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Coupons/Deals, Shopping, online »

[16 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]

Black Friday and Cyber Monday for holiday shopping are bedrocks of the nation’s economy. Where do deals fit in?
As Bloomberg reports, Yipit Data forecasts that U.S. consumers will spend $80 million to $100 million on daily deals gifts between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up from $15 million to $20 million in 2010. A separate poll of …

Coupons/Deals, Financial Results »

[2 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Image Source: Mashable
Groupon’s greatly reduced IPO is apparently set to take place on Friday, Nov. 4, in an environment much less friendly than originally envisioned last spring.
The bloom has come off for a number of reasons. Groupon has almost no barriers to entry and has had to contend with dozens and dozens of copy cats …

Coupons/Deals, Verticals »

[12 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]

As deals verticalize, we’re intrigued by opportunities for B2B plays. MarketSharing is offering deals tailored for SMBs (office cleaning discounts, office copier repair, etc.).
Now, Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 company, has launched a pilot with Local Offer Network to provide up to 70 percent off professional health practitioner “consumables,” such as medical gloves, hand …

Conferences, DMS'11, Online/Interactive »

[22 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Just when the DMS ’11 audience thought it knew everything there is to know about group buying, Groupon Regional Sales Manager Brett Truka lifted the curtain a little higher. He also noted that the big G itself continues to gather important learnings that shape new, best practices.
Even though it’s a seemingly dead simple and compelling …

Coupons/Deals »

[13 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

One of the questions we have about the deals space is, how social is it really? In early days, with demos leaning toward college-educated women, deals were very social as subscribers referred deals to each other in return for a free deal, typically after three references.
As deals become more oriented toward mass mailing lists, we …

Coupons/Deals »

[2 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Groupon got a flying jump investing in overseas properties that have basically cloned its daily deal concept and set up local operations. International now accounts for 54 percent of Groupon’s revenues, according to the S-1 it filed with the SEC in preparation for its IPO.
LivingSocial has not been as aggressive, mostly operating in Australia and …

Coupons/Deals, Online/Interactive, Video »

[27 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

Gannett has now publicly announced that it has expanded its DealChicken platform to 10 to 15 markets, and will be in 57 markets where it has newspapers and/or TV stations.
The company obviously enters a crowded marketplace, but will likely become an immediate contender for several reasons. These include the strength of its local media outlets, …

Coupons/Deals »

[11 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

Aiming to be a Top 5 deals site by the end of next year, Local.com today announced that it has bought Southern California’s Screamin’ Daily Deals to provide the infrastructure for its Spreebird daily deals site. The site has been purchased for $12.5 in stock, cash and relief of debt, with two-year, performance-based earn-outs …

Coupons/Deals »

[27 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]

The big destination deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial have developed sites in most of the 150 or so large and medium markets in the U.S. How about markets with populations less than 250,000? There are 84 markets with populations between 150,000 and 249,000, and 121 markets between 100,00 and 149,000.
The major destination sites …

Coupons/Deals, Funding, Online/Interactive, Verticals »

[9 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]

With Groupon going public, the promotions space is getting tremendously revved up. Hoping to get in on the action are promotional relatives of the deals space, including providers of grocery “cents off” coupons, retail weekly sales (circulars), retail rewards and Buy One Get One Free. While most of these don’t do much with local advertisers, …

Coupons/Deals »

[17 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

Groupon is moving past deal a day with a Quiznos deal on Wednesdays that will issue an eight “signature sandwich” punch card to users for $26 — roughly half off the $51.92 maximum value. Maybe buyers will indulge in some “overage” — a Snapple and chips? — while they are there.
As reported by John …

Coupons/Deals, Social »

[17 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

Dealfind, a Toronto-based daily deal site, has raised $31 million as it strives for rapid growth to reach 100 markets in Canada and the U.S. The site, which has sold 806,199 vouchers since its launch in 2009, is currently operating in 28 Canadian and U.S. markets (17 in Canada, 11 in the U.S.). It is …

Facebook, Google, Shopping, offline, Social »

[26 Apr 2011 | One Comment | ]

Facebook today launched its Deals product as an “alpha” in five markets: San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Austin and Atlanta. The effort plays up Facebook’s social connectivity, making it simple to “like” and share deals, and promote throughout the site. The launch comes at a time of rapid expansion in the deals space. Google Offers …

Ad Sales, Coupons/Deals, Newspapers »

[7 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

The San Diego Union-Tribune is buying DiscoverSD. com, a lifestyle website founded in 2006. The acquisition, in the works for six months, was made with an eye toward expanding the UT’s fast growing Daily Deal business arm, which is expected to generate $10 million this year in new revenues.
The merger of the …

Coupons/Deals, Online/Interactive, Shopping, online, SMBs, Social »

[14 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Last year, a deal-a-day panel at SxSW Interactive might have been relegated to a satellite campus (read: off-the-beaten-path Austin hotel). Two years ago, it may not have existed at all. But in 2011, group buying is a $1.2 billion market (according to us), and attendees packed a convention center ballroom to explore how the deals …

AT&T, Coupons/Deals, Social, Yellow Pages »

[6 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that AT&T Interactive will join the growing list of directory companies to launch a daily deal site. AT&T Interactive CEO David Krantz told The Journal that he believes AT&T could be “fast followers” and that there is still ample opportunity in the daily deals space, initially popularized by …

Coupons/Deals »

[24 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

The Dealmap reports that after nine months, it is off to a healthy start as a source and distributor of local and daily deals. It reports 11 million daily API queries and 1.4 million users — including the users of 675,000 installs of the mobile apps. It also has 271 developers using the API, including …

Ad Sales, Coupons/Deals »

[15 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]

Local sales leaders are now jumping into the deal-a-day phenomenon. Yesterday, Citysearch said it would push deals hard to its thousands of advertisers. Today, ReachLocal announced that it was buying DealOn Media. Specific terms weren’t disclosed, but ReachLocal is valuing DealOn at $10 million. DealOn will be keeping its name for now, and CEO Rich …

Ad Sales, City Guides, Coupons/Deals, Online/Interactive »

[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Citysearch is getting into the deals space, offering a mix of curated daily deals, coupons and other offers from providers such as Groupon, The Dealmap, Restaurant.com as well as from its own base of thousands of advertisers. CityGrid advertisers may also participate.
The service, similar to The Dealmap and 8coupons, is mobile-oriented. It is launching …

Coupons/Deals, Social »

[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Jer’s Gourmet Chocolates of Solana Beach has the world’s best pretzel chocolate balls, and Jer, a former IBM EVP, can be found all over North County San Diego hawking his handmade creations and talking chocolate. I’ve seen him at Costco and The Mother’s Day chocolate festivals at the San Diego Botanical Gardens.
He’s also got placement …