basic MapQuest LBC version will be retired; however, we will continue our partnership with Yext, which gives businesses the opportunity to enhance their listings with several tools and features to help their business succeed.

Our Denver-based customer service team is here to answer questions you may have and to help make this transition meaningful for your business (@MapQuestHelp). Thank you for choosing MapQuest — we sincerely appreciate your loyalty.